There are tons of home pull-up bars out there, but a nice and nifty space-saving solution is the bar mounted in a corner of the room. Here is where to get it and what you need to install it.
Get Your Corner-Mounted Pull-Up Bar
The piece of home exercise equipment in my videos you asked about most often is my pull-up bar. Installed in a corner, it sits above the door and minds its own business when it’s not used.
Back when I bought it, I had to have it custom-made, but after scouring the internet a bit I found easier options for both my readers in the US and Europe interested in having a similar one:
- For those of you in the US, check out this one at Amazon. It’s 46″ long and 1 1/4th inches in diameter. At $71 including shipping it is a good bit cheaper than what I had to pay.
- For my readers in Europe I found a UK Ebay seller, who asks £39.90 and £17 shipping, no matter where you are in Europe. His version is 125 cm (49 inches) long and 30 mm (1 1/4″) in diameter.
These look solid to me, but keep in mind that I’m not affiliated with these sellers and haven’t personally tested their pull-up bars (see safety check below).
How To Install These Bars
Very important: you need a solid concrete or brick wall to install these pull-up bars. Don’t put them on drywalls and such if you prefer to not have the whole thing crashing down on you. And if you do have the right walls, you should use serious hardware to install them. My bar is held in place by screw anchors (wall plugs for you in the UK) and 8 cm (~3 inch) screws.
Once you have it set up, check the safety of the installation and the bar by reaching up and suspending yourself from it for a minute or two while only slightly pulling your legs up. That way, should the bar give in, it will only be a couple of inches between your feet and the ground – much better than using it for live training right away and having it crash at the very moment where your chin is above the bar. To put that stress test to the max, I actually did it with my girlfriend holding on to me.
Putting Them To Use
When you have one, what should you do with it? Here is my ultimate guide on pull-ups! It shows you everything from getting started over what to do when stuck to making pull-ups more difficult.