Home Door Pull Up Bar

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Home Door Pull Up Bar

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.

Home Door Pull Up Bar

“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.

Home Door Pull Up Bar

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About this itemEnjoy an upper body workout from the privacy of your home with the CAP Barbell Xtreme Doorway Gym. It gives you a way to build and tone muscle with convenience and versatility. This steel pull-up bar has a space-saving design. It fits in most doorways and sets up in seconds without the need for latches or screws. The CAP Barbell Xtreme Doorway Gym is made of steel and includes foam grip handles for added comfort. You can position it in several ways, allowing you to use it to perform a variety of strength-building exercises. It is suitable for doing pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups and crunches. The space-saving feature makes it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to workout in their home or apartment but does not have the room for a workout bench or large machinery. It has the capacity to support up to 200 lbs. CAP Barbell Xtreme Doorway Gym: Foam grip handles for comfort Pull-up bar with multiple positions for versatility Doorway pull-up bar supports up to 200 lbs Made of durable steel Help build and tone muscles Space-saving design Tools-free doorway installation Steel pull-up bar fits most doorways 24″ to 32″ wide Ideal for pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, crunches and more Sets up in most doorways in just seconds

Home Door Pull Up Bar

Enjoy an upper body workout from the privacy of your home with the CAP Barbell Xtreme Doorway Gym. It gives you a way to build and tone muscle with convenience and versatility. This steel pull-up bar has a space-saving design. It fits in most doorways and sets up in seconds without the need for latches or screws. The CAP Barbell Xtreme Doorway Gym is made of steel and includes foam grip handles for added comfort. You can position it in several ways, allowing you to use it to perform a variety of strength-building exercises. It is suitable for doing pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups and crunches. The space-saving feature makes it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to workout in their home or apartment but does not have the room for a workout bench or large machinery. It has the capacity to support up to 200 lbs. CAP Barbell Xtreme Doorway Gym: Foam grip handles for comfort Pull-up bar with multiple positions for versatility Doorway pull-up bar supports up to 200 lbs Made of durable steel Help build and tone muscles Space-saving design Tools-free doorway installation Steel pull-up bar fits most doorways 24″ to 32″ wide Ideal for pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, crunches and more Sets up in most doorways in just seconds

Home Door Pull Up Bar

The best pull up bar is the one that fits your life and home gym situation. That said, getting a chin up bar / pull up bar isn’t going to immediately turn you into a sculpted god. Pull ups are one of the best exercises you can do for your upper body fitness, but you have to DO THEM. So get a pull up bar that you can install in a place where you’re going to see it and be compelled to use it.  A doorway pull up bar in the middle of your home can definitely help you achieve your fitness goals. The next step is yours.

Home Door Pull Up Bar

As pullup workouts can fatigue the user quickly, I opted to do 15-minute workouts where I would do some pushing exercise (push-ups or a couple of handstands) and then circuit through the various pull-up units mounted on three different doorways in my house. One day, I would do five pushups, then go and do one pull-up (same grip) on each of three bars being tested. On the next round, I would do five push-ups, then do two pull-ups (from a different grip position). Round three would be push-ups followed by three pull-ups on each unit (again using a different grip position). Then I would go back down the pyramid: push-ups followed by two pull-ups; push-ups followed by one pull-up; and then start climbing the pyramid again. This method of working out would allow me to go for 15 minutes continuously by managing fatigue with low-rep pull-up sets. It also gave me a chance to get lots of pull-ups in over the course of the 32 15-minute workouts I did on these units.

Home Door Pull Up Bar

It’s important to state from the start that my evaluations of these products is based upon their use as pull-up bars. Although almost all of these doorframe units can also be used for push ups, dips and sit-ups, I stuck with just testing for pull-ups. If you wanted to do pushups, dips or sit-ups, you are forced to take down the pull-up bar and put it back up again to do the other exercises. We decided this isn’t worth it for the average person who just wants to do pull-ups without a lot of fuss. I was fine with just dropping down to the floor and doing regular push ups in between pull-up sets, and we think most users will be fine with that too. Same with any abdominal work that I wasn’t doing on the bar in its pull-up position. While I love doing dips, doing dips on the units isn’t great because of their limited range of motion. Some users say they elevate their feet to get a more hard-core dip, but again, I found all of this to be too much effort when I was aiming for convenience and functionality.

Home Door Pull Up Bar

In this guide we looked at the newer generation of home pull-up bars, which are of door-frame leverage variety, offer greater stability and safety, as well as a great variety of grip options for pull-up variety. Andrew Read, writer for Breaking Muscle and author of Beast Tamer: How to Master the Ultimate Kettlebell Strength Challenge, says that these newer pull-up bars offer great variety in grip possibilities that enhance workouts by targeting different muscle groups in the shoulders, arms and upper back. But the grip variations they provide also allow users to avoid repetitive stress injuries from doing pull-ups the same way every time. Having multiple neutral grip positions allows for the best alignments between wrist, elbow and shoulder so that users can get lots of reps without overly taxing one of the joints involved in pull-ups. Thus, these door-frame leverage units offer a safe option for developing pulling strength, even for those who’ve experienced soreness/injury/shoulder pain in the past from doing the conventional overhand pull-up.

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