How to Choose the best pull up bar for me
Maybe you want to start doing pull ups because they will help you with your fitness goals or maybe you want to build strong arms. Whatever the reason, there are several options when it comes to choosing a pull up bar. The first thing most people think of is just buying one that hooks over the door and calling it good. These can be useful, but depending on how often you plan on using your pull up bar, they might not be the best choice.
Is the pull up bar easy to install, secure and safe to use
You want a pull up bar that is easy to install, secure and safe to use. Some models are easier to install than others, but they still have the same basic mounting requirements. The bar must be installed at least 8 feet above the floor or ground so you can hang from it without your feet touching the floor. It should also be secured to a solid structure like a ceiling joist or stud.
The bar should be able to adjust both its height and width so you can customize it for your specific needs based on your height, arm strength, etc. You may need an extra-long or extra-short bar depending on how much room you have available in your home gym area.
The actual installation process isn't difficult with any of these products because they're designed for quick setup out of the box; however, if you don't know what you're doing (or aren't handy with tools), then consider hiring an electrician or contractor who does know how because he'll do everything correctly according to code.
What types of exercises am I most likely to do
Pull up bars are used for a range of exercises. While some people may only perform pull ups, others may use their bar to do chin ups and dips as well. If you’re not sure what types of exercises you want to do with your pull up bar, then it can be helpful to think about the goals that you have in mind and what kind of benefits they will bring you. For example:
- Dips offer a high caloric output, so they’re great for losing weight and toning muscles such as triceps and chest
- Chin ups target the biceps and lats (latissimus dorsi), which help in building strength throughout the body
- Pull-ups work all major muscle groups including back muscles like latissimus dorsi (lats) and trapezius, leg muscles like quadriceps and hamstrings as well as biceps
Does the bar fit my door
The next thing you'll want to think about is how long, wide and high your door frame is.
You may not be able to find a pull-up bar that fits perfectly inside your door. In this case, the best thing to do would be to go for one that's just slightly bigger than the opening in the door. It's better this way than going too small and having an uncomfortable experience trying to use it on a daily basis—plus if it’s too big, you could always just take it off when you're done using it!
Some new options for doorway gyms, allow for installation around the door frame which allows the doorway to be used without removing the bar, and the exercise bars sit above the door header so it won't even be seen. Another advantage is that the bar can be wider so you can have a wider grip for the bar which is better or most people and not as limiting as a bar that fits inside the doorframe. The Ultimate Door Gym is a perfect example of this option.
Do I have enough space to wall mount a pull up bar
A wall-mounted pull up bar is the most popular choice for those who want to add a few more exercises to their workout routine. These bars come in a wide range of mounting options and can be installed in just about any space.
How do I know if I've got enough space?
As long as you have at least 4 feet of open wall space, then you'll have plenty of room for installing a wall mounted pull up bar. You may also need some additional tools depending on which kind you choose – but fear not! Most kits come with instructions that make installation quick and easy even if you're not particularly handy with tools.
Will I buy a wall mounted stand, doorway mounted or a free-standing one
The first question to ask yourself is whether you are going to buy a wall mounted stand, doorway mounted or a free-standing one?
Wall mounted pull up bars are convenient and easy to install. However, they do not allow for much movement around your house or apartment. If you want more freedom when exercising then the best choice would be a doorway mounted pull up bar because they can be used at any door frame in the house. Doorway mounted bars are easy to install but limited since they only work on door frames with wider gaps (the standard distance from the floor being 18”). Free-standing models offer more versatility as they do not have this limitation but require some space where you can place them down without fear of them falling over when using them for exercises such as dips or knee raises etc...
Do I need a fixed or adjustable height pull up bar?
The thing about being is great shape, is you are strong enough to use a fixed pull up bar for great exercise. However most people do not have the strength and conditioning to use a fixed pull up bar properly for any pull ups exercises at all. This is where having an adjustable pull up bar can be extremely helpful.
With an adjustable pull up bar or exercise bar as SoloStrength calls it, you can adjust the height to the place that allows you, anyone, to self assist the pull up exercises by keeping your feet slightly touching the floor. This is far safer and more effective for proper strength exercise form, than typical methods that are or can be, far more dangerous while you are learning.
An adjustable exercise bar also allows for a huge range of bodyweight exercises (you can reference some in the SoloStrength workouts in the SpeedFit programs they offer with their systems).
It would be prudent to mention here that the SoloStrength exercise bar also provides 39 adjustable height levels (on the standard height Ultimate series training stations), that can safely handle 1000 Lbs of static force in any direction on the bar, allowing for awesome isometrics exercises and that is extremely valuable and unique for home gym equipment.
So to answer the question, you have a lot more versatility and range of exercises you can do with an adjustable pull up bar, then you do with a fixed pull up bar dip station, without losing any of the exercises you can do with the other. So it seems that adjustable height is a huge benefit to choosing the best pull up bar for your home gym.