Doing a full body workout means you use both free weights (or machine weights) and your own body weight. If you have been doing exercises using just your body, you can find that it is more demanding on your body. There are certain advantages to working out without weights, one of them being that you don’t need to buy weight sets.
The exercises you can do without weights include pull ups, chin ups, dips, push ups, and others. To do all of this in a small amount of space, it’s best to use a power tower. This piece of equipment is made so you can do all of these movements in just one space.
It should be noted that if you are a beginner, a power tower might not be for you. If you are just starting out, your body might not be strong enough to do pull ups and dips yet. It’s best to spend time building your body first until you get a little stronger, before you invest in a power tower for your home use.
Here are 5 options you can choose:
Best Fitness Power Tower in 2017
|Brand||Weight Capacity||Type||Recommended Store|
|Stamina 1690||250 Lbs||Fixed|
|XMark XM-4432||350 Lbs||Fixed|
|Body Vision PT600||250 Lbs||Fixed|
|Bowflex Body Tower||300 Lbs||Adjustable|
1 – Stamina 1690 Power Tower
The Stamina 1690 Power Tower is the most popular on our list, since it is one of the cheapest options. It has a push up station, a sit up station, a pull up station, and a dip station. It allows you to perform the same exercises as other towers, but has one of the lightest weights among the others. Although it’s light, it has non-slip end caps that prevent the tower from shifting around when you’re working out on it.
The 1690 can support up to 250 lbs of weight, giving you some space to workout with added weights. However, many customers report that it wobbles and isn’t that stable while some customers say it bends when they use it. You can install it in around 30 minutes by yourself, but make sure you have about 8 feet of clearance in your room if you are going to buy this.
The downside to this brand is that the height isn’t adjustable. Depending on your height, it may be a good fit or you may need to improvise some adjustments to make it fit. Despite the cons, it’s a great power tower that can give you the same amount of quality compared to other towers that cost twice or three times as much.
- Affordable price
- Holds up to 250 lbs of weight
- May wobble and bend
- Height not adjustable
2 – Weider Power Tower
Similar to the Stamina 1690 tower, the Weider Power Tower gives you the ability to do pull ups, push ups, dips and also vertical knee raises. The back rest cushion allows you to do a vertical knee raise exercise that the Stamina tower doesn’t provide. However, some customers complain that this cushion is too small and not comfortable when exercising. The tower is rated for 300 lbs weight capacity but some customers say it already bends before reaching that maximum capacity.
Many customers complain about missing parts during shipment that made assembly difficult or even impossible. Some of them receive a product that is wobbly and almost unusable without modification, such as using foam floor mats. That said, many customers receive their product without an issue. Make sure you read the measurements before you buy, as you need to figure out whether it fits or not in your room. Also make sure that you don’t tighten the bolts during assembly until all parts are aligned.
- Rated for 300 lbs max weight capacity
- Allows vertical knee raise exercise
- Complains about missing parts
- Some customer receive wobbly products
3 – XMark Fitness Power Tower XM-4432
The XMark Fitness Power Tower XM-4432 allows you to do knee raises, dips, pull ups, push ups and other exercises. The pull up bar has both narrow and wide grips so you can adjust it to your needs. It has a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs, giving you more capacity than our previous two choices. It’s designed so you can do a diverse workout in a small area in your home.
Similar to other towers, some customers complain that this tower can be wobbly. They work around it by having a family member or spouse stand on the opposite side to hold the tower steady. The elbow rest for vertical crunch exercise may be too small for some people. The pull-up bar may be too close with the main frame of the tower, making you collide with the frame when you do pull ups. It isn’t adjustable either so it may be too high for short people and too short for tall people.
The above are complains some customers have. Many other customers say the product works fine and is sturdy. We find that there are less complaints about the wobbliness of this brand compared to others we review. Many customers are happy with this choice.
- Maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs
- Less wobbly than other brands
- High price
- Pull-up bar too close with main frame
4 – Body Vision PT600 Power Tower
With the Body Vision PT600 Power Tower, you can do chin ups, pull ups, dips and also leg raises. It has a padded back and arm cushions to give your more comfort during workout. This tower has slip resistant foot grips that double as push up bars. It’s easy to assemble and can hold up to 250 lbs (in some cases it has held up to 280 lbs for customers). This tower is great since it is one of the cheapest options available.
However, there are some issues with the quality of manufacturing. One user had the handle bar break apart when he tried it for the first time. Others complain about the tower being wobbly and a strong odor coming from it. Similar with other towers, some customers have problems adjusting their body measurements to this tower: the handle bars are too wide apart for some people. Even so, many people like this brand because it is one of the cheapest options available.
- Holds up to 250 lbs weight
- Affordable price
- Some manufacturing quality issues
- Emits a noticeable odor
5 – Bowflex Body Tower
The Bowflex Body Tower allows you to do more than 20 exercises, including squats, pull-ups, dips and more. It comes with sling straps and can hold up to 300 lbs user weight. It has easily adjustable horizontal bars so you can add more intensity to work using body weight. Since customers often have compatibility problems with power towers, an adjustable one is very useful to make it fit with your needs. However, this technology makes the price of the Bowflex tower more expensive than other brands.
Even though this tower is made from commercial grade steel frame, it’s can sway when you are doing pull ups. This tower also takes up quite a bit of space, so make sure you have room for it. If you are a taller person, you might not be able to use this tower fully. Some customers complain that the pull-up bar is too close to the ground (not high enough). This tower is a good fit if you have a low ceiling.
- Allows more than 20 exercises
- Holds up to 300 lbs user weight
- Adjustable horizontal bars
- High price
- Too short for tall people
Power Tower Buying Guide
Buying a fitness power tower is slightly different than buying other home gym equipment like the ones we review on our site. Your body measurements significantly impact how well the tower fits with your necessities. A tower that is great and comfortable for another person may not fit you well. Therefore, there are some pointers to note if you want to buy a power tower, especially one we haven’t reviewed.
1. Amount of Exercises
Different power towers offer different types and amount of exercises. Any power tower will give you a good amount of exercise options but you may be looking for something specific. Some people buy a certain brand to get one particular station from the tower, while others are looking to complete their home gym setup. The wider the amount of exercises you get, the higher the price of the tower. Figure out what exercises you want to do to shape your body the way you want it. Then find a power tower that allows you to do those exercises in one machine.
2. The Dimensions of the Tower
Some towers are the favorite of many people but that doesn’t mean it will fit with you. We have found that some people are not satisfied with the towers we review here even though many other people are satisfied with it. They aren’t satisfied because they read good reviews from happy customers but find out that the tower is too short, too tall, or too wide for them.
Try out the tower that interests you if possible. Buying items online helps you save time and money, but in this case, you may want to visit a local physical store. You can try out the equipment to see whether it fits with your body measurements or not. The time cost of traveling to a store and trying out a tower will save you the cost of having to send it back if it doesn’t meet your expectations.
3. The Price of the Tower
A power tower is more expensive than other home gym equipment. When you buy one, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. A tower often saves you money in the long term, especially when you are just starting out building a home gym. The rule is that the more expensive a tower, the more exercises you get with it. Besides that, a high priced tower often has a high quality too, but not always. If you want to invest in a tower, don’t be afraid to look at the expensive options to find one that can last for years in your home gym.