If you are looking for a simple piece of home machinery that gives you a complete full-body workout, consider a power tower. A power tower lets you use only your body weight to perform some incredibly powerful exercises. With a fairly small footprint, a Marcy power tower is the perfect addition to a home gym. You can even put one in a small corner of your house if you don’t have space for a full home gym.
Power Tower Station
Power tower stations are especially good for building strength in the arms, shoulders, back, and core. Some of the exercises you can do with a power tower home gym include:
Triceps dips: Face the tower and raise yourself up into position, holding the triceps bars firmly. Cross your legs slightly behind you. Lower yourself down slowly so that your upper arms are parallel to the floor and then slowly push yourself back up. In addition to your triceps, dips also work your shoulders and pecs. For more of a chest workout, simply lean forward a bit as you are doing the exercise.
Pull-ups/chin-ups: Face the power tower and raise yourself up, so you are hanging from the chin-up bar. Keep your grip facing outward to do pull-ups and inward to do chin-ups. Pull yourself up as much as you can, then lower yourself down slowly. Perform each step slowly and deliberately to get the most out of the exercise.
Leg/knee raises: Place your back against the padded backrest and your forearms on the arm pads. You may need to lift yourself up a bit to get into the proper position. Hang slightly and then lift your legs using your abdominal muscles. Try to avoid swinging to better target your core muscles. There are a few options with this type of workout: You can lift your knees into your chest, your legs straight out in front of you, or lift them at a diagonal and alternate sides to target the obliques.
Push-ups: You can do push-ups on any mat or flat surface but using a power tower can make them much more challenging. While not all power towers have the push-up station option, using the push-up station instead of a flat surface increases the range of motion available during the exercise and allows you to further expand your chest into the push-up.
Though these may seem like simple or basic exercises, they are actually quite challenging for a novice. However, power tower exercises can easily be modified for anyone of any fitness level. If you are not able to perform pull-ups and dips on your own, use a box to hold some of your weight during the pull-up or dip.
Someone with more experience can use a weight belt or hold weight plates to increase the resistance of most workouts.
Power Tower Station
Marcy offers some of the best power towers for home use on the market. Our selection of Marcy power towers includes a variety of options with different features and price points, so you can find the best power tower for your workout goals and your budget!
This highly affordable power tower has multiple stations which target different areas and muscles of your body. Use the overhead bar to perfect your pull-ups and chin-ups and sculpt your abs with the padded arms and backrest. The push-up station can also double as a step for other exercises. This Marcy power tower is made with a sturdy, powder-coated frame and well-made padding, ensuring that this equipment will last through many good workouts.
This sturdy power tower station is made of durable steel. It’s pull-up, dip, and knee-raise stations will help you become a master of body weight exercises. The SteelBody Power Tower also allows you to move the pegs up and down the tower’s frame, making it easy for you to step on the pegs to safely reach the pull-up and chin-up bar. Finally, check out the back of this power tower home gym, and you’ll notice a pair of foam rollers. These rollers let you lock in your feet so you can perform stable and challenging push-ups.
Our most versatile power tower is the SteelBody STB-98502. This model comes with most of the valuable features that you’d expect in a power tower station, including a chin-up bar, dip bar, and push-up grips. The handles can be moved up and down the frame of the power tower or removed altogether to give you additional space. All the handles are wrapped in thick vinyl to help you maintain your grip even if your workout gets a little sweaty.
What makes this model stand out is that it also includes a weight bench. This additional piece dramatically expands the amount of different exercises you can perform and allows you to continually change and modify your workout. For example, the weight bench lets you perform bench presses and shoulder presses, with the addition of a barbell and weighted plates. When your workout is over, just fold up the bench to save space.
Additional Ideas for your Power Tower
There are so many different ways to use your power tower to maximize your workout routine. Create a circuit workout by programming three or four different exercises together.
Chin-ups – 3 rounds of 5 reps
Sit-ups – 3 rounds of 20 reps
Dips – 3 rounds of 8 reps
Knee raises – 3 rounds of 8 reps
You can also incorporate your Marcy power tower into a high-intensity interval program.
Max pull-ups in a minute followed by 30 seconds of rest
Max knee raises for a minute followed by 30 seconds of rest
Max push-ups for a minute followed by 30 seconds of rest
Max jump-and-taps for a minute followed by 30 seconds of rest (tap the pull-up bar)
Repeat this series of exercises three times
These are just two ways to put a power tower at the center of your exercise routine and get incredible results. Before you know it, you’ll be a bodyweight exercise master!