Pull ups are a potent addition to any bodyweight training program. But obviously, they require a pull up bar. If you don’t have one, you can still include some pulling motions in your program using our DIY suspension gear. But also having access to a good pull up bar is ideal.
I’ve been looking for ages to find EXACTLY the pull up rig that I wanted. In the end, it didn’t exist. I thought about making my own out of supplies from the hardware store. And that’s definitely a viable option. But I decided I wanted something a little more polished. So I found a local craftsman who specializes in stainless steel and gave him my specs. I’m ecstatic about the results.
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If you’d like to see the specs I used, you can download the original sheet I gave my metalworker (complete with his chicken scratches).
Specs For My Pull Up Rig
So here’s what I came up with…
First I calculated the distance between ceiling joists and determined the width of my bar, which turned out to be 36 inches. I wanted it to be long enough so I could do some “traveling” variations across the bar.
Then I figured out the distance from the ceiling. It was a compromise between giving myself plenty of room for my head and enough distance from the floor that my feet wouldn’t catch when doing things like kipping pull ups. That ended up at 11 inches.
I chose 1.5 inch stainless steel tubing for the bar. It was between that or 1 inch, which seemed way too thin. I have a feeling 1.25 inch diameter would have been ideal, but the guy couldn’t get it.
And finally, I asked for metal rings to be attached to either end of the bar so that I could easily attach gym rings or stretch bands to them. That has already proven to be a VERY handy addition.
What’s Your Pleasure?
I want to share a bunch of pull up info with you guys in future videos. PLEASE let me know what you need most. Do you want tips on how to build up to doing pull ups (or a decent number of reps)? Do you want training protocols? Do you want more advanced exercises on the bar? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll do my best to oblige…