Onnit Pull-Up Bar Review

Onnit Pull-Up Bar ReviewI 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.

How to Do Pull-Ups with a Door

How to Do Pull-Ups with a DoorWhen it comes to exercise, I’m all about doing it inexpensively with as little equipment as possible. If I don’t have to leave my house, that’s even better. I’ve talked about doing kettlebells at home with YouTube videos for guidance, but I also do pull-ups (or chin-ups, to some) at home or away.

So how do you do pull-ups without a pull-up bar? Easy! You can do them with a door. Start by opening the door up wide enough so you’re away from the door frame and away from the wall. Then drape a towel over the top so your hands won’t get any splinters. Next, with your body pressed up against the front or back of the door, grab the top and lift your feet off the ground. Then, pull yourself up ’til your head is above the door. Finally, slowly lower yourself to the starting position, then repeat!

Obviously you’ll want to do this on a door that’s strong. I always give the door a little test by grabbing the top and pushing down on it to see if there’s any play. If not, you’re likely good to go. The number of hinges a door has is a good indicator of its strength as well. Three or more hinges and you’re likely safe. I’ve found doors in hotels are also great as they’re built for strength and durability.

Aside from being an exercise that you can do virtually anywhere at no cost, pull-ups (on a door, or traditional chin-ups) work your back muscles, your biceps, and your forearms. Another benefit is that they don’t take much time at all! Try working in reps of pull-ups during commercials when you’re watching TV, or each time you enter that particular room.

Here’s a video of a guy demonstrating this technique. He’s really excited about doing pull-ups!

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