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Great Home Workout Product. I Was Pleasantly Surprised!
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Iron Gym Pull-up Bar Setup in my closet door frameDuring many of my late nights catching up on TV I often see an infomercial for the "Iron Gym" pull-up bar. They claim it attaches (non-permanently) to any door to create an instant gym.

Well Santa was good to me this year and I got one. I must say I am pretty impressed. I thought for sure the product would not be as nice as they portray it in the commercials. But after getting it assembled, it worked on the first door I tried it on. Granted some paint started to crack around the door frame from my weight (about 200 lbs) pulling down on it. But I now simply use it in my closet door frame, and it works perfect. It doesn't even crack the paint around the door frame there. So it may have been an exception when that happened on first door.

According to the instructions it requires a door frame that is 24" to 32" wide. It also requires that you have molding around the door frame as it uses the top molding to help latch on. It has a maximum weight of 300 lbs. Like I mentioned, I'm around 200 lbs and it is very stable for me.

I'll be attaching a photo of mine so you can see how it looks. It really does a great job of distributing the weight off of the frame by having much of the pressure be on the horizontal pads that press against the sides of your door frame.

Though I have only used it for pull-ups, it can also be used as a push-up bar, a sit-up bar and for doing dips. Pretty slick. My wife got mine for like $30 at Walgreens.

If you have wanted one and wonder if they work, I would definitely recommend pulling the trigger and getting one. I've been very impressed. It is a stable, sturdy workout tool that is really easy to attach to your door and take down when you are done.

If anyone has any questions, let me know!
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MRM on 12/30/2008:
Sparticus, Iron Gym is a great product indeed! I had bought one from last month. Iron Gym is sturdy and does not damage the door frame. There is a weight limit of 200lbs. I absolutely love using this as it is portable and you can install it in any door frame. Me and Sparticus highly recommend buying this product!
Starlord on 12/30/2008:
This is a big improvement over a priduct sold in the 60s and 70s, which had a screw system to push the ends of the bar out to hold it in the doorway. The product does much mopre than the old version, and I am quite impressed with what I have seen.
Clamps on 10/14/2009:
I bought one of these about a month ago from They sell them extremely cheap with the ab straps included, for like $25. It's a great product that's perfect for simple home fitness.
MRM on 10/14/2009:
Yes, IronGym is tha sniznit! Very portable to carry around! I have other exercise equipment in the house, but I use IronGym most of the time!
Anonymous on 10/14/2009:
*squeezes MRM's bicep*

MRM on 10/14/2009:
Yes, I see results in just one week by using ironGym!
MRM on 10/14/2009:
I would get another one for drying the laundry!
Anonymous on 10/14/2009:
I need to start bench pressing, I'm so dang scrawny.
Slimjim on 10/14/2009:
Looks a lot better design than the one I remember my Dad had when I was a kid. It was a pole to be stuck in an open doorway and held by rotating one end so it telescoped out and wedged itself tight in the opening. I can still here the door frames cracking as you tried to get it tight enough so you and it didn't come crashing down with the first chin up.
Anonymous on 10/14/2009:
Slim, you could achieve better results just lugging around your Little Giant Ladder!
DebtorBasher on 10/14/2009:
I agree with Sheriff...and let's not forget all the muscles Slim can tone up by unscrewing the old burnt out Vanity bulb and replacing it with a new one.

How many Slimjims does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one, if he can reach it.
DebtorBasher on 10/14/2009:
Q: How many members does it take to revive and old Review?

A: I don't know, I'm still counting.
lorrwill on 05/07/2012:
Cool. I am picking one up tonight.

I actually found this on a fitness forum board in women's section but I think we are in the minority as far as the consumer base.

I also used to have one of those ones that you screw the brackets into the door frame. I am glad to find one of these at a budget friendly price.
Fitness Wayne on 01/30/2013:
The Iron Gym is awful! I bought and it broke in less than a week. I did around 200 pull ups. I don't even weigh that much, 170 lbs.
Sparticus on 02/26/2014:
This one never broke on me. I probably did about 20-40 pullups a day for a few years. But the foam pads did eventually wear off causing some wear and tear on my door frames.

So I upgraded to the newer model that is out now. It has a few more grip options, etc. Still pretty cheap. I think I got mine for around $30. I really like the newer model. A bit more stable, and the extra grip options are cool. Though I still use mostly the basic grip.

Anyway, just an update to my original review! I'm still enjoying this product, even though the old one wore out... the new one (upgraded version with more grips) is still going strong after about 2 years now.

For the price you really can't go wrong. Hope this helps!
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