If you are reading this article, it is safe to assume you are doing so because you want to improve your pull up game. Let me suggest you consider a portable pull up station from GoBeast Fitness! The great thing is, you are not just limited to pull ups, as we will discover in a bit. You can get a great, full body, bodyweight workout wherever you may be!
Before we get into that though, I think it is important to note why bodyweight workouts are such an effective addition to your training routine. The big terms you have to keep in mind are “closed-chain” and open-chain exercises.
Dennis Sanchez of the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) notes that closed-chain exercises are ones where your hands and/or feet are not moving, or fixed to a certain point. Exercises that are closed-chain include squats, pull ups, push-ups, lunges, and dips.
Open-chain, on the other hand, allow for movement of the hands and feet during an exercise. Examples of this include biceps curls, leg extensions, lat pull downs, and triceps kickbacks.
Both are important parts of your training, but there are key differences. While open-chain exercises focus more on one particular muscle group, closed-chain movements have the ability to incorporate multiple muscle groups.
For example, when you are performing a squat, you are using you calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, glute muscles, as well as your back, abdominal, and core stabilizing muscles!
If you are wondering why this would be helpful to you, Nate Palmer, writing for the Huffington Post, talks about several reasons. Bodyweight exercises (which are mostly closed-chain in nature) have the ability to burn more calories in a shorter period of time.
The reason for this is that the more muscles work, the more calories they burn. When you work multiple muscle groups at the same time, this multiplies that burn. Additionally, using more muscles naturally leads to increased muscle mass and strength!
Another reasons to use bodyweight exercise is it really helps your body with functional fitness. According to the Mayo Clinic, functional fitness is a form of training that helps your body perform everyday activities better.
Now, you could pay for a gym membership to use their functional fitness equipment, but that gets expensive and they are all closed because of COVID-19.
You could try your luck with one of those pull up bars that attaches to your door frame…however based on this video, it seems you are risking your life (look at what happens in most of the clips that feature door frame pull up bars).
In addition, you are definitely limited in the amount of exercises that you can do with one of those.
There is also the option of fixed position power towers, which are really great tools that I highly recommend! They allow you to perform many types of functional fitness exercises. In case you are interested, I have featured a few fixed position power towers that are definitely worth taking a look at:
For some, these are great! However, there are others who either don’t have the room in their home/garage or they simply prefer to have tools that they can take with them on-the-go.
If this describes you in any way, then the GoBeast will be right up your alley! Even if this doesn’t describe you, I would still recommend reading on because you might be surprised by just how much this piece of equipment could help your fitness journey!
The Overview – What And Where To Buy
Where to Buy: Amazon.com (Currently out of stock, but should be back soon and with FREE SHIPPING!)
Amazon Star-Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (with 280 reviews)
The Specs and Features
GoBeast is a relatively new fitness company, launching just under two years ago. Since then, they report that nearly 4,000 people have started using their various products. These include the portable power tower I am reviewing today (which is also great for on-the-go personal trainers, by the way), dip bars, and a rowing machine.
They also feature an Ultimate Power Tower and various supplements currently in development for future release.
As for the GoBeast Portable Power Tower, it is time to talk about some of the main features you will find.
First and foremost, the solid metal frame can be completely broken down into smaller tubes in a matter of minutes and tucked away in a carrying bag that comes with the power tower. This allows you to take it pretty much anywhere you want to go. Each tube section is held together by strong metal clips.
The total weight of the tower when in the included storage bag is only 44lbs, so it doesn’t take much effort to carry it on your back.
While using it set up, some wobbling is going to be natural with a portable power tower. However, the GoBeast is very sturdy as it can hold a maximum weight of 300lbs.
For those worried about how big it might be, it actually is smaller than most other power towers. The pull up bar is only a little over 6 feet above the ground, while only being a little over 4 feet wide and deep. While the height may seem like it doesn’t work for taller individuals, simply bending at the knee will allow most anyone to use it.
The GoBeast comes with instructions on how to put it together, but if you want an actual visual, here is a video review I found that shows the assembly process in great detail:
What you may have noticed in the video was the instruction manual that goes over different exercises you can do. I think it is a good time to mention some of them here, since you don’t have that resource in front of you.
With the GoBeast, you can expect to be able to perform over 35 exercises. While some of those 35 will be the same concept, they can be done at varying levels of difficulty, depending on your positioning. These different positions can be achieved by either tipping the tower or adding/taking away various tubes. Some of the exercises include:
- Pull Ups: Wide, regular, and close grips.
- Chin Ups: Wide, regular, and close grips.
- Push Ups: Regular, inclined of various heights, and declined.
- Triceps Dips: Various heights and difficulties.
- Triceps Extensions
- Leg Raises
- Knee Raises
- Body Twists
- Small Hurdle Jumps
These are just a few of the different moves. For a better look at these and more various exercises in action, check out this workout video from GoBeast:
Now that you have seen what you can expect from a GoBeast Portable Power Tower, I want to take a moment to highlight what I think are the best parts about owning one:
- Versatility: There are few, if any power towers that boast the ability to provide over 35 bodyweight exercises and exercise variations.
- Portability: Rainy day? Set it up inside! Bright and sunny? Take it outside! Having company over? Break it down and store it in the closet! It is literally the most portable power tower I have seen on the market.
- Durability: Made of solid metal tubing and kept together with solid metal clips, this isn’t something that you are going to be breaking.
- Safety: Going along with the durability factor is how safe this tower is. Having the ability to hold 300lbs is top of the line and you won’t be running into issues like we saw earlier with the door frame pull up bars.
- Fits Anywhere: The overall footprint is very small and the height is perfect for most any normal sized room in your house!
- Price: The price is comparable to most fixed power towers on the market. When you factor in that you can do more exercises and take it anywhere? It simply becomes a steal.
One thing I should also mention is that if you have trouble with doing a pull up or simply want to add more challenge to your workout, you could very easily pair the GoBeast with a couple pieces of equipment that I highly recommend. Check them out by clicking the links below:
- Bodylastics Resistance Bands: Use them for doing an assisted pull up or add some weight to the push up varieties you can perform.
- Sportneer Ankle Weights: Adjustable ankle/wrist weights that can add real challenge to many of the exercises you can do with this power tower.
As with any product on the market, there are pros and cons. The GoBeast is no exception and here at Get Fit On A Budget, I always like to present the latter to make every review I write as fair and balanced as possible. Here is what I noticed:
- Wobble Wobble: You will see in the videos provided that the GoBeast will wobble a bit while doing certain exercises. While it isn’t going to tip over on you with normal use, some might be bothered by this wobbly feeling.
- No Cross-Fit: Some of the more explosive pull up movements are definitely not recommended when using this particular power tower. While extremely stable, it is not meant for that.
- Availability: While I will be keeping an eye on it, as you should too, it is currently out of stock due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rush it has created on home gym equipment. I will let you know as soon as it becomes available to you can snatch yours up before it’s gone!
- Height: While great for most, the pull up bar being a little over 6 feet tall might leave some of the tallest out in the cold as far as using it.
- Question About Carpet: In my research, I saw one individual talk about how it should be used on a hard surface because it could slide on carpet. Use caution if carpet is all you have.
A Review Of The Reviews
I always like to take a look at the various other ratings/reviews out there to see the public’s opinion. When I research a product to buy for myself, I always take a look at other reviews because those are consumers just like me, looking for a quality product. Therefore, here is the Amazon star breakdown for the GoBeast Power Tower:
Out of 280 Total Reviews:
- 123 5-Star Reviews (59%)
- 50 4-Star Reviews (20%)
- 23 3-Star Reviews (8%)
- 12 2-Star Reviews (4%)
- 24 1-Star Reviews (9%)
It would appear that the consensus is very positive with 79% of reviews being 4 or 5 stars! I have confidence that if you purchase your own, you will not only get a great deal, but an incredible workout!
The Verdict – GoBeast Mode
I have to say that GoBeast’s portable pull up station (among many other exercises) is an incredible piece of equipment that will help you get into great shape through bodyweight exercise! Not only that, but you can get into great shape anywhere because it is so portable.
That combination, as well as the ability to easily store it, make this a winner in my book! Click any of the product links above or the official Amazon picture link below to be taken to the product page and get yours today (or as soon as they become available again)!
Now, it’s your turn! What do you think of GoBeasts portable power tower? What do you like? What do you dislike? Are there any personal trainers out there that would use this? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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