What is a Power Tower
A power tower is one of the most innovative, useful, and strength-enhancing pieces of workout equipment. Generally speaking, workouts executed on the power tower use the trainee’s weight in order to build muscles across the whole body, including in the arms, back, core, and shoulders.
There are many different models of the power tower sold on the market, each equipped with more or less workout materials. Most models at least contain a pull up bar, push up handles, and dip station. In effect, the power tower allows one to utilize it however they want. Unlike a treadmill, it doesn’t stick you to a certain speed or duration, instead allowing more freedom with your workout.
Check out the video below for an overview of the main power tower features.
Anatomy of a Power Tower
Pull Up station
The simple pull up station can be used for various types of exercises. Mainly, it’s used for chin ups and pull ups or variations of the two. Such variations include the overhand wide grip pull up, in which your legs should be bent and crossed below you and your hands curved over the bar in a wide stance and the underhand close grip pull up, in which your legs should also be bent and crossed and your hands close together, curved under the bar. These specific variations do a good job targeting different muscles and adding challenge, and all of these exercises do a good job in strengthening the arm muscles, back muscles, and shoulders.
Push up station
The push up handles are simply used for push ups and push up variations. They allow a tighter grip, and in some models, the ability to move them further up or down. You can use freedom with this by turning to the sides, only using one arm, or weighting yourself. These help with muscle development in the chest muscles, shoulders, and triceps.
The dip handles can be used in a few ways. The most popular is the tricep dip, where you suspend your legs and alternatively extend and bend your arms on top of the handles, strengthening the triceps. Variations of the tricep dip are also possible–you can add a weight in between your legs to increase difficulty. A great exercise to strengthen your whole upper body, tricep dips also work the chest and the shoulders. If you add a weight, it can work your legs in addition. Also, some power towers come with a pad for your back in between the dip handles. In this case, you can also do vertical knee and leg raises, which include the raising and lowering of the legs. This exercises your core and all abdominal muscles.
The power tower is fitting for all levels of exercise experience and intensity, as you can use it to fit your personal needs. It gives you the tools to control your reps, speed, and exercises. Power towers can be purchased from most good sports equipment shops and online retailers but be sure to check the specifications as these can be quite large and you don’t want to start building it only to find you don’t have the room. For a decent review of a few of the best power towers available today, check out zenmindbodylife’s power tower reviews.
Simple Full Body Power Tower Workout Routine for Beginners
5 overhand wide grip pull ups
10 vertical knee raises
10 push ups
5 tricep dips
:30 rest until next set
This workout is designed to be repeated in 3 sets, but you can do more or less to suit your needs. Additionally, the 15 second rest between is a guideline. In order to increase or decrease the difficulty, you can shorten or lengthen your rest time.
Happy workouts 🙂