Best Power Tower Dip Station 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

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Name

Overall quality/price

Product weight

Weight limit

Dimensions

Warranty

Stamina 1690

54 lbs

250 lbs

50 x 81.5 x 41.5 inches

5 years frame/90 days parts

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Weider Power Tower

94 lbs

300 lbs

57x 41x 84 inches

90-Day

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BodyChamp

88 lbs

250 lbs

58.5 x 46.5 x 83 inches

1-year on frame and 9-days on parts

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Stamina X Fortress

150 lbs

250 lbs

57 x 48.5 x 85

90 days parts/3 years frame

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We previously reviewed the best power rack which is considered as the best all-in-one equipment in terms of use and all types of exercises you can perform with.

In this post, we will review the best power tower to use in your home gym. The power tower or pull-up dip station is the best fitness equipment if you live in an apartment or don't have much space.

You don't need anything else basically. Of course, it depends on the type of training you like but if you are looking to save some space but still have a great gym equipment that will help you build an awesome body physique, it is strongly recommended to get yourself a power tower.

A power tower is a great tool if you want to focus on bodyweight exercises or calisthenics type workouts. Most of the power towers come with a pull-up bar, of different sizes and shapes, and a dip station. Some of them will have optional attachments like triceps dips low station, leg raises cushions or even handles for inverted rows.

Bodyweight training and calisthenics training are the best fitness workouts if you are looking to build a balanced, athletic and rock hard functional body. A power tower can help you achieve that with minimal space needed.

Benefits of A Power Tower

I am a huge fan of bodyweight exercises and the story behind it. Calisthenics exercises have been around for ages, used by soldiers, roman soldiers and athletes around the world because of the functionality of the movement.

You can develop enormous power,strength and stamina only by focusing on bodyweight training and build a proportional muscular body.

dips with belt

I personally like a power tower with a flat pull-up which allows me to perform pull-up variations like wide or narrow supination and pronation as well as muscle ups and flat bar dips. With a full flat pull upbar you can also set up your gymnastic rings and add even more variations to your bodyweight training. On top of that, you can get a dip belt and train with added weight.

My Favorite Top 4 Best Power Tower / Dip Station

1. Stamina 1690 Power Tower - Affordable Pull-Up Station

This is the best fitness product at a good price for the quality and versatility. For under 100$ you can get a really good power tower for all types of bodyweight exercises.

​One good thing is that there is no cushion in the middle (usually made to lay back during leg raises) which let a lot of space in between to perform muscle ups for example or l-sit pull ups. This lets you enough room to do multiple bodyweight exercises variations.

Stamina 1690 Best Power Tower 2017

You can easily hang gymnastic rings and have enough space to do some ring dips or ring muscle ups, again because you don't have any cushion taking the space in the middle.

In terms of stability, the Stamina 1690 wobble slightly when you don't control the movement. We all know that control is the key for bodyweight training and for quick progress so I don't really worry about that. If you are looking to go nuts with your power tower I will probably consider putting extra weight at the bottom.

In terms of features, the Stamina 1690 Power Tower offers an amazing dip station and a flat pull up bars great if you want to put your rings on. It also comes with a foam padded sit-up station to hold into your feet for ab crunches and foam handles to perform elevated push ups great for minor/major chest development as well as the front shoulder.

It is optimal for small space or room, lightweight non-slips foam handgrips, made in USA.

The stamina is definitely a great choice especially if you are on a budget. But, due to its lightweight, if you are quite heavy, it won't be stable enough!

I personally think that the Stamina 1690 is great choice for anybody looking to start their journey with bodyweight training and more advanced users looking for a solid power tower to progress with their calisthenics training at home and on a budget

Advantages

Best price

Easy to set up

Lightweight

Sturdy

Non-slip end caps

Fits in small places

Foam padded push up station

Sit-up station

Steel frame construction

Pros

  • No rest pad - more room allowed for movement, perfect for resistance bands to be added
  • Sit-up and elevated push up station
  • Warranty 5 years frame/90 days parts
  • Easy to assemble
  • Tested at 6'2 240 lbs
  • Made in USA

Cons

  • Not really stable
  • Lightweight structure, slightly moving with heavier people

2. Weider Power Tower - The Famous Pull Up Station

The Weider Power Tower Dip Station is an all-in-one piece of fitness equipment made for beginners to advanced users. Perfect for a full body workout at home. It includes a push-up station for elevated push-ups great for the isolation of the upper chest and front shoulders. The push-up station can also be used for triceps dips.

On top of that, you get a full flat pull-up bar in the middle, great for muscle ups with bands and curved grip by the side which give you good range of grip options to target your lats during your back workout.

Weider best Power Tower 2017

The foam padded pull up bar is great because of its thickness, you can work on your pulls with an emphasis on your forearms and grip strength.

The vertical knee station is perfect for toning and sculpting your core and strengthen your midsection. With foam elbow pads and back rest, you can maintain a strict form during knee raises a straight leg raises. Once you feel strong enough, you can move to the dip station for leg raises without the assistance of the back cushion which makes it more challenging and will help you get more out of your training.

Hanging leg raises or knee raises can be also performed on the pull-up bar while working on the grip strength.

The Weider Power Tower is made from durable steel so don't worry about its durability and quality, it will be your best gym equipment for years to come.

Be aware of the size! The Weider is bigger than average. Make sure you have enough space!

Advantages

Pull-Up Station: Padded hand grips, Add definition to your biceps and forearms

Push-Up Station: Padded hand grips, Work your biceps, shoulders and core

Dip Station: Padded hand grips, Build your triceps, chest and shoulders

Vertical Knee Raise (VKR) Station: Cushioned arms rest, Padded hand grips, Isolate your core to develop lean, sculpted abs

Sewn Vinyl Cushions: Comfortable material, Durable, built to last

The Weider company is a renowned fitness equipment provider which make it one of the best power tower in the market, excellent quality and trusted brand.

Pros

  • Exercise chart included
  • Trusted company
  • Adjustable dip station
  • Perfect with P90x training

Cons

  • Bigger than average
  • Takes time to assemble
  • Arm pads not comfortable

3. Body Champ - All-in-one Pull Up Dip Station

This Body Champ Power Tower offers all of the features necessary to build muscle and sculpt your body.

Pretty much like any other power tower, it comes with a flat pull-up bar curved on the side for grip variations, a dip station ideal for chest exercises and straight leg raises, push ups handles for inclined push ups and elbow cushions for your core exercises.

Body Champ Pull up station

However, the Body Champ Power Tower is not really like the other two I mentioned above because it has a low middle bar which can be used for hip thrust or nordic curls working on your posterior chain (hamstrings and glutes) and declined push ups, just place your feet on the low middle bar and execute the push ups, it will make your push-ups a bit more challenging.

As I said previously, I like to put my rings and sometimes use resistance bands for calisthenics workouts, the Body Champ can do that without problems.
The base of the power tower is also curved by the side to make it more stable when doing dips.
It is a great fitness gear perfect for a full bodyweight workout and will fit perfectly in a small room.

Most of the people seem to have problems with missing bolts and nuts, make sure you have some extra ones. Also, the Body Champ is quite large, check if you have enough space before buying.

Advantages

Lower middle bar perfect for hip thrust or nordic curls for hamstrings and glutes

Curved based for better stability

Hold up to 250lbs

Thick, heavy-duty box-style cushions

Handles have grips for non-slip workouts

Protective feet keep your floor in pristine condition4-station fitness tool for a multitude of upper body strengthening workouts

Suitable for your light commercial or home fitness setting

VKR station for leg and knee raises and targeted ab crunches; dip station for triceps and upper body strengthening routines

Built-in push up bars to tone arms and chest

Develops muscle strength by lifting your own body weight; ideal for beginners or seasoned bodybuilders

Heavy-duty steel frame, with durable D-frame base and seam-stitched cushions

Pros

  • Great for added resistance bands
  • Elevated push-up handles
  • Good value, stable
  • Tested at 250lbs

Cons

  • Missing blots and nuts
  • Not ideal for small space

4. Stamina X Fortress - The Unmatchable Power Tower 

The Stamina X Fortress is not the usual power tower. With multiple pull-up stations grips, it stands out compare to its competitors.

Infact, the X Fortress opens new doors to fitness and strength training.

Stamina X Fortress Pull up dip station 2017

I had a chance to try it out once and as a martial arts practitioner I really loved the different grip handles it had to offer, you can easily work on your grip strength and forearms with the stronghold grips and the Boulder Fit rock climbing handholds.

The Stamina PoweR Tower comes with Ab Straps which are excellent for holding yourself during leg or knee raises and build an amazing 6-pack. A great and unique feature to the Stamina X Fortress is the adjustable dip bars. It can be moved higher or lower, ideal if you want to perform elevated push ups. It comes also with an adjustable plyo box with a non-slip surface, which you can move up or down and use it for step up exercises, inclined push-ups, dumbbell lunges, jump box and much more. The solid steel frame construction with the anti-wobble curved base is heavy and stable. It will help you maintain a straight and safe position during your workout.

With all the great features a regular power tower can offer and some specific features, the Stamina is one of the essentials home gym equipment you must have at home if you want to build a strong and functional body.
Definitely the heaviest and most stable power tower, perfect for heavier people looking to step up their fitness level.

If you have the budget, this is the one you need without a doubt !!! Look at the video below and see for yourself!

Advantages

Build strength with multiple pull-up stations, push-ups, sit-ups and vertical knee raises

Plyo box adjusts from 16"-18"-20"-22"-24"

Includes ab straps, Boulder Fit rock climbing handholds and Stronghold grips

Comfortable foam hand grips on pull-up and dip stations

Solid steel frame construction

Most stable power tower

Well balanced

Easy to assemble

Limitless exercise variations

Pros

  • Different pull-up positions and grips
  • Perfect for grip strength
  • Adjustable and removable dip bar
  • Ab straps for hanging core exercises
  • Plyo box for lower body workouts

Cons

  • Possible missing bolts during assembly
  • Not ideal for small space

So, which power tower should you get ?!

Well, it really depends on the space allowed, your budget and the training you want to do. As I said previously I like a fitness equipment where I can add my own gym gear on like gymnastic rings or resistance bands.

Also, I like to have a pull-up bar with multiple handgrip variations for more freedom of exercise.

On top of that, a solid and stable frame is the most important thing to look out especially if you are tall and heavy.

For that reason, my favorite pick for the best home gym power tower is the Stamina X Fortress.

Can I expect good results with a Power Tower?

Of course, you can! It all depends on your commitment! A power tower is the perfect gym equipment if you are on a budget and don't have much space at home.

You can workout all the muscle groups using a power tower:

Muscle group 1: Posterior Chain, Quads, Glutes
Power Tower Exercises: Lunges, Dumbell Step-ups, Jump squats

Muscle group 2: Chest, Triceps, Delts
Power Tower Exercises: Dips, Elevated or inclined push-ups, Hindu push-ups

Muscle group 3: Biceps, Lats
Power Tower Exercises: Pronated and Supinated pull ups, Negative chin-ups

Muscle Groups 4: Core, Abs
Power Tower Exercises: Leg and knee raises on dips bars or hanging, Ab crunch

Which power tower exercises are best to get ripped?

All bodyweight exercises can be done with power tower. It is the perfect home gym equipment if you are looking to develop incredible strength, improve your calisthenics level and build a rock-hard solid body.

There are a lot of exercises: Pull up, Chin up, Weighted dips with kettlebell or dumbbell, bodyweight dips, straight leg raises, knee raises, assisted pull up withband, muscle ups, ab crunch, inclined push-ups.

Check the Adam Raw's video below demonstrating some power tower exercises. Probably the best power station workout video. Enjoy!

This is my personal top 4 power tower review as I tried all of them before giving you my feedback on each of them. Most power towers are the same with similar features.

However, some of them offer better options like multiple handgrip variations or removable dip bars which make them versatile and adapted for any fitness training.

ABOUT ALEX 

Alex is a 27-year-old  health and fitness blogger from France. Former personal trainer and strength coach, he has helped his clients build their own gym.

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