Home pull up bars have become very popular over the last few years. They are part of the ‘wave’ of home trainers that has surged in recent years.
People are more health conscious than ever but we all lead ever increasingly busy lives. The desire and motivation to go the gym is there but most us simply lack the time.
There are many different type of home pull up bars available on the market but thyer all fall into one of three general categories:
Doorway pull up bars
Doorway pull up bars, (as the names suggests), are designed to fit over and around a door frame without the need for any drill holes or fixings. The main selling feature of a door mounted pull up bar is the fact that it’s removable. Most models are easy and quick to fit over the door frame and are usually compact and easy to store when not in use.
Some models are even designed to be portable making them easy enough to pack and take on your vacation or to the office or to friend’s house.
The one downside with a door mounted pull up bar is that you need a suitably sturdy and sized door frame to mount the bar on. Most bars require doorways to be 24″ to 32″ wide with the doorway trim (moulding up) to 3 ½ inches wide. This is a general requirement, actual requirements will differ per manufacture and pull up bar.
Door mounted pull up bars usually have a weight limit of 300lbs but to be honest, if you weight over 300lb then you’re gonna struggle to do even one pull up unassisted.
The latest advancement in door mounted pull up bar design is taking advantage of the fact that they are not permanently attached to the door frame. They can be placed on the floor and used to perform several exercise including sit ups and tricep dips. That’s a pretty impressive variety of exercises form one relatively small, inexpensive piece of kit.
Wall mounted pull up bar
Wall mounted pull up bars are permanently fixed to a wall. As you can imagine you need 1) a strong (preferably outer) wall to attach the bar to and 2) some very strong anchor bolts for the fixings.
The main disadvantages with wall mounted pull up bars is the initial effort required in mounting the bar on the wall and the permanent space they occupy. You need to allocate a space where the bar will remain so will need to think about this carefully before hand.
Wall mounted pull up bars are generally far sturdier than their door mounted cousins. The solid wall mounting means there’s no shaking or give in the bar whne perfoming a pull up.
Free standing pull up bar
Free standing pull up bars are generally used outdoors or where space is not a problem. They can easily take up some 6+sq metres of floor space. This allows far more room to move around and if high enough, will not require the legs to be raised.
Free standing pull up bars usually suite commercial gyms as they can easily cost upwards of $300.
If you can afford one, the real advantage of free standing pull up bars is that the more expensive ones come with a weight stack. The stack has selectable weight setting and via a standing platform, will assist you in the raising part of a pull up.
This is ideal for beginners who would normally struggle to complete just one unassisted pull up. However, they are also superb for more advanced users who want to do some high rep (15+) pull ups.