Today, I am going to expand on my previous article in regard to pull ups. I have explained what they are, how to do them and what part of the body they work. Now I will review the different types of pull up bars on the market.
This will help you to decide which one is best for you. There are so many out there, that it sometimes gets confusing, as to which one to go for. You can get bars that are drilled into your inner door frame. Bars that are hooked on to the door frame. Free standing bars and bars that are clipped onto the door frame.
As you have probably noticed, your door frame suddenly becomes one of the most important and used parts of the house. This is why you have to ensure your door frame is strong and sturdy. However, if this is not your cup of tea, then there are other options.
Doing pull ups at home is a great option, as this one exercise can add so much to your muscular gains. I will now go through the options available to you. Let’s go and build your wings so you can soar like an eagle!
Option 1 – HAKENO Pull up Bar
They didn’t have these when I was growing up. This option is great if you want to avoid drilling. Let’s have a closer look:
- No screws or drilling – pressure spread to both sides of the bar. The more pressure applied, the stronger the grip on the door frame.
- Can take up to 200kg
- Safety locks on both sides, to prevent rotation
- Bar can be extended up to 92cm
- Unlike other bars in it’s range, it comes with 2 foam pads, which help to prevent blisters
- Can be used for sit ups
- Lifetime warranty.
This bar has no cons. It is a product of fantastic quality. As aforementioned, my first pull up bar had to be screwed into the door frame but with this one, pressure does the work of the screws. No more pulling down door frames, just building strong muscles.
My Rating: One of the best pull up bars I have ever come across. It not only looks great but provides all the conveniences that a person would want. Easy to fit, can take a 200kg load and has a great length. Great innovation. MASSIVE thumbs up for this beauty.
Option 2 – Innovation Fitness Powerbar 2
I came across this bar, whilst looking for a no frills, easy to install bar. The Innovation bar not only hooks onto the door frame, but has added security by clipping in to the front too. It is a very sturdy bar, that can also be used to perform push ups.
- Easy to fit
- Welded construction, built to last
- Can also use it to perform push ups
- Grips come attached to the bar
- Can be used in doorways connected to stud walls, as weight is evenly spread
- Folds up for easy storage
- Very lightweight
- Doesn’t leave marks on the door frame
- 10 year warranty.
- Only takes a max weight of 70 – 90kgs
- You have to ensure you have strong door frames
- Bar is narrow, so you may need to add foam to it.
Very good bar for the price. However, as you can see, it does have a few cons. If you are a beginner, I would definitely recommend getting some finger less weightlifting gloves. They will save you from blisters. I, personally, love performing pull ups without gloves as it improves grip strength. However, if you are just starting out, then buy yourself a pair, then eventually you can try them without the gloves.
My Rating: Great entry level bar. Good for the price. Awesome warranty. Once purchased ensure you have some spare foam and/or gloves to help with grip.
Option 3 – JX Fitness Power
This is actually a multifunctional exercise station. You can perform dips, push ups and pull ups. With equipment like this, we must ensure that the manufacturer has not neglected the strength on any part of the structure. It is all too often that a multifunctional exercise station has one area that is stronger than others.
The pull up bar is the most important part of this apparatus. The reason being, it will take the most weight when you are hanging. This is all to do with the gravitational pull. Whilst performing push ups or dips, you are closer to the ground and hence the gravitational pull is less. There we go, a nice interesting lesson in physics 101 for you! Enough science, let’s have a look at what it has to offer.
- Can perform multiple exercises
- Is easy to assemble
- Comes with padded supports for the back and arms
- Takes a maximum weight of 100kgs
- Has an angled pull up bar with anti-slip grips
- Ideal to use with assisted pull up bands.
- Push up bars are slightly too close together.
This is a great piece of equipment. An excellent addition to any home gym. You will really increase strength and tone and it will compliment any other machine in your home workout space.
The only con is the width of the push up bars. If you were an experienced trainer and had broad shoulders, the bars may be a little too close for comfort. However, this is nothing that a good set of push up bars won’t fix.
My Rating: Lovely bit of kit and a great space saver will help you to build up your strength in no time.
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Which One is for You?
I could have reviewed many more, however I picked the three that I thought would suit the majority of people. Option 1 is great if you do not want to put excessive strain on your door frames. It will also store almost anywhere, and you can also take it on your travels.
Option 2 is of great quality and safely hooks onto your door frame. It also provides the stability of being supported at the sides too.
Option 3 offers the most value for money, due to the multi exercise option it gives us. However, this all depends on if you are in the market for a standard pull up bar, to perform pulls and chins, or a 3 in 1 piece of equipment.
There are many pull up bars out there. It can be a very difficult decision when it comes to choosing the right one for you. But, fear not as the right one is out there. The beauty about variety is that there is bound to be something for everyone. Whether you are a beginner or advanced trainer, you have to make the right choice for your needs.
I am slightly swayed by option 3, due to its multi exercise options. This is one for you if you have the space to put it, if not then definitely option 1. It is a fantastic bit of innovation by Haneko, with the added bonus of no screws! Remember guys, train smart and with great technique. Remember who won the race! Enjoy your aviation experience.
Thank you for visiting my page and reading this article. I hope I was able to assist you in finding the pull up bar for you. If you would like to leave a comment, some feedback, or have any questions, please do so below. As always, it has been a pleasure having you here. Stay safe and keep well.