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In terms of grip variation, the Multi-Gym has one long foam-covered bar (38 inches) that allows the user to grip overhand (knuckles facing user, the “pull-up” position) or underhand (knuckles facing away from user, the “chin up” position) along the length of that bar in various configurations. I am able to get my hands in four different configurations (from hands touching each other to wide grip with hands at opposite ends of the bar) on the bar alone. Then, there is the neutral (or “hammer”) grip position of the bars that run at a perpendicular angle to the long bar. The neutral grip position is key because it allows the shoulders to be in an externally rotated position which generally puts less pressure on the on the shoulder joint. For more information on the neutral grip position, which lines up the wrists, elbows and shoulders in an optimal working position, see this article on improving pull-ups by strength legend Charles Poliquin. The wide grip position on the Multi-Gym is also worth mentioning. The Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar is the number-one seller on Amazon and is the Iron Gym equivalent of the Perfect Multi-Gym. But users of the Iron Gym complain that its wide grip position is set too flush to the molding to actually use. They claim that the hands/arms end up chafing against the molding while in the wide grip position. The Perfect Multi-Gym wide grip position is set far enough off the wall that there is no issue/friction while using it.

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Footnotes: 1. First, there are wall or ceiling-mounted varieties. These are incredibly sturdy (and capable of handling the dynamic action of a kipping pull-up) because they must be mounted to the studs (wooden structural beams underneath drywall) or joists (overhead wooden beams above ceiling). The Stud Bar is a highly acclaimed example of this type of bar. We chose not to test these because we were aiming for simplicity of setup for the average user; thus, we didn’t want to involve a bunch of tools. Also, for folks who are renting, we didn’t want to recommend a product that landlords wouldn’t allow. If, on the other hand, you have a garage or basement and don’t mind doing a bit of drilling, I would highly recommend these sturdy units. The second type of unit is the telescoping pull-up bar. Historically, this was the first offering in the doorway category, and it is a very simple/no frills product. Here’s the well-reviewed Big Mike’s bar. We saw several problems with these types of bars. First, they need to be drilled into the doorframe for safe use. While some of them claim to use drill-free, suction-type connection, beware of safety issues. Here’s an example of the suction failing while in use. Secondly, in order to put them high enough on the door for the user’s feet to get off the ground, they must be installed near the top of the doorframe where it’s easy to bonk your head when doing a pull-up. Finally, they don’t offer any variation in grip position. The third type of unit is the free-standing pull-up bar. This type of unit can be really nice and also include dip bars and abdominal exercise options, but they are large pieces of stand-alone equipment that eat up space and typically cost more than $100. Plus, they also require a more involved setup process. The Stamina 1690 Power Tower is a really popular and affordable example of this type of pull-up unit and includes dip/ab options as well. The fourth type of pull-up bar is the home-built type of unit. These can either be mounted to ceilings or walls using gas pipe flanges, metal pipe, etc, or they can be built in a backyard. While these tend to be sturdy and affordable, they obviously require some handyman skills and a significant investment of time. Here’s a tutorial on building an at-home unit if you’re so inclined. The fifth type is the door frame type, which we covered extensively due to their ease of installation and use. Jump back.

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The one issue I (and a couple of users on Amazon) have with the Multi-Gym is that the white metal L-bars that attach to the main pull-up bar and the top of the interior door molding do push into the interior door molding a bit. Thus, the potential for some minor depressions (depending on the softness of the wood) and the slight creaking sound the bar makes while in use. I have tried to use the adjustability of the the bar (remember the five machined holes that allow you to play with molding/depth variability) to eliminate this problem by buffering with the foam on the L-bars, but it doesn’t work. This is one area where the Iron Gym excels over the Perfect Multi-Gym, as the Iron Gym doesn’t have any interior molding pressure issues. Still, my experience thus far has been that this doesn’t impair the structural integrity of the bar or molding, and I wouldn’t say that it diminishes the overall advantages of the Multi-Gym.

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“If you have a doorway pull-up bar and a floor to do push-ups on, you’ve got everything you need for a complete upper body workout.”—Al KavadloDoorway pull-up bars are sturdy, easy to assemble, easy to use, and inexpensive fitness tools that anyone who exercises should have in their home. I spoke with Al Kavadlo, bodyweight strength guru and author of the definitive book on pull-ups, Raising the Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics. He said, “A doorway pull-up bar is the simplest and most versatile piece of fitness equipment you can buy for your home. If you have a doorway pull-up bar and a floor to do push-ups on, you’ve got everything you need for a complete upper body workout.” The six units I tested all offer potential benefit for those looking to improve shoulder, back, arm, and abdominal strength. Some of them offer advanced options for experienced users, while others offer options for people who can’t do a single pull-up yet.

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A quick refresher: Alexa is the speech-recognition technology built into Amazon’s Dot, Echo and Tap smart speakers. Alexa is programmed to respond to a wide variety of voice commands. She can tell you the weather or the news, she can add an event to your calendar or you can use her to make a shopping list. Alexa can play music from streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and, of course, Amazon Prime. She can also control an impressive list of smart-home devices. Thanks to an aggressive expansion plan from Amazon, Alexa gets support for new products and digital services weekly.

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Amazon has a big early lead in the category of digital assistants with its Echo, a voice-controlled, internet-connected, multifunctional speaker, connected to Amazon’s Alexa voice service. It has wowed users, who give Echo a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon’s website.

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The FireTV apparently isn’t the only piece of hardware Amazon is announcing this week. The company recently put up a page for “Amazon Dash,” a shopping accessory that it’s offering for free to a limited number of AmazonFresh users. Dash, a roughly 6-inch-long plastic stick, includes a laser scanner and a microphone for voice search, either of which will let you add items to a shopping list. It connects via Wi-Fi to computers or mobile phones, from which you can actually view the list and order the items. Amazon is currently accepting applications from potential Dash testers, who presumably will need to be in one of the three AmazonFresh markets: southern California, San Francisco, or Seattle.

Amazon has long let you scan barcodes with its smartphone app, but Dash more closely resembles the Hiku scanning accessory that appeared on Kickstarter in 2012 — save for the fact that it syncs with Amazon instead of third-party services and has a very different shell, it behaves pretty much exactly like Hiku. It doesn’t offer anything you couldn’t theoretically do on a smartphone, but it provides a way to do it with one button press, and it’s designed to be a bit more hardy than the average iPhone or Nexus device. It’s meant to be left around the house, and the promotional video’s subtext indicates that Amazon is hoping your children really like it. In other words, there’s now an AmazonFresh equivalent of the lower cereal shelves in a grocery store.

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