In Home Training with the Gorilla Gym – Review

By , 2 Wired 2 Tired

We like to take every opportunity we can to do any type of physical activity with the kids. When it turns to the winter months, our options are limited. But, for the last couple of weeks we have had an opportunity to review a new indoor gym station called Gorilla Gym, and it is the perfect fix for indoor exercise.

The Gorilla Gym is extremely easy to install and is very versatile, while offering the option of storing it all in a small corner or under the bed when you are not using it. There is no need to travel to the gym when you can get a complete workout in your home, and the Gorilla Gym will also work great for those in small homes or apartments because it is so compact and takes up virtually no room.

The Gorilla Gym installs in your doorway with just a couple of quick turns,  I would say it took under 2 minutes the first time, and now we can take it down or put it up in about 30 seconds. The main piece attaches to the top of your doorframe and locks in with a couple of twists, the Gorilla Gym site has great videos for the use and installation, it really is simple and easy to do.

My favorite thing about the Gorilla Gym is how many options you have with it. It can be used for general fitness, boxing, yoga and even as an indoor playground for kids:

How fun does that swing set look and can you believe it can hold a motorcycle?!

While Dave and I are the ones who primarily use it, Kora & Logan enjoy getting in on the fitness fun every now and then too. They were happy to demonstrate some of the features in photos for this post.

Gorilla Gym - Logan Pull Up

Fitness: This is the most common use in my opinion, of course it looks like a pull up bar, and certainly works as one, but there are so many more options.  The Ultimate Fitness Package comes with something call AirStraps which are awesome. You place your hands and feet into the straps and are suspended in the air which gives you an entirely different workout. Every muscle is used to keep yourself stabilized as you perform your exercises. This is a really unique, fun and tough workout, and you can follow the AirStrap workout video – AirSpeed 11-11. The AirStraps are great for those with bad knees or joints, with the AirStrap workout there is no impact on your joints, and it is a smoother workout experience.

Gorilla Gym - Kora AirStraps

Boxing; This is my favorite, you can hook up the Gorilla Gym punching bag and you can get an entire boxing workout in, consisting of punching and kicking your way to fitness – all in the doorway of your home. There is also a speed bag attachment which we will be getting soon and I know Dave will love.

Gorilla Gym Logan Punching Bag

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Door-mounted home gym system offers unique fitness options

By CAROLINE DOHACK, Columbia Tribune

Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2:00 am

Who knew that working out was child’s play?

Boston-based entrepreneurs Peter Velikin and Kiril Alexandrov needed a way to keep their children active while indoors.

“It’s Boston. The winters …” Velikin said.

“And when you have boys that age, they have so much energy,” Alexandrov said.

So the two created a door-mounted unit from which to hang a swing. It was such a hit with their families that the two started thinking of other applications for the system. Fitness seemed like the obvious choice, and the two eventually developed a number of attachments for boxing, yoga and other exercises — as well as additional indoor playground equipment such as trapezes, ropes and ladders. They called this system Gorilla Gym.

Velikin and Alexandrov said their system addresses a number of challenges people face when trying to get and stay active.

At $59.95 for the base unit, with attachments ranging from $9.95 for simple straps to $139.95 for a yoga swing, it costs less than an annual gym membership.

By eliminating the need to go to the gym — or even outdoors — one has fewer excuses for avoiding a workout. “It reminds me of what Woody Allen says about success: 95 percent is showing up,” Alexandrov said.

And because the system is easy to take down and store, it doesn’t have to become the focal point of that spare bedroom, as treadmills or other home gyms often do.

Naturally, I had to try it out.

Open door to fitness with Gorilla Gym

January 9, 2013 by TheFitPress

In our never-ending quest to keep readers of The Fit Press blog in the know when it comes to new and improved workout equipment, here’s a press release from the folks at Gorilla Gym …


MEDIA ALERT: For Ages 2 to 95: Gorilla Doorway Gym Brings the Playground Inside – Swing Indoors, Punch a Boxing Bag & Do Motion Exercises in Your Own Doorway

Three major New Year’s resolutions that Gorilla Gym can help with are: 1) exercise more  2)spend more time with their family  3) take fun breaks from Life’s omnipresent video screens.

Crowdfunding on has helped make this new device a reality. Gorilla Gym, a startup in Harvard Square, has already raised 94% of their necessary funding with 5 days left — ending their campaign exactly on the co-founder Kiril Stefan Alexandrov’s birthday, January 12th. Crowdfunding allows customers to pre-order at a substantial discount.

Launched by two Boston entrepreneurs with a mission to get everyone to exercise for at least 15 minutes every day, Gorilla Gym attaches to your doorway allowing multiple motion exercises and attachments.

Problem Solved: Most of the popular, portable cantilevered pull-up bars sold by multiple companies have an inherent stability problem which (when attached to doorways) makes them unsafe to use for anything more than simple repetitive up and down pullups. Their design does not support any side motion, which is why most pullup bars come with big warning labels to avoid motion and not attach anything to the device. But motion is a natural part of any workout: when people exercise, they tend to move their body, which could cause a traditional pullup bar to fall off the door trim, potentially resulting in a serious injury. That is the literally dangerous downside of the portable cantilevered design. YouTube is populated with pullup bar fail videos.

The new Gorilla Gym is just as portable and easy to use but solves this major safety problem with patented vise-grips that securely grip the sides of the doorway without the need for drilling or screws. The new design conquers motion, increasing the security and safety of the original cantilevered design and expanding the range of possible exercises. A major improvement results in a major increase in safety and utility.

Multiple Attachments Expand The Exercise Possibilities: Pullup extender which offers more positions for an effective upper body workout, ab straps, suspension straps, boxing bags, yoga swing, and even children’s swings are among the initial attachments that come with Gorilla Gym. The device’s modular design offers virtually limitless possibility for adding new fitness attachments to suit everyone’s need and taste.

Broader Appeal to Men and Women: Traditionally, pullup bars have appealed mostly to men because of the high strength threshold for the being able to do pullups. Gorilla Gym’s unique design supports multiple attachments, many of which are specifically targeted at women, including a yoga swing, ab straps, and suspension straps, opening the possibilities for core exercises like Pilates, stretching and Yoga, and many lower strength, high repetition exercises.

Ideal for city dwellers with limited space: Affordably priced under $50 for the core unit, Gorilla Gym provides families a compact alternative to buying expensive, bulky fitness equipment. The Gorilla Gym attachments lower the threshold to exercising and broaden the range of exercises. The simple modular design turns your doorway into a complete gym with dozens of exercises.

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