A pull up tower is a versatile workout setup that can be placed anywhere that you happen have an open 5 x 5 foot square space and good overhead clearance. Pull up stations like the Stamina 1690 Power Tower are great because you get a completely secure multi-function workout without drilling or screwing anything into walls or joists. The stand alone pull up bar’s frame itself provides the grounded stability for the exercises.
Additionally, most of these pull up towers provide you the ability to do powerful dips. This isn’t really feasible with the other styles of pull up bars (even though some of the portable leverage type bars advertise the dip function, you can’t get very far down before your butt hits the ground). This type of multi-functional pull up dip station enables you to dip as low as you like in order to to work the chest and triceps. The padded horizontal dip bars often function well in allowing abdominal work like knee and leg raises.
Free standing pull up bars can be surprisingly
inexpensive considering the amount of hardware you’re getting and the various workouts you can perform on them. Not many of this type of stand alone pull up bar stand are priced over $250, with most coming in well under $200. The popular Stamina 1690 Power Tower is only $99 at the posting of this review.
Our Top Pick for Free Standing Pull Up Bar
The Stamina 1690 Power Tower
This super-versatile free standing pull up stand from Stamina allows you to work most major muscle groups (chest, abs, back, arms) with wide variety of bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, chin-ups, leg and knee raises, tricep dips, push-ups and sit ups. And I’m sure there are more you could dream up if you get creative. The Stamina 1690 Power Tower has a sturdy frame with a relatively small footprint. Overall you’re getting an all-in-one total body strength tool that is priced right and can be moved easily.
Stamina 1690 Power Tower Features:
- Tough steel construction – built to last
- Stable design
- Dimensions: 50” wide x 41.5” deep x 81.5” tall
- Weighs 54 lbs
- User weight limit: 250 lbs
- Wide grip pull ups, center grip pull ups
- Pull up dip station for tricep dips and vertical knee raises
- Push up grips
- Sit up supports
Final Word on Free Standing Pull Up Bars
The great thing about a pull up station is that you’re getting a very versatile piece of workout equipment that you don’t have to permanently install in the wall or ceiling. Plus you’re quadrupling your home gym in one swoop. With the variety of safe bodyweight exercises a pull up tower provides, you’re able to target most of your upper body plus your abs and core muscles. Overall, they’re great for compact spaces and are usually priced around or under $200. If you have the space, a free standing pull up bar is definitely something to consider. Again, the Stamina Power Tower is a favorite and highly recommended.
Here’s a video overview of the Stamina Power Tower Free Standing Pull Up Bar: