Bowflex Body Tower
The Bowflex Body Tower is ideal for those of you looking for a sturdy, complete home calisthenics gym accessory to enable you to do all the core exercises requiring pullup bar support.
If you need to place your power tower in a corner, you’ll need a unit where the dip station and pullup bar are facing the same way like this unit or the Body Vision PT600!
Most units on the market put the pullup bar facing the back, mostly for stability. This one is angled back so that the front facing pullup bar does not cause rocking.
The Weider unit is 114 pounds, so I found no instability at all and no need to add weight for stability.
Like the Body Vision, the Weider does not provide the bar across the bottom to support situps and crunches. However, I personally prefer L-Sits to sit ups or crunches, and in fact, I caution against the use of sit ups and crunches because of risks to the back.
One of its unique elements is the straps. Straps on the top bar support suspended leg raises; this is in opposition to the pads on the arm rests as used in the Body Vision design. Straps below the arms provide for easy inverted rows.
This unit supports the following basic exercises:
- Leg lifts and leg raises
- Chins and pull-ups
- Inverted rows
- Hanging Knee Raises
The unit measures a compact 42 x 43 x 85.
The placard included supports these exercises:
- Chin up
- Triceps dip
- Push up
- Supine row
- Raised bridge
- Vertical knee raise
The guide included also supports these additional exercises:
- Assisted leg squat
- Forward angle calf raise
- Assisted tricep dip
- Chest dip
- Incline push up
- Pull up
- Hanging leg raise
- Rear decline plank
- Hanging hip-leg raise
- Assisted inverted row
If you’re looking for the sturdiest, most complete machine with training on how to get the most out of it, consider the Bowflex.
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