If you are looking for a complete home gym solution and you have the room I recommend skipping this purchase and getting a power rack with a pull-up bar. If you’re not in the market for a power rack just yet it’s advised you get a pullup bar for your home gym. They aren’t too expensive and help you add a few essential exercises to your home gym.
The #1 best seller on Amazon.com is the ProSource Heavy-Duty Easy Gym Doorway Chin-up/Pull-up bar. Besides being quite the mouth full, it’s a relatively simple piece of equipment you can setup in just about any doorway. Just make sure the frame is between 24 to 32 inches wide. This one comes highly recommended due to the multitude of optional grips. Most of the competitors only offer a single grip position. As a bonus can also use ab straps and add even more options to this piece of equipment.
According to Amazon.com:
- High-grade steel chin-up/pull-up bar
- Portable, multi-functional bar, fits most doorways 24″-32″ thick
- Works out back, chest, shoulders, arms, shoulders, and abdominal compound muscles
- Heavy-duty construction with ProSource technology for comfort grips
- Multi-grip positions allow you to work muscles from different angles
- Portable all-in-one pull-up/chin-up bar with multiple grip positions–slips into doorways or mounts on wall
- Slip-in design adjusts to fit most doorframes from 24 to 32 inches wide without screws
- High-grade steel construction with ProSource Comfort Grip technology
- Exercises develop back, chest, shoulders, arms, and abdominal muscles
- Maximum weight limit of 300 pounds; optional wall mount brackets included
When setting up the pull-up bar in a door frame it doesn’t require any bolts, screws, or installation of any permanent fixtures, but you will have to turn a wrench for the “some assembly required” of the bar itself. Once it is assembled it’s good to go and can be set up at the beginning of a workout and taken down thereafter.
The manufacturer claims it will not mar or scratch the door frame. On the contrary, according to some of the reviews and my own personal experience it can leave some minor scuffing around the frame. This can be remedied by adding extra padding between the door frame and the contact points.
Another thing to note is although the steel construction is rock solid the foam grips, on the other hand, are not. You can simply use high-grade athletic tape to replace the grips or, for a quick cheap fix, white medical tape.
Lastly, a great feature is the option for a more permanent mounting. It comes with brackets that will allow for mounting on a wall. I cannot attest to the durability of the wall mounts, but it does claim a 300 lb capacity within a doorframe.
Overall it’s simple, versatile, and best of all inexpensive. It’s a piece of equipment that once you buy this it will immediately become a long-lasting staple of any home gym. At least until you upgrade to a power rack!
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