Pull ups are one of the biggest challenges for me, so I wanted a doorway pull up bar for at home so I can keep practicing. Here are two of the best ones I've found so far.
Pull up are insanely difficult for me to do. I've been practicing like mad the last few weeks, but I still wouldn't want to go out in public or at the gym and do them in front of people. So I found a couple of doorway pull up bars that I can practice with in my own doorway, at home, and without anyone watching me!
Power Bar 2 vs Iron Gym Extreme.
Both of these products are designed to offer you effectively the same workout.
The Power Bar 2
- 5 year guarantee
- No assembly required.
- Folds up for easy storage.
- Very portable.
- 5 inches higher than other bars for easier pull ups.
- 3.5kg in weight.
So I've had my Power Bar for a little while now, which is why the logo is faded in the pictures, so rest assured it's had a good amount of testing before writing this review. Let's check out the pros and cons of this pull up bar.
The Power Bar requires absolutely no assembly. It's delivered neatly in a box from Amazon not much bigger than the actual product itself. There is genuinely nothing to put together, just flip out the arms, hook it into your doorway architrave and away you go!
Check your door frame depth!
The one thing you MUST check with this product before buying is the depth of your door frame. This is suitable for doorways with a maximum depth of 165mm.
How to use.
Very straightforward, the two arms are on a spring, and they hook under the door frame and onto the architrave. Once you've checked it's secured, you can then place your hands onto the top bar. When you use this the first time, I recommend just slowly easing your weight onto the bar, just to check it's all in order. The last thing you want to do is lump yourself up there only for the bar to slip off.
You're able to open the arms and put the bar on the floor so you can use it as a press up bar so you can hit the shoulders and chest from more angles.
Removal and storage
Unhooking the bar is as easy as putting it in place. The arms fold in very easily and the Power Bar can be stored under a bed, sofa, behind a cupboard, literally anywhere. This is the ideal bar to take with you if you're going on holiday.
It can fit into the bottom of a normal sized suitcase (although it will use up your weight allowance at around 3kg), I've taken this away and used in a hotel room before without any issues.
Not so good points
As a magician, it's important my hands are in decent condition so I don't always like to pull up on bare metal... but I also don't want to wear gloves! There is no padding on this pull up bar, it's just the bar and that's it.
You also have no variation of your hand position, i.e super wide grip, or hammer grip.
This has over 350 reviews at the time of writing and a score of 4.7 out of 5, which makes it a very popular product. This is no doubt down to the ease of use.
Pull ups may be tough, but putting this bar up is very simple!
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The Iron Gym Extreme
- Easy assembly
- 15 different exercises
- Target your arms, chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders and abs.
- Easy to use and portable
I bought this recently as I wanted something with varying hand positions on, so I ordered this one from Amazon as it's seemed to have what I was looking for.
This is not straight forward to assemble. It will take around 30-45 minutes to put together if you're on your own. If you have someone to argue with... I mean help you, then maybe around 20-30mins.
If you decide to use the brackets to fix to the wall for extra support, then this will take some equipment and another 20 mins or so and will also depends on the material of your wall.
I'm not using these, and it's just fine. I don't intent to leave it up in the doorway anyway.
It's not difficult, just a little fiddly. If you miss one section, then you have to undo it and start over.
When I first put this in the doorway and put my weight on it, it moved considerably. This is normal. The bolts will need to settle in, I suggest standing up with your feet flat on the floor, and pulling down on the bar, you'll hear some creaking and it can be off putting, but give it chance.
Once you've done this a few times, it becomes very stable and sturdy.
How to use
Once the small mission to assemble it is over, you've had an argument with your better half/lover/friend about the right way to assemble it and then kissed and made up, it's very easy to pop this in the door frame as the video shows.
There are various grips you can use to really blast all sections of the arms and upper body, and the Iron Gym Extreme also comes with a video link that shows two buff guys doing their "thang" on the pull up bar.
You can use this on the floor to do wide push ups, narrow push up and even dips. You can't really go low enough on the dips to get a real workout on the tricep in my opinion, and besides that, you can just use the floor for push ups if you prefer. If you're paying £40 for it (with delivery) then you'll want it for it's main purpose no doubt.
Removal and storage
Removing it form the doorway is easy enough too, but it doesn't fold up like the Power Bar does, so will require a little more space than under the sofa, as that probably won't work.
Not so good points
The assembly is a bit of a put-off, but if you're hands on at IKEA stuff then this will be a walk in the park. The fact that it doesn't fold away can be annoying if you're tight on space... if you have a Harry Potter style cupboard under the stairs like we do, then you'll be fine.
It doesn't feel as sturdy right away as the Power Bar does, but once the bolts have settled in it should be fine.
This has less reviews than the Power Bar and with an average of 3.6 out of 5 stars. I would put this down to the assembly and no folding away. Those that have also reviewed seem to agree that it's a very sturdy bar.
The cheapest official Iron Gym Extreme I found is on Amazon, do be cautious as there are some "fakes" out there. This is the one I ordered and had all the Iron Gym branding on it.
If you don't want to damage your hands, then use gloves, but as Arnold said "just make sure they match your handbag".
...and the winner is:
The Power Bar!
They're both very good bars, but the Power Bar just wins because of the fact there is zero assembly required, and it's a little bit cheaper than the Iron Gym Extreme. Out of the two bars, I use the Power Bar a little bit more, even carrying it upstairs, I know I'm not going to knock the walls as I move it around the house, whereas the Iron Gym Extreme is a little bit cumbersome to move around as easily.
It's wide enough that I can do wide or narrow pull ups (or try to) as well as chin ups. As far as a bar goes, that's pretty much all you need. If you don't want to damage your hands, then use gloves, but as Arnold said "just make sure they match your handbag"
What do you think? Have you used either of these products, or do you prefer something else? Let me know in the comments below.