The assembly instructions featured an exploded-view diagram which was easy to follow. It took us about 15 minutes to assemble the Iron Gym Xtreme after opening the box. The main bar is made up of two pieces that lock together with a quick twist. Two additional bar pairs must be slid into each other before the bolts can be inserted and locked down.
After each bolt is inserted into its hole, a nut is placed on the end and tightened with the wrench. The two shorter bolts are used to attach the rectangular bracer to the bar. Assembly doesn’t get simpler than this.
Installing the Iron Gym Xtreme takes only a second or two since it does not permanently attach to the door. Pro Fit provides an optional metal wedge that prevents slippage of the workout bar. The wedge slides behind the casing of the door in about 2-seconds and can be removed. When installed, the padding protected our door’s casing quite well. The bracer bar at the top has a strip of foam to prevent dents and scratches on the wall (we saw no evidence of damage). An extender bar is available for separate purchase which lets the bar be used on wider doors.
One important thing to note: if you have a door that is very close to the corner of a room, the Iron Gym Xtreme may not be able to fit properly, as we experienced.
The Iron Gym workout bar has six different grip positions to choose from.
- Narrow (Chin-Ups or Pull-Ups)
- Neutral (Palms Facing Each Other)
- Wide Neutral
- Extra Wide (Challenging)
- Floor Grips (Push-Ups/Dips)
All of the six grip positions are well padded and are wide enough to provide coverage for the entire width of the hand. The narrow position is used for standard pull-ups (palms away from body) and chin-ups (palms toward body). The two “narrow” positions are in many cases more comfortable to work with since they orient the palms facing each other. The Iron Gym Xtreme bar gets its “extreme” name from the wide and extra wide grip positions that provide the ultimate pull-up challenge. Our tester got quite a workout even after only a couple reps in these positions. The widest grip has a slight angle which places the wrists in an ergonomic position. Without the slight angle it would be awkward to use.
We liked how the Iron Gym Xtreme was able to offer multiple grip options while doing dips and push-ups on the ground. Using a bar like this make these types of workouts so much more enjoyable when compared to using the bare floor. Since there is only 7 inches of clearance between the handles and the ground, the range of motion for dips is fairly small.
The Xtreme bar offers several different ways to work the abdominal muscles. Pull-up exercises like knee lifts can do the trick, but the bar can also be placed on the ground within the doorway to support the legs during sit-ups (see photo above). Once we figured out how to install it (takes a few seconds), it worked well. It’s important to pull back on the bar with your legs, not upwards toward the ceiling.
The steel tubing which makes up most of the workout bar is coated entirely in grey paint for protection from scratches, but more importantly sweat and moisture. We found the foam grips to be high quality being that they were comfortable in the hands and did not slip on the tubing. We paid close attention to the main bar during use and noticed very little, if any, flexing. Overall it’s a very solid and well-engineered piece of equipment.
The main attribute we look at when determining the quality of hardware is the threading. None of the bolts/nuts stripped when tightening them down, which is a great sign. The locking washers help to keep everything tightened, as we saw even after several hours of use.
While none of the sections delve into great detail, there are quite a few morsels of helpful fitness information included in the manual. These sections include Steps to Success, Workout Plan, Exercises (illustrated), Eating Recommendations, Food Choices and more. It’s a lot more than you get with most workout bars.
It seems that Pro Fit does not include warranty information with their pull-up bars. We found no warranty cards/info in the manual or the Pro Fit website.