The Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme is a big step up from the original, popular product.
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The Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme is a big step up from the original, popular product
The Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme
The Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme Edition is a step up from the original Iron Gym.
It offers more grip positions, better grip quality and a lot more in the way of exercise variation.
Among its benefits and features...
- Much better grip quality than the original Iron Gym
- Offers two more grip positions over the original Iron Gym
- It has built-in protective cushioning to protect against wall damage
- Angled bars for better wide grip pull ups
IRON GYM UPPER BODY
- Most popular doorway bar in the world
- Extremely light at 2.2 lbs.
- Extremely easy to install
- Fits doorways 24-36"
- Built in foam cushioning
- 4 grip positions
- Fits doorways 27-35"
- Very sturdy at 8 lbs.
STAMINA DOORWAY TRAINER
- Very high ratings
- Very sturdy at 8 lbs.
- 5 grip positions
- Better for taller individuals
Iron Gym is one of the premier fitness companies in the world, with a hard-earned reputation as a builder of good quality fitness products.
They struck gold with their original Iron Gym Upper Body doorway pull up bar.
Will they strike gold again with the Extreme Edition?
How Many Grip Positions Are There?
Why is the Iron Gym Upper Body Workout Extreme Edition called extreme?
Because it has five grip positions.
This is what differentiates between it and the regular Iron Gym.
The five grips are:
- narrow grip (a few inches apart)
- standard width (slightly wider than shoulder)
- wide-grip (at a slight downward angle)
- two grips on two U-bars, both of which are angled slightly different
The Extreme Edition is one of their newest products in their lineup.
What Exercises Can You Do?
Easily the biggest benefit of this product is the huge variety of exercises that you can perform on it. Exercises such as:
- narrow-grip pull and chin ups
- traditional (slightly wider than shoulder width) pulls
- wide-grip pull ups (the angles are pointed slightly down to really hit your lats better)
- two hammer (palms facing each other) grip variations on U-rings
Of course, you can also perform:
- hanging leg raises
- elevated pushups with the device on the floor
- sit ups by using the device as a brace for your legs in a doorway
Dips are pretty much impossible, unless you want to do them halfway. The device simply sits too far up. You are better off doing them between chairs (be careful).
There are optional ab straps (with a mail-in coupon) that you can get after purchasing, all you have to pay is the shipping and handling.
Because of the larger number of pull and chin up variations, this product is definitely better suited for more intense pull up and/or fitness junkies.
It's a good bar to step up to.
What Is It Made Out Of? How Much Can It Hold?
The Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme Edition Pull Up Bar is made out of grey-coated thick steel with black foam cushioned grips.
Just about every doorway bar has black foam cushioned grips, and most of them are rather cheaply made.
That's not the case with the Extreme Edition as the grips are definitely a significant upgrade.
They feel a bit more sturdy and 'professional' to hold onto.
As far as how much it can hold, the instruction manual says that it can hold up to 300 lbs, but that is probably a little generous.
These bars tend to get a little shaky and can bend in in the middle around the mid-200's.
However, this particular bar is rather heavy (over 8 lbs) and is constructed rather well, so it should support most people (that also depends on other factors, such as the strength and quality of your doorframe).
Is It Easy To Install? What Doors Can It Fit?
Assembling and installing these types of products is usually quite easy and should not take more than 15 minutes at the most.
All necessary equipment comes with the box.
This product does not come with optional J-brackets, so if you are looking to permanently attach it somewhere else, check out the ProSource Multi-Grip, a very similar product with optional J-brackets.
Probably the biggest drawback to this product is the fact that it is non-adjustable (for an adjustable doorway pull up bar check out the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym.
As such, it's simply not going to fit every doorway.
For starters, your doorway absolutely must have:
- trim and moulding
...or it won't work. The device works by using leverage, by hooking the back brace on the top of your doorway trim and using two bars on the other side to brace against the other side of the wall.
Without trim and moulding it would just come crashing down to the ground.
Furthermore, because it's non-adjustable, you will need to measure your doorways to make sure it will fit.
This product will only fit:
- doorways from 24-34 inches wide
- trim and moulding no more than 3.5 inches on the sides
- the width of your doorway plus the trim can't be more than 6.5 inches or so
Now that some of the bad news is out of the way, let's get back to some good news.
These products very often leave black scuff marks around the doorway trim, due to digging in (and poor quality braces and grips) over time.
The brace is rubberized plastic with foam, as are the two bar braces that go against the other side of the war. This means that your wall will be more likely protected against damage.
Of course, if you are still worried about any damage the best thing to do is to wrap the contact points in an old t-shirt.
What Are The Pros?
What's the distinguishing feature of this product?
It stands out in several ways.
- offers a vast improvement in the grip and grip quality over the original Iron Gym
- offers two more grip positions and a bit more exercise variations over the original Iron Gym
- offers a little bit more protection to your doorway through its foam handles
- is of good build quality and rather sturdy
- has a slight angle in its wide grip to target the lat muscles in a different way than other products
Overall, there is a lot to like however the improvement in grips and the number of grip positions is by far its biggest draw.
What Are The Cons?
Of course, no product is perfect and neither is the Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme Edition.
You might want to look elsewhere if...
- your doorway is bigger than 34" (or too close to a wall or with too thick trim)
- you want a lighter device to use (it's a bit heavy at 8.8 lbs)
- those who want to permanently attach the bar somewhere in their home
If this is you, check out our comparison table of other doorway pull up bars to see a better fit.
What Are Its Consumer Ratings?
Two things matter here.
- how many people have bought and reviewed the product
- what they have to say about it
Here's the good news.
On both metrics, the Iron Gym Upper Body Workout Extreme Edition scores above-average.
It has a huge number of reviews (well above average for the niche) and an above-average overall rating, with over 50% of those customers giving the product a perfect rating.
Good news if you're already interested, we'd say.
I've been using this pull-up bar for almost two years now and it has worked perfectly the whole time. The extra grips in comparison to the original are great! The padding on the ends prevent any damage to the door frame.
Is It Priced Fairly?
This is what really matters though, right?
Most doorway pull up bars run from the teens to the low thirties.
The Iron Gym Extreme is definitely at the upper end of that spectrum.
It's rival, the ProSource Multi-Grip, is a little bit cheaper and offers just as many grip positions.
The one edge that the Iron Gym Extreme Edition has over the ProSource however, is the quality of the grips. They are a little bit higher quality.
In our opinion, it's just a little bit higher enough to justify the price increase.
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Overall, we would give the Iron Gym Upper Body Extreme Edition a...
The biggest reason for this is its large number of grip positions, its foam-gripped brace and support rods and its high quality, professional grips.
For a super easy comparison chart of doorway pull up bars, check out our table here.