Continuing the theme of home fitness equipment that doesn’t suck from yesterday‘s post about the Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer, I’m going to tell you about Scott‘s chin up bar. I’d call it mine as well if I could manage to do more than one at a time (working on it).
After a bit of research Scott got the Creative Fitness Door Gym chin up bar. Scott was looking for a bar that wouldn’t destroy our doorway. This one has a section that curves up and rests a good amount of the weight on the wall on the other side and above you, meaning the stress is distributed between the wall on the other side of the door and the door frame in front of you. All the bits that touch are that rubbery foam, and it doesn’t leave a mark. The chin up bar comes with a small clip that you attach to the top of the door frame on the other side of the wall that you secure with a finishing nail. This clip keeps the bar from falling when you’re not hanging from it. Gosh, I hope that makes sense, the image below might make it clearer. We have regular sized doors, 8-foot ceilings, and have plenty of space for you head. I was a little worried about that.
The bar is easily taken down to be stored away until you need it, which is good because otherwise we couldn’t close the door to the laundry room. The bar allows you to do regular chin ups and also has two handles that stick out towards you that are shown more clearly in the photograph below. They allow you another arm position (I don’t know what those slings are). It can also be used as a push up bar, and for sit ups. Overall we dig it and usually leave it up so that one or two pull ups can be done (or attempted) on the way to drop off laundry, which dramatically increases my likelyhood of doing a pull up during any given day. So, you know, thumbs up.