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What Is a Home Gym Bar?

By Marlene de Wilde
Updated Feb 12, 2024
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A home gym bar is a metal bar which can be attached to a door frame or onto the wall to assist in at home exercises such as chin-ups, pull-ups, situps and pushups. There are several different types of home gym bars depending on how the user wants to work out. Wall attachments are usually used for resistant band training and a bar across the width of the door allows for chin ups and pull ups. The home gym bar is an integral part of the home gym system if doing pull ups is not possible using other equipment such as a power rack or universal multi-station.

The simplest home gym bar is the door frame pull up bar which attaches between two door jambs. It is not expensive, though as with all gym equipment, safety should be a priority. This means that the cheapest home gym bar may not always be the best quality, so price should not always be the deciding factor. This kind of home gym bar latches onto the either side of the door frame either by using some kind of screw, bolt or fastener or through the use of body weight. The bar needs to be attached at a height which enables the user to hang down at arm's length. There should be a foam covering which allows for grip.

Another type of home gym bar is the doorway pullup bar with attachments or extensions with extra grip positions at different angles to allow for a more flexible workout. The bar can be positioned in the doorway for pull-ups and chin-ups and then placed on the floor for pushups, triceps dips and sit-ups. With any kind of doorway bar, it is necessary to check that the bar is of the same width as the doorway. There are also home gym bars which can be mounted on the wall or in a corner if this is more convenient.

There are many advantages to setting up a home gym. It is more convenient as it saves on traveling time and the original costs of setting up a home gym are quickly offset by non-payment of gym fees and travel expenses. One disadvantage of setting up a home gym is solitary exercise often requires more willpower. For many people, the company of other people exercising is often a motivation to exercising themselves, and provides additional safety precautions if an injury occurs.

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