Best Pull Up Bars Reviewed
We all pretty much understand that keeping fit is an essential component of a healthy and yes, happy life.
With that established, the issue of “how” reasonably follows, begging the questions ‘how do I best get fit’ and ‘where do I go to get more fit’?
With so many options, including gyms that boast a multitude of machines and products, it can be overwhelming trying to decide on a workout routine that fits your lifestyle and even budget! Sometimes, getting back to basics is a great place to begin or reboot your fitness goals. An excellent if not somewhat “old school” option that ensures optimum strengthening and sculpting is the pull-up bar. There’s truly no way to better work the entire body with both efficiency and simplicity. In the article, 8 Badass Exercises You Can Do With Nothing But a Pull Up Bar, the 12 Minute Athlete says that “Pull up bars are an incredibly efficient piece of equipment.”
We agree! Whether you’re looking to enhance specific muscle groups or get an entire core workout, a pull-up bar promises optimum results. Save your money and commute to the gym with this budget-savvy, all-encompassing, accessible health and fitness instrument.
To stave off any confusion about finding your just-right pull up bar, we’ve researched them all and come up with the top ten best bars in terms of durability, leverage, and multi-function.
- Iron Gym
- 300 pounds capacity
- Pro Source Multi Grip
- 12 grips and several handles
- Pro Fit Iron Gym Extreme
- Fits most doors
14 Best Pull Up Bars
1. Iron Gym
The Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar helps to strengthen a host of muscles across the entire body. Created from heavy duty steel, users can workout hard without worrying about breaking or cracking the bar. Add simple installment without tools or fasteners and we’re sold!
Three grip positions for a narrow, neutral or wide positioning lets users focus on different areas of the back more concisely. But not only does this bar allow for chin ups and pull ups it simply and quickly morphs into the perfect floor model for tricep dips, push ups or sit ups. For your best overall workout, that’s pretty tough to beat!
Leverage and Weight
The bar fits door frames ranging from 24 to 32 inches, making it accessible to most spaces. Whether working out in your home office, the dorms or bedroom, you can know that this product will fit easily into your space. Add a 300 pound weight capacity and no-slip paint for a better grip and excellent leverage and all that’s left is gettin’ to it!
Great price point for heavy duty quality
- Accommodates most door frames
- Weight capacity 300 pounds
- Multiple uses include floor exercises
- No additional grips for accessories
2. Pro Source Multi Grip
J Brackets are included for permanent mount, but the bar can also be used portably. Made of sturdy, heavy duty steel, it’ll match whatever you’ve got. Built to last, the materials are virtually unbreakable. Work hard - your bar can take it!
With this multi-grip bar, you’ll chisel your body with the added benefit of working multiple angles, which translates to more defined muscles and a focused approach. With 12 grips and several handles all types of movements are possible, including close-grip exercises. The bar can be mounted in a door frame or used on the floor for several workouts, resulting in total body fitness.
Leverage and Weight
A 41” wide bar means a wider grip for more range of motion and exercise. A 300 pound capacity in a sturdy door frame makes it accessible to most body types. 2 PVC handles with texture to ensure a no-slip grip and 10 foam, cushioned grips mean tons of stability and more workout options. Choose hanging leg raises or oblique crunches then hit the floor for push ups. Now that’s efficient!
Fair price point for an excellent piece of equipment
- Multiple workout options with 12 grips and several handles
- Floor, portable or mounted options
- Assembly required
3. Pro Fit Iron Gym Extreme Edition
This upgraded addition of the Iron Gym is uber durable with its heavy duty steel frame. Take your workout to the limit without concern for breaking or cracking your equipment. Built to handle tough workouts with confidence.
Default narrow, wide and neutral plus wide and side grips allow users to work more specifically to upgrade fitness and body sculpting with absolute effectiveness. While mounted in the door frame, pull ups, chin ups and other workouts enhance inner and outer back muscles. Quickly remove and take it to the floor for more torso and core exercises. We love the original Iron Gym (see our review) but these bonus features make this upgraded version an excellent selection for those seeking additional focus.
Leverage and Weight
The Iron Gym fits doorways with 3.5” trim and widths of 24-34” (standard residential size). A weight capacity of 300 means an accessible workout for most, and those alternate wide and side grips means a better body for all!
Higher priced, nice value
- Fits most doors easily
- Love the side and wide grips
- A bit pricey
4. Sunny Health and Fitness
Comprised of a highly durable chrome steel, feel confident in your safe and stable workouts on the Sunny Health and Fitness Doorway Chin Up Bar. The chrome plated, cold roll steel is designed to match your toughest routine. Easy to install, with brackets included with the product, it’ll fit any standard doorway easily.
Use the bar traditionally for pull ups then flip and use it as a foot anchor for crunches and other core exercises. Detail to grip means more stability and endurance for longer workouts and the potential for more variety. This simplistic Flybar 2006 Chin Up bar model doesn’t boast a lot of bells and whistles, but gets the job done good, simply.
Leverage and Weight
We really like the attention paid to grip and no-slip security with this bar. Foam, comfortable attached grips assist with stability and help with fatigue caused by problems with hand traction. The hand grips are wide enough to ensure a perfect fit for any hand size, which means a better workout for everyone! Weight capacity 220 pounds.
Medium price point
- Excellent textured, wide hand grips for less fatigue, better endurance
- Easy mounting
- Lower weight capacity
5. Stamina Doorway Trainer Plus
Heavy duty steel construction translates to a tough workout with confidence. Whether it’s leg hangs or pull ups or something in between, feel sure you can give it all you’ve got with this stable structure, designed to keep up with your training.
The five grip positions allow for multiple exercises for the body including shoulders, back, arms, and entire core area. Three normal positions and two hammer grip positions broaden the range of workout and help users define muscle groups more specifically. The trainer plus lets you train hard, and train smart.
Leverage and Weight
We like a bar that easily assembles and also easily moves from door to door and floor, too. This means more flexibility with regard to workout spaces and options. Add no slip grips for more managed exercise and less fatigue and thick padding for bonus comfort, all accommodating weights to 250 pounds. Better stamina for a harder training equates with a better body fast!
Reasonable price point for a whole lot of product!
- Five grip positions means more workout options
- Comfort, no-slip grips adds endurance to variety
- Door must have trim for mounting
6. Gronk Fitness
Part of football star Rob Gronkowski’s line of performance training equipment, this bar means business when it comes to durability. Meant to align with gym bar standards, this bad boy is made of the heaviest steel then bolts specifically flush to the support brackets to omit any movement - except yours. Add a powder coat for rust prevention and you’re ready to rock it like the pro’s.
Work a multitude of angles for more targeted training with the Gronk bar. This equipment allows both wide and narrow, supinated or neutral grips for more options and better fitness. It’s also the perfect foundation for crossfit and other workout accessories, to include rings,
With high ceilings, feel free to use it as a muscle-up station, too!
Leverage and Weight
This bar is so solid that it can accommodate a weight capacity of 800 pounds. Its reversible frame adjusts to any room or space, and the wide distance between the mounting holes ensures a just-right fit for standard studs.
High end price point
- Ceiling mount for intense support for high weight capacity and rugged workouts
- Heavy duty steel with powder coating for anti-rust
- More expensive
The GoFit Chin Up Bar is made of heavy duty steel with a solid, adjustable center. Add 2 silver weight bearing brackets for mounting high in the door and 2 more for mounting the equipment lower for push ups or sit ups. This bar is comprised of tough materials and adds tough mounting accessories for sure fit stability.
We love that while simplistic, it’s got multiple uses. Choose different mounting levels for varying your workout and glean total body sculpting. Build core muscles and increase stamina with multiple exercises all accommodated on this uber sleek strengthening tool!
Leverage and Weight
Well positioned grips make no-slip a no-brainer while lessening fatigue which means increasing workout time and results. With a 300 pound weight capacity and adjustable to standard interior doors (28”-36” range), this little wonder works for most people, in most houses. Boom!
- No slip grips
- Budget friendly
- Installation can be tricky
The chrome plated steel bar is solid which equates with your safe, stable and maximum workout. The bar comes with three different, sturdy door mounts to fit three different frames throughout your house so that you can mix up your workout routine to meet the needs of your height, your evolving fitness, and even your space.
The bar doesn’t boast lots of accessories, but it could easily get braggy about its solid performance as your go-to total body workout. With foam cushioned coverage across the bar, set your grip wide, neutral or narrow with assurance of a no-slip multi-focused workout that allows you to emphasize different muscle groups, tone and work your core, too!
Leverage and Weight
Extra long non-slip grips provide security and fit all hand sizes. The cushioning is extra flex and comfortable, making for a less fatiguing workout. The two heavy duty door mounts hold a weight capacity of 300 pounds and the medium duty holds a weight capacity of 200 pounds. The bar fits perfectly into most standard interior doorways, ranging in widths from 26-36 inches. The bar is also adjustable, retro fitting into most any space. Note: the screws necessary to secure door mount to door frame are supplied.
Medium price, maximum quality.
- Chrome plated steel for heavy duty durability
- 3 varying mounts to better mix up your height, routines and workout space
- Extra cushion foam grips for additional, no-slip security
- Be sure and measure door frame before purchasing - some issues with proper fit and sizing
- No additional accessories
9. Titan Fitness Wall Mounted
Heaviest steel construction, comparable to the toughest gym equipment, promises a solid workout. A matte black powder coating makes for a sleek aesthetic while providing the best in no-slip grip. Get fit quicker without the distraction of sweaty slippage interfering.
The design of this pull bar comes away from the walls by 3 feet, which means a lot of workout options including a serious ab focus. Add rings for dips, muscle ups or ring pull ups for variety. And with the options of a vertical or horizontal mount, go ahead and pick your own just-right fit.
Leverage and Weight
The Titan can be mounted into concrete to widths up to 48” (with the supplied bar). It can also be mounted using 16” wood studs for ranges 32”-52” apart. Depending on the ceiling, the height can be adjusted to accommodate most body types/heights. For a multiple person pull up station simply add a 1” steel tube and L bracket. With a weight capacity of 500, this tough design can take it!
The Titan is higher priced, but offers a durable, solid design built to last with excellent no-slip coating for better endurance
- Mount vertically or horizontally
- Black matte, sleek aesthetic looks great while providing dual performance with a no-slip, better grip powder coating
- The mount design provides more workout positions and options including a targeted ab focus option
- Product does not include mounting accessories - be sure to order separately
- Higher price but heavyweight steel means built to last
10. Pure Fitness Multi-Purpose
The Pure Fitness Multi-Purpose Workout Bar is made of a durable, heavyweight black-coated steel. Black cushioned grips make for a more solid, quality tool and that means a more solid, quality workout.
It’s almost hard to believe that a bar with so many options is simultaneously this budget friendly. Begin with traditional pull ups but easily broaden into other positions and exercises for your optimum body. Lay your bar down for push ups, secure it against any door and brace your feet beneath for sit ups, do dips or hanging leg raises. Now that’s a lot of bang for your bar!
Leverage and Weight
Six foam pads provide the best in comfort-with-grip for a high endurance workout. Choose narrow, traditional or a hammer grip and feel confident in the no-slip texture prohibiting unnecessary fatigue that can obstruct your best fitness. We love how easy it is to mount - the product comes with all necessary accessories and even an allen wrench for an under-ten-minute assembly and install. A weight capacity of 250 pounds offers harcore fitness for most!
Excellent price point
- Budget Friendly
- 8 configurations
- 6 foam pads
- Heavy black-coated steel
- Grips may wear over time
- Fits doorways between 27”-32” which is slightly smaller than some pull up bar ranges
You can get a refund if you’re not satisfied with your purchase. Reviewers said that the product is durable and in general, this lifespan of the product is long.
Multifunctional is an adjective that perfectly describes this product. You won’t train only one muscle group, you can literally train your whole body. Chin-ups, pull ups and suspicion exercises and many others will be easily done with this pull-up bar. There’s foam on the grips and it’s anti-slipping to provide more security. There are 35 different exercises that you can do, it’s like your private gym at home.
Leverage and weight
This one can hold up to 300lbs. It will fit doors from 26” up to 34”
This is one of the most expensive pull up bars but it’s only because it’s much bigger
Fast set up
It may not be appropriate for very weak frame
The grip is very ergonomic- this means that you don’t need to buy any additional gloves. There are 8 screws so you don’t need to also worry about your security.
With this bar, you can strengthen many parts of your body like arms, back, shoulders and abs. You can do many other types of exercises. You can easily change the height as there’s a pair of extra hooks.
Leverage and weight
This will be great if your door’s width is between 24.8 and 39 inches. It can handle about 330 pound wide so it’s an average weight but it will be suitable for most runners.
This pull up bar is one of the most expensive on our list. However, this is very high quality product and it’s really safe. Many runners and athletes really enjoyed this one.
Perfect for shaping entire upper body
There’s possibility to return it back if you’re not satisfied
The surface is very soft
There were few people claiming that only one side would extend
There are two eva foams padding as the ends of the pull up bar. Hand grips are also well padded and there won’t be any sliding during exercise.
Multi-functional pull up bars are dream of every athlete who want to train more muscles. This pull up bar has 12 foam grip positions. You can exercise your arms, chest, inner and outer back and core of course. Users say that it’s extremely easy to install, it should be appropriate for standard doorways.
Leverage and weight
This device holds up to 330 lbs, it is very solid. It’s made of very durable steel. It fits from doorways 24’’ to 26’’. You can also move it to the floor.
Cost and value
This one is a bit expensive but it’s very stable and strong.
Gives you a lot of grip options
Very solid construction
Special ,, al in 1 “ design for more safety
This bar is very durable but it’s also very good if you have doorway woodwork.
Many runners appriciated that the hand grips are removable. There are also velcro closures so you can easily adjust it. It is said that you can exercice not only pull-ups and chin-ups but also crunches and sit-ups. The hand grips are very easy to replace. The threads and toggle are very tight and this makes this bar is safe enough.
Leverage and weight
You can change the height and you can even do hanging leg rises. The bar is very long and it will be appropriate for doors up to 40.
This one is also a little bit pricey. However, it’s made from very sturdy materials and it’s worth that money
The bar is adjustable and it’s sturdy enough
Some runners said that it doesn’t fit some doorways like in description
Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up Bar
Very easy to set up and offers the opportunity to set up a schedule of regular and varies exercises.
You get safety and secure stability with this screw mounted chrome bar which can be set at various heights which gives you a broader range of body strength exercises.
Durability is assured due to the strong Chrome bar which can support heavy duty exercise routines, simply in its design and you get a very good home training tool.
You can set this pull up bar anywhere so long as there is a convenient doorway, in your home, at the office, in the garage even in a shed in the garden. The pull-up bar can be adjusted to fit differently sized doorways from 26 inches up to 39 inches which leaves you a lot of room for adjustment.
The versatility of this pull up bar allows you to do hanging leg raises chin-ups, dips, crunches, sit-ups, and push-ups. Perfect for upper body exercise and strength build up this tool allows you to access such a broad range exercises in your chosen location and time convenience.
Leverage and Weight
The door mounts will support up to 300 pounds in weight (136kg). with the heavy duty mounts.
Door mounts for medium level exercises can take a weight up to 150 pounds (68kg).
Can be used free from the door mounts for low height exercises such as foot supported sit-ups.
Very reasonable purchasing price for a versatile exercise product.
Durable Chrome Bar
Ant Slip foam grips
Heavy duty wall mounts
Medium duty wall mounts
Low level exercises no wall mounts needed
A broad range of potential strength building exercises
No cons noted
By now you’re as pumped as we are about gettin’ back to basics with a pull up bar. With the top ten best at your disposal, we’re certain you’ll find the perfect piece of equipment for your space, budget and fitness goals. Whether you’re just kicking off your summer workout or rebooting and looking for some changes in your existing routine, a pull up bar is a simple yet powerful way to sculpt, strengthen and even work in some cardio – all from home! The results that this old school basic trainer ensures are phenomenal. Your new beach body will prove it!
The Criterion We Used To Find the Top Ten Best Pull Up Bars
Deciding on the use of a pull-up bar as part – or all- of your workout routine is an excellent step toward your best fitness. As with most sports training equipment, there are literally hundreds of options to choose from but not all will help you meet your optimum goals. After reviewing many products, and researching which features translate to the best pull up bar, we’ve confidently narrowed down the specifics to assist you in finding the perfect go-to tool for your most sculpted, strongest and healthiest body.
First, your pull up bar needs to be durable. Look for heavy-duty steel and preferably no-slip paint or grips for better stamina and ultimately, more productive workouts. Remember that your pull up bar will mount and support your body through rigorous (right?!) workouts, so tough materials are necessary to match your training. Second, a pull-up bar that is multi-functional means that your results will also be multiple. Bars with multiple grips, rings, the capability to easily dismount for floor exercises allow for more specific body and muscle defining and overall core strength. Finally, leverage and weight capacity are vital – be certain that your selection can carry your weight PLUS through many workouts without breaking, cracking or worse, falling through your doorway. Speaking of falling, our list contains models that ensure the best grips with comfort foams and no-slip paint in some cases.
Following these researched guidelines will result in a safer, more stable workout with less likelihood of injury and every opportunity to glean your strongest body ever!
Other Factors to Consider When Buying Pull Up Bars
While durability, leverage, weight capacity and multi-functional abilities are the key elements to consider when selecting your pull up bar, it’s also important to think about a few other issues that’ll likely mean a less stressful, more aligned-with-your-life-kind-of-workout. First, be sure to examine your fitness goals. Think about where you’re at and where you plan to go with your training and overall health. Some bars cater to higher impact training while others are more geared to the needs of beginners. We all know how important it is to like our workouts and to not feel in-over-our-heads (the quickest deterrent to consistency). Selecting a model that suits your needs will mean the difference between a successful fitness routine and one that’s less so.
Consider your space and a model that’ll fit into it. Measure your bar, and be sure to measure for the right doorway fit, wall or ceiling mount placement. Some of us have more limited space and consider compact models that won’t dominate! Finally, know your engineering skills! Assembly can be easy and assembly can be somewhat detailed, depending. When you select your pull up bar, make certain it’s aligned with your skill set! A pull up bar that’s not securely fitted or worse, left in a box due to overwhelming instructions isn’t the ideal way to begin your new fitness routine!
When you take into account key features and second, the type of bar that’ll fit your fitness level, assembly skills and space, you’ll have everything you need to begin your gettin’ back to basics, hardcore pull up training. Look forward to your strongest and best body ever!
Q: Can a pull-up bar be mounted on any type of doorway and be strong enough to hold weight?
A: Standard doorways maintain two 2“’x4” that a 41/2” door jam is nailed to. This means there are 4 square inches of wood on either side of the door. This can uphold weights of at least 340 pounds on average.
Q: How do I achieve the right form for a “perfect pull up”?
A: Inquiring about the right form is an excellent question – proper form is an essential key to success. Likewise, an improper form will certainly prohibit the results you’re looking for. Begin with positioning yourself under the bar, then grab with both hands, which should be shoulder-width apart, with palms facing away. Hanging from the bar, your arms should be fully extended. Feel your core engaged and keep your shoulders back. Squeeze the bar with your hands while using core and upper body muscles for support. Keeping elbows down at your sides, and be sure not to strain the neck while breaking the plane of the bar with the chin. These are the initial but just-right steps to ensure your perfect pull up. Next? Practice, practice, practice!
Q: What value are accessories to my workout?
A: Using your pull up bar as an anchor for additional accessories (rings, for example), means a more ‘total body’, muscle sculpting workout. Specifically, accessories can help simulate Crossfit training and assist in more defined muscle groups.
Q: What is a benefit of a ceiling mount?
A: First, more stability. Ceiling mounts are sturdier (because they attach to joists) and can accommodate higher weight capacities (some up to 800 pounds). There are other benefits as well, to include more space to assist with a more ‘total body workout’.
Q: How high should my bar be installed?
A: It is important to mount the pull-up bar between 7’6-8’ from the floor.
Q: How does the pull up bar work to build muscle strength?
A: In a nutshell, the pull-up bar utilizes the user’s own body weight. In doing so, an incredible number of muscles groups are “worked” in a fashion hardly replicated on other machines or in other workouts. The core is often not considered in this equation, but it is worked rigorously as a “stabilizer”. Add that static muscle contractions and extension movements target muscle fibers from many angles for a complete workout.
Q: Are portable pull up models secure?
A: Yes. Equipment designed to easily remove from doorways is secured with tested design and engineering which includes weight capacity scrutiny. A benefit to consider with a portable model is the “on the go” factor: easily take your workouts on holiday, to work or a friend’s house. Many are also designed for floor exercises, adding more bang to your buck and your body!
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