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Pull-Up Bar Alternative?


#1

I prefer to workout at home, I have most of what I need, however because of the way my condo is built I can't mount a pull-up bar anywhere. I am thinking of using resistance bands however I am not sure if its a good idea to put them against the door hinge or handle.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


#2

You live near a park?

Alternatively: Standalone pull-up bar.. just keep it outside.


#3

Check Craigslist for a free-standing chin/dip station.


#4

Thanks for the suggestion, I've never bought one before, is there anything I should look for or a particular brand? Also do they make ones that assemble/disable easily because I do have limited space and don't want a new piece of furniture if I can avoid it


#5

Tree branch my friend... you do have trees around you, don't you?


#6

Branches'll toughen up your skin and help your grip too. Plus, they make you feel like a chimp.

Also if you're good with tools at all I'm sure you'd have no trouble making something with some 2x4's and a tool handle from lowes.


#7

Although its not really realistic to do these all the time, an added benefit of doing chins on tree limps is they have a little "give," so they help those who aren't great at the exercise and help progression.


#8

Dip/Chin station is best. What about one of those ones that mount in the door way? I've never used one before, but they're cheap and don't take up much space.


#9

If the "iron gym" fits in one of your doorways (most likely does), get one asap. Theyre cheap and theyre the shit.


#10

Idk though, Chuck Liddell uses the the JackRack. It's probably better.