I remember a long time ago my dad had a pull-up bar that he would use to do chin-ups. I can’t say that I recall him ever doing any chin-ups, but I know that it was a metal bar that ran across the the inside of a door frame. I’m not sure if it’s something that he bought or something that he designed himself using items from a hardware store. The downside to that particular piece of exercise “equipment” is that it was permanently attached to the door and couldn’t be removed without using a drill or, at the very least, a screwdriver.
I wrote a couple months ago about how you can do pull-ups without any equipment. Grab onto the top of a sturdy door and chances are it’ll be strong enough to support your weight while you do pull-ups. Throw a towel over the top if it hurts your hands, and that’s about all you’ll need. The beauty of doing pull-ups this way is that it’s perfect for those times when you’re away from home, staying with friends or family or at a hotel.
Now, when you’re at home, a real chin-up bar can be quite useful. It can save you from having to make any costly door repairs or from ruining any towels. I recently had the chance to use the new Onnit Pull-Up Bar and was quite pleased with how it performed. I was content with doing pull-ups the resourceful way without any equipment, but using the Onnit Pull-Up Bar is like the difference between driving a 20-year-old car that’s seen better days and cruising around in a brand new luxury vehicle. Sure, at the end of the day both do the same thing, but one’s a lot nicer and more comfortable to use.
The great thing about the Onnit Pull-Up Bar compared to my door method or my dad’s plumbing pipe contraption is that it’s easy on the hands, and you feel safe when you use it. After installing a couple of discrete J brackets above the door of your choice, you can then slide the Onnit Pull-Up Bar into the brackets and begin doing chin-ups. With this particular bar, you have the option of three different grips: a wide grip, a close grip, or a parallel grip, providing some flexibility to keep your body challenged. When you’re done, the bar can be removed again in seconds to be stored in a closet or under a bed.
If you want the functional strength that Joe Rogan preaches about, doing pull-ups is practically a necessity. Doing kettlebells certainly works some of the same muscles, but nothing works the same muscles like doing pull-ups. I like to think that I’m a physically fit guy, but using the Onnit Pull-Up Bar for the first few days was truly humbling. I could only do a few, and that was with some struggling. But now I have a new goal to work towards, and a new piece of equipment to help me along my way.