Types of Pull-Up Bars / Chin-Up Bars
A pull-up bar (or chin-up bar) is one of the best pieces of training equipment with a remarkable range of different types available on the market.
Doorway Pull-Up Bar (Telescopic)
This type of pull-up bar mounts inside of a standard doorway.
It is secured in place by:
1) mounting two brackets onto either side of the door frame and then inserting down the bar into the brackets, or
2) twisting the bar to expand and push against the door frame on both sides.
It is recommended using a bar with the mounting hardware to avoid any slip over time.
One drawback of the second solution is the black marks left inside the door frame, when you remove the bar.
By hanging a Pull-Up Bar in a doorway, you can simply do a speedy pull-up each time you pass the door.
The disadvantage is that you have to bend your knees to keep your feet off the floor if you are tall and. Also, you may have a problem doing wide grip pull-ups. Before purchasing a Doorway Pull-Up Bar, make sure it fits the door opening width.
Leverage Mounted Pull-Up Bar
It rests on the front edge of the door frame and is secured in place by leveraging your own body weight. It is simple to install and does not require any drilling or fixed mounting to stay secure. You are able to remove it from the doorway, after your workout. Many Leverage Mounted Pull-Up Bars are portable: they are small enough to pack them along with you, if you travel.
This Bar comes with more than one grip to give you more exercise variety. Some models even let you make use of it at floor level for pushups, dips, and crunches.
However, these are not as sturdy as the other types of Pull-Up Bars and may be dangerous depending on your weight and what you are going to be using it for. Just be sure to read the weight limits and other fine print on the package before buying. Verify that your door frame trim is thick enough and the Bar fits the door opening width.
As with the Doorway Pull-Up Bar, if you are tall you have to bend your knees during the workout.
Wall Mounted Pull-Up Bar
The bar should extend at least 15 inches (~40 cm) away from the wall to provide enough space for proper exercise form.
Ceiling Mounted Pull-Up Bar
This type of Pull-Up bar is screwed into the ceiling. It is made to extend from the ceiling from vertical bars. The height of the ceiling determines the length of the selected vertical bars. Most of the Ceiling Mounted Pull-Up Bars are designed to fit standard stud spacing. This Bar gives the most flexibility for exercising: By placing it away from the wall, there is plenty of room to swing and move your body without hitting the wall or any other structure.
Joist Mounted Pull-Up Bar
Free Standing Pull-Up Bar
It provides a more solid place to exercise without the possibility of doing any damage to your home.
The majority of the Free Standing Pull-Up Bars offer dip exercises attachments.
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* Always talk with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.