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Pullup Bar / Dips Bar


#1

Evening Folks. I’m running into time problems IRL and need to start transitioning to mostly garage working out. I’m in the market for a half decent pull up bar that I can mount to my garage wall, as well as a dip stand. Everything I’m finding seems to either be some expensive name brand or something I’d be afraid to put weight on.

Ideally, I’d like a pull up bar that allows for a neutral grip, but if there’s a good deal on a quality standard bar I can live without it. Also I’m seeing a few dip bars at good prices, but I keep seeing reviews of people saying the bars are too far apart. I’ve never actually done dips on a standalone set of bars before. Anyone have experience with how much this matters in practice?

If anyone is sitting around on a half decent brand they’d like to point me at, this is your moment!


#2

I’m trying to get one of the combination pullup/dip stations for work. They’re called a power tower. The first couple that pop up on Google aren’t expensive, but I would want to check it out in person to make sure it isn’t too rickety.


#3

I went used and found one on Letgo for 20 bucks. Dip station, pull up bar and in perfect condition!


#4

Walker. Not joking. Works wonders and got it free when grandma passed away. Use the door mounted pullup bar. That’s not so good.


#5

I considered one of those. Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of room in my garage, so I had to go with a squat stand. I’d have loved to buy one of those foldout squat racks and get the best of both worlds but I don’t think I’m ready to drop that kinda cash yet.

This might be the ultimate workaround I’ve ever seen related to fitness.


#6

If you have exposed rafters just hang a couple parallel pipes from the rafters with ropes or chains for the pullup bars.

You could do something with plumbing pipe and floor flanges to mount a dip stand the wall.


#7

It tips if you put any parallel force into the bars. There can be no kipping or swinging. If you get the right one you can raise the legs and use a dip belt. The higher the walker the stricter the dips have to be. Also put a rubber mat at the bottom for your knees’ sake.


#8

A walker seems too light. Their intended users mostly just lean on them, they don’t put their entire body weight on them. If they work for you, great but I wouldn’t trust them. There are walkers that folks can sit in that seem more sturdy, but I don’t think they leave enough room for you to do dips in.

A friend at work told me about a power tower that folded up so you could put it away. It’s significantly more expensive and I haven’t looked into it lately. If I have time later today I’ll see if I can find the brand.