Best Power Towers

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 29, 2020
A power tower will allow you to tune and develop upper body and abdominal muscles without ever leaving your house. The best power tower will let you strengthen a surprisingly large number of different muscle groups without investing in a whole bunch of exercise equipment. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The armrests are pretty easy on the skin and quite soft but the fabric is not fragile at all, so you do not have to be especially careful with them. The EVA foam padding will minimize calluses and provide an unbeatable grip. 

CONS

Some find the paintwork pretty shoddy. 

OUR VERDICT

There's a difference between discomfort that's the stepping stone towards success and discomfort that prevents you from succeeding. The Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower removes that second discomfort so that you're able to strive for physical excellence at home.

detailed parameters
Application

Pull-ups, tricep dips, push-ups, knee raises

Max Load

Up to 250 lbs

Frame material

Steel

Extras

Extended leg stabilizers with non-slip end caps, step-up supports with slip resistance, non-slip grips

Dimensions

41"W x 57"D x 84"H

Warranty

90 days

PROS

The heavy-duty frame prevents deformation and stabilizes the station. The non-slip end caps make sure the model's not moving even as you're swinging on the handlebar. The back cushion is generously padded to reduce spine pressure and support correct limb motion. 

CONS

The upholstery wears out with time. 

OUR VERDICT

The Lx Free Power Tower is more compact and space-saving than most fitness stations yet about as comfortable and effective as its sizable peers. You can even adjust the height from ~75 to ~89 inches, so even places with low ceilings will be able to accommodate this fitness station.

detailed parameters
Application

Pull-ups, tricep dips, push-ups, knee raises

Max Load

Up to 330 lbs

Frame material

Steel

Extras

Extended leg stabilizers with non-slip end caps, non-slip grips

Dimensions

~32"W x 38.9"D x 74.8" - 88.6"H (adjustable)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The slip-resistant step-up supports will allow you to rest your legs between sets. Extended leg stabilizers and the D-frame base give the entire station extra stability. A couple of arched stability bars prevent the power tower from shaking even as you do kipping pull-ups.

CONS

The low-grade bolts require occasional adjustment. 

OUR VERDICT

A comfortable workout is a productive workout and, with the Body Max VKR1010, nothing will keep you from being productive. Stick to basics or expand the range of your exercises, there's virtually nothing in the realm of the upper body muscle group that this power tower won't help you with.

detailed parameters
Application

Pull-ups, tricep dips, push-ups, knee raises

Max Load

Up to 250 lbs

Frame material

Steel

Extras

Extended leg stabilizers with non-slip end caps, step-up supports with slip resistance, non-slip grips

Dimensions

36"W x 54"D x 83"H

Warranty

1 year on the frame (90 days on upholstery)

PROS

The foam-padded grips at the bottom will give you the ability to perform sit-ups, crunches, and other abdominal workouts. The curved bars behind the legs give you the raised station necessary for doing push-ups with a neutral wrist, decreasing the strain on your wrist joints.

CONS

There are no back and arm supports for knee raises. 

OUR VERDICT

The Stamina 1690 is a slightly different power tower. Sure, it won't let you do knee raises but there's a bunch of extra exercises that this model will help you perform. Ultimately, it is up to you whether you're willing to take the trade-off or care about any of these exercises at all.

detailed parameters
Application

Pull-ups, tricep dips, push-ups, sit-ups

Max Load

Up to 250 lbs

Frame material

Steel

Extras

Extended leg stabilizers with non-slip end caps, non-slip grips

Dimensions

42.5"W x 49"D x 81"H

Warranty

5 years on the frame (90 days on upholstery)

PROS

The powder-coated finish makes this power tower basically immune against corrosion, so you can place the station even inside humid rooms. The foam rollers feature adjustable handlebars and let you choose between 7 positions, elevating and lowering them to make exercises more and less challenging. 

CONS

The device takes some time to assemble. 

OUR VERDICT

Aside from the standard lineup, the Fitness Reality X-Class will allow you to execute assisted dips, sit-ups, and feet-elevated push-ups, making this fitness station able to accommodate experienced athletes and those who are yet unable to move their body with ease and poise.

detailed parameters
Application

Pull-ups, tricep dips, assisted dips, push-ups, knee raises, sit-ups

Max Load

Up to 400 lbs

Frame material

Steel

Extras

Adjustable stability beam, Adjustable handlebars with foam rollers (7 positions), Extended leg stabilizers, Step-up supports with slip resistance, Non-slip grips

Dimensions

49"W x 63.4"D x 83"H

Warranty

10 years on the frame (2 years on upholstery)

Gold's Gym XR 10.9

The Comfort to Excel

The Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower will make sure you're able to remain comfortable while working out and progress without risking injuries. First, the arm pads are soft and easy on the skin yet pretty durable, so you can squeeze into them without worrying about elbows slipping. The step-up supports come fitted with non-slip coating too, making this workout station suitable for tall and short people alike.

But the multi-grip pull-up bar is probably the biggest contributor here, letting you switch between wide, narrow, and side-to-side grips, building strong arms and an even stronger back. Pretty much the entire bar, including the angled ends are padded with EVA foam, practically gluing the arms to the handles and also minimizing calluses so that you're able to perform pull-ups and chin-ups without gloves. The handles that you grip when doing tricep feature EVA foam padding too, so the station will let you train triceps and chest muscles too.

Construction-wise, everything's great here except that the paintwork is a tad shoddy relative to every other part. Besides that, the Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower will let you push, pull, and lift the body to perfection. Forget the gym, everything you need to target every major upper-body muscle group is right here.

Review of Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower

 

Lx Free Adjustable Multi-Function

No Pressure but the one You Put

The Lx Free Power Tower is not free but the fitness station has been well-thought-out from design and construction standpoints, so you'll be fine with paying the modest price. We can start with the fact that the model's pretty easy to assemble since the tools necessary to put this thing together all come with the package, including a pretty comprehensive yet easy-to-follow instruction manual.

From that, we can pivot towards ample back cushion support that does an excellent job reducing the pressure on the spine, supporting the right limb movement, and allowing you to avoid injuries. The upholstery on the cushion and the armrests are not especially durable, that's the only gripe we have with this product. Aside from that, we've no complaints.

The heavy-duty steel construction prevents deformation and makes the station stable and secure. Most power towers are fixed height-wise but this one comes with six stalls that let you adjust this fitness station's height so that people with different statures are able to exercise with matching comfort and productivity. Last but not least, the model's able to support up to 330 pounds, so the biggest, burliest athletes can use this product without worrying about safety, making the Lx Free Power Tower an easy decision to make.

Review of Lx Free Adjustable Multi-Function Power Tower

 

Body Max VKR1010

Comfort is the Best Support System

Body Max VKR1010 takes your workout routine back to the basics, to the tried-and-tested exercises that always give you results. This thing is built for home fitness settings or for a light commercial gym. It won't allow you to adjust the height of the pull-up bar but, equipped with slip-resistant step-up supports, it will help shorter people reach it. Furthermore, these steps will allow you to rest your legs between sets.

Speaking of which, the model isn't devoid of the usual arrangement of parts and details, like non-slip grips that prevent the sweat from getting in the way of a killer workout or those thick box-style heavy-duty cushions that keep your elbows and forearms unharmed through the most rigorous exercises.

Toning and developing your muscles go best when you know the whole thing isn't going to come crumbling down onto you. The manufacturers made sure of that with extended leg stabilizers and a D-frame base for extra stability. On top of that, they have installed a couple of arched stability bars that prevent the station from vibrating and shaking even as you do kipping pull-ups.

All things considered, a comfortable workout is a productive workout and, with Body Max VKR1010, nothing will keep you from being productive. Stick to basics or expand the range of your exercises, there's virtually nothing in the realm of the upper body muscle group that this power tower won't help you with.

Review of Body Max VKR1010 Fitness Multi function Power Tower

 

Stamina 1690

Not a bad Trade-Off

There's one thing we don't like about Stamina 1690, which is exactly where we'd like to start as (aside from this thing, there is really nothing to complain about here). Unlike every other model in this review, Stamina 1690 doesn't have back and arm supports, so you won't be able to use it for knee raises. That's a bit of a shame as it limits the otherwise impressive range of this fitness station's exercise options.

Suppose, one could argue that they have sacrificed these things for the foam padded grips on the bottom of the station, though there's hardly any correlation. Nevertheless, these foam padded grips, at the very least, partially make up for the back and arm supports as they let you do sit-ups, crunches, and other abdominal workouts.

Another part of this power tower that isn't always present in other models are these curved/arched bars behind the leg stabilizers. A raised station like that lets you perform push-ups with a neutral wrist, decreasing the strain on your wrist joints.

Finally, what we really like about this product and part of the reason we've included it to our review is just how easy it is to set up. A minimum number of parts and pieces, an instruction manual, and all of the necessary accessories already come supplied with the package, so it takes virtually no time and effort to put it together.

To bring it home, Stamina 1690 is a slightly different power tower. Sure, it won't let you do knee raises but there's a bunch of extra exercises that this model will help you perform. Ultimately, it is up to you whether you're willing to take the trade-off or care about any of these exercises at all.

Review of Stamina 1690 Power Towers

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Fitness Reality X-Class High Capacity

More Exercises, More Possibilities

The Fitness Reality X-Class is more than what people have come to expect from home gym fitness stations. The biggest difference here is the two foam rollers that come fitted with adjustable handlebars and allow you to switch between seven different positions. You can use these handlebars to execute assisted dips, literally starting from the bottom and raising them as you're making progress until you're finally ready to do 3-5 standard dips using the standard protruded handles that are also present here. You can also use these foam rollers to do feet-elevated push-ups, again, making them more and more challenging by raising the rollers.

What you can probably see is also different here is the pull-up facilities. Ditching that standard long shaft, the model's equipped with small, separate handles, including the bottom two that will facilitate neutral-grip pull-ups and let you train develop tricep muscles.

From where we're standing, there's no downside to this fitness station except that all these extra rollers, handlebars, and stabilizers take more time to assemble than most power towers. On the bright side, the model's capable of supporting up to 400 pounds, which means that heavy people can use this station without any worries and that you can do weighted pull-ups and dips with as many plates as you can handle. In other words, the Fitness Reality X-Class does not discriminate and will accommodate fitness fanatics and out-of-shape beginners alike.

Review of Fitness Reality X-Class High Capacity Multi-Function Power Tower

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What Is a Power Tower?

A bit of an odd name, isn't it? Well, no odder than a Roman chair or a Smith machine but a little out there nevertheless. But, odd as it may be, the name is fairly accurate. One of the most popular pieces of exercise equipment, a power tower, sometimes referred to as a knee raise station or, on even rarer occasions, a captain's chair, is a tool that you can use to build upper body and abdominal muscle strength.

Though mostly similar, there's a fair bit of difference between these stations. Sure, there isn't a single tower that won't let you do pull-ups. Just about any one of these things will allow you to execute tricep dips. The majority incorporate armrests that give you the support necessary for knee raises, hence the knee raise station. Some even include bars and grips that will help you maintain the right form as you do sit-ups and push-ups.

Of course, you needn't forget about other aspects of the models' construction either. The max load of the power tower will determine just how suitable it is for commercial gyms and the frame material will tell you how durable and reliable the whole thing is.

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Publish Date: 2019-01-23 13:19:31