Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Iron Gym Xtreme review - Great for Runners!

Just Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and bought the Iron Gym Xtreme.  As you may know, I've been missing my runs due to Plantar Fasciitis.  I've been able to continue doing weight training though.  It's real simple to get a little gym at home, which I highly recommend since you won't always feel like driving to the gym.  It's amazing what you can do with a couple of dumbbells and some other affordable equipment.

My home gym consists of the following:
  • 2 plastic coated 10 lbs dumbbells
  • 2 traditional dumbbells with cast iron weights of 4 x 5 lbs and 4 x 2.5 lbs.
  • Push Up Handles (for deeper push ups)
  • Iron Gym Xtreme
The Iron Gym Xtreme is just $10 more than the original Iron Gym.  The Xtreme offers more hand grips so you can "attack" your muscles from different angles.  It takes about 20 minutes to assemble and the little tool to tighten the bolts comes included.  Make sure to read the directions and not just try to go by the picture!

The only hiccup I had, was that my house is an old house, so the trim around the doorways is wide/tall.  This really limited my options for where I could use the Xtreme since it "hooks" over the door trim.  The door to my hallway works but just barely. Width wise, you should not have any trouble.  It works great on doors from 24" - 32" wide.  If you have wider interior doors, it won't work.

You can find the Iron Gym ($29.99) and the Iron Gym Xtreme ($39.99) at Dick's Sporting Goods, although I'm sure other stores have them as well (except Wal-Mart...they only had a "Gold's Gym" version which didn't look that great/sturdy to me.

As you know, runners have notoriously weak upper bodies.  Even if you can't hit the gym, you can easily work out at home for under $100.

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