Getting Back Into It

October 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

As Dawn mentioned in a previous post, we gave up our gym memberships because we were basically throwing money down the drain by keeping them and rarely ever going.

There are certain aspects of the gym that I miss and then there are parts that I don’t. I don’t miss the fees, waiting for machines/equipment, and depending on who was working out next to me, the smell.

One of the things I do miss is having access to all the equipment that a big gym would have. Second to the squat rack, the equipment I miss most is the pull-up/chin-up bar; simple yet effective for a good upper body workout. The chin up bars at the gym were usually part of some bigger contraption like a squat rack, pull-down or cable row machine, or dip bar/pull up bar combo. Whatever the case, these are machines we do not have the money or room for in our house.

Well, I think I have managed to fill part of this void as I stumbled upon the Iron Gym home fitness system by ProFit. I found it for twenty bucks at WINNERS and at that price, I figured I’d give it a shot.

The Iron Gym is a pull up bar (and then some) that mounts freely on any standard doorway without any permanent fixtures.

I’ve used the Iron Gym more as a coat-hanger since I got it but I have been using it regularly over the past couple of weeks and it actually does the job. It’s design also allows for it to be easily removed from the door frame and serve as a push-up bar on the ground, as well as a sit-up and dip bar. As a result, you can get a full upper body workout out of it.

*Back
*Biceps
*Chest
*Triceps
*Shoulders
*Abs

I managed to assemble it without much trouble and all the parts and tools needed were included. It also came with a manual which contains assembly instructions, a workout plan, nutrition plan and some tips for success. One of the tips for success that was kind of funny was to place a photo of an “in-shape” celebrity by the door frame for motivation. Um ya, not for me but I will take up some of the other tips:

*Chart your progress and place the chart where you can see it often.

*Set a schedule and stick to it.

*Gradually increase reps over time for more vigorous workouts and don’t try to overexert yourself on the first go.

I was a bit worried at first that it might damage the door frame but the only damage so far has been on the equipment itself as the two foam end pieces that rest against the two side door frame moldings have started to rip. I used some good ol’ duct tape to cover it up and hopefully it will help prevent any further ripping. I’ve also noticed some minor scuffs caused by the black foam and plastic parts. Nothing a magic eraser can’t handle.

Overall, it’s been so far so good with the Iron Gym. It’s been a convenient and inexpensive home workout solution that has helped to fill the void of not having a gym membership, sans the smells.

Rip it up!

J.

Iron Gym Push-ups

 

Iron Gym Pull-ups and Dips