Iron Gym - Upper Body

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    Dec 06, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    i always wanted to build up my upper body. i'm tired of people whom keep telling me that i'm too thin/slim/skinny, or i should eat more foods to fat me up. icon_mad.gif so i went to the shopping mall to take a walk, then i found the iron gym that helps building upper body muscles. i went home to try it out, and surprisedly, it's working. cuz most of my upper muscles were so sore next day~! lol hopefully my families and friends would SHUT UP when they see me next time, or maybe compliment from them. icon_twisted.gif and yeah, i'm sucker for guys with strong upper body and eyes. icon_wink.gif

    here's the pic to show what it looks like. i bought it from an electronics store called Frys. don't ask me why an "electronic" store selling this iron gym. icon_rolleyes.gif my only guess is Money. anyway...

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    if you have any suggestion or tip on "how to build up your upper body," please do. i need all the help i can get to build up my upper body in healthy and proper way, thank you very much.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 06, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    More overpriced, idiotic fitness gadgets. The only way to get a fit body is to eat right, get proper rest which means cutting back on the nightlife and exercise regularly. Add variety to your fitness regimen by doing other sports besides weight lifting. These latest gadgets are just a money making scam.
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    Dec 06, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidMore overpriced, idiotic fitness gadgets. The only way to get a fit body is to eat right, get proper rest which means cutting back on the nightlife and exercise regularly. Add variety to your fitness regimen by doing other sports besides weight lifting. These latest gadgets are just a money making scam.


    This.
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    Dec 07, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    More power to you man. Forget all the jerks on here. Fitness totally can start at home. Find a good plan and stick to it. You may eventually find you need to go to a gym, but till then, just keep using what you have. Best wishes!
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    Dec 07, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    Roadbikerob is a cranky old whiner. forget him and the other losers talking you down. looks to me like you got a pullup bar sort of contraption which is a great start. do pull ups and pushups and you will start to grow an upper body
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    Dec 07, 2008 1:53 AM GMT
    To acheive your goals in the most efficient manner, you need to engage in resistance training (weights are best in most cases), at a gym, and you need to eat a surplus of calories.

    While you can do a very limited workout at home, in order to maintance balance, symetry, and to progess at a pace that's more favorable, you need to join a weight gym of some kind.

    I'm 5'5", and I weighed 175 in high school at a12%. My Dad is a Nebraska cattle rancher, and there was always lots of good, solid, food, that was not fried, salty, nor fattie.

    Although your body is now very dimunitive, given ample calories, and resistance training, you will make gains.

    You honestly won't do very well with a single gadget that you drag home from a store, for a long list of reasons. Your money is best spent on a facility where you can work all parts of your body with variety, as well as access to cardio equipment, and see folks that can inspire, and advise you.

    Make a plan for success with a good personal trainer, and execute it.

    If your heart is set on this, then you need to find some that's good at it to help you, and not listen to advice from unknowing folks. Surround yourself with experts and have a plan for success.

    Additonally, don't forget that 2/3 of your lean muscle mass is in your lower body. To be fixated on your upper body is NOT good for you, and will SLOW your gains. You need balanced workouts.
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    Dec 07, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    I agree with Chucky. You won't be satisfied with doing just that for long. But that is a good thing.
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    Dec 07, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    I don't understand all the negative comments on here. Honestly, fitness doesn't start by going from 0 to 60 in two seconds. This is a good start: it's better than doing nothing. It shouldn't be your entire work out routine (variety is key), but it's a good start and you can use it to supplement your gym workouts when you join one and start a routine there.
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    Dec 07, 2008 11:08 AM GMT
    well, i know i have to balance my whole muscles from top to bottom. i did try the Bally Fitness for few times as visitor. but i find it boring and lonely to go by myself. so i prefer to work out with friends. but right now, i don't have any gym buddy. so this iron gym is my starting point, and i can watch my favorite tv channels while exercising. icon_biggrin.gif so i'll think about join in a gym in the future, if i find a gym buddy.

    oh, and thanks for the suggestion, i'll keep that in mind. icon_smile.gif

    i hope someday my body would be good enough to show muscles, like this HOT CUTIE guy here.

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    his name is Robert Buckley, an actor.
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    Dec 07, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    At some point, you're going to have to learn to do things on your own.

    Working out is not something that someone else can do for you.

    You sure can't make any workout buddy friends if you stay at home. DOH!

    Watching tv is not something you do while working out.

    Without a complete change of attitude, I'm afraid that you're planning for failure.
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    Dec 08, 2008 12:55 AM GMT
    i was actually thinking about buying this piece myself. it'll come in handy on those days i can't make it to the gym icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 08, 2008 4:36 AM GMT
    I love how the commercials for all those "work out at home" products are showcased with a fitness model who clearly doesn't look like that using the product alone and is probably using a number of chemicals including a fake tan and a routine of water pills for those "crispy" abs.

    C'mon, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know a Bowflex is meant only for taking up that spare corner in the basement: get a gym membership and start eating, then you'll see some real results. You may even pick up a couple gym buddies while you're at it.
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    Dec 08, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    LBWNS saidwell, i know i have to balance my whole muscles from top to bottom. i did try the Bally Fitness for few times as visitor. but i find it boring and lonely to go by myself. so i prefer to work out with friends. but right now, i don't have any gym buddy. so this iron gym is my starting point, and i can watch my favorite tv channels while exercising. icon_biggrin.gif so i'll think about join in a gym in the future, if i find a gym buddy.

    oh, and thanks for the suggestion, i'll keep that in mind. icon_smile.gif

    i hope someday my body would be good enough to show muscles, like this HOT CUTIE guy here.

    rb6282.jpg

    his name is Robert Buckley, an actor.


    Robert Buckley has horrible lines and your absolute requirement for a workout partner is why you're tiny.

    If requiring someone to hold your hand when you lift is so necessary, what's guaranteeing you'll get your money's worth out of that Iron Gym?
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Dec 08, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    The guys who are stating that this thing alone won't get you where you want to be are correct. At the same time, I fully admit to owning one of these things, and I use it on days when I can't get to the gym at a time that it isn't extremely crowded. It's essentially just a multigrip chinup/pullup bar, and bodyweight exercises can have a substantial impact when you do them consistently. Just try to keep your expectations reasonable. You're not going to end up looking like that actor just from doing a few chinups or pullups at home. Those are good exercises for your upper back, and moderate for your shoulders and/or upper arms. Their effect on your chest will be miniscule.
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    Dec 08, 2008 5:23 AM GMT
    Wow, seems like a lot of ignorance on this thread...

    I will say the actual design of the iron gym is solid - fits great in a door frame.

    Only bad thing is having to pull in your knees/legs to clear the floor on a pull up... a standard door frame is 6'6 and it's not high enough for full straight extension by a guy who is 5'6 or taller.
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    Dec 08, 2008 6:50 AM GMT
    I concur about the ignorance, and the products are designed for just that audience. So many times, I've driven though apartment complexes and seen the "get beautiful at home" gear on the balconies.

    To get bigger / hunky, one needs to work all the body, and needs to do so under resistance, with a caloric surplus. This is NOT a hard plan to execute. If you're smaller, like, say a gymnast, you can use the various gym apparatus to do body weight resistance, but, it doesn't take a MBA to understand that to develop yourself beyond that you need the facilities of a fully equipped weight gym.

    While the poster can maybe work his back a bit, and to some push ups for triceps and chest, he's gonna' stay tiny in his current mentality. He also needs to work shoulders, legs, calves, abs, and so on.

    To advise him that he is going to be successful with just something he bought at some store is really bad advice. He needs to join a gym, and if he has socialization issues where he feels he can't workout independently he needs to seek counseling so that he can understand why he is of such low esteem and how to address it in a positive way (go to the gym with a plan for success). The deeper issue with this young man is his lack of focus, lack of discipline, lack of a plan to achieve his goal, and low esteem.

    Courage develops esteem. The military teaches that to young men every day, and every "real jock" has had a coach that taught them (or a drill instructor) to face their fears, and lack of faith, and brought them to a newer, higher, level, showing them that they are capable of more. More than anything this is an issue of courage. He lacks the courage to face new, unfamiliar, surrounding without some kind of security blanket (a friend, a trainer) so he's continues in his plan for failure.

    The ignorance of the real issue (the lack of esteem, and no courage), and the unwillingness to address that by some, is a big disservice to the poster.

    He knows what the issue is but takes the path of least resistance. That won't work if he plans to succeed.

    Any of us who have competed in organized sports (be they team sports, or individual sports) knows what I'm talking about. Whether it's the first time you hit the mat, the court, or the stage, you have to take steps forward, on your own.

    Sports is very polar. There is one winner, and one loser, typically. You're either instantly humiliated or glorified. After being a "real jock" for a while, you learn the glory of winning, the agony of defeat, and the satisfaction of the game well played, and a plan well executed. There are many parallels in our daily lives as well. That's the lesson of being a "real jock": strength under pressure, hard work, discipline, focus, confidence.

    This young men would serve himself well to face his fears, join the gym, and become the hunk he'd like to be, but he has to do it. No one else can.
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    Dec 08, 2008 10:03 AM GMT
    wow, i didn't expect a lot of negative opinions about the commercial exercise products. i also didn't expect that physical, mental, and emotional all have to do with exercises at home or gym. i didn't know that the gym helps your life alot better than the home. actually, i did expect that people here would give pro/con and pos/neg thoughts on those commercial exercise products. only i didn't expect and was very surprised that the "where to work out" and the "proper exercise equipment" could impact your personal life a lot, not just your body at all. i can honestly tell you that i'm no jock, and my profile here is true about me. i'm thin, short, and underweight. but i promised myself that i would change my body first, and get my body up to the average level. so right now, it's a baby step for me. well, not the potty-train type, the building-muscles type. icon_lol.gif anyway, i was really wowed by all the talks here. i'm definitely have to think about join in a gym, and find me a trainer. thanks so much for the insight, it's great help. icon_biggrin.gif oh, btw, i joined this site is not because i want to be a jock. i joined cuz of this site has a lot of great resourceful info on all kind of exercises.






    answer to samerphx's question,
    you strap it on the top of door frame, then you pull your body up and down. it builds up your chest, back, arms, abs, shoulders, and other upper body parts.
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    Dec 09, 2008 2:03 AM GMT
    Here's a thorough breakdown of what Bowflex represents to their customers... A feel-good, baby-steps approach to continuing the behaviors that help them maintain the "pussy" label.
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    Dec 09, 2008 2:20 AM GMT
    Never forget that a "real jock" understands ALL the game: the physical, the technology, the preparation, the discipline, the focus, the nutrition, the practice / training, being coachable, walking into the unknown, pushing through and beyond our comfort levels.

    Winning / success is by design in sports, as in real life. That's why you'll see "real jocks" that win, with a plan, facing their demons.

    It's about pushing the envelope, hitting "the zone".
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    Dec 09, 2008 7:16 AM GMT
    The roommate pointed out the following.
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  • momewrath

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    Dec 09, 2008 10:50 PM GMT
    Though commercials are overall trying to create a one-size-fits-all-anything's-possible view of the product, there's many times good behind them for those willing to use them.

    Iron Gym is probably going to be among the worse products in the false promises category, but only because pull-ups aren't exactly the easiest thing for beginners (or many seasoned experts) to do. It's a product that will cause people to give up out of frustration very easy if they buy into the commercials. However, it is good for filling the void when you only have a little time to spare during the day.

    Perfect Pushup isn't as evil in the advertising... pushups are a lot easier for the average beginner. I have a set of these mainly because my wrists don't seem to allow for comfortable pushups without aid of pushup bars of some sort.

    These are basically the only two infomercial products that I own. When you live in an apartment like mine, there's not a lot of room for a lot of workout equipment, so when I can't get to a gym, these and a few other minor equipment (as well as good body weight or dumb bell workout) are great products.

    Iron Gym's big weakness lies within its promise of being able to do dips. The device is way too short. There's just not much room to push up from the floor. I actually get a better dip done pushing out of my office chair at work!
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    Jan 02, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
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  • josephmovie

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    Jan 02, 2010 9:47 PM GMT
    I have one of those and it sits in the bathroom cupboard gathering dust. Don't waste your time and be thankful that you only got ripped off a bit. Just go to the gym.
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    Jan 02, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    I've no experience with the IronGym pullup bar, but I question its safety as it's not exactly commercial grade.

    If you insist on limiting yourself to home training (at least for the short term) there are websites which will show you how to effectively work out your entire body at home with minimal equipment (i.e. some dumbells, chinup bar). You should check out scooby1961's youtube videos, he seems to really know what he's doing and also dispenses advice:

    FOR ABS AND DIET:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961?blend=1&ob=4#g/c/59B036EB66B488D3

    FOR CHEST:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961?blend=1&ob=4#g/c/4895846CC1452239

    FOR BIS AND TRIS:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961?blend=1&ob=4#g/c/6383273DDA441672

    FOR BACK:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961?blend=1&ob=4#g/c/60BB87DF122D2490

    FOR SHOULDERS:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961?blend=1&ob=4#g/c/1C9EC80085724018

    FOR LEGS:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961?blend=1&ob=4#g/c/6A19D8DC1A967CFC