Before we get started on the Weider Power Tower review, you need to know that this thing takes up quite a bit of space. It’s footprint is approximately 41 inches wide (3’5 ft; 104 cm), 57 inches deep (4’9 ft; 145 cm) and 84 inches tall (7 ft; 213 cm).
This means that you’re going to need a good-sized area in which to assemble and use it. If it’s pushed up against a wall, like in the picture below, you’re going to feel very cramped while using the pull-up bar. You also won’t be able to use the push-up platforms (more on those later), unless you pull it away from the wall each time.
Now with that out of the way, let’s get into it!
Weider Power Tower Review
All in all this is one of the best power towers out there at the moment, especially for those just starting on their home fitness journey. It’s also one of the most popular bodyweight stations on the market. The Weider Power Tower is inexpensive, has a relatively good quality and sturdy design, and allows for a great range of bodyweight exercises.
If you’re looking for a bodyweight station that will give you a good upper body and core workout without breaking the bank, then the Weider is for you.
Range of Exercises
Design and Quality
Ease of Use
Ease of Assembly
Value for Money
Range of Exercise You Can Do on the Weider Power Tower
As we’ve mentioned, the range of exercises you can do on the Weider is great. You have everything you need for a bodyweight workout targeting your upper body and core. Here are the basic exercises you can do, and the muscles they work:
Pull-ups / chin-ups
Use the pull-up / chin-up station to primarily work your latissimus dorsi (lats) and biceps and to a lesser extent your trapezius, posterior deltoids, abdominals, and pectorals (pecs). You can also use the pull-up bar to do hanging leg raises for an intense abdominal workout
The dip station will work your pecs, anterior deltoids and triceps.
Back-assisted or vertical leg / knee raises
The leg raise station has padded back and arm rests that will allow you to do both leg and knee raises in order to work your abdominal muscles. There are also platforms to help you into the leg raise station if you are not tall enough, which can also be used to do calf-raises. Also, if you are able to support your own bodyweight, you can use the horizontal dip bars to do vertical leg or knee raises, which will give you a more intense abdominal workout (similar to hanging leg / knee raises).
There are handles below the pull-up bar that are used for platform push-ups. Platform push-ups allow you to go deeper into your push-ups, which works your pecs, deltoids, and triceps more intensely than regular push-ups performed on the floor.
Design and Quality
The Weider Power Tower is built from good quality materials and has a sturdy design, meaning you can use it day-in-day-out without worrying about its stability. That said, if you are on the heavier side (say, 220 lb / 100 kg or more) you could feel some slight movement in the station when using the pull-up and dip bars. If this is the case for you, using some protective lightweight gym flooring will improve stability during use, as well as protect your floor from damage. If, however, you’re getting a lot of movement while you’re using the station, placing a couple of sandbags over the base will sort that problem right out. As we said though, this will only be relevant for people weighing over 220 lb (100kg). And, even if it does move a little during use, it has a load capacity of 300+ lb (136 kg), so it certainly won’t break or bend.
This station is otherwise made up of good quality materials – all of the handles and bars are easy to grip and hang onto, even once you start sweating. The pull-up, dip, and push-up handles have padded grips for a nice and comfortable workout, as do the vertical handles in the leg raise station. Also, the padded back and armrests in the leg raise station are comfortable and hold up well (though the armrests are a touch narrow, we’ll explain more in the next section). Overall, very few bodyweight stations intended for home use beat out the Weider in terms of the quality of their design and build.
Weider Power Tower Review: Ease of Use
The vast majority of users are going to find the Weider Power Tower easy to use, no question about it. However, due to its large dimensions, some people may find some exercises require a bit of practice in order to get the hang of them, and that’s why we’ve given it a slightly lower rating in this area.
The two arms that form the leg raise station are quite wide, and this can mean that at first, leg raises are a bit difficult. This will be especially noticeable for users with shorter wingspans. You will get used to it fairly quickly though, so we wouldn’t worry too much about that. Also, the armrests that sit on top of the arms are a touch narrow, again making leg raises a bit uncomfortable at first.
Finally, the station is tall – the pull-up bar sits about 7ft off the ground. Therefore, if you are shorter than 5’7 – 5’8, you’ll likely have to jump to reach the pull-up bar, which some will find annoying (however, this is not always a bad thing, and actually helps when doing hanging leg raises). These are genuine flaws, but certainly not deal-breakers. With a bit of practice, we’re confident you’ll stop noticing them quickly.
Ease of Assembly
We’ve also found that assembling the Weider Power Tower can be a bit tricky, hence the 3.5 / 5 rating. Unless you’re quite experienced at assembling this kind of product, we think it’s a good idea to get a friend or family member to help you. The box it comes in is 94 lb (42 kg), and fairly large, so unless you’re very strong you’ll probably appreciate the extra pair of hands. There are also some things to keep in mind when putting this bodyweight station together:
- Make sure you follow the instructions of not tightening the bolts until the whole thing is together. If you don’t do this, you’ll find it’s a bit crooked and off-balance when finished.
- You’ll need a few extra tools besides what comes in the box. Namely, 2 adjustable wrenches, a rubber mallet (this will be very handy), 1 Phillips head screwdriver, and 1 standard screwdriver.
- Definitely assemble it where you plan to use it, as it won’t fit through a standard doorway once fully assembled. Also, disassembling it, even partially, will be tricky.
- A few of the plastic caps are a bit weak, so be gentle with them. None of them are essential for proper use, so if you do break one or two of them it won’t stop you from using the power tower.
All of that said, once you actually get it together it’s an impressive piece of equipment.
Value for Money
The Weider Power Tower certainly offers great value for money. It’s an inexpensive, well-designed bodyweight station that allows you to do about as much as you can hope for with this kind of equipment. On top of that, it’s built with good quality materials giving you good sturdiness and stability during your workouts. There’s really not a whole lot more to ask for!
Weider Power Tower Review in Summary
Overall, we do recommend the Weider Power Tower for those looking to add a bodyweight station to their home workout space. It offers a great range of exercises, boasts a sturdy design with good quality materials, will be very easy to use for most people, is not particularly difficult to assemble, and won’t hurt your hip pocket. It’s not perfect, but then again, what piece of equipment is? If you’re interested in buying one:
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All the best with your home workouts. Remember: when it comes to your workouts, you can make the effort or you can make excuses, but you can’t make both!
THFF (The Home Fit Freak)