If you are looking to add a method for building your upper body strength to your general workout, then a wall mounted pull up bar could be a great addition to your home gym.
There are several different types of pull up bars to choose from, depending on the space you have available, your size and weight and make sure to consider safety issues.
A good quality pull up bar can be attached to the door frame, wall or ceiling of your house, depending on your living space but each option comes with different issues and considerations.
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You should think about how big the bar is going to be, how easy it will be to fit and use, and also, where is it going to go.
It's important to choose a bar that is appropriate for your weight and height.
All good bars come with a weight limit recommendation from the manufacturer so it's really important to follow these for you own safety.
It will also depend on what type of exercise you want to carry out as some bars only allow certain movements while others are more flexible, so you need to know what you plan to use it for, before you make a purchase.
When you first start looking for a pull up bar, the amount of jargon and different kinds you come across might be overwhelming so here is a quick summary of the different types of pull up bars and how they could work for you.
These are generally the most commonly installed for people who want to use the bar regularly and with confidence that it's not going to move.
A wall mounted pull up bar will be permanently screwed into a wall of your house or garage so you need to take care when considering where to put it.
Make sure the wall is strong enough to hold not only the bar, but your weight as well, and make sure the fixings are correctly set up.
This bar will then be connected to the wall horizontally and stick outwards so that you have the room to pull up on it.
It is much sturdier than a door mounted bar which risks coming off the wall if you try swinging on it too hard.
A door-frame pull up bar is mounted within the door frame, as the name suggests and generally is only suitable for weights up to around 220 pounds but always check the manufacturers’ instructions for weight limits before using.
They are designed to fit inside the door frame, generally around three feet across but are not as durable as a wall mounted frame so use with caution.
If you have more space and more budget you may want to consider a free standing pull up bar unit.
These do take up a lot of room as they are generally over six feet tall to accommodate a user’s height but they offer more flexible of exercise with many different options.
If you are working out in the garage or have access to the ceiling joists, then a ceiling mounted pull up bar could work for you as these can certainly take more weight than a door frame.
The only downside is this only really works in a house where you have very high ceilings to allow for your height, and always check that the area you are attaching the bar to, can actually hold your weight
A pull up bar can really be used to work most of the body, apart from the legs, and is a great upper body strength workout.
When using pull up bars you will definitely be working out these parts of your body:
The Latissimus Dorsi – more commonly known as the lats, these are the muscles which start at your shoulders and go down your back and are really the key muscle group that you use to perform a pull up move.
The Rhomboids – these are muscles which help to support your lats and strengthening these is great for helping to prevent back aches and pains.
The Arms – you will be using your biceps, forearm muscles and triceps – basically all of your arm muscles – whenever you bend them to carry out a pull up movement.
Overall fitness levels – Using the pull up bar regularly, for a challenging length of time will help to improve your cardiovascular system and overall fitness as well as your muscle groups.
This bar comes with everything you need to make the installation into your home really straight forward.
Clear instructions, plus it has been ready drilled and engineered making it easy to install at home with minimum effort.
The bar comes with a variety of grip positions making it very versatile and the foam grips are really high quality.
It has a really good space clearance around it so there is plenty of room to workout, whether it goes in the house
This pull-up bar is really solid heavy-weight steel and once installed correctly is definitely not going to move or bend.
It can hold up to 600lb in weight so a really good sturdy bar and the powder coating finish means it doesn’t get slippery which is great for improved grip during a workout.
It is very simple to install and has the option of installing it either horizontally or vertically.
This bar is far heavier than it looks in the pictures, making it very sturdy.
Its large size and weight does mean it takes up space so best to measure up and check first to ensure you don’t install it somewhere and then find you have no space to work out on it.
It sits over 30 inches from the wall so once it is safely installed there is plenty of room to do a whole variety of exercises.
All the elements to install it are included making it easy to set up.
The only downside is despite its sturdiness the weight limit is only 300 lbs.
This pull up bar is ergonomically designed and includes multiple grip positions making it very comfortable and easy to exercise from.
It is quite light compared to some others on the market but it durable and easy to install.
This bar has been designed specifically to fit in a doorway space, but only certain sizes of door frames so it’s not as flexible as some others in terms of where you can use it in your home.
It comes with all of the installation elements required and is very easy to fit.
This pull up bar can be installed either on the ceiling or on the wall and is very sturdy.
It is versatile as there are different size bars to suit your room size and ceiling height.
The fixings are all included and it comes with its own brackets that make a really sturdy set up to hold the bar in place.
This bar has a 600lb weight capacity.
The Ultimate Body Press Wall Mount Pull Up Bar with Four Grip Positions provides a really sturdy but easy to install pull up bar.
The grip positions mean it offers great flexibility for different workouts to exercise different parts of the body and different muscle groups.
It doesn’t take up too much space and is not overly heavy when trying to install it.
This wall mounted pull up bar also offers good value for money and will fit into any home gym and any fitness regime.