DIY chin-Up bar

I used 1.5" oak dowel, cut to the width of the door opening. I used 2 pieces of oak, cut 3" square and cut semi-circular notches out of them. I mounted those with glue, screw and 2 nails to the door frame. The dowel sits in the notches, perfect hand grip and supports my 190 lb very well. I can do 7 chin-ups...pull-ups? Not yet!

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by: joejam

That's awesome. Chins and pull-ups are the mainstay of my routine and it's good to see someone put the dedication into this exercise alone. Don't give up with the pull-ups; I could only do 1/2 a rep not so long ago and can now do a whooping 5 whole reps lol. There's a good article on here about just doing negatives which is a good tip. You can also experiment with doing ladder type reps. A good book to look into is Convict Conditioning - it's all about bodyweight exercise and it goes into so much detail for each exercise, and gives you a blueprint on how to take things to the next step.

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