My friend came to me for help in getting in shape. He’s a pretty large fella right now, standing about 6’2" and somewhere in the range of 380 lbs. At least, he was 380 before he started cleaning up his diet and trying to do some bodyweight exercises around the house. (When his mother died a few months ago, it made him do a lot of self-searching and realize that he didn’t want to live the way he was anymore.)
Anyway, all this is pretty beside the point. My problem is that he’s trying to get some kind of pullup bar in his house, so he can add some more pulling motions to his routine. He’s been starting to save for a gym membership, but even the least expensive gym is a few months away with the funds being the way they are, and I’d like to help him.
So, since there’s a wide variety of lifters here at T-Nation, I imagine someone must have run into that problem before. Any suggestions? I think we’re making some good progress so far… he’s found a few of the large water cooler bottles from Whole Foods, with the handles on the sides, and slowly filled them with more water to do a lot of the same exercises you’d do with a kettlebell or dumbbell, but I think a PU bar would be a big help as well.