IRONMAN Triathlon X Class Multi-Function Power Tower
|Ironman X-Class 6880|
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When it comes to strength training equipment, Ironman Fitness offers quite a few top-quality products, including weight benches, squat racks and other home gym systems. In this category of equipment there’s also one of the sturdiest and well-engineered power towers that you can find on the market at the moment: the Ironman Triathlon X Class Multi-Function Power Tower.
This Ironman exerciser is designed for home use, however it’s extremely sturdy and well-constructed, being pretty close to the standards of a commercial power tower. Even though it’s a pretty simple fitness machine, there’s a lot to be said about it. And the first aspect to mention here, is its model number. This is the Ironman Fitness power tower with the number 6880. Therefore, in this post we will address this particular machine, offering as much information as possible about it.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 63.4L x 49W x 83H inches (161 x 124.5 x 211 cm)
- Assembled weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
- Max. user weight: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Possible exercises: 30+
- Warranty: Lifetime
One of the most important aspects regarding a power tower is stability. That’s because you simply can’t workout properly on a tower with a flimsy construction, a tower that wobbles with every rep. The Ironman Triathlon X Class 6880 features an extremely sturdy construction, designed to offer maximum stability to any user below the specified weight limit. It has a weight capacity of 400 lbs (cca 181 kg), which is actually great because you can perform weighted dips, or pull-ups for example, adding quite a bit of weight to your own, without worrying that the frame will bend or tip over.
The tower features a rather wide footprint, being approx. 63″ long (161 cm) and 40″ (101 cm) wide, having a center of gravity quite close to the ground, aspects that are also reflected in its overall stability. On top of that, the heads of the bases have bolt holes, so you can secure the tower to the floor if you want. However, this is not necessary. Its base tubes are also curved at the front, in order to provide an easy step-up and access to the dip bars.
The total width of the machine is 49″ (124.5 cm), and it’s given by the pull-up handles. This is actually the distance between the top, outer pull-up handles. Also, in case you’re wondering the distance between the dip bars is 22″ (56 cm) near the frame, and approx. 25″ (63.5 cm) at their outer end, as they flare out.
When it comes to the machine’s height, its top reaches 83″ (211 cm). This means it requires to be placed in a room with a ceiling higher than 7′ (213 cm). Even if it will fit an a room with a 7′ ceiling, it will be quite a tight fit, and there won’t be much clearance above it, which means you may hit your head against the ceiling during pull-up or chin-up exercises.
Given all the dimensions stated above, the machine is designed to accommodate users of all heights. However, users above 6’3″ – 6’4″ may need to bend their knees a bit when performing pull-ups or chin ups. This should hardly be an issue though, as many users actually prefer to keep knees slightly bent anyway during this type of exercises.
Needless to say, this Ironman tower is made of steel tubing. The frame tubes are square, while the handles are cylindrical, for maximum ergonomics. When fully assembled, the frame weighs approx. 150 lbs (63 kg), weight that also adds to its overall stability. Its joints are extremely solid, secured by at least two bolts each. Also, in case you’re wondering, the frame is not foldable. And finally, all steel parts are double powder coated with corrosion and scratch resistant paint.
The backrest and armrests of the dip station feature thick padding, it order to provide the maximum comfort possible. In fact, the backrest is 3″ thick, and the armrests are 2.25″ thick and also angled inward, supplying excellent comfort for the forearms during various exercises, such as knee raises for example. The upholstery on the armrests and backrest is made of highly durable vinyl material.
All handles are padded with rubber foam, to supply a comfortable grip, and prevent hands from blistering due to repeated use. The machine actually features 6 sets of handles, and one of them is adjustable. The adjustable handlebars also integrate foam rollers for various exercises such as sit-ups or one-leg squats.
The Ironman Triathlon X Class power tower features three main workout stations: two fixed, and one adjustable. These are:
Pull-up station. This station consists of 3 sets of handlebars: curved, outer handles for wide grip pull-ups, straight inner handles for close grip pull-ups, and parallel handles obviously for parallel pull-ups. All these handles offer the possibility to perform exercises for the development of biceps, deltoids and back muscles.
Dip station. This particular station consists in a back support and dip bars with arm rests for knee-ups. Evidently, it offers the possibility to perform several exercises for the core and triceps muscles.
Adjustable station. This particular station consists of two adjustable handlebars integrating cushioned rollers, bars that can be attached to the main frame of the machine in 7 positions. It can serve as station for push-ups and sit-ups, as a mid-station for assisted dips, or one-leg squats, incline push-ups, or as an additional high pull-up station.
Due to the available workout stations, this Ironman Fitness power tower offers the possibility to perform more than 30, gym-quality exercises. Among them we can count:
- Close grip pull-ups
- Wide grip pull-ups
- Muscle pull-ups
- Behind head pull-ups
- Around the world pull-ups
- One arm pull-ups
- Weighted pull-ups
- Close grip chin-ups
- Wide grip chin-ups
- One hand chin-ups
- Weighted chin-ups
- One arm dips
- Weighted dips
- Assisted dips
- Band-resisted dips
- Dip to leg raise
- Side-to-side dips
- Gironda dips
- Reverse Gironda dips
- Hanging knee raises
- Hanging leg raises
- Incline push-ups
- Decline push-ups
- One-leg squats
- … and more
Assembly and Maintenance
First of all, this power tower is shipped in two boxes with the following dimensions:
66″L x 23″W x 6.5″ / 124 lbs
34″L x 23″W x 6″H / 55. 7 lbs
Evidently some assembly is required, but the process is pretty straightforward, and shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes. A hard copy of the owner’s manual which provides all the instructions required for the assembly is supplied with it.
Considering that it basically doesn’t have any moving parts or wear parts, this exerciser virtually doesn’t require any maintenance. But it’s recommended to check its joints and bolts from time to time, in order to determine if they still hold well in place, and re-tighten them if it’s the case.
- Extremely well-designed frame, with a very sturdy construction, and the possibility to bolt it to the floor, for maximum stability;
- High user capacity (400 lbs), offering the possibility to perform weighted exercises;
- Thick and angled padding on armrests and back support;
- Three workout stations, two fixed and one adjustable;
- Padded rollers with the adjustable handlebars, to add comfort to various exercises;
- 6 sets of handles;
- Thick, cushioned rollers
- Over 30 exercises available;
- Easy to put together;
- Basically no maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- Heavy machine, rather difficult to move once it’s setup.
The Ironman Triathlon X Class Multi-Function Power Tower is an extremely well-engineered fitness machine, offering superior sturdiness and stability. It also features a superior weight capacity to other machines of the sort, supporting up to 400 lbs of user weight. Since it features three workout stations, two fixed and one adjustable, it offers the possibility to perform more than 30 exercises for the core, arms and legs. Even though it’s not the most affordable power tower out there, its construction, durability and versatility actually exceed the price, aspect that is reflected by its lifetime warranty.