The Bargain Hunters Way To A Killer Upper Body - The Door Pull Up Bar
Have You Tried A Door Pull Up Bar Before?
What did you think about it? Was it easy to use? Do you think it is something you could use long term? Was it good value for money? What wasn't so good about it?
A door pull up bar can be a valuable addition to your home gym equipment collection. The no-fuss setup allows you to begin sculpting your upper body and core right away.
There's several different bars available which all let you do a range of top-notch exercises. And the great news is, they're an inexpensive piece of equipment.
"What Is A Door Pull Up Bar Anyway?"
There's a range of different door pull up bars available but they all basically let you do the same thing. Pull ups in your doorway! :)
The Basic Bar
The bar I have at home is the most basic one you can get. I couldn't find the exact model anymore but this one is almost identical.
As you can see in the photo, it's basically just a metal bar that fits into your doorframe. The bar itself sits in brackets which are screwed in your door frame.
The Frame Bar
Other doorway pull up bars, like the Iron Gym normally look like some sort of frame with handles and grips. They tend to be a little more expensive than the basic one, going for around $40.
I don't have one of these at home. But they do have 2 obvious advantages. You can do more exercises on them and they don't have to be screwed into your door.
Advantages Of The Doorway Pull Up Bar
Pull ups help you build muscle fast
Pull ups are high intensity exercises. They're first-class when it comes to building muscle in your arms, shoulders and upper back.
There's also a few pull up variations which are valuable for sculpting your abdominals and obliques too. To see an example of a pull up bar workout, click here...
Pull up bars are cheap
These door pull up bars are a real bargain. You won't often find equipment with these strengthening benefits for the same price.
Easy to use
You'll rarely find equipment as user-friendly as this.
You can quickly set up a "workout area", get down to business and then put it away again. It is very mobile, only taking a couple of moments to screw into place, ready for working out.
On the other hand - if you're like Tom - you can just keep the bar up permanently. After a long hard day of work you can pump out a few sets in 5 minutes. It's an excellent way of squeezing in a last little bit of exercise before bed.
It's also a great reminder to stay active.
It's easy to forget to exercise when you're busy. But if you can see the bar sitting there, waiting... you can just jump up and do a quick 10-15 pull ups. Workouts like these add up quickly.
It's a long-term piece of equipment
Given the intensity of pull ups it likely you'll never outgrow this equipment. As you get stronger, you can just make the exercise more difficult by hanging a weight from your waist.
Disadvantages of The Door Pull Up Bar
Can be cramped
Probably the worst thing about this product is the fact that it's in a doorway. Yes we know that's the point but...
If you don't select the right door then things can be a bit cramped.
To get the most out of your door chin up bar you should select a door which has got a lot of room around it. This allows you to move your arms and legs freely while doing different pull up variations.
Screw holes in your door frames
Are you okay with having brackets screwed into your door frames? If not then it probably pays to get the frame type bar which doesn't leave holes in your door.
Warning: Check These 3 Things Before Buying A Door Pull Up Bar
- Will it fit into your door? Most basic bars are extendable but we've seen the odd one which has a set length.
- How much weight can it support? Most bars will have a maximum weight stated on the product description. My one supports 300lb (136kg)
- Does it have foam grip handles? It can be very slippery without.
Purchasing a door pull up bar
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