JayFlex RyzeUps Review, 0/5 Would Not Buy Again

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*The opinions in this review are mine alone and are based on my personal use of one pair of JayFlex RyzeUps purchased new from Amazon. The statements in this review are not an indicator of what your experience may be. I used them as per the directions. I weigh 230 lbs and am well under the listed capacity of 275 lbs. I only used them for strict pull-ups. No kipping or other dynamic movements were performed. You’ll see why I added this disclaimer when you read the review.

RyzeUps are one of two door-mounted pull-up solutions made by JayFlex. On paper, they look really interesting. And they also look to address some of the shortfalls of JayFlex’s other door-mounted solution, the CrossGrips.

If you read my review of the CrossGrips, you’ll know that I’m not their biggest fan. I gave them 3/5 stars and I probably wouldn’t buy them again.

But the RyzeUps should fit more doors. They have larger diameter handles that are textured and rotate into several different positions. In fact, it looks like the RyzeUps are better than the CrossGrips in almost every way.

So, I ordered them.

$100 later, I had them in my hot little hands, excited to see just how much better they might be than the CrossGrips (which, honestly, were kind of disappointing).

JayFlex RyzeUps
My one remaining RyzeUp.

JayFlex RyzeUps Review, The Short Version

I’ll cut straight to the chase here. Do not buy these.

They are poorly made, almost entirely of plastic. They are difficult to mount securely and can easily come off the doorframe. The handles are uncomfortable and pinch the skin of your hands, leaving blisters, cuts, or marks.

Most importantly, they can and do break while in use. Just one week into using them, one of the handles on mine cracked in half at the same time one of the mounting tabs broke.

I’m not sure which broke first, but mid pull-up, I fell. On the way down, I cracked my shin and knee on the doorframe and was left with bruises that took weeks to heal. I’m very lucky that was all that happened.

If you look on eBay, you’ll find single RyzeUps for sale. After contacting several of the sellers, it seems like I’m not the only one who had one break on me. Unlike those folks, though, I will not try to pawn off my remaining RyzeUp on someone else. 

It’s going directly into the trash.

Ebay listings for the JayFlex RyzeUps
Here’s just a couple of the single listings I found at the time I’m writing this review.

Specs & Technical Overview

Here are the specs as listed by JayFlex:

  • Handle material – plastic
  • Handle design – rotating
  • Handle diameter – 1.25″
  • Dimensions when collapsed – 10.5″ x 7.5″ x 3.25″
  • Weight – 3.5 lbs
  • Weight capacity – 137 lbs each
  • Door trim required (height) – 2″-6″
  • Door trim required (width) – 4.25″-8.5″

See more details here.

Pros & Cons

PROS

Fit more doors than CrossGrips

Pack flat for travel

Handles rotate

CONS

Made entirely of plastic

Handles are slippery

Handles pinch your hands

Handles can break while in use

Plastic construction doesn’t hold up

Things I Like About The JayFlex RyzeUps

Typically in my reviews, I list the things I like about the product being reviewed. With the RyzeUps, I liked nothing about them once I got them.

What I thought I’d like turned out to be all overstated marketing. 

Do the handles rotate? Yes. But they also pinch your hands, are made of slick plastic, and they break when used!

JayFlex RyzeUps handle
Here you can see the seam between the bottom and top half of the all plastic handles. That seam is not sealed and separates slightly when in use. Your skin then gets pinched mid-pull-up! No bueno!

Do they fold up flat for travel? Yes. But why would I bring something this bad when I travel?

Do they fit more doors than the CrossGrips? Yes. But they hold your weight up with four tiny little plastic tabs. Tabs that break when used. So if they don’t stay on the door, why would it matter how many doors they fit?

Things I Wish Were Different About The JayFlex RyzeUps

I’ll make this simple. The RyzeUps are made almost entirely from plastic. That one thing is what creates all of the issues with this product.

Your weight is supported entirely by four plastic tabs. They are not secure, and I’m shocked that that is all that is keeping you from falling.

The round handles are made of two pieces of hard plastic. That plastic separates and flexes during use, trapping the skin of your hands and pinching it. I also had one handle fail mid-pull-up.

The attachments are difficult to secure properly, and it’s easy to install one so that it seems secure when it’s not. This is a direct result of the flexibility of the arms that attach to the door.

Considering that the CrossGrips are made almost entirely of metal, I don’t understand why the same approach wasn’t used for these.

Last, I’m not a huge fan of hanging your pull-up apparatus from the molding of your door. Molding is thin, weak wood attached with thin trim nails. Why anyone would think it’s a good idea to hang your body weight from just the molding is beyond me.

Who Are The JayFlex RyzeUps Best Suited For?

In my opinion, no one.

Alternatives To The JayFlex RyzeUps

The most obvious alternative is the CrossGrips, also by JayFlex. When I bought and reviewed those, I gave them 3/5 stars. I don’t recommend those, either, but compared to the RyzeUps, they are all stars!!! 

If you want a two-piece door-mounted pull-up solution, the lesser of two evils are the CrossGrips.

Otherwise, you are better off with the traditional door-mounted pull-up bar like this one from Amazon.

The Verdict

I do not recommend the JayFlex RyzeUps for anyone. With the CrossGrips, there are a few folks out there that I think would like them. If you like this style of pull-up bar, go with those.

But in the end, my best advice is to stick with a traditional door-mounted pull-up bar like this one you can get inexpensively over on Amazon.

JayFlex RyzeUps
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The JayFlex RyzeUps look really cool on paper. It's too bad they aren't in real life. Made almost completely of plastic, mine broke within the first week of use resulting in a useless product and injury to me. I do not recommend anyone buy these.

Product Brand: JayFlex

Editor's Rating:
0.5

Pros

  • Fit more doors than CrossGrips
  • Pack flat
  • Handles rotate

Cons

  • Made almost entirely of plastic
  • Handles hard to hold onto
  • Handles pinch your hands
  • Mounting breaks easily
  • Handles break eaasily
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AUTHOR

Tim Steward has been training at home since he got his first weight set from Sears in junior high. Over 30 years later, Tim has helped thousands of people build home and garage gyms that they love and use regularly. He also holds a CPT certification with the ISSA and is an NCCPT nationally accredited trainer. When Tim is not training or writing about home gyms, you can find him at the dog park with his two Australian cattle dogs, Anny and Beans.

6 thoughts on “JayFlex RyzeUps Review, 0/5 Would Not Buy Again”

  1. I wish I had read this before buying these things. Right out of the box I knew there weren’t built well. Can’t believe they made these out of plastic!

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    • Honestly, I was afraid to even use them. The way they creaked and groaned and gave under my weight was worrying at best. I can’t believe they sell these.

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