The Body Champ Power tower is low-cost home gym equipment that is rather popular these days. It is liked because of its compact design, low-price and stability.
However, there are quite lot of problems with its design, functions, assembly and delivery. For example, there are complaints about missing hardware, low-quality welding, uncomfortable dip and pull up station.
It is maybe a good choice for someone who just sometimes want to do a few bodyweight exercises and not so serious about working out. Or for someone who cannot afford something better. But, I would not recommend it for committed trainees.
- Good stability
- Space saver design
- Low price
- Cheap design (moving parts, rather uncomfortable bars)
- Missing hardware
- Complicated assembly (badly-drilled holes, hard to follow manual)
- Bad smell
Customer reviews / price
- Maximum load: 250 lbs
- Assembled dimensions: 57.5L x 42.5W x 84.63H inches
- Warranty: 1 year
For our detailed review, read on.
The Good Features
1. Good stability
PT 600 comes with long rare stabilizers and horn shaped front ones with rubber caps at the end. Also, braces connect the upright and stabilizers. This way it is rather stable and does not move seriously under usage.
Users under 180 lbs does not complain about wobbling at all. People above 200 lbs say the wobbling is minimal and it is not annoying.
2. Put it next to wall
Other pull up dip stations have a structure where the pull up station is at the back of the equipment, and the vertical knee raise with the dip station is at the front. Hence, they take up more space.
But, in case of Body Champ all the stations are put on the one side of it. This way, it needs less space, so you can put it next to floor.
However, because of this unique design you have to do pull or chin ups between the dip/vertical knee raise bars/pads. But users do not find that problem. (The issues come from the width of bars, as they are too wide for someone. And the pull up bar that is the way when doing the dip exercise.)
3. Suitable for tall trainees
The height of the pull up bar from the ground is about 82 inches which makes it a good choice for taller people. People around under 5.3 say they do not even have to bend their knees.
The same is true for the dip station, you can perform leg raises comfortably.
Problems with Body Champ power tower
1. Issues with the dip / VKR section
May be this is the weakest point of the equipment.
Firstly, since the pull and dip station is on the same side if you do the dip exercise looking forward the tower, you may hit your head in the pull up bar. That is particularly true for the taller people. (Short guys say it is OK). So, you have to do it in a reverse state, looking away from it.
Also, both the dip bars and vertical knee raise handles tilt inward. For some trainees that is annoying providing uncomfortable training experience. It would be much better if these handles were simply vertical and horizontal.
(I think, they make these dip bars tilting inward because they would be too wide if they were parallel.)
Finally, the dip arms, in which the arm rest is placed, moves a little bit downward under use even if the bolts are tighten firmly. And the distance between the two arms is rather wide so shorter people may find it uncomfortable while doing leg raises.
So, most of the issues comes from bad-design.
2. Issues with assembly and delivery
Putting together is power tower is not an easy task, particularly if the manual is not clear. Unfortunately, that is true for this product. The instructions are unclear.
To make things worse some customers complain about badly-drilled holes for the bolts and missing hardware. In most of the cases these are just a few bolts or washers, that you can get in a store, but this issue is very annoying when you are in the middle of the assembly.
What is the thickness of the pull up bar?
Yes, it looks rather thin, and it is just 1 inch in diameter, but the foam hand grips makes it 1.25 inch.
Is it adjustable?
No. You cannot change the height of the bars.
Can I hung a heavy bag on it?
Well, it depends on the weight of the bag but I would not do it. Maybe if you fix it to the ground.
Verdict | Is it for you?
Well, it hard to tell if this workout station is goo or bad. The price is great and it is stable, but the workout experience should be better. If you are a tall guy who need home workout equipment at low-price for upper body training and do not want a “killer” item, then get it. Otherwise, if quality is important for you, don’t.
Last update on 2018-04-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API