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A Few Things You Need to Know before Buying this Excellent Product
on 7 June 2014
When I was buying this product known as Iron Gym, I was thinking, hey it's about £10 including the postage, so why don't give it a try...
Within two days the product arrived. And I usually wouldn't bother to review a product unless it's very good or very poor. Now this product proved excellent with such a low price.
What's in the Box...?
1. Plastic bar
2. Arched bar grips (2x)
3. Long bar (2x right half and left half)
4. Plastic ring attached to the left half bar
5. Long bolts (2x)
6. Medium bolts (2x)
7. Locking nut (4x)
8. Spring washer (4x)
9. Saftey wedge tool
10. Hex open wrench tool
11. Iron gym leaflet - manual, workout and nutrition guide
Product in General
Iron Gym multi-function extension bar is an excellent product with such low price which can be easily assembled and use for a variety of exercises. It is a sturdy strong bar that can supports 300 lbs of weight, that is about 136 kilograms.
When it comes to assembling things I am such a hopeless fellow, every time I try to assemble something, chances are there will be some screws and bolts left. I am probably the worst "assembler" ever walks on the earth. So don't worry when you read this product comes with a little assembling. It would only take a few minutes, and if I can do it in minutes, you are going to take only a couple of minutes. The hex open wrench tool is excellent; it's very easy to tighten the bolts. As I said in a couple of minutes your multifunction extension bar is ready to use.
Once you attached to the door frame it will be ready to go, however, please make note the ideal standard door frames are from 24" to 32". Unfortunately my door frame in my bedroom has less exposure, and I have found it to use with additional caution, It latches, and I can chin up, but as long as the pressure on the long bar, thanks to the gravity and the firm grip. However, once the pressure is relieved the extension bar will detach. This is where you should check your door frame that is not too deep into the mortar, in my case it was very thin.Then I found other door frames are standard ones If you've a door frame, 24" and above and exposed frame, this bar will be a pleasure to do exercises. The safety wedge tool is helpful here; this tool is designed to keep the extension bar on the frame, preventing it from falling off. Still, it's a good thing to check the door frames and the depth of the exposed frame before you buy this product, and even if your door frame is not standard it may be used with caution and you can also do a variety of exercises that doesn't require door frames.
The mini CD comes with it is just an overview, actually a tv advertisement about two minutes only! There are two files in the CD
1. Fox Flash-player installation programme
2. Iron gym VCD.
Don't get your hopes up. The Iron Gym VCD is just an advertisement - you can see it as a kind of overview (the one I mentioned as a two minute advertisement). If you decided to watch it you don't need to install the Fox Flash-player, instead right click on the Iron Gym VCD and select "open with" and choose your browser. It will play on the browser as I am almost sure that your browser has flash player installed.
With Iron Gym multifunction extension bar you can do a variety of exercises which include
1. Pull ups
2. Push ups
4. Sit ups
5. Arms and shoulder exercises
6. Triceps Dips
7. Ab Crunches
Basically this multifunction extension bar is for the whole upper body. These exercises can build and tones the biceps, triceps, chest, back, shoulders and abdominal muscles. Place the extension bar in the base of the door frame to use sit ups.
A word of caution
Be very careful, if your door frame is not the standard one mentioned here or is very thin - not enough frame exposed but deep in the mortar, please be very careful (again) that you may not be able to use the safety wedge tool and if the pressure is not equalized in both handle it can simply detach, it won't be a pleasant experience when you're doing chin-ups. Read the manual and make sure you're doing it the correct way. Safety first. The good news is that some of the door frames in your house must be standard, so try those frames.
Check everytime you use the extension bar that its bolts are tightened and the extension bar is locked (the long bars attached to each other). If not use the wrench (included with the pack) to tighten the bolts.
P.S. I didn't bother to use all the washers, and it is still working fine...
Wall Scarring: I was using this exercise bar regularly since last June, it's foam padded and I haven't had any scarring on the wall. The point of contact is the upper part is foam padded, the other two contacts are the steel bar, again with rubber grips on the sides of the door, so I was wonder how it scars the wall as mentioned in many reviews. I was checking all these months if it scars the wall. It didn't, so I guess either the reviewers who mentioned about the scarring have either got wrong item or they were using it wrong.
(Update: 09 May 2015, still working out the bar is as good as new, now wall marking - excellent)
Heavy duty steel construction
Fits standard frames (24" to 32" wide)
Easy to assemble
Protective form (to prevent scarring and marring of the walls)
No drilling or fastners necessary
Variable grip positions possible
Saftey wedge tool that prevents the bar from falling off.
Manual includes assembly, installation and workout explained.
Maximum weight 300 lbs (around 136 kgs)
CD is useless as it's only just an overview advertisement.
Manual also claims to be a nutrition guide but there is no nutrition mentioned.
Maximum weight 300 lbs (around 136 kgs)