Pull-Up Bar Review

Are you ready to test your upper body strength? There is no better way to see how strong you’ve become than to test your limits on a pull-up bar.

However, a pull-up bar is not for everyone. In this pull-up bar review I will cover who should do pull-ups, and what makes a pull-up bar great for a home workout.pull-up bar review

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Why Use Pull-Up Bars?

Pull-ups are one of the best forms of exercise for your upper body. After working out for many years, I can safely say without a pull-up bar, my results would be much, much worse. Pull-ups help to develop so much of your upper body in a simple vertical motion, and can also be done in many variations and difficulty levels.

Years ago I purchased a membership to Planet Fitness (the last gym membership I ever had). I picked Planet Fitness because it was close to my house. Little did I know that they did not have a pull-up bar, and this was a huge turn-off. After a month and a half at the gym, I cancelled my membership and I will never go back. If you decide you need a gym for your workouts, make sure a pull-up bar is available.

Pull-ups are a fundamental compound exercise for your upper body. It targets mainly your back, chest, and arms, but you can also work your core. With just your body weight, you can get amazing results.

Three of the main reasons I use a pull-up bar is for intensity, variation, and athletic development. If you have read my other posts you may have noticed that I strive for an athletic body type. This is because I do not want to be huge. I’d rather been lean and strong.

Check out my preferred pull-up bar here!


Are There Different Types Of Pull-Up Bars?

There are different types of pull-up bars, but they essentially do the same thing. The differences you will find are in the hand positions. So I am going to rephrase the question to, “Are there different pull-up variations?“. Yes, there are many different pull-up variations. These include:

  • Wide grip
  • Close grip
  • Poll vaulter
  • Chin-ups

and more!

These variations allow for some changes to your workouts. I love variation because it keeps workouts interesting. By being interested you are more likely to do a workout instead of being bored and skip it.

The amount of variations for pull-ups create a great way to work hard-to-reach muscles. This helps promote overall body strength, and an ego boost when you decide to showoff your pull-up prowess.


Who Should Use Pull-Up Bars?

Younger individuals should do pull-ups. Pull-ups require a great amount of upper body strength to perform, and in my experience this is tougher for someone who may be older.

If you want to be well rounded and have great control over your upper-body, pull-ups are great. If you are someone that likes to climb or is active day-to-day I suggest using a pull-up bar in your workouts.

If you want to get a lean body without the use of weights and still look strong, pull-ups are great. You can get a great V body shape as you work your back, arms, chest, and abs.


Who Should Not Use Pull-Up Bars?

From above, if you are older, pull-ups may not be for you. I have seen older individuals attempt pull-ups, and it is not pretty. Unless you have been training for a long time, pull-ups could pose a risk of injury to someone that is older and inexperienced.

Speaking of injury, if you have had any type of surgery, back problems, or other upper-body issues, you may want to consult a doctor before performing pull-ups. Tweaking a muscle or reinjuring yourself while during a pull-up can be dangerous. You may end up crashing to the ground in pain.


When Do I Use Pull-Up Bars In My Workouts?

I do pull-ups on days where I work my chest and back, as well as some ab exercises. I tend to end up using the pull-up bar in 2 out of 5 days per week for my workouts (yes I workout 5 days a week). By doing pull-ups I feel athletic and in control over my upper body. The overall strength it provides is amazing.

Pull-up bars may be for more advanced workout enthusiast, but even someone looking to workout for the first time can attemp pull-ups. I started doing pull-ups right away. There are products to help assist you performing pull-ups, or just put a chair below you and use that when you get tired. I love using the pull-up bar in my workouts and seeing the results.


What To Watch Out For

When using pull-up bars at home (especially the pull-up bars purchased online) make sure the bar is stable. Most of the time you will be tasks with doing a quick setup for the pull-up bar. This may involve some bolts and screws, and then placing it in the doorway. If you decide to build your bar as fast as possible, you may find yourself flat on your back.

By making sure you build your pull-up bar correctly, you can prevent inquiry and feel safe while doing pull-ups. Also, make sure to research the width of your doorway and the width of the pull-up bar. This can save you time instead of mailing back the product that does not fit.


Pros

  • Excellent upper-body exercises.
  • Adds variety.
  • Multiple exercises for one piece of equipment.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Promotes a lean/athletic body.
  • All body-weight exercises.

Cons

  • Requires you to build it.
  • Some models are built better than others.
  • Pull-ups are difficult to master.

Conclusion

Pull-ups are a great way to develop your entire upper body. One piece of equipment can get you the body you are looking for. Some programs are based entirely on a push-up and pull-up routine, and pull-ups are known to work. It is an old-school exercise, but it is one that will stand the test of time with proven results.

Remember, pull-ups are difficult. The learning curve will be frustrating when starting out. Most people I know can’t to 3+ pull-ups (some can’t even do 1). Don’t get frustrated, keep working hard and you will see progress. If you need a stool or other helping device, do not feel guilty using it. Use whatever you need to grow and get the results you are looking for.

I use the pull-up bar multiple times per week to get results, and I will never be caught without one in my gym workouts. Make sure to get a pull-up bar for your workouts today!

  • So what is your version of “older”people and “younger” people? I’m 36 and I think I would love to try pull up bars to strengthen my upper body and also for toning. I want to make my arms stronger and more toned… and of course then there is my after baby flabby tummy. Will a pull up bar help with tummy muscles and toning too?

    • Hi Lynne, it will definitely help to build strength, tone, and burn calories. Being 36 you are young enough to do pull-ups. The older range would be someone 50+ that does not workout a lot. Someone younger than 50 should be fine starting pull-ups. You may not be great at them in the beginning, but you will improve over time.

  • darlene

    Hi Darrik. Great site and easy to read. I have absolutely no upper body strength. LOL. I can’t seem to budge even a little when using the bar. It’s quite embarrassing. I am 51 years old but consider myself to be in excellent health. My legs are super strong with great muscle tone. My arms have always been a weakness even in my teen years. Do you recommend doing exercises to strengthen my arms before I begin to use the pull up bar? If so…what kind? I surf and use my arms to paddle – so you’d think I have some strength but unfortunately I don’t. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Darlene,

      I recommend trying dips. You can do these at home if you take two chairs (same size) and put them to the left and right side of you. Then perform a dip and do that as many times as you can. Also, if you are struggling to even do 1 pull-up, put a chair underneath the pull-up bar and put one foot on it for just a little support. This should help teach your muscles the proper form, and build some upper body strength in the process.