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madmike
12-29-2009, 10:42 AM
Anyone use those pullup bars that hook up to the frame of a door.Are they any good.

jlbraun
12-29-2009, 10:52 AM
I've had one for awhile. Don't get the ones that hook over top of the door frame, as it might not be as well fastened as you'd think. Get the ones with brackets that go into the door frame, which the bar then slots into.

I have this one:

http://www.amazon.com/TKO-Doorway-Pull-up-Bar/dp/B0007ZF56W/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1262112473&sr=8-13

kahmunrah
12-29-2009, 01:46 PM
Have one that mounts in the door frame. It worked great until I tried to close the door. I am an awesome planner. So. I took it down and converted one side of the garage into a gym. Mounted two vertical 2x4 pieces from the joists and mounted it in the same fashion as in the bedroom.

I think I bought it at Dicks Sporting Goods. It has two brackets that each side of the bar locks into. I paid around 20. It is perfectly stout. I'm not a small guy and I can crank on it with no wiggle, bend, or give at all.

Good Luck.

Cold War Scout
12-29-2009, 02:03 PM
I've had one for awhile. Don't get the ones that hook over top of the door frame, as it might not be as well fastened as you'd think. Get the ones with brackets that go into the door frame, which the bar then slots into.

I have this one:

http://www.amazon.com/TKO-Doorway-Pull-up-Bar/dp/B0007ZF56W/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1262112473&sr=8-13

Nena uses one. But at 5 feet/105 pounds she doesn't have to worry about pulling it out of the door frame and she has to jump up to get to the bar.

SHNIPE
12-29-2009, 03:32 PM
Mine has cups that screw into the door then it fits into the cups and telescopes wider to fit into the cups ( i used better quality wood screws than supplied ) and it holds me just fine. Im 6'1, 245 and dropping. Got it at sports authority. I make sure I keep my grip wide and not use the middle for now. Its mounted low but when I started I was using a chair for assist so it helped. My wife uses it too and has no issues either.

hg1940
12-29-2009, 05:14 PM
hello

first I had the one mentioned above, very good product. I still have it and sometimes still use it. It also good for hanging ab straps.

now i got me the perfect pull up, i feel a bit bad for making a commercial. But I like the ability to perform other work outs. Even helps with squats, which i never used to do.

I am only missing the dip bar.

I just think give it consideration before you buy. anyways, you would not go wrong with the bar that attaches to the door frame with the cups and is telescopic. Costs about 20 dlls or less in walmart.

regards

isis07734
01-11-2010, 12:20 PM
the tower is worth the money if you have the space, can do abs, dips etc. Can lay parallel and do rows.

Mustang1
01-11-2010, 01:38 PM
I made one out of steel pipe and couplings from the hardware store. Cost maybe $10.00 total. Some of the commercial ones don't fit in all door ways. Which was the case with mine. I measured, made a list and headed to the store. An hour later I was doing pull ups at home. You can find plans on line listing all the pieces you will need.

Jeff Jackson
01-11-2010, 01:39 PM
I have the P90X one. Its pretty slick. I don't know that I'd buy it again though. Simple is better I think. Just a basic bar.

bc45
01-11-2010, 02:20 PM
so far so good with my 280 lb butt, I like the ability to do rows also.

magicmirror
01-11-2010, 02:58 PM
Iron Gym is the heat at $40. Available at Dicks also. Highly recommended as a low cost solution from a very picky guy. My second choice would be the tower type.

http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Total-Upper-Body-Workout/dp/B001ND04U4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1263250639&sr=1-7

Buzjob
01-11-2010, 03:10 PM
Once you get strong enough, use the top of the door frame and pull yourself up with your fingers. It takes a while to get to that point, but you can workout anywhere that way.

Makes your hands strong too.

witchdoctor
01-11-2010, 03:15 PM
I've got one, works great.

jlbraun
01-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Buzjob, that works and I've found it to be fairly easy once you get the required strength which doesn't take long - but doorframes aren't meant to hold up a man's weight and I've ripped two of them out of the wall. If you want to work on finger strength, get a proper campusing board and put bolts into the joists.

magicmirror
01-11-2010, 03:37 PM
Thanks to the little bluetooth headset, I do pull-ups while on conference calls at the home office. It's awesome.

sledge hammer
01-11-2010, 05:38 PM
Those door frame bars aren't the best for any dynamic movement/alternate pulling if one ever wishes to go that route, like here (40 second, 1:22 & 1:36 marks): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9hk9z1YVcE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9hk9z1YVcE)

Just ran across this a few days ago. Looks pretty cool if you have the coin. http://studbarpullup.com (http://studbarpullup.com/)

David Ledbetter
01-11-2010, 07:39 PM
That is some really awesome workouts! The entire video was pretty cool! <><

jlbraun
01-11-2010, 09:31 PM
Actually, I do dynamic pulls (switching hand positions on the fly) all the time with my door mounted bar. 10x10 reps alternating and nothing bad has happened.