Tower 200: Body by Jake Exercise Program Review

9.44/10

Tower 200: Body by Jake Exercise Program Review

9.44/10

Quick Overview
  • Difficulty
    Advanced
  • Cost
    Average
  • Trial Period
    30 Days

The Tower 200 is a strength training equipment and exercise program created by Body by Jake and endorsed by Randy Couture, a 5-time MMA champion.

The company was founded in 1990 by Jake Steinfield, a well-known figure within the fitness industry.

The company has been successful in providing the fitness industry with a variety of exercise products that range from push up bars to resistance bands and exercise balls to even more complete and comprehensive exercise workout equipment systems.

In doing so, the company has become one of the major players in the fitness market with over 2.5 million customers. In general, the Body by Jake fitness systems are simple in design, easy to set-up and use, and are effective at producing solid fitness results.

The Tower 200 fitness system is designed to promote increases in lean muscle tissue and strength, improvements in cardiovascular endurance, and significant reductions in excess body weight. The Tower 200 fitness system is a complete workout system in that all muscle groups can be effectively worked through a variety of exercises.

In addition, the Tower 200 fitness system includes several exercises that are designed to target the entire core area of the body. This capability is especially beneficial for individuals that are looking to reduce their waist size, decrease their percentage of body fat, and improve their overall explosiveness. Another benefit of the Tower 200 is that the entire system is space-efficient. This aspect of the Tower 200 is ideal for individuals that are wanting to work out at home and are limited in space.

Pros

  • Provides 200 Pounds of Resistance
  • Complete Strength Training System
  • Pre-Assembled for Easy Installation
  • Exercise Guide with Over 200 Different Exercises

Cons

  • May Not Appeal to Everyone
  • Lacks a Comprehensive Workout Guideline for Beginners

Intent of Fitness Program

The Tower 200 exercise system is intended as a resistance training system designed to reduce excess body fat, increase lean muscle mass and strength, improve cardiovascular endurance, and tone the entire body. The Tower 200 provides a viable solution to at-home strength training by packing 200 pounds of resistance into a single slim tower that you install onto a door.

This allows you to perform strength training workouts via a structured resistance band setup at-home. With the Tower 200 fitness system you can either begin a standalone strength training regimen or use it as a tool to moderately work your muscles on your normal rest days.

The Tower 200 exercise system comes complete with the following:

  • Complete Tower 200 fitness system
  • Hand and ankle grips
  • Over 200 individual exercises
  • Exercise chart
  • DVD workout package

Primary Areas Worked

The Tower 200 exercise system is primarily designed to promote reductions in excess body fat, increases in lean muscle mass and strength and improvements in cardiovascular endurance, all while creating a well-toned and sculpted physique. The overall fitness program is rather flexible in that it allows you to define and set up your specific exercise workout to target your personal fitness goals.

The Tower 200 fitness system includes a fitness guidebook containing over 200 discreet exercises designed to target all major muscle groups. Below are several examples of the different exercises that can be performed per muscle group:

    Abdominal Exercises

    • Standing crunch obliques
    • Around the world bottom pulley
    • Scissor crunch

    Arms & Back Exercises

    • Standing cross row
    • Straight arm pull down
    • Rear deltoids raise

    Chest & Shoulders Exercises

    • Decline press
    • Military press
    • Cross lateral raise

    Leg Exercises

    • Back lunges
    • Hamstrings curl
    • Mountain climber

    Several of the exercises are designed to work specific muscle groups. Additionally, there are several compound exercises that are essentially a combination of two or more exercises performed in a sequential manner. These exercises are designed to complement each other so you work multiple muscle groups at the same time.

    Program Length/Frequency

    The Tower 200 exercise system includes a DVD that details the 11-minute workout program. The intent of this program is to exercise all major muscle groups within a short period of time, with minimal rest between sets. The 11-minute workout is designed to be performed once per day, 4 to 5 times per week.

    The intent of the 11-minute workout program is to work synergistically with the Tower 200 fitness system to allow individuals to perform a workout that is brief and exercises all major muscle groups. The Tower 200 fitness system is ideal for individuals that are seeking to work out at home and do not have a lot of space. In addition, the Tower 200 fitness system allows busy individuals the ability to quickly perform a workout that exercises all major muscle muscle groups.

    The Tower 200 exercise system also includes a few additional workout programs that require approximately 4 minutes to perform. The intent of each 4-minute exercise routine is to focus on a single muscle group such as the abdominals, thighs or shoulders. You can completely design a workout program that targets your specific fitness goals and fits into your daily schedule.

    Effectiveness/Results of the Program

    The Tower 200 fitness system is designed to provide an effective workout that promotes weight loss, increases in lean muscle mass and strength, and improvements in cardiovascular endurance. While the program is not specifically intended for weight loss, depending on your baseline fitness level and your workout intensity, virtually all individuals carrying excess weight experience a decrease in their percentage of body fat.

    It is difficult to measure the exact effectiveness of the 11-minute workout program, but if one creates a moderately aggressive workout program that takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete and performs the exercises with moderate to high intensity, improved muscular strength and endurance is certainly an achievable goal. Additionally, you may experience improved flexibility and balance due to controlling the continual resistance provided by the resistance bands.

    Equipment/Space Requirements

    The Tower 200 exercise system comes complete with the exercise system, resistance bands and hand and ankle grips. The exercise system installs onto a door and the actual installation is rather quick and simple.

    You may want to consider the purchase of an exercise mat for some of the exercises that require you to perform the moves on the floor. In addition, a floor mat may provide stability when performing many of the standing exercises, especially for fitness rooms with wood floors. A moderate amount of space is required to perform most of the exercises, so you should plan on clearing the area around the door of any debris.

    Physical Requirements

    There are no special or unique physical requirements necessary to perform an exercise routine using the Tower 200 fitness system. However, there are a limited number of exercise workout plans that are provided with the system, so individuals that are completely unfamiliar with strength training may find it somewhat difficult to design a complete workout program on their own. This being said, the Tower 200 fitness system is ideal for those who already have a good understanding of strength training exercises.

    Support

    The Tower 200 exercise system's customer support is provided by Body by Jake and includes the following:

    • Email support
    • Telephone support during normal business hours

    Cost

    The Tower 200 fitness system initially costs the user $ 14.95. This allows you to try the Tower 200 fitness system for 30 days. If after 30 days you decide that the Tower 200 exercise system is not for you, you can simply return it. However, individuals that intend to keep the Tower 200 fitness system or do not return system within 30 days will be charged the remainder of the purchase price, which is 4 monthly payments of $ 39.95. Shipping and handling are offered at no charge.

    The total cost of the Tower 200 fitness system is approximately $ 200.00. For under $ 200.00 you will receive the entire fitness system, hand and ankle straps, over 200 exercises that can be performed, a starter guide, a Tower 200 DVD, and a 2-panel exercise chart. Overall, the Tower 200 fitness system provides a solid value for the money.

    Summary

    The Tower 200 fitness system is a smartly designed resistance training product that provides a total resistance of 200 pounds. For most individuals, this amount of resistance will be more than enough to provide an aggressive workout.

    The entire Tower 200 fitness system installs quickly and easily. In addition, the fitness system is space-efficient, and set-up and transition from one exercise to another is simple and quick.

    Most individuals will opt to create their own personal exercise routine. As such, an understanding of strength training is a plus. The Tower 200 fitness system provides users with over 200 specific exercises to choose from and includes an instructional DVD. As is evident, the Tower 200 fitness system offers a large variety of exercises, allowing individuals to easily tailor their workout to specifically address their personal fitness goals.

    All in all, the Tower 200 fitness system is well-built and perfectly suited for individuals that are looking to perform a strength training routine in the comfort of their own home. The benefits derived from regularly performing an exercise routine that utilizes the Tower 200 fitness system will be to promote effective weight loss, increase lean muscle mass and strength, and improve cardiovascular endurance. This being said, the Tower 200 fitness system is affordably priced and well worth considering for individuals that are looking to purchase a home-based strength training system.