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Iron Gym Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line


  • Installs without tools
  • Easy to remove between uses
  • Holds up to 250 pounds


  • Doesn't fit all doorways
  • Limited range of motion for dips
  • Shipping fee for "free" ab straps
Our Analysis
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The Iron Gym exercise bar works for sit-ups, deep pushups (with two hand positions) and dips as well. Reviewers say it's fine for all the exercises except dips. The range of motion for dips is so small that you're only doing partial dips, which limits the effectiveness.

Users suggest buying the Iron Gym exercise bar at a local store with a good return policy, since it's hard to tell in advance whether or not it will fit any of your doorways. The Iron Gym website offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, but several users note that both the Iron Gym itself and the shipping charges are higher there than at most retailers.

We found the largest number of user-written reviews and ratings of the Iron Gym at Amazon.com. The review includes a video review that covers assembly and use. A longer, more critical video review (by an exercise equipment retailer) is posted at YouTube.com. We also found useful additional reviews and ratings from users posted at Buzzillions.com, Drugstore.com and InfomercialRatings.com. 

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com,

More than 250 users review the Iron Gym exercise bar, giving it a high average rating of 4.5 on a five-point scale. Two videos are also posted here: the manufacturer's TV ad as well as a customer review showing assembly and use for chin ups, pushups and partial dips. About 85 percent of the reviewers here say the Iron Gym works as advertised, but a few others report defective parts. The main complaint from some users is that it doesn't fit any of their doors.

"ExerciseEquipment", Jan. 28, 2009

An exercise-equipment retailer who also runs ExerciseEquipmentReviews.com discusses the Iron Gym, including the entire process of assembly. He tests it in doorways of different widths, noting that a 30-inch doorway is ideal; a narrower doorway makes it awkward to do wide pull-ups. The wrench that's included with the bar doesn't work very well to tighten the bolts, but a 10mm socket wrench does the trick. He concludes that it "does a decent job for the money" but recommends a competing exercise bar, the P90X, for anyone really serious about working out at home. He also warns that pull-ups and chin-ups are very challenging to do.

Contributors to Buzzillions.com,

Nearly 60 user-written reviews of the Iron Gym exercise bar are published here, and most users give it positive reviews. Some, but not all, of the reviews are drawn from other sites. Among exercise equipment listed at this review site, the Iron Gym ranks eighth; most of the higher-ranking equipment costs a lot more. Several people note that the Iron Gym isn't efficient for doing dips. A few users report that the Iron Gym didn't fit their doorframes or is not sturdy enough. It's also awkward to store when not in use.

Contributors to Drugstore.com,

More than a dozen users review and rate the Iron Gym exercise bar, mostly praising it as convenient and effective. One reviewer complains that it doesn't fit all doorways.

Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com,

Nearly a dozen users weigh in on the Iron Gym here, giving it mostly positive reviews. One notes that it can scuff a doorframe that's painted white. There's also a complaint about high shipping costs it you buy it from the website.

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