Bodyweight training is retaking the world by storm. In these turbulent times when gym access is difficult (or even impossible) to get, more and more fitness enthusiasts are returning to the most tried and true of weights: their own bodies.
But calisthenics (as the most popular form of bodyweight exercise) is a discipline that demands constant dedication and variation. Given how easy it is to start feeling like you’re not making progress, only the most diehard adherents tend to go beyond the basics.
There’s only so many push-ups one can do before growing tired of them.
Luckily, we are no longer as limited as we once were. Inventions exist that allow us to increase resistance for our reps by using only gravity, our own bodies, and a lightweight exercise system. Bypassing calisthenics’ greatest limitation has never been easier!
We’ve already gone over all the different TRX Suspension Training Systems, and praised them to high heaven.
Today we will examine a similar, somewhat less well-known product: the GoFit Gravity Bar.
How does it hold up? Keep reading to find out!
At a Glance…
GoFit Gravity Bar Overview: So What Is It?
Like the TRX, the GoFit Gravity Bar is a suspension training system. It uses gravity and leverage to put your body into positions that will result in increased resistance.
And as we all know, increased resistance leads to increased gains and more bang for your buck, time and effort-wise!
The system consists of the eponymous bar, the brackets (which are used to fasten said bar to your door frame) and two adjustable straps that end in grips. Also included are two attachable cradle straps for your feet.
The bar itself is quite sturdy, and clicks well with the fastening brackets.
- When properly mounted, it’s meant to hold up to 300 lbs (about 136 kilograms),
- Will fit doorframes and hallways between 27 and 36 inches in width (68.5 to 91 centimeters).
- The hand grips and foot cradles are actually rather comfortable.
The system is meant to be used for pretty much any exercise you can think of, also like the TRX. For inspiration or details, feel free to check out this link.
Or if you’re feeling adventurous, the GoFit Gravity Bar package comes with a 45-minute training DVD, though it is quite basic.
Setting Up the GoFit Gravity Bar: Quick and Easy
First off, the brackets are to be secured inside a door frame or hallway. You should then lock the bar with the brackets, and you’re about halfway done.
And no, you won’t be able to stick the GoFit Gravity Bar to anything else, at least not reliably. It’s been designed with doorways and small hallways in mind.
Once the bar is in place, you should always check it by giving the straps a good tug. If it doesn’t move, you’re almost ready to go. All you need to do now is adjust the straps to the length you need (determined by the exercise you intend on tackling), and the workout can commence!
The GoFit Gravity Bar Workout: So How Is It?
Pretty much anything you can do with the TRX, you can do with this, provided that you accept the limitations regarding the setup space. Push-ups, squats, stretches, as long as it exists, chances are that someone, somewhere, has invented a TRX version that you can adapt for the gravity bar.
As for the workout DVD that comes with the package, it’s alright.
Nothing wrong with your standard instruction/training video. But chances of you watching it more than once are quite low, unless you want to double-check if you are doing anything wrong.
The Pros and Cons of the GoFit Gravity Bar
Given that the TRX itself isn’t perfect, neither is its more reasonably priced cousin.
- The cost. The GoFit Gravity Bar goes for about 60 bucks on their official website. Considering that the TRX goes for 150, this is one clear advantage that the GoFit product has. It’s two and a half times cheaper.
- Ease of setup and use. There is an elegant simplicity to all good suspension training kits, and this one is no different. Attach the brackets inside a door frame, secure the bar to the brackets, set up the strap length, and you’re done.
- Sturdiness and durability. Barring potential defects, this system is quite durable, and you are unlikely to damage it in any meaningful way unless you’re explicitly using it in ways it was never meant to be used. Or if you got a defective product; more on that later.
- It can only be fitted to a door. Unlike the TRX with its plethora of (admittedly overpriced) ways of latching onto anything, the Gravity Bar offers no such variety. This is a shame because some exercises would have actually benefited from a higher anchor point.
- Somewhat impractical for short people. It mounts to the upper part of the door, so of course it would be. The mechanism for adjusting the length of the straps is up by the bar, unlike with the TRX where it is down by the handle. Having to prop yourself up with a stool before starting training or switching exercises can get irritating, fast.
The Final Verdict: Should You Get It?
Considering the value provided, there’s no real reason not to. Unless you already own another, more expensive (and flexible) suspension training kit like the TRX.
In fact, the Gravity Bar may just be the best choice for those wanting to dip their toes into suspension training waters. Get it, try it out, and if it turns out that it just wasn’t your thing, no harm, no foul.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
At a Glance…