Using a power tower has become much more popular recently as a cheaper home alternative to going to a gym. While dumbbells offer a variety of exercises that you can do, a Power Tower helps you do more advanced bodyweight exercises with just one affordable machine in your own home.
In this article, I’ll go over some of the Power Tower exercises that you can do (regardless of which brand or model of tower you have or plan to buy) and will also provide some tips on how to make each exercise more effective for muscle building and fat burning.
If you’re wondering whether a Power Tower is for you, this article will show you exactly what you can achieve with one of these products and help you see whether it is worth the money for you to use.
List of Exercises You Can Do With a Power Tower
Power Towers allow you to perform a number of exercises, targeting a number of body parts. Check out how a power tower helps you strengthen and tone your upper body muscles:
For the back muscles you use the pull-up bar which comes with every tower. Some models, such as the Body Vision PT600 have a complete bar at the top, allowing you to use grips at varying distances and also make it easier to do chin-ups and cross grip pull ups to train your back muscles in a variety of ways. Other models don’t offer a complete bar, just two handles spaced widely apart to perform a wide grip pull-up.
The pull-up is one of the best bodyweight exercises there is. It’s great to work the back, shoulder, and biceps. You can make this exercise more challenging in a number of ways:
- Use alternating grips.
- Add weight to your body using ankle weights or a weight belt.
- Perform a variety of workouts: high rep low number of sets, and low rep high number of sets.
To tone and shape your triceps, you can do triceps dips in the dip station. Dips are a great triceps exercise and they also work the pectoral muscles. To do a dip properly, you need to keep your body centered and balanced. When you lower yourself to the bottom position, make sure you descend below the point where your elbows are at a 90 degree angle to your body.
Here are some tips on how to make triceps dips more effective:
- Place ankle weights or a weight belt to increase resistance.
- Perform this exercise after you do chest exercises such as push-ups (which we’ll get to next).
- Push up with your arms. Don’t use your lower body to propel you upward.
Note: some models such as the Weider 200 Power Tower have the pull-up bar one on side and the dip station on the other. Other models are more space efficient and have both of them on the same side. One example of this is the Bodyvision PT600. If you lack space, go for a model which is built like the PT600.
For the chest, you can do push-ups, an exercise which is vastly underrated. It is simple an awesome way to train your pecs, triceps, and shoulders. Using the handles on the Power Tower allows you to do deeper push-ups which are much harder to complete. Expect to feel your chest working like crazy to complete a full set of push-ups on the tower.
For the abs, each tower includes a VKR station. VKR stands for Vertical Knee Raises and it is a highly effective exercise to work the abs and obliques. You have special arm and back pads to rest against while performing this exercise. Here are some tips to make it more effective:
- Make sure your back is firmly held against the pad. Don’t arch it.
- Raise your knees in a straight and diagonal motions. The first works the central abs and the latter the obliques.
- You can hold a dumbbell between crossed ankles to add resistance to the exercise.
As you can see, there are Power Tower exercises to train your entire upper body. You will need to supplement these exercises with some leg exercises like squats and lunges to get a complete body workout at home. Overall, a Power Tower is a great way to get in shape at home. The exercises are effective, you just need to do them regularly to see results.