The Best Home Pull Up Bars

Pull-ups, which incorporate the shoulders, back, biceps, and triceps, are exercises that engage the entire upper body in a single movement. Many at-home workouts, like P90X, utilize pull-ups as part of the routine, requiring that exercisers purchase an at-home variety to perform the exercise. There are a number of versions, including freestanding, over-the-door and fixed-doorway styles. Choosing the style that fits your body, your space and your workout is important for long-term satisfaction and use of your pull-up bar.

Easy Effort Pull-Up Bar

Purchasing the Easy Effort Universal Door Mount pull-up bar will provide you with a sturdy, easy-to-use, long-lasting variety that will fit on any doorway between 28- to 36-inches wide. This over-the-door style can be moved easily from one location to another, and uses body-weight to hold it in place during the pull-up exercise. Setting the Easy Effort style apart from the competition are its welded parts, which ensures the bar is stronger than most, the extra padding, which protects the door frame from being scratched, a four-inch gap between the bar and the door frame, that ensures the exerciser doesn't scrape her elbows against the door-frame, and the extra-wide, 41-inch grip, enabling the exerciser to change her hand-positioning for a variety of pull-up styles. At $75 a pop, the Easy Effort is more expensive than many, but the lifetime guarantee makes the price worth it.

EF Fitness Power Tower EF 76-17

If you have a designated fitness room, or if you have a little extra space and would rather not rely on a door-frame for your pull up needs, a freestanding version might be your best bet. The EF Fitness Power Tower 76-17 has been rated five out of five stars on Amazon.com, and allows not only pull ups, but also enables the exerciser to perform dips, knee raises, and push ups. It can support up to 300 lbs., so it's a good option for individuals who are a little heavier, or who want to add weight to their exercises. It is tall, so ceiling height is a factor in purchasing this piece of equipment, but with its lifetime warranty, the $350 price tag may well be worth it in the long run.

J Fit Deluxe Doorway Pull-Up Bar

For anyone on a tight budget, a small space, and a single location in mind for their pull-up bar, a fixed doorway version like the J Fit Deluxe is a great choice. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with smaller body frames, who can easily move within a doorway without worrying about hitting their elbows against the frame. The price is right at $26, the steel construction can hold up to 350 lbs., and the bar can adjust to fit a 26- to 40-inch wide frame, much wider than other similar styles. The down side is that you do have to fix brackets to the inside of the door frame for the bar to sit on, so moving it from one location to another takes a little extra effort.

About the Author

Laura Williams has worked in recreation management since 2004. She holds a master's degree in exercise and sport science education from Texas State University, as well as a B.A. in exercise and sport science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.