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Doorway Bar ok for Chins & Pull-ups?


#1

I KNOW there is better equipment for this but I'm just workingout at home, so are those doorway chinup bars (maybe by golds gym) good enough?


#2

If you can do chinups on them without it breaking, then why wouldn’t it be ok?


#3

Lol, are you implying that they may break?

I keep reading that pull-ups/chin-ups are to the upper body what squats are to the lower, so
if the those bars are ok (and won’t break) then I am considering it.


#4

Make sure you install it correctly and it’s secure.

By the very nature of pull-ups, if it comes down, not only will you fall, but you’ll pull the bar down and hit yourself in the face.

Not that that ever happened to me.


#5

I have one called the door gym. Its ok. Can’t really use a wide grip on it, but it’s sturdy and supports my weight. I’d rather have a real pull up bar


#6

Check out one called ‘Powerbar’

It’s immense.


#7

I put one in a few days ago. Works fine, but my door doesn’t close now. Brackets were too big.

But I can do pull ups now.


#8

Hey,

I got one from pullupbar.com and it’s fine. I’ve had it now for about 6 months. I use it frequently, probably should more though. I’ve learnt the pullups/chinups are taxing my body quite a bit and since I’m on a program that considers chins/pullups as accessories, I took it a bit too literally. Anyway, the bar is nice, can be installed/removed in 2 seconds so you can still use the door. You need a solid door frame though, the pressure from the bar also leaves some marks on a white painted molding. Also, for this particualr bar, the foam on the handles started to rip off recently, no big deal for me though. I would prefer a regular, permanently mounted bar if I had a space for it. Door mount is nice and convenient for occasional work, but for hard core training either rack cage one or a permanent one would be better.

But hey, that’s the option I had and at least now I can do straight 10 pullups while 6 months ago I had to use rubber bands for assitance.


#9

Thanks all, some of these are nice!


#10

I installed one in a trailer once, pulled down half the wall the first time I used it.


#11

No matter what, dont try to do pullups or chins just using the door frame. No matter how strong it looks, it really isn’t…


#12

Well, I guess I should chime in on this one…being in the millwork industry.

As long as you screw the bar in using screws about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2" you’ll be completely fine. They’ll be through both the jamb and deep into the 2x4 stud. As long as the bar itself is sturdy it will take a hell of a lot more than 300 lbs to rip those screws out.


#13

[quote]sands wrote:
No matter what, dont try to do pullups or chins just using the door frame. No matter how strong it looks, it really isn’t…[/quote]

Haha, I ripped the outer door trim off of my office door at work by doing a chin-up just grabbing the outer trim piece. It made a heck of a loud CRACK as the two longer side pieces pealed off the frame, oops, at least I didn’t get fired or in trouble, just a minor lecture on respect of company property.


#14

SUPER!

How many other products like the powerbar are worthy of recommendation?


#15

i have one they are very good


#16

You say you are working out at home. If your garage has a set of folding stairs to allow access to the attic, just place a bar across the rafters in the opening. Yeah, you have to go out to the garage to do pull/chin ups but the set up would probably be stronger than an interior door frame model.

I’ve been using this set up for years and it works great.

Fred


#17

Thanks but no, no attic here…

I think that a standard doorway bar would be too short, the grip width is too narrow (imho).

But gimmicks like the powerbar are too pricey for me right now.(though I like the design)


#18

Someone should have warned me what an ass I was marrying …

I bought a golds gym doorway pull-up bar, she lost her damn mind getting mad because of the brackets that needed to be installed into the door frame.

Guess it’s not even half my house (she is a dirty trash can full of poop).

Any other ideas ??


#19

[quote]Steve8867 wrote:
Someone should have warned me what an ass I was marrying …

I bought a golds gym doorway pull-up bar, she lost her damn mind getting mad because of the brackets that needed to be installed into the door frame.

Guess it’s not even half my house (she is a dirty trash can full of poop).

Any other ideas ??
[/quote]

So Steve, tell us all how you REALLY feel about the Mrs.


#20

HA! very funny (yo momma!).

I just bought the Universal Door Mount Chin up Bar (UD-6) it is SWEET!