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Keeping fit is something that many of us indulge in, and it’s a sensible idea to keep the body in trim. Whether you walk for exercise, or perhaps go cycling or swimming regularly, you will reap the benefits of keeping your muscles and joints in action, as that is what they are designed to do. Many of us have jobs in which we are sat in one position for long periods of time. This is not good for the body at all – indeed, you should take regular breaks and move around – so we need to compensate by being active in our downtime.
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If, like a lot of people, you go to the gym regularly you will know how beneficial it can be. A regular work-out is a great way of keeping fit and building muscle tone, and if you feel good in your body, it follows that you also feel good in your mind. The only problems with regular gym trips are the cost, and finding the time. Gym memberships are not cheap – indeed, it’s said that many thousands go unused after the first few visits, which is money wasted – and travelling to and from the gym eats into your free time.
The answer? A home gym, and it may not be as expensive or troublesome as you first believe. Do you have a garage that is barely used? Or a spare room doing nothing? Either could be a great place for a home gym – and if you’re lucky enough to have a cellar, that’s the ideal spot. But where do you start? We suggest keeping it simple, and starting with a set of door mounted – or wall mounted – pull up bars, which are among the most affordable and versatile of all home gym equipment. Let’s have a look at what they’re all about.
|1. Gallant Authentic Wall Mounted||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|2. DTX Fitness Commercial Style||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|3. JX Fitness Pull Up Bar||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|4. Gym Master Heavy DutyBreathalyser||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|5. Capital Sports Tyro S1||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
Wall Mounted Pull Up Bars
1: Gallant Authentic Wall Mounted
We begin our list with a typical product. This is a set of bars designed to be mounted on the wall for added strength and safety – and we should say that with all of these, fitting them correctly and as per the manufacturers instructions is essential for safety purposes – and comes with all fixtures and fittings to be mounted in your chosen spot.
This one has a bracket that extends a good distance from the wall so you can include leg movement in your routine, is made from high-strength steel for added durability, and has padded brackets for comfort. It’s designed with four different grip positions so you can vary your workout accordingly, and is very simple and effective to use. You’ll get change from 20 quid, too, which makes this basic bar very cheap.
2: DTX Fitness Commercial Style
Our second choice is this one from DTX, a brand with a wide variety of fitness and training products, and it’s a rather neat and clever design. It has two positions so you can choose how far you want it from the wall, and it comes with all the necessary fixtures an fittings. You will need to find a secure part of the wall to mount it to as it is going to be carrying your body weight – and perhaps that of others – on a regular basis.
It can be set at either 33cm or 53cm from the wall, which gives you enough space for your exercise routine, and it is very easy to adjust. It’s made from heavy duty steel and is designed to hold up to 150kg, so should cater for most users. It is 133cm across, too, so you can vary your grip position. All in all, a very nice, commercial-type pull up bar that will fit the bill, and at a sensible price for a quality item.
3: JX Fitness Pull Up Bar
It would seem that wall mounting is the way to go with these, and that makes a lot of sense. The only problem we can foresee with this is that many newer homes may not have internal walls that are strong enough, so we would recommend you have someone with the relevant knowledge check out your chosen fitting position. This is a regular set of bars from JX Fitness, who have a range of such products, and comes with all the relevant fixtures.
Made from heavy duty steel and rated to handle as much as 125kg, these bars have adjustable distance and are easy to fit. They have a variety of different padded grip locations so you can vary your exercises, and can be fitted far enough away from the wall for free movement. Well made and a neat design, this set of bars comes at a sensible price and is worth a second look.
4: Gym Master Heavy Duty
This design from Gym Master differs from some in that it offers a wide variety of different grip positions thanks to a cleverly designed cross bar. It’s 120cm wide, so you have plenty of space width wise, and stands 60cm from the wall when mounted, which gives you plenty of space for pull ups and chin ups, plus plenty more that you can fit into your routine.
This one is easy to fit and comes with all the fixtures – note you will need your own tools and a drill to fit the essential anchor bolts and also a suitable wall – and can handle up to 160kg in weight, once again assuming the wall is up to it. It’s made to a very high standard from extremely strong steel, and is ready for use pretty much as soon as it is bolted to the wall. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s a quality piece of kit and offers greater variety than some.
5: Capital Sports Tyro S1
If you are looking for something that is a bit special for your home gym, this very classy set of pull up and chin up bars may be just the thing to impress your friends. This design is that little bit different in that some thought has been put into the way they look, and as a result this is a very neat and stylish set of bars that also offer a great deal of impressive ability and versatility.
For a start, these bars – when fitted as per the instructions and to a suitably stable and strong wall – can handle as much as 350kg in weight. That is a lot of person! There are various grip positions and handles to use, each of which offers a different approach and many options. The fitting is easy – but needs to be done with care and correctly – and the high strength steel is nicely finished in silver. A very nice set of bars for a home gym, and not too expensive.
6: Powerbar 200kg
Now here’s an idea: why not mount your pull up bar to an exterior wall – that’s right, have your home gym outside? There’s a strong possibility that your interior walls will be unsuitable for mounting such equipment so any outdoor space will be well worth investigating, and you may have a car-port or awning under which you can mount it so it can be used in all weathers. Exterior brick walls are the best for mounting the likes of this one, from Powerbar.
It’s designed to be very solid – and in a good way, very simple too – with a triangular frame that hols the bar in place. It has one simple crossbar and a wide grip, so you can vary your hold. It sits 50cm away from the wall for added movement, and is made from very high strength steel to handle as much as 200kg. The fittings have also been improved for added stability, and at the price this one is certainly a contender.
7: ScSports 10000485
We keep coming back to the fact that these items must be installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions, and on a suitable wall. This model, from ScSports, features a set of concrete dowels as part of its fitting kit, which is a very neat touch that adds extra strength and stability to the package. It’s a very nicely made set of bars that will do the job very well, and could also be fitted outdoors as we described above.
This one is typical in design in that it has a wide bar and two padded protruding grips that you can use for various purposes, it is 96cm across and reaches out 49cm from the wall for added space, and is rated to handle up to 150kg in body weight. It’s a very nice set of bars that will look good – it’s finished in white – and that will last a long time thanks to its sturdy construction, and is bang in the middle when it comes to price so is good value.
8: RDX Heavy Gym
There is such variation in terms of the design of these items that it is worth checking through all ten in detail to see what you are getting. For example, this model from RDX could serve as a home gym pull up or chin up bar, and also comes with the fittings to hang a heavy bag for boxing or MMA training. That is what we call versatile! It’s made to be very strong and comes with a heavy duty metal frame, and can handle up to 130kg.
If you choose to use it hang a bag that is in that weight, so you need to factor that in. It’s nicely made and designed with strong fixings – everything is supplied, you just need a suitable wall and the tools – and is fully coated to prevent rust so could be used outdoors. It stands 46cm proud of the wall so that’s enough movement, and at the price we think it could be one for the shortlist.
9: ScSports 10000485
This model is a ceiling-mounted version of the other model from ScSports. The only problem we can see here is perhaps finding a ceiling in the home that is strong enough, but it’s worth checking out. It comes with 8 anchor bolts so you should be able to secure it properly if you have the right place. It’s a very nicely made set of bars that will do the job very well, and one that utilises space that may be wasted.
This one is typical in design in that it has a wide bar and two padded protruding grips that you can use for various purposes, it is 96cm across and reaches out 45cm from the mounting for added space, and is rated to handle up to 150kg in body weight. It’s a very nice set of bars that will look good – it’s finished in white or you can choose black – and that will last a long time thanks to its sturdy construction, and is bang in the middle when it comes to price so is good value.
10: BenchK Pull Up
This design from BenchK differs from some in that it offers a wide variety of different grip positions thanks to a cleverly designed cross bar. It’s 120cm wide, so you have plenty of space width wise, and stands 60cm from the wall when mounted, which gives you plenty of space for pull ups and chin ups, plus plenty more that you can fit into your routine.
This one is easy to fit and comes with all the fixtures – note you will need your own tools and a drill to fit the essential anchor bolts and also a suitable wall – and can handle up to 330kg in weight, once again assuming the wall is up to it. It’s made to a very high standard from extremely strong steel, and is ready for use pretty much as soon as it is bolted to the wall. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s a quality piece of kit and offers greater variety than some.
That’s our collection of pull up bars, but which is for you? Let’s see if we can find one that fits the bill!
How It Works
We’re not going to get detailed about the exercises you can do with pull up bars, as you’ll already be aware of how to use them, but it’s worth looking a little into why this type of pull up bars is the best for the home. First, door mounted bars are a great idea as they take up limited space that is likely not being used for anything. Wall mounted bars are also space savers, and may be more permanent than the former.
You can buy many different types of pull up bars – as you will see from our reviews – and they are neither expensive or difficult to fit, and you will find them to be an essential part of your exercise routine in your home gym. Our selections are the most popular on the market and are all of a high quality and safe for use in the home, so let’s have a closer look at the top 10 door and wall mounted pull up bars, so you can see just how affordable a usable home gym can be.
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Let’s Wrap It Up!
We would usually give you a run-down of the important features you need to consider when buying the item concerned, but with these pull up bars, they all do pretty much the same thing! The only real difference you need to look for is the weight capacity, as that differs quite a lot throughout our list of 10. You might also want to consider the size of the actual item, as this may have some bearing on the one that is best for you.
Which one would we choose? As above, there are a couple of points you need to consider when it comes to choosing the right pull up bars for your home gym, but if value for money is your deciding factor, we recommend a couple. The first would be the Capital Sports model, at no. 5 on the list. It’s not the cheapest, but it is a high quality, well-designed item that does the job intended very well. We also recommend that you take a look at the RDX model as it is sensibly priced and can also act as a hanging bag support.
Remember, make your choice carefully and ensure you have a strong enough wall to support your pull up bars, and you ca save money on those gym fees and work out whenever you wish.