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OK but NOT a Body Sculpture Body Gym as advertised
on 15 February 2013
The one delivered to me was in fact a 'DOOR GYM' made/distributed by Miniqi; made in China, but what isn't!?
The unit went together fine, although it is not particularly rigid,even when the bolts are tightened as tight as possible with the small spanner provided (or without being in risk of pulling the bolt heads throught the plstic cross bar). Time will tell but I suspect the occasional check on the bolts to make sure they haven't worked loose and the frame hasn't become too sloppy as a result might be a good idea.
Despite this, the rigdity is not really an issue since when in use the force applied to the frame is not a sideways twist. Once in position the frame seemed sturdy enough for me to (attempt to!) do a series of pull-ups with any of the three main grips. I weigh over 85kg (187lbs) and although it flexed a little it seemed fine.
Doorways; lots of discussion on this in lots of reviews on this and several other very similar looking products.. (if they aren't in fact the same product.. with what's being delivered not matching the descriptions.. who knows!?)
The main horizontal bar that sits on the surround at the sides of your door is 37" (940mm) wide with the grips that are supposed to sit on your door surround being 2" (50mm) wide at each end of the bar.
In my opinion, you do need a 'standard' door frame and wooden surround; 4.5 to 6" deep (115-150mm) with a 2" wide by 1/2" (50 x 12.5mm) thick wooden surround or architrave. A narrower surround would be OK (down to about 1.25" or 30mm) but it needs to be at least 10mm thick (distance between the wall and the front face of the surround)
From the width of the main horizontal bar and the position of the grips on the bar, the internal measurment of your door frame (the width of your actual door, close enough) needs to be between 30 and 33" (760 - 840mm). The total width of the door frame, including the surround, 34-37" (860 - 940mm). Any narrower than this and you will be able to fit the door gym, but you'll be pulling up on bare metal on the wide grip (and it won't be very wide), beacsue the grips meant for your hands will be sitting on the door frame.. Wider than this and the gym will either not fit or at the very least you will have to be sure your door gym is absolutely centrally located on the frame to be safe.
Bear in mind also that for the narrower dimensions of door (e.g. 30"); the bar is still 37" wide: you need some wall either side of the frame if your gym is to be centrally located in the door opening. Check you can fit a 37" (940mm) wide bar centrally across the door frame you plan to use without hitting anything!) e.g. if your door is right up against a wall that is perpendicular to the frame you may not be able to mount the gym centrally in the door opening.
The safety hook isn't supposed to take your weight. It fits between the wooden surround and the wall and stops the plastic rectangular cross-bar from slipping off the top edge of the surround allowing the door gym to then fall to the floor if you knock it or move it with no load on it.. Once you put your weight on it, the downwards force on the bar pulls the plastic rectangular cross piece forwards, or towards the wall.
The foam grips are pretty 'standard' but I expect they will outlive my use of the bar.. and not really much of an issue since grips can be repaired/replaced easily enough.
Overall as I said, it's not what it says it i but it's OK, reasonably priced, OK delivery and looks like it does the job.. I suspect many of the other similar (and some cheaper) products listed would be similary OK too...