Many Free Standing exercise stations similar to this one exist, but not many are as sturdy or well-built as this one. Of course, there are some extremely well made and versatile workout stations that use weights as their primary exercise routine, but this model should not really be compared to those.
The York Fitness Stand Alone needs no weights. It only uses a persons bodyweight. Some people prefer this method of working out and see it as more natural than using weights on a bench, or a weights machine in a mechanical manner. But, by using this same way of thing, you could argue that a flat surface (the floor) is all a person needs to stay in shape and be very strong. My opinion: I completely agree with that. However, if you have the money, and want a piece of equipment sitting there looking at you, in order to help motivate you into using it, ultimately helping you to train more often, there’s nothing wrong with owning a few different pieces of equipment. Cross train as much as possible.
Just so long as you actually use them and don’t get addicted to purchasing new equipment, thinking that this shiny new thing will be the “the one” that you need to achieve whatever your goal is. That’s down to determination and motivation, not any – one – training aid. Anyway, this topic is for another post. Back to the York.
Versatility + Features
This York Stand Alone is pretty versatile, it not only allows for various width pull ups and chin ups (overhand or under), and of course dips, but also press ups (Push ups) and stomach exercises. You can either do reps of lifting your knees up to your chest (knee raises), or hold your legs out in front of you (leg raises), increasing your reps or holding time the stronger your Abs become.
Overall, this is a really good workout station, that by most accounts, is very well made. York have a good track record of making good equipment. Add a heavy punch bag and go running a few times a week and you have everything needed to get into, or remain in excellent shape.
Issues with the York Fitness Workout Tower
There is one issue though that a few buyers have pointed out in their review of this product. And that is the that the press up / push up hand grip location at the bottom of the tower does not allow easy use. Some people have complained that the lower stability bar is in the way when trying to do press ups. Some users have found it to be quite a hindrance.
Perhaps the press up handles should have been put at the end of a longer lower frame so that the users head is nowhere near the lower stability bar when doing press ups. Hopefully, this feature will be added to a newer model somewhere down the line. Other than that, great product. And remember, none of these Calisthenics Frames are perfect. They each have there share of happy and not so happy customers. Of course, some are better than others, and this one definitely falls into the “better than most” category.