Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar Review

Product Name: JML Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

JML Iron Total Gym Upper Body Workout Bar

Product Info / Features

  • Used for: Pull ups, Chin ups, Push ups, Sit ups, Arm and Shoulder exercises
  • Heavy duty steel supports up to 300 lbs
  • Safety wedge included to prevent the Iron Gym slipping from your door
  • Fits most standard door frames
  • Quick and easy to assembly
  • Professional quality
  • Non- Slip rubbered feet
  • Protective high density foam grips
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3 Kg

My Personal Experience

There are a lot of variables that influence whether or not you should actually buy the Iron Gym, so I'm going to try and cover as many as possible.

JML Pullup Bar Dimensions / Measurements

Obviously door frames come in all different shapes and sizes, so here's a few pictures of the pull up bar in place.

JML Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar Length

JML Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar Safety Catch Length

JML Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar Safety Catch Width

JML Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar Door Thickness

Foam Grips

The foam grips that come with the bar can become very uncomfortable, and after a few pull-ups they make it very difficult to maintain a tight grip and you begin to slip.


I’m approximately 6 ft tall. When doing pull ups with the JML bar as you can see on the videos here, my knees are only cms away from the floor with full range of motion reps. If you’re much taller than 6 ft, even with bent knees, it’s likely that your body will touch the floor on each rep. Unless of course, you have much taller door frames or you stop the exercise shy of a full range of movement to keep more tension on the lats.

Iron Gym Pros and Cons


  • Good value for money.
  • Can be used for push ups as well as pull ups.
  • Feels robust, sturdy and secure when in position.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Easy to attach and remove from the door frame.
  • Can handle up to to 300 lbs / 136kg of user weight.


  • Foam grips make it difficult to maintain a firm grip.
  • No product dimensions mentioned on website (see images above).
  • Fairly misleading slogan “Fits most standard door frames”. 

Final Words On The JML Pullup Bar

I've used this pullup bar consistently since Feburary 2012, and I've not had any major issues (i'll keep this updated if it breaks or anything). If you've actually got door-frames that will support this bar, it's a good solid pull-up bar. If not, perhaps look into getting either a power rack with a pull up bar attachment, a wall mounted bar or a gym membership. It really depends on how badly you want to do pull ups!

I would recommend this pullup bar to others, I love the convenience of being able to store the bar under my bed and getting it out whenever I want to do pullups or pushups.

I also think there's something particually enticing about increasing my pullup strength; not just for the back / bicep and lat development, but if I were ever in a life or death situation that required me to climb to safety, I've got the physical strength to do it. Most people that I know can barely do a single pullup, which makes me 10x more awesome and more likely to survive a zombie apocolypse.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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