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Body by Jake Tower 200 Complete Door Gym Full Body Workouts Fitness Exercise
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- Tower 200 Body by Jake Strength Training Equipment
- Door-based home gym for working upper and lower body
- Slides onto any home, office, or dorm door within seconds
- Multi-tension power cords provide 200 pounds of explosive resistance
- Supports more than 200 exercises in all; durable steel frame
- Designed to provide big results within 30 days; limited lifetime warranty
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Tower 200 Body by Jake Strength Training Equipment is the best an at-home solution instead of going to the gym to exercise. As a full-body home gym with a variety o attachments, this product eliminates the need for bulky gym equipment. With an emphasis on weight training, this home gym for working upper and lower body can be installed on a door to save space, Slides onto any home, office, or dorm door within seconds. Users can choose from a variety of resistance levels and exercises for optimal convenience and flexibility. Supports more than 200 exercises in all, durable steel frame Designed to provide big results within 30 days
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~What Is A Body By Jake Tower 200?
The Tower 200 by Body by Jake is resistance band training equipment that you install onto any standard door. It offers 200lbs resistance and 200 different types of workouts, hence the 200 in the name. But this is more of a marketing thing than anything. I'm not sure where the 200lbs resistance comes from because they actually have a maximum 40lbs resistance on each hand. Also, the 200 exercises are only 200 because they count 2 exercises for changing sides/hands/feet etc. So in actuality, it's only like 100-120. But that's still more than enough for a good workout.
While the printed guide illustrates many exercises, the included DVD is well-done and easier to follow. It includes an 11 min. total body workout, a 3 min. MMA total body workout by Randy Couture, and three quick (3 min.) routines to target the abs, triceps/biceps, or chest/shoulders. They include some movements not shown in the printed guide.
The routines are fast, comprehensive, well thought-out, and ordered to minimize the time wasted switching the handles between the top and bottom. It would have been nice if the Tower 200 came with a second pair of handles, as shown on the DVD. Additional handles can be purchased separately, but I borrowed a pair from some other resistance bands I have. You could also grip the included pair of ankle straps, but it's not overly comfortable.
The resistance is adjusted by hooking the handle's carabineers to one or any combination of the three resistance bands on each side. This is fast and simple, and offers a fairly fine range of adjustment. As with any resistance band system, resistance increases as the bands are stretched. This means that minute resistance changes can be made by moving closer to, or further away from, the door.
The three pairs of bands are rated at 25, 35, and 40 lbs. (approx. 11, 16, and 18 kg.) of resistance. This provides a useful range, although 25 lbs. (11 kg.) may not be low enough for some difficult exercises, such as the lateral raise. You can overcome this in some instances by cramming two hands onto a single handle.
After unpacking the box, the setup was straightforward and required no tools. The setup instructions were adequate, but I would have liked to see more, and larger, pictures. Line drawings would have been clearer. It installs by simply hooking the top part on the top of the door and hooking the bottom part under the bottom of the door. Yes it's THAT EASY. So it's perfectly easy to install for anyone. There's no assembly required since everything is already put together for you.
BUT, the instructions don't mention that you should install the Tower 200 on the side of the door opposite of the way it opens (e.g. if the door swings out, install it on the inside). If you don't, all the stress from pulling on the gym will transfer to the door's latch and hinges, which is probably a bad idea. Maybe that's obvious, but I didn't realize it until I was almost done installing the gym on the wrong side. (my bad)...
It is surprisingly good construction and feels VERY solid and sturdy. I feel perfectly safe to use it as hard as I can with as much power as I can. I've read on other sites that other products made by "Body by Jake" aren't very high quality, but I must say that the Tower 200 has VERY good construction. It's also quiet too, so you can listen to your music while working out without having any noises from it.
The metal brackets that contact the door have insufficient padding and may scuff up your door. I added some stick-on rubber bumpers to avoid this. The brackets are wide enough to accommodate a thick door, up to approx. 2 in. (5 cm). The downside is that if your door is thinner, like my interior door, there will be some forward and back play in the brackets, which will scrape up the doorway as the door is repeatedly opened and closed. This was easily remedied by fashioning some spacers to take up the extra width.
Does It Work?
Well, this greatly depends on you. If you're a beginner or haven't worked out in a long time, then this could be GREAT for you. But if you're a seasoned bodybuilder, then I would definitely give this a pass. As for my personal experience, I used to be a seasoned veteran but my fitness has dramatically changed over the last 2 years because I "let myself go" and didn't work out. So I would consider myself as a beginner now with little fitness ability. This is why the 11-minute workout is so good for beginners like me who are trying to get back in shape.
This is a little misleading, just like any other fitness equipment on "TV". It says try now for $14.95 free shipping and handling, which you can try for 30 days before sending it back. But then they charge you $39.95 for 4 months after each month. Then add sales tax on top of that which means you're actually paying a total of $191.79 it's a lot more expensive than you may think. When bought here on Amazon, the List Price was $175.00
but the sale price that I paid out of pocket was only $53.00 + $10.64 shipping. I saved $122.00 (70%), and it's ALL MINE!
So now that you've read my review would I honestly recommend it? ONLY if you are a beginner. I'll be honest I really DO like the Tower 200 and I don't regret paying for it.
Despite the minor issues mentioned above, the Tower 200 is overall a highly versatile and compact system that offers a lot of bang for your buck.
This is my review for the "Body By Jake 556869 Tower 200 Full-Body Exercise Gym"
I try to review items I need or have a strong interest in so in order I can provide a review based on a real genuine trial. My opinions and experiences with the product are an actual true reflection of my personal experiences with the item. These reviews that I write are not in any way influenced by the seller or website that the product.
Because many of the products that I review, I have not been discounted or given this product for free. I chose to review so others can see what a great product this is. I do though still try to supply as much information as I can in terms of my initial experiences with the product, and the contents of the product as well.
The wonder about the tower is that it's easy to set up. There's some minor assembly required, but it doesn't take much know-how or time. It fit on several of my doors perfectly. It's also easy to use - I wake up and knock out 200-400 reps for a quick workout that target all parts of my body and it gets me pumped for the day. It's also a great warm-up/cool-down for your regular workout. Tire those big muscle groups, then small muscle groups with free weights, and then jump onto the tower and plow through another 50 reps and work them til they're dead and limp. I also use it to shape areas that I feel are lacking and I feel this is awesome for that purpose (my rear delts have never looked better!)
Do play around with it - most people don't realize how valuable working a muscle out at different angles can be. It's a little harder to do with free weights, but with bands like these, all you need is to change your grip and bam, you're focusing on different muscle fibers!
-Replace the carabiners with some giant ones from amazon or homedepot. The ones they give you are so small that it's annoying having to change bands and even too small to include all the bands together without some effort.
-Replace the grips - the ones included felt like they were going to snap on me and were kind of on the thin side. I replaced them with "Ignite Fitness Ultra Heavy Duty Elite Exercise Handles" - they're thicker and will work out your forearms/grip more, and they're also harder and doesn't bend like the ones that came with the tower.
Overall, at the price for $50~, this is well worth the price. Didn't expect a as-seen-on-tv product like this to be so effective, but I love it~