Pull Up Bar Buyers Guide

For a quick and effective upper bodyweight, home workout equipment, invest in a good pull up bar. Pull up bars help you build muscles in your shoulder, arms, back and strengthen your core. However, do not be fooled, the workout will push you to your limit.

If you are a beginner, it may take you weeks before you are able to complete your first set but do not give up as perseverance is key.

When purchasing your pull-up bar, decide whether you want a doorway pull up bar, permanent wall mounted bar or an adjustable door bar that clings onto your doorframe without any screws. You will also need to consider the type of grip you want, as this will determine the type of pull-ups you will be able to do on it. Grip type is vital; it allows you to workout different muscles.

Other key things to be aware of when purchasing a pull- up bar is to ensure the bar is strong enough to hold your weight and it fits your doorframe. This might sound obvious but there is no such thing as a one size fits all – so remember to check!

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Doorway Pull Up and Chin Up Bar

 

For beginners seeking an easy to set up bar or with limited space, these telescopic bars are a great option – especially if you want to increase your chin-up and pull up reps.

The great thing about these bars, they extends to fit all most every doorway, they are portable and do not require assembling.

In fact, after use, those with limited space can pack it up and put away.

The great thing about these bars, they extends to fit all most every doorway, they are portable and do not require assembling.

In fact, after use, those with limited space can pack it up and put away.

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Wall Mounted Pull-Up Bar

 

These bars are a great option for those seeking a sturdy, permanent bar, as they must be bolted into the wall.

They are also very durable and can withstand all types of weather. For this reason, they can be mounted to a wall indoors or outdoors. However, due to the permanent element, it is important to keep in mind that these bars will require a dedicated space and you will not be able to remove it easily.

Also, ensure the wall to be used is strong enough to withstand the bolting and carry your weight.

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The Multi Grip Door Gym is the multi-function exercise bar you can use to do pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, dips, arm and shoulder exercises – any exercise you need to build a powerful upper body!

It is a great addition to your at home training program.

Not only is the bar perfect for chin-ups, its can also be used as a foot anchor for sit-ups and crunches.

What you need to know when buying a Pull-Up Bar

 

If this is your first time buying a pull up bar, you may feel overwhelmed by the vast selection of bars and what you need to know when picking your bar. I understand that choosing the right bar can be tricky, to help you buy the right bar, below I have listed the factors you will need to consider when buying your bar.

 

Location

One of the main factors to consider when buying a pull- up bar is location – where will you be putting your bar. Different bars have different location requirements. A key point to remember is to ensure wherever you decide to put your bar, it must have a solid brick wall, whether you will be mounting the bar or not, thus ensuring your safe usage.

Once you have decided where you will put your bar, you will then need to consider positioning. You must place the bar at a height that ensures your feet are not touching the floor but you do not have to jump too high to reach as this will strain your joints. Once you have figured where the wall and position of where you will place your bar then you can consider what bars are suitable.

 

Grip

Similar to barbells, the thickness of the grip will affect the intensity of your pull-up. A rule of thumb is the thicker the bar, the harder it will be to complete a pull-up. Ironically, some users prefer the thicker bar because whilst the workout becomes harder, they find thicker bars more comfortable to use.

If you do not know the type of grip you prefer or intend on training a range of muscles, you should consider opting for a multi grip bar. The multi grip bars are a great option for beginners as you are able to change grips until you find your preferred grip. However, for the more advance users, a single grip is better as it allows for a more intense workout.

 

Safety & Limitations

The above recommendations have discussed what you need to know when buying a pull-up bar, you must also remember that weight and height are important safety and limitation factors that must be considered before buying a bar.

Weight – Every bar has a weight limit (most commonly between 100KG and 200KG). Always be sure to check the weight limit on your preferred bar.

Also, whilst door frames and walls do not have weight limits, you have to be careful that the doorframe/ wall will be able to hold both the bar and your weight at the same time.

 

Height Limitations

Depending on your height and the height of your doorframe/ wall, you may have to take height restrictions into consideration. For example, if you are over 6ft, you may find a doorway pull-up bar will not be suitable for you. Unless you have high ceiling walls, you may struggle to find a suitable wall to mount your bar on.

Regardless of your height and weight, it is important to not ignore the safety measures and failure to comply can lead to injuy

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