Doing Pull ups at Home – They Give You Wings!

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!

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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:

Pros:

  • 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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Final Verdict


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.

8 thoughts on “Doing Pull ups at Home – They Give You Wings!”

  1. Great review on three very good types of pull up bars! There are so many benefits to working out that it is a must do thing for everyone in life. Pull ups are such a powerful exercise as they burn a lot of calories, develop big muscles and strength. I remember that my bar kept falling though so make sure you get a good one! But like verything, pull ups are a matter of practice, at the beginning I couldn’t do 5, after 3 months I could do 80!

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  2. It can be a very difficult  when it  comes to choosing the right pull ups for me, because there are so many out there. Thanks for helping me, not only me but the public to know best pull ups for them, also for men and women, you also show us the one for PRO and BEGINNERS. Thanks for sharing this information. I will definitely check it out.

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  3. Hi Puneet,

    Pull-up bar is an interesting piece of physical exercise equipment. Good for strengthening the upper body strengths. Especially the arms. Very popular among the army boys to prepare for their IPPTs. My elder brother and i used the pull up bar at home. Which was installed on both side of the kitchen entrance without using any nuts and bolts. The risk of felling down and got seriously injured was real. So we were always checked whether it was secured properly, before doing pull-up exercise.

    There was one type of pull-up bar back then. It was made of normal metal which will rust easily. After prolonged period of contacting with water and sweat. Out of the 3 choices of pull-up bars, it is a good idea to go for the one that is more sturdy and secured with a good grip. It is even better if it can be fix up and uninstall easily, without damaging the wall. I prefer pull-up bar that make of stainless steel. Because it is more lasting. Option 3 is a good choice too. Great for athletics, security personnel etc to train and keep fit. It is a good idea to do all the different sets of exercises altogether using one fitness equipment.  It really save up lots of money from getting various fitness equipments separately.

    Happy staying fit,

    David Koh

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  4. Thank you Puneet, I love pull ups as an exercise, I was totally taken by the first option, the UMI pull up bar. I liked that it has no cons and a lifetime warranty. But then I got to the third option, the JX fitness power. This looks like ideal for me as it has multiple purposes. It will will fit into my daily exercise routine.

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    • Hey Juliet. You are more than welcome. Yes both 1 and 3 are excellent and I totally get why you would be drawn to number 3 by JX. the fact that it offers multiple options is very attractive. Thank you for your comment.

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