The Iron Gym Upper Body is (and has been) the most popular pull up bar in the world.
The Iron Gym
The Iron Gym Upper Body Workout is by far the most popular doorway pull up bar in the world today.
It has also improved quite a bit since it's first offering.
Here are the important things to take away for this bar.
- At 2.2 lbs., it's the lightest doorway pull up bar on the market
- It's grip cushioning is much better than average, and is high quality
- It has built-in protective cushioning to protect against wall damage
- It has 3 grip positions
Assembly and installation is a snap. There are not a ton of parts to snap together.
For such a popular product, you might assume that it's rather average.
You couldn't be more wrong.
It has a good build quality, and offers enough grip positions to offer you a good variety in exercises.
It's also extremely light, a cinch to assemble and install and has a few added perks and options if you want to take it a step further.
How Many Grip Positions Are There?
The Iron Gym Upper Body Workout pull up bar has three grip positions. They are:
- narrow grip
- traditional (slightly wider than shoulder width) grip
- hammer (palms face towards each other) grip
What Exercises Can You Do?
If you are just looking for a product that can give you a decent variety of pull up and chin up variations, the Iron Gym should be sufficient.With it, you would be able to do:
- narrow grip pull up or chin ups
- traditional (slightly wider than shoulder width) pull ups or chin ups
- hammer (palms facing each other) or neutral style pull ups
Like most other doorway pull up bars, you would also be able to perform:
- hanging leg raises
- hanging leg raises w/ ab straps**
- elevated pushups by placing the device on the floor
- sit ups by using the Iron Gym as a brace in the doorway
**Iron Gym offers a pair of "free" ab straps using a mail-in card that comes with the box, however you will need to pay shipping & handling (which will be around $10 or so).
And, again like many other doorway pull up bars the Iron Gym claims that you can do dips, by placing it on the floor. However, there is simply not an adequate amount of depth to achieve a proper range of motion. You could try putting your feet on a chair, but that would not be safe or advisable.
If you are looking for a product to give you a decent number of pull up variations, the Iron Gym should be acceptable.
What is it Made Out of?The main portion of the Iron Gym is made up of grey-coated steel bars.
There is a black rubber mount that is used as a brace on one end of the door frame. On the other ends are plastic grips that sit on the other side, effectively allowing the device to sit on your doorframe using leverage.
The grips are your standard black foam cushioning.
One of the biggest complaints about doorway pull up bars is the cushioning that many of them use for their grips. It is often cheap and prone to tearing, ripping and compressing.
On the Iron Gym however, the grip cushioning is a little bit better than average. The vast majority of consumers say they are satisfied with how well the grip cushions have held up over the months and even years.
In terms of how much weight the Iron Gym Upper Body Workout can hold, the manual says up to 300 lbs., but to be honest, that is probably a little too generous.
Anyone under 200 lbs is probably going to feel very safe and secure hanging on the bar.
However, several users who have weighed in the mid-200's have reported that they have noticed a bend in the middle of the bar when they would hang on it.
Thus, just like the majority of other bars, for those individuals who weigh in the mid-200's and higher, the device may feel a little wobbly.
Is it Easy to Install? What Doorways Will It Fit?Installation for the Iron Gym is quite simple and shouldn't take more than 10 minutes, at the very most.
There are four main bars and a connecting rubber brace. All screws and washers are provided.
Unlike some other doorway pull up bars, the Iron Gym does not come with optional wall mounts so that you can permanently hang it somewhere.
As the Iron Gym uses leverage, putting the device into position is super easy and literally takes a few seconds.
The Iron Gym (like many other doorway pull up bars) does not fit in just any doorway.
Your doorway must have:
- doorway trim
- doorway moulding
Furthermore, not just any doorway with trim and moulding will do.
- Any doorways less than 18 inches will be too narrow
- the trim and moulding on the top of the door can't be more than 5 inches in height, or the rubber brace won't be able to hook around
- it will only fit doorways from 24-32 inches wide
If your doorway is wider than 32 inches but less than 36 inches, you are still in luck...but for a price.
There are extensions available with a mail-in card, but it will cost you around ~$20 including shipping and handling.
Like many other doorway pull up bars, the Iron Gym will probably leave black scuff marks on your wall and trim if you just use the product as is.
This is extremely common in doorway pull up bars.
The best way to protect against this is to either use cardboard or tape in between the product and your wall or, wrap the plastic handles and black rubber brace in an old t-shirt.
As far as traveling with it, it is definitely doable, mainly because it only has four bars and weighs a mere 2.2 pounds.
Simply because of that it is probably the best doorway pull up bar for travel purposes.
While it's not very heavy it would take up some space in your luggage, so be mindful here.
What are the Pros?
Who would value the Iron Gym Upper Body Workout pull up bar the most?
- those looking for a light-weight, easily to mount doorway pull-up bar
- those looking for a good overall workout that will get the job done without providing too many options
- men and women who have traditional doorways that are not too small or large, and for men and women who are not excessively tall (over 6'6") and heavy (mid 200's)
- it's one of the best bars for travel as it is extremely light and easy to construct
What are the Cons?
Who should steer clear of this product?
- those who want to the most grip positions and pull up varieties possible
- those who want to permanently affix a pull up bar somewhere in their home
If this is you, check out some other products and our review section to get a better idea of a pull up bar that would be of more use to you.
What are its Consumer Ratings
The Iron Gym is by far the most widely used doorway pull up bar in the world.
Typically, with such a widely used product, consumer reviews and ratings will vary and often push down the average.
However, the Iron Gym has managed to amass three times as many reviews as its closest competitor, and at the same time maintain a very high rating on satisfaction.
As noted in our post on pull up bar reviews, any product that is able amass:
- a high number of reviews
- a high rating
...is probably going to be a good purchase.
The biggest complaint is often the scuff marks that it leaves behind, but as noted above, this is something that is quite typical of all doorway pull up devices.
The Iron Gym is a great chin-up bar; it works exactly as advertised. It is very easy to assemble, use, and attach and remove from a doorway. It seems extremely stable, and I have no problem believing it could support the claimed 300 lbs.
Is it Priced Fairly?
Most doorway pull up bars are priced somewhere between the mid teens and thirties.
The Iron Gym is placed at the middle range of that spectrum.
Although it does not provide a unique advantage over some of its competitors (for instance, number of grip positions), it does make up for in two overall aspects:
- overall quality
- overall consumer satisfaction
And thus, overall the product price is fair to us, and worth it.
In our final opinion, we would give the Iron Gym Upper Body Workout a...
The main reason for this is its very high consumer satisfaction overall rating, compiled with the large number of buyers.
It's an overall good, solid device if what you are after are good, solid at home workouts.
For a super easy comparison chart of doorway pull up bars, check out our table here.