When looking for a pull up bar, there are many options to choose from. Understanding the types of workouts you want to conquer, the amount of space needed for the device, and any specific design constraints (such as height or weight limits) can help you choose the best options.
But first, you’ll want to consider the security features. Fitness professional and ACE-certified personal trainer TJ Mentus says any bar you put up in your home should be securely fastened in place and “unable to be dislodged.”
“Make sure it has enough capacity to support your body weight, and that there should be no giving up on the barbell,” he adds.
Typically, pull-up bars are about 1.25 inches thick, but some are sometimes larger in diameter. According to Mentus, the latter will be more difficult, which you may or may not want, depending on your goals.
The finish is another variable factor to consider. Menuts says the powder coated bars are smoother, especially for sweaty hands. He recommends a raw steel bar instead, noting that it “works better” due to the textured grip.
Stability is also essential; specific movements, such as kipping pull-ups, will require increased strength to keep you safe. Finally, the best pull up bar for you will need to fit the space. A door hanger may be preferable if space is limited, but if you want to involve additional body movement or are a heavier lifter, a stronger wall or ceiling system will be preferable.