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Stamina 1690 Power Tower
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89 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2010
This pull up bar sounds like a much more sturdy stand than it truly is. I got it to do P90X program. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 200 lbs. The weight limit is 250, but the whole structure bends slightly when I do pull ups. The height is actually lower than the door jam pull up bar (or the same -- very close and frustrating). I have previously owned a Weider pull up bar in multi-station home gym, and it was much superior. The Weider construction never "bent" or ever felt unstable. I constantly feel like this is going to collapse thanks to the weaker hollow tube construction (tubes more thin unlike the heavy metal of a Weider). All in all, you can spend just a few dollars more and get a Weider. The only advantage this unit has is simple construction and portability. I've had difficulty moving the Weider equipment, and actually sold the last one at a substantial loss when I moved. I just wanted a simple pull up unit, and expected this to be more sturdy. It was a total waste of about $100, when I could have gotten THIS level of pull up bar in a much cheaper door jam unit. I do not recommend this for adults doing pull-ups. For children -- yes. The push up feature is also stupid. $20 push up hand grips do the job. Again, useless features and just a cheap alternative to Weider. I suppose one gets what one pays for and I was stupid in making this purchase. That's the bottom line -- it's made me feel stupid for purchasing it cause the unit is so lame.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2011
The tower is alright. very easy to install. however i noticed when doing pull ups or dips it doesn't feel that stable.
Also the foam tends to start tearing after some use. I bought it to replace the doorway pull up bar for p90x.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2012
Got this based on the reviews from the bigger folks...

I am only 5'4" and 140 lbs and this tower wobbles and moves all over the place when I push myself. Its ok for doing standard pull ups but go fast or aggressive and it starts moving a bit. Don't really feel safe doing switchups between forward and reverse grip pull ups. I still do them, maybe it will get better when I am way more fit and don't move around as much during the switches. Got this for P90X which has you doing several different pull ups. I am using it. But it definitely is holding me back a little sometimes.

It does not wobble because the bolts are loose. It wobbles because of poor design and construction. Mine even has wrong indentations.

Now that I have been using it for several months I can say I would not get this again if I had the choice.

Here is the key though, even if it did not wobble, the actual pull up bar should be longer and the joints further apart for shoulder width pull ups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
Push up bars not sturdy, when doing pull ups, the whole thing shakes and I only weigh 170 pounds. Not ideal for a calisthenics workout. Nice to have- but not for the true fitness person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2015
It has been quite a while since I purchased this, but we never used it more than twice. Very flimsy didn't hold up at all. It is sitting in my garage still collecting dust.
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on December 26, 2014
Bought based on high recommendations from others. Tips on using your own tools were valuable. When I put it together, it was tilted. Followed the instructions to the letter. Called customer service (very good once you got through). They sent a few pieces to see if it would fix the problem. After 2 attempts and 2 tries, it did not work. Decided it was not worth the effort, and returned all materials. When disassembling, saw that the cross member was manufactured wrong (not even), so it would have never been straight without replacing that. I would spend the money somewhere else.
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on July 4, 2014
We bought this so we could do real pullups with P90X (rather than using bands, as we had been). This works fine for standard pullups, but it gets really wobbly with the "corn cob" pullups. We wish we had spend the money on a heavier duty model we found for less money at Academy instead.

I had seen reviews that complained about the sturdiness of the Power Tower but bought this anyway, based on reviews that said they had no problems, as long as the bolts were tightened properly. Well, I've tightened the bolts properly, but it still wobbles.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2014
The push up bars move like pendulums, ticktack, and no way to tighten them,(trust me, I tried. I almost broke the bolts) because the inner holes are big and the bolts are slim, so the push up bars always have space to move. There are no good reasons to separate the dip bar with the push up bar especially when they do not know how to tighten them together. I should give them one star for this stupid design.
There are some left over stuff in the holes, I have to drill them with my DeWalt, so the long bolts can pass through. I doubt that they have any quality control.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
This product looks good and seems to be well made except for it wobbling around when you use it. It makes me uncomfortable when exercising, fearing it will topple over when doing high-intensity routines.
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
To be honest it looks great and is actually pretty sturdy, but on;y after buying it did i find out it is subject to proposition 65 which states that it contains materials known in the state of california to cause cancer and birth defects .

i dont know about you but i dont like taking my chances even a little bit. throwing it out first thing tommorow and buying a new one.

shame people now days have to put so much crap into everything it can never be just plain steel.
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