• Top 10 Best Doorway Pull Up Bars And Pull Up Stations

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    1) Body Sculpture Workout Bar2) Gallant Wall Mounted Chin Up Bar3) Ultrasport 2-Way Door Pull-up Bar4) RDX Heavy Gym Iron Chin Pull Up Bar5) Gym Master Pull Up Station
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    TypeDoorwayWall mountedDoorwayWall mountedFreestanding
    Fitting RequiredNoYesNoYesYes
    Fits Doorway Width61 - 81cmN/A63.5 - 93cmN/AN/A
    Used For- Pull ups
    - Push ups
    - Sit ups
    - Dips
    - Pull ups- Pull ups- Pull ups
    - Heavy bag workout
    - Pull ups
    - Push ups
    - Dips
    - Knee/leg raises
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    6) MiraFit Heavy Duty Multi Grip Pull Up Bar7) Powerbar 2 Chin Up Bar8) MiraFit Multi Function Gym Power Tower9) Hardcastle Black Pull Up & Dip Station10) Trend Welt Door Mount Pull Up Bar
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    TypeWall mountedDoorwayFreestandingWall mountedDoorway
    Fitting RequiredYesNoYesYesNo
    Fits Doorway WidthN/A68 - 80cmN/AN/A72 - 105cm
    Used For- Pull ups- Pull ups
    - Push ups
    - Sit ups
    - Dips
    - Pull ups
    - Push ups
    - Dips
    - Knee/leg raises
    - Pull ups
    - Dips
    - Knee/leg raises
    - Pull ups
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    A Guide To The Best Doorway Pull Up Bars & Pull Up Stations

    Low risk, high reward!

    Exercises where you use your own body weight are one of the best ways to develop muscle with a lower risk of injury.  Some pull up bars allow you to do several exercises with pull ups being the main reason why people buy it.  Our table shows the best doorway pull up bars which are very affordable and best pull up stations which require more space.

    Pull ups can be done with many different variations, depending on how you hold the bar, how wide apart your arms are, you can work different muscle groups.  One of the most common exercise is by holding the bar shoulder width apart with your palm facing you which is known as chin ups.

    There are a lot of people who can bench a lot but can barely do a few pull ups!  Being able to comfortably do a few sets of pull ups will enable you to handle and get use to your own body better which is why boxers implements this exercise as part of their training routine.  Retired Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch, uses bodyweight exercises as part of his training routine.

    Another effective way of working out using your bodyweight is to use a TRX suspension trainer which might be easier to work your back muscles if pull ups are too difficult.  It is also portable and can be used in the doorway.

     

    How To Choose The Best Doorway Pull Up Bar Or Pull Up Station

    When deciding on what’s the best pull up bar or pull up station for home use, there are several factors you may need to take into account.  Below we’ll explain the benefits of each type of pull up equipment including what exercises you can do on each type, so you can decide what’s the best one for you.

    A doorway pull up bar simply goes on and off your door frame

    Type – We’ve identified three main types of pull up bars namely doorway, wall mounted and freestanding.  The most suitable type for you may depend on your household type such as whether you live in a house or flat.  You can see a comparison between the three types along with the pros and cons below.

    Fitting required – Wall mounted pull up bars require fitting, as it has to be screwed into the wall.  Pull up dip stations require assembly but it’s a freestanding unit so won’t cause damage to the wall or doorway.

    Fits doorway width – You should check the width of the doorway to ensure the door frame pull up bar will fit. 

    Used for – Different types of bars will allow you to do more exercises, so your choice of bar may depend on what you want to use it for. 

    Maximum weight – Portable pull up bars that don’t require permanent fixture usually will have a lower maximum weight limit.  The last thing you would want to happen is the bar slipping off the frame half way through a set and damaging your door frame.

    Wall mounted and pull up stands usually will be able to support a higher weight limit but if you plan to use a dipping belt to add weights then you need to take that additional weight into account too.

     

    Doorway Pull Up Bar vs Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar vs Pull Up Station

    If you’re unsure what type of equipment to go for then we’ve made a comparison between the three, listing the pros and cons of each one so it’s easier for you to choose.

    Doorway pros:

    • Portable so can be used anywhere on most door frames.
    • Cheap and affordable.
    • Doesn’t require you to drill any holes.
    • Can also be used for sit ups, push ups and dips without the use of a door frame.

    Cons:

    • Most models do not have a very high maximum weight limit.
    • Can damage your door frame if it’s not secure and slips off.

    Wall mounted pros:

    • Usually has a higher maximum weight limit.
    • Can be fixed to a place where it’s more practical to workout, rather than in the doorway.
    • There’s a model which lets you attach a hanging punch bag.

    Cons:

    • Requires drilling holes into a wall.
    • Can’t be used for push ups, sit ups or dips.

    Pull up station pros:

    • Freestanding so won’t require drilling holes into a wall or use the door frame.
    • Can be used in a place where you’re not restricted by the wall or door frame.
    • Very good for building your triceps as your feet are not touching the ground like they would be when using a doorway bar for dips.

    Cons:

    • More expensive to buy.
    • Requires more space.

     

    What Muscles Do Pull Ups Work?

    If you want to develop some back muscles, then we think pull ups is definitely the winner.  Not only do we think it’s better than alternatives such as the lat pulldown machine or back rows, but it’s much cheaper to buy the equipment and you can even do it in parks.  We doubt you’ll find a lat pulldown machine lying around in the park.

    You can even test this for yourself by going to a gym doing 4 sets of 10 on the lat pulldown machine with the weight stack the same as your bodyweight.  Then on another day do 4 sets of 10 on a pull up bar and see which exercise made your muscles ache more the following day.

    There are several muscle groups that will be worked when doing pull ups, they are as follows: Lats, traps, shoulders, deltoids, pecs, abs, obliques, biceps, triceps & forearms.  You may not feel like some of the muscles listed are working but that may be because it’s more of a supporting muscle, the main muscles are the lats, traps and rear deltoids.