Sunday, July 3, 2011

Meet My New Best Friend

I'd like to introduce you all to my new best friend - The Iron Gym. Yes, it is one of those cheesy as seen on TV widgets, but this one ACTUALLY WORKS!

First, when I couldn't find the Iron Gym at Walmart, I made the mistake of settling for the Perfect Pull Up bar instead. What a PITA that was. Required drilling like 8 holes in my landlord's doorways - not sure they would have been to keen on THAT...and all kinds of measurements and hardware, etc. Scratch that. Hit Target yesterday and picked up this bad boy (pictured below) for $29.99 instead. Will return the other POS to Walmart after the holiday.

The beauty of the Iron Gym is that, once you put the little contraption together, you don't need any hardware or tools to install it in your doorway. Initially thought I wasn't going to be able to use it when it was determined that the doorways of this 100-year old carriage house I'm renting were too thick and moldings were too wide to hold it in place. Bummer, I thought. Then I considered taking it to work and hanging it in my doorway there...until this morning...

I had the Iron Gym sitting on a chair in my living room when my daughter picked it up, walked into the dining room and slapped it in the doorway connecting the dining room to the office and says, "is it supposed to fit like this?" And here it is -

I hadn't tried that door. Of the dozen doors in my entire place, that was the one I never tried it on and it fit perfectly. Thanks, Brenna. Now I apparently need to "show her the love" via a trip to the mall...we'll see.

So, now when I return from my beach sand-bag runs I can do my pullups without having to drive to the gym or nearest playground. Let the training continue!


I now have to take her to the mall. wish me luck.


Steve in Illinois said...

Will you be doing a review of this? Looks pretty promising. I'd love to know what your thoughts are after using it a bunch of times.

Jenn said...

Steve - better late than never, I guess. I was posting a link to this for a woman in my FB group when I saw your comment. The Iron Gym is great. The handles are soft, but easy to hold and the multiple grip options allow you flexibility. Just don't swing on it. I'm not sure what the experience would be for someone taller and heavier though as you may drag your knees on the floor!