Many people have space constraints in their homes or apartments that limit the amount of fitness equipment they can own. Not everyone has the money to invest in an expensive gym membership, or a fully stocked gym that is close enough to their home to make it a viable option either.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that these folks can’t get a great strength training workout at home. A piece of equipment like a quality power tower only takes up a small piece of real estate in your home but offers enough choice of exercise to allow the user to get a full body workout to build lean muscle and improve overall fitness.
The right power tower will be easy to put together, sturdy enough to handle your body weight during exercises like pull ups and dips and offer enough variety to allow you to train your arms, back and chest effectively.
What to Look For In a Power Tower
Strength and durability – the right power tower needs to hold up to the rigors of regular bodyweight exercises. Keep in mind that you will be hanging from this piece of equipment regularly so it needs to be able to stand up to the use and abuse of your full bodyweight in order for you to come out of your workout unscathed. A flimsy power tower that breaks down during use can result in serious injury.
Versatility – this piece of equipment is going to serve as your gym. You want your power tower to offer plenty of exercise options from pull ups and chin ups to dips, leg raises and pushups so you can get an effective full body workout.
There aren't a whole lot of bells, whistles or extras that you can get with a traditional power tower but you certainly don’t want to invest the extra money in something that you don’t necessarily need – especially if cost is a primary concern. While you definitely want to be able to work all of your major muscle groups on your power tower it isn't necessary to have a tower that comes with ab slings, suspension handles or a floor mat in order to get a good workout. These features may be nice but they certainly aren't a necessity.
Look for a tower with a small footprint – the biggest advantage of owning a power tower is that it allows you to get a complete body shaping workout in limited space. It is important to know the overall size of the unit before you buy so you know it will work well in the space to you have available. Even the best tower in the world won’t do you any good if it won’t fit in the area that you need it to.
The top brands in this price range are Weider, Stamina, X Mark and Bowflex - all of which produce sturdy and versatile pieces of equipment that work well in small spaces.
You also want to make sure that the tower you buy will accommodate someone of your height. While an average or shorter than average person will probably have no issue performing the full gamut of exercises on just about any power tower, a tall person may run into some issues. Before you buy make sure that you’ll be able to perform exercise like dips and pull ups with a full range of motion so you can get the most effective workout possible on your power tower.