DYI Pull-up Bar
Back in 2009 when I first started P90X, I was using a doorway pull-up bar, not that much different than the P90X Chin-Up Bar. That worked well enough while I was working out in the various rooms in my house. Once I started working out in my garage about a year or so later, I wanted to put a ceiling mounted pull-up bar out there and ditch the door-way option.
What I ended up with was a pretty basic straight bar option that worked out great! I am a bit of a DIYer and so for me it was pretty simple to put together and install. I used the opportunity to share what I built with a dedicated website, which you can check out here: Make a Pull-Up Bar.
What it lacked
The biggest issue with the straight bar was the lack of ability to change my hand positions other than in and out along the bar with the various pull-up exercises. I wanted to be able to position my hands in the neutral position as well as wide grip at a slight angle downwards like I’ve seen with other pre-fabricated pull-up bar products.
Of course, I could have purchased something, but I was confident that I could some up with something to make this work.
4-Position Pull-Up Bar
Here is what I came up with and so far…I LOVE IT!
In case you were curious, the 3/4″ black pipe is definitely sturdy enough to hold my 170# frame without issue. You could opt to use 1″ pipe for even more stability, but it may be tough to get your hands around that size of a pipe. The connection to the ceiling is really where the stability of the entire setup comes into play. Once you have the support structure in place, the pull-up bar itself shouldn’t be a problem.
List of Materials
Here is a complete list of materials that you will need to make a pull-up bar just like the image above.
|3/4" Floor Flange||2|
|3/4" x 12" Straight Pipe||2|
|3/4" x 24" Straight Pipe||1|
|3/4" x 6" Straight Pipe||6|
|3/4" Iron Cross||2|
|3/4" 45 Degree Elbow||2|
|3/4" 90 Degree Elbow||2|
|3/4" x 2" Nipple||6|
|Lag Screws - 3/8" x 5"||4-6|
|Carriage Bolts - 3/8" x 5"||8|
|Nuts - 3/8"||8|
|Racquet head protection tape |
1 inch x 25ft, Black
- Construct the pull-up bar as detailed in the photo above – square and tighten all connections.
- Depending on your set-up, the attachment to the ceiling may be different.
- At a high-level, you need to secure the pull-up bar to a 2″x4″ or 2″x6″ that is itself secured to your ceiling rafters/joists using lag screws or carriage bolts.
- I used a combination of carriage bolts to connect the pull-up bar assembly to the support structure and lag bolts to secure the 2″x4″ or 2″x4″ to the ceiling/rafters in order to get the job done.
I have used this pull-up bar a couple of times since I have had it installed, once for a P90x3 routine called, The Challenge. This is as simple as it gets, pull-ups and push-ups for 30 minutes. You can check out my review of that routine and see this pull-up bar in action here -> P90X3 – The Challenge – Review
This DIY pull-up bar worked out perfectly for this particular routine. The additional grips available allowed me to work my back muscles at slightly different angles for a more complete workout. There were no issues with it holding me up and at no time did I feel insecure while using the pull-up bar. The added tennis racket tape (added after the video review) also was a nice feature, giving me a little bit more drip and comfort.
If you feel like you can tackle this DIY project, I would highly recommend you give it a try. Putting the bar together, it pretty straight-forward and actually a little fun! The installation can be a little bit tricky depending on your setup and may require a second set of hands on occasion, so keep that in mind. Let me know if you decide to put this 4-position pull-up bar together and how it works out for you!
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