I know, I know, another power tower review. But come on, given the demand for these fellas, you can’t be really surprised. I was lucky enough that my friend actually ordered a power tower that I haven’t reviewed so far, so I jumped right onto it. He has ordered the well-known Gold’s Gym XR 10.9 power tower.
Gold’s Gym? Never Heard of Them
Gold’s Gym is one of the oldest American fitness brands on the market. It actually has been on the market longer than I live. The company was founded by Joe Gold in 1965 in Los Angeles. Since then, it has expended a today is considered one of the larger chain of fitness centers and fitness equipment manufacturers. They manufacture all kinds of equipment, including body weights, weight plates, lifting belts, barbells, DVDs, Flooring, Sportswear, weight benches, etc. Today, we will focus on one of their great additions, XR 10.9 power tower.
Features of Gold’s Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower
- Let’s start with the classics. As with most power towers out there, this one includes a vertical knee raise station with step-up, which allows you to rock your abs.
- Multi-grip pull-up station allows you to do all kinds of pull-ups, narrow, grip-wide, side-to-side, muscle-ups, etc. I love the fact that unlike most of power towers, they were smart enough to leave the narrow chin up bar there.
- At the very bottom we have padded push-up bars, which is a great addition.
- Last but not least, the dip station. The dip station is a must addition on any power tower worth the name. Otherwise, the dip station is pretty standard.
- Dimensions of the product are 58 x 20 x 9 inches (147.32 x 50.8 x 22.6cm). The assembled tower’s height is 7 feet even (213 cm). The weight of the assembled tower is 88.1 pounds (40 kg even).
Package & Assembly
The tower came in one package, where everything was tightly secured, no damage, and no missing parts. The package was heavy, nearly 100 pounds. I don’t envy the delivery man.
The assembly was quite easy because of the very informative manualprovided by Gold’s gym. A good manual is actually not that common among fitness equipment pieces, so definitely a point for Gold’s gym.
Who Let The Dogs Out? My Experience with XR10
Here, I started with the push up bars. Nothing interesting here actually, they are pretty standard single bars. The bars held my 160 lbs weigh twithout any problems. Manufacturer did not specify the maximum support of these bars, however.
Next, I tried some raise knees. The back-bad is large (not the largest, though) enough and quite comfortable. The grips, however, are quite thin. I had no problem with that with my hands, but I’m not that big of a man, so if you have bear-sized hands you might want to bandage and thicken the grips. Same goes for dipping grips. The tower is quite sturdy and did not wobble during the knee raises.
The dip bars, as I have mentioned, could be slightly thicker, but at least they are comfortable on hands. The tower did not wobble during full-depth dips, although it would be weird if it did under my weight.
Now the pull-up bar. In my humble opinion, this is the best part of Gold’s Gym XR10 power tower. The bar’s width (mount to mount) is 23 inches (58.42cm), which is a great length. It is comfortable on bare hands as well and with the angled grips on either side, you can do wide pull-ups as well. I’ve tried a few muscle-ups (okay, I can do 2-3 and I’m done), to my surprise, the power tower did not wobble; however, I can imagine that a heavier and/or taller guy will shake the tower. But that can be easily solved by encumbering the base with something heavy. Another great plus is that the chin up bar’s height is set at 7 feet, so with my 5’10” height I could so pull’s without bending my knees.
That’s all she wrote.
Pros and Cons
Now it’s time to discuss whether the pros outweigh the cons, but I guess you already know the answer.
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
This is a great power tower even for taller guys. While I do not personally agree with the thickness of the dip bars, that’s basically the only con I could find. Even if you are heavier, encumbering the base would solve the issue. Also, the price of the power tower is great. Gold’s Gym XR10 power toweris definitely a good addition to any serious (or not that serious) home gym.