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  • Do pullup bars hurt the door?

    I am considering getting a pullup bar. They have them for about $40 at Big 5 and they appear to just slip in and wedge themselves into the door frame somehow to stay up. I'm not sure of two things:

    1) Will it cause damage to the wall above the door, the moulding, or the rest of the wall/door frame?

    2) Does the door frame require moulding around it to work?

    Alternatively, is there something else I could use for pullups, especially something that is low so I can get a good start. I can't even do one pullup. I suppose maybe I could walk a mile to the elementary school but maybe there's something I'm not considering that will work closer to home?
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    those door frame pull up bars don't cause any damage. i've used one at over 250 lbs., and i've used them where i get air and catch myself on the bar on the way down. they are remarkably sturdy, and won't cause any more damage than maybe a little scratched paint (throw up a little painters tape if you're worried about that).
    the kind i'm thinking of do require some molding around the door frame to work. even though all the pressure is on the wall, the frame holds it in place. the only downside to that kind of pull up bar is that they won't work with all doors. any doorway too wide or with bigger molding won't fit. in those cases, you can get an installable bar that screws into the door frame for around the same price at most sporting good stores.
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    • #3
      good question. I have wondered how the physics work on these..so the type you do screw in just force against the sides are ok?

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      • #4
        No damage to my door and I used it for over a year, beginning at over 250 lbs as well. You do need trim around the door, the top trim is what keeps the pullup bar in position.

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        • #5
          I use a pull-up system that uses bands on the door. The only reason I don't have a bar is because the ceiling is too low to be able to do a pull-up without putting my head through it. It's a decent start, too, with the right bands.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
            I am considering getting a pullup bar. They have them for about $40 at Big 5 and they appear to just slip in and wedge themselves into the door frame somehow to stay up. I'm not sure of two things:

            1) Will it cause damage to the wall above the door, the moulding, or the rest of the wall/door frame?

            2) Does the door frame require moulding around it to work?

            Alternatively, is there something else I could use for pullups, especially something that is low so I can get a good start. I can't even do one pullup. I suppose maybe I could walk a mile to the elementary school but maybe there's something I'm not considering that will work closer to home?
            1) It will damage the molding if you have cheap molding. I weigh <140# and I've practically ripped molding off the frame with those.

            2) Yes. That's what the top actually rests on.

            I have changed to the one that actually screws into the door frame. I find it way more sturdy. Here's a similar one. Takes <10 minutes to install if you have a cordless drill.
            The Champagne of Beards

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            • #7
              Tell me more about these bands.

              Is it something like this? How does it attach to the door?
              Pull Up Bands | Bands for Assisted Pull Ups | Rubberbanditz.com

              Or like this with handles?
              Amazon.com: Spri Xertube Resistance Cord with Door Attachment: Sports & Outdoors

              If I ruin the door I will never hear the end of it. And since I can't do any pullups anyway, I suppose this might be a better place to start. Trouble is, I can't see how you could do a pullup with the bands with the door closed and I can't picture how they would work with the door open.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • #8
                My landlord had a fit when he saw my pullup bar, claimed that he's had more doors damaged by them than anything else in his 30+ years of renting properties. I have been using it for about 6 months and there's no damage at all, not even cosmetic. It's the type that needs the door to have moulding. I have continued to use it, I just make sure it's tucked away when the landlord comes over!

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                • #9
                  The plasterboard over the door in my kitchen got cracked fron using one, but I was swinging on it like a big fat monkey. The door moulding need to be fairly sturdy too, not cheap ass 1" strip wood pinned to the wall with the tiniest pins you can find, like some shoddy 1970's uk build
                  So solid walls and decent build quality and you'll be fine.
                  You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                  • #10
                    The only issue we had was that it turned our white crown molding black.... I guess from the pressure and constant rubbing. Completely worth it though!

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                    • #11
                      This is not sounding promising for pullup bars. On the positive side, I realized out in the back yard we have this pole thing that supports a hanging hammock chair. I can use that! Problem solved, except for the not being able to do any pullups at all, not even close.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        I'm still stuck with this. I just bought Convict Conditioning and I really want to start pullups. The doors in my place don't have molding. I have scoured every surface of my apartment and can't see anything to hang from. Any ideas?

                        No parks etc in reasonable distance or safe in the dark, I am hoping someone has a crafty solution for my apartment that I haven't thought of...ta

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by katemary View Post
                          I'm still stuck with this. I just bought Convict Conditioning and I really want to start pullups. The doors in my place don't have molding. I have scoured every surface of my apartment and can't see anything to hang from. Any ideas?

                          No parks etc in reasonable distance or safe in the dark, I am hoping someone has a crafty solution for my apartment that I haven't thought of...ta
                          Do you own or rent? If you own you can do plenty, but with out actually seeing your building and knowing the construction it's hard to suggest something. But you can mount stuff to walls and celings - Hell if you can mount a massive plasma screen to the wall you can mount a pull-up bar. Of course you could just buy a free standing pull-up station http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pure-Fitness...9880258&sr=8-4 That's a UK link so probably useless - but I'm sure you can find one near you.
                          Last edited by Tribal Rob; 02-03-2013, 03:42 AM.
                          You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                          • #14
                            I own, but I don't trust myself to work out what surfaces can hold what...or install anything, I don't even know how to use a drill.

                            A free standing station might be the answer, I'll do some more searching, ta.
                            Last edited by katemary; 02-03-2013, 01:49 AM.

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                            • #15
                              They work very well, but a few tips:

                              1.- Get the "screw-in" bars they sell on eBay: ADJUSTABLE PULL-UP CHIN-UP DOOR GYM BAR HOME EXERCISE WORKOUT TRAINING FITNESS | eBay I use that badboy. It's cheaper and more versatile (and apparently doesn't do much more harm to door-frames that the more "stable-looking" ones). It holds enough weight, too. Don't be fooled, it's a strong piece of equipment.
                              2.- They CAN dent the frame a little. I have a few light marks from the first few times. Nothing serious, but visible if you look for them. To avoid this, place a thin fabric between the bar and the door.
                              3.- Tighten to the max. Until you feel like you've just given your forearms a work-out.
                              4.- Put them in so that, if your grip slips, it slips into "tighten direction" rather than "loosen direction". Nothing ruins a set like stopping to re-tighten a loose bar (or falling with a bar on top of you).
                              5.- Don't use them just for regular pullups. Put the bar at pelvis-height and do "Australian pullups". Put it slightly too low and hang off the bar. Put it at chest-height and try and push yourself up against it... This darn thing's a multipurpose tool, ya know?!

                              Oh, and:
                              6.- Enjoy your pullups and don't give up if you "sorta" do one or hang for a little and find yourself exhausted. The way they use muscle is weird and there are a LOT of minor muscles to build up, regardless of general or major-muscle strength.
                              Last edited by Kochin; 02-03-2013, 06:07 AM.
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