I have just received an email in which a guy was searching for a commercial grade pull up dip station. He is a professional in calisthenics who wants to do bodyweight exercises with additional weights. Moreover, he is over 230 lb, and he needs equipment that is suitable for doing muscle-ups.
He has checked out many pull up towers, but he thought none of them were robust enough for him. He believes those workout stations are made for the “average Joe.” He was searching for a real calisthenics power tower.
I recommended three options:
- Get a power rack that comes with a pull-up and dip bars. Racks are heavy duty and great tools for lifting weights safely.
- I also suggest him consider a premium wall mounted pull up bar and a robust dip station to buy.
- And finally, the Fitness Reality X Class power tower.
He picked the last one because he does not have much space at home and that tower comes with all the functions that are required to perform the most beneficial bodyweight movements. Below you can find more information about it.
Fitness Reality X Class High Capacity Multi-Function Power Tower Review
- High maximum user weight limit (400 lb).
- Suitable for advanced calisthenics exercises (muscle up, weighted).
- Sturdy & stable design.
- Total upper body workout at home.
- Adjustable posts.
- Durable and comfortable upholstery.
- Excellent workout experience.
- Bigger than regular towers. Large footprint. Requires workout area.
Read on to learn what makes it a commercial-grade power tower.
1. Heavy Duty Construction
The frame is a thick 11 gauge steel construction that is why it has a higher maximum weight capacity than typical a workout tower. It can be used up to 400 lb which is enough for even pro athletes like the mentioned guy. Actually, some people use it with an additional 50-60 lb for tricep dips and pull-ups. It can also be found in many commercial gyms as well.
But, because of this extra heavy-duty steel tube frame, it is 150 lb so relocating is not easy. So, you need a dedicated space for it.
You get 10 years warranty on the steel frame, 3 years on other parts, and 2 years on wearable pieces such as the backrest.
2. Excellent stability
It is a fact that heavier a home exercise equipment, the more stable it is. But, Fitness Reality has an off the ground angled base which makes it even more stable. And if that was not enough, there are pre-made holes for drilling it down to the floor.
Users do not complain about wobbling, and it feels very solid under usage. I think, fixing to the floor is only necessary if you want to the muscle-ups or the total load is over 300 lb.
3. Great Workout Experience
Now let’s see the various stations of the product.
The vertical knee raise station (VKR station) for abs
Vertical knee raise station has a back pad that is not vertical but a little bit angled. This way it provides more comfortable back support while doing leg raises or vertical knee raises. Also, the handlebars can be adjusted in two positions to find better grip positions. The forearm cushions (elbow pads) are thick for convenient training. Finally, the arms rests are also angled a little bit inside for comfort.
Thanks to these features you can perform the vertical knee or leg raise more comfortably, safely, and effectively.
Multi grip pull up station
Standard power towers come with a single bar, but the Fitness Reality High Capacity power tower provides multiple grip options to perform pull-ups and chin-ups. You can do wide, narrow, or hammer version to strength training your entire upper body.
Also, the height of the pull-up station is 83 inches which is higher than average. Hence, taller people can use the unit comfortably.
The dip station
The distance between the dip handles is 26″ which is suitable for most of the people. Although, some shorter individuals may find it a bit wide. The 2″ thick dip handles are covered with foam for comfortable and safe exercising.
Since the tower has an angled base, you can step on it to mount yourself on the dip bars.
Adjustable push up/sit up stations
You can adjust the push-up bars in 7 positions on the upright. This way you can do even more types of exercises for chest muscles. For example, decline or incline push-ups assisted dips or body rows.
The adjustable positions are particularly beneficial for beginners who need progressive exercises to perform such bodyweight exercises like pull-ups and chin-ups. Besides, advanced athletes can make their training more versatile or have higher reps.
The foam rollers of the sit-up post are comfortable protecting the feet while doing abdominal exercises.
Assembly & Shipping
Even if it seems a complex machine but putting it together is not complicated. Everything is included in the box. From my experience, the best is if you fully tighten the bolts after putting it together.
Since it is a big home workout equipment, it comes in two boxes. The setup dimensions are 63.4 L x 49 W x 83 H inches.
Verdict/ Is it for you?
As you see, we are not talking about a typical power tower, but a premium commercial grade pull up dip station. It is far more robust and convenient to use than other models. It is a good purchase for everyone who wants to bodyweight workouts at home. It costs more, but you will get quality home gym equipment serving you for long years.
One reason why people don’t get this machine is its high price. If you are searching for cheaper products, you can check out our detailed reviews of the best power towers here. You can get one for half price such as Weider or Stamina, but none of those items are such professionals like this one.