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Pullup Bars for the Home Gym-Get the Best Value Pull-up Bar for Home Use and Get Strong

Updated on May 17, 2019
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Pullups on a homemade pull-up bar. That works!
Pullups on a homemade pull-up bar. That works! | Source

Which Pullup Bar is the Best for your Home Gym?

Pull-up bars may be the best piece of home gym equipment, with the greatest potential to transform your body.

The handy pull-up bar can be used for abdominal work, wrist work, biceps exercises and more.

If you can’t do a pull-up yet, you can do assisted pull-ups with the Pullup Revolution or substitute a box or chair.

The possibilities are diverse, with a sturdy pullup bar even serving as an anchoring point for ropes, resistance bands or suspension trainers like the TRX.


The ultimate pull up station.
The ultimate pull up station. | Source

Doorframe Pullup Bars

The best pull up bars for the home will depend on your budget, goals and the type of space you are working out in.

A cheap indoor solution is the doorway pull up bar which installs with brackets screwed into the frame of the door. As a pull up bar for home use, this is a solid, time-tested solution, and many people grew up with these.

As with all doorframe pull up bars, this version has its limitations. Wide grip exercises can only go so wide, and advanced moves above the bar are difficult or impossible to perform. Still, for the basics, it’s easily worth $20-40.



Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up Bar - Locking Doorway Pullup Bar/Chin up Bar with 3 Sets of Screw-in Door-Mounts (2 Heavy-Duty and 1 Medium-Duty Sets), 26 to 39 Inches Adjustable Width
Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up Bar - Locking Doorway Pullup Bar/Chin up Bar with 3 Sets of Screw-in Door-Mounts (2 Heavy-Duty and 1 Medium-Duty Sets), 26 to 39 Inches Adjustable Width

Anyone who grew up with a doorframe mounted pull-up bar can tell you that they did a lot of pull-ups.

How could you not? It's a little like having a jungle gym in your doorway.

Even if you only knocked out a couple every time you passed through, that habit would create lasting benefits and motor memory that would make it easier and easier to crank out the reps at some point.

If you've never tried one, the doorway mounted pull-up bar is an inexpensive piece of equipment that installs easily and is very stable.

Here is what you'll like about the Garren Fitness pull-up bar. The solid quality, the oh so comfortable grips, and that sleek polished chrome. You could have this bar installed in less than ten minutes. But it has to get to you first. So click below and check it out for yourself.

 

There are many companies that who make doorway mounted pull-up bars for the home now, but it all started with The Iron Gym. Okay, so they were one of the first, and they have thousands of reviews to back them up.

While I like this product, and I like the fact that you can do wider grip and alternate grip pull-ups with it, I really prefer the solid feel of a straight bar.

Not that The Iron Gym doesn't have a sturdy construction, but it can never have the feel of a solid, straight bar. Personal preference.

What it sacrifices in 'solid bar' feel, it makes up for in versatility, and it definitely won't break on you. Give it a try if having the different grip options is a must for you-or if you need a bar that installs quickly without screws.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar
Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

After years on the market, the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout bar is still one of the best values on the market.

It has padded handles, installed by using leverage, no screws, and allows the user to do wider grip pull-ups. With traditional doorframe pull-up bars this isn't possible. (unless you have a wider doorframe.)

These are also a great value and are really easy to assemble. I kept thinking there was more to it, but no. A couple of screws to tighten the components together, slip it into the doorframe and you're ready to go.

If you have a spot for it, there is also a wall-mounted version available now.

A great home pull-up solution for under $30!

 

The Who's Who of Pullups

Pullups have a pretty badass reputation, and it certainly helps that a number of hot celebrities have been featured on and off the screen doing them.

So who's doing pull-ups in the movies (or off)? It's a long list, but here are some our favorites:

Matthew McConaughey has been known to do a few pull-ups anywhere he can.
Matthew McConaughey has been known to do a few pull-ups anywhere he can. | Source
Jade Vixen doing pull-ups in the nude. This was on Howard Stern's World's Strongest Naked Woman contest, broadcast on XM.
Jade Vixen doing pull-ups in the nude. This was on Howard Stern's World's Strongest Naked Woman contest, broadcast on XM. | Source
Robert DeNiro busting out his morning 50 in Taxi Driver. "Every muscle must be tight..."
Robert DeNiro busting out his morning 50 in Taxi Driver. "Every muscle must be tight..." | Source
Remember the Bionic Woman television show? Well it was re-made for modern times. Actress Michelle Ryan is seen here getting in shape for the role. Nice one arm pull-up.
Remember the Bionic Woman television show? Well it was re-made for modern times. Actress Michelle Ryan is seen here getting in shape for the role. Nice one arm pull-up. | Source

Garage/Shed Pullup Stations

Garage and outdoor shed spaces allow you to be more creative with your home pullup bar station.

You can install a commercial grade or homemade pull up bar, set up a power rack with a top bar, or suspend an iron pipe from the ceiling on some strong rope.

Let's talk about the homemade version for a moment. While a homemade pullup bar is typically priced below the basic doorway pull up bar, it has some additional advantages.

1. You can fit a nice wide pipe in there because you aren't limited by the doorframe width, which allows you to do wide grip pullups.

2. If the garage ceiling is high enough, the bar can be positioned to allow for some acrobatic trapeze work! Or at least enough so you can practice your “muscle-ups.”

3. A tough galvanized steel pipe suspended from the ceiling gives the user confidence. Some doorframe pullup bars can feel as though they might fall apart.

The handy do-it-yourselfer can build this station, but if you prefer to get a finished, professional product, look no further than Power Systems excellent ready-to-install sets.


The Pull-up Tower/Dip Station

Whoever invented this piece of equipment had a moment of genius.

It's always been my wish to have an industrial strength commercial version of these so-called 'power towers' in my bedroom, but so far the wife has vetoed any such decoration.

If you aren't familiar with the term "power tower," it's simply a sturdy stand with, at minimum, a pull-up bar and dip bars. There are an endless number on the market now, and since I don't own one I don't have a personal recommendation.

However, if you're willing to spend some coin, you can get a commercial grade unit for around $1200 usd.

Commercial grade pull-up and dip power towers.
Commercial grade pull-up and dip power towers. | Source

A Pullup Bar Workout

Once you have a pullup bar in the house or in your garage gym, a gym space without one feels naked!

So find the right equipment for your home gym space and individual workout needs and start enjoying the advantages of a home pullup bar station.

Once you have your pull up station set up, try this workout and see if you can complete all the rounds in less than 15 minutes. Have fun!

Workout:

(after warm-up)

Circuit with no rest between exercises, 60 seconds between rounds.

Circuit #1

  • Jumping pull-ups x 10
  • Hanging knee raises: x12-15
  • Underhand Static Hang w/ engaged shoulders (not a dead hang) x 20 seconds
  • Regular (overhand) pull-ups x 6-8

Or: Circuit #2:

  • Alternate close grip pull ups: x 8-10
  • Hanging leg raises x12-15
  • Underhand pull ups x10-12

So the entire workout would be three rounds of either circuit #1 or circuit #2. Intermediate and advanced trainees could alternate circuits for a total of 6 rounds.

Pull Up Assistance

The pullup is a challenging exercise for many people, and there are many ways to perform assisted pull ups until you build up the strength and power to execute the full movement.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Stand on a ladder, chair, or stool. The ladder is advantageous because it gives you multiple positions to work from.
  • Perform 'jumping' pull ups, and resist the negative (downward) motion.

You can also purchase the Pullup Revolution from Lifeline USA. Basically, one end of this adjustable resistance band attaches to the pullup station/bar, while the other end has a foot cradle the user steps into.

The Pullup Revolution assists the user to perform a full range of motion pull up in proper form.

You can also use a long resistance band and tie it to your bar. This works great as a pull-up assistance tool, but can be a hassle to attach and get your foot in.

Lifeline Pull Up Revolution Assistance System to Improve Arm, Shoulders and Chest Strength with Assisted Pull Ups and Chin Ups
Lifeline Pull Up Revolution Assistance System to Improve Arm, Shoulders and Chest Strength with Assisted Pull Ups and Chin Ups

Pullup assistance bands are invaluable when you can't do a pull-up or need help getting more reps. But regular loop bands are a bit of a hassle to hang and get your foot through safely.

This Lifeline product solves that with an easily adjustable attachment system, and an easy-to-use foot stirrup.

It gives you assistance throughout the whole range of motion, and you can adjust it by removing or adding the included cables.

Pull-ups have been called the king of back exercises. They are certainly key to upper body strength, your back and biceps in particular. But if you can only do so many, or can't do any, this is an essential tool.

Instead of just hoping you can get 1 or 2 reps of pull-ups in before you do your other back exercises, you can make pull-ups your main strength and muscle builder with a little assistance.

 

The Last Word on Pullups

No matter what pullup bar you choose, the key ingredient is you! As long as you have a strong, sturdy bar to pull up on, you can get great results.

Buy the strongest pullup bar you can afford and it will bring you a lifetime of fun and effective bodyweight workouts.

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