Walking into the gym for the first time at the age of 16 years old I was confronted with a vast array of equipment that I had no idea how to use. Armed with a sports drink and hand towel I courageously ventured into unknown territory.
Lurking in the corner there was one piece of kit which caught my eye as it looked like no other piece of equipment in the gym with its height, jutting handles and pads…
The Power Tower is a multi-functional tower that manipulates your bodyweight in order to challenge different muscle groups across numerous joints. With its many handles and pads, you can perform a vast array of upper, lower and full body exercises.
This versatility makes it simple to use and create any Power Tower Workout! Getting to grips with the Power Tower (literally), doesn’t take long and you find that it is one of the most adaptable, practical and beneficial pieces of kit you can find!
For a detailed review on the Power Tower and its effectiveness and functionality, check out the following article on the Power Tower 101.
The Power Tower workout will last approximately 20 minutes with 4 exercises in total. The aim is to complete 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise - ensuring to take a 1 minute rest between sets.
If you find that completing 10 reps per exercise is too challenging, either aim to do as many reps as you possibly can or use a regressed version (which you will find in the below section). Likewise if you find any of the exercises to be too simple then aim for a higher rep count or attempt the progressed version.
Focus Area: Core / Hip Flexors. Muscles Targeted: Abs, Obliques / Iliopsoas
Allowing your body to sink down, during this exercise, is very common. It’s not a huge problem, however, you find that this is happening to a great degree, stop, correct your position and continue.
Focus Area: Back / Arms. Muscles Worked: Lats / Biceps
This exercise targets the lats which is biggest muscle in your back. It spans from the lower back all the way up to just underneath the shoulder and a powerful upper body muscle.
A brilliant exercise that engages so much musculature in the upper body. A wider grip will demand more from the chest muscles (pecs) whereas a narrow grip will be more arms dominant (triceps).
Focus Area: Legs. Muscles Worked: Glutes, Quadriceps, Hamstrings
Here we use the Power Tower in a slightly unconventional way - however, this is such a brilliant for single leg strength development!
The Power Tower is a truly brilliant piece of functional kit which is often underutilized and is an absolute must for any home gym. You now have the knowledge to be able to use the Power Tower safely and effectively. More than that, you now have full body routine to follow and I guarantee, if you stick with the routine, you’ll soon be reaping the benefits!
Chris is a qualified Personal Trainer with 7 years experience. He's a health and fitness writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Interests and specialties include the human body, coaching, bio-mechanics, and sports performance. Currently writing a book based on improving football performance.