P90X Pull Up Bar

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P90X Pull Up Bar Review Facts

My home gym was almost complete. All I needed was a reliable piece of equipment to do my pull-ups on I’d have everything I needed to get an awesome workout without leaving my front door. I knew that a doorway pull up bar was the solution I needed, but I also knew that many of the models out there are unreliable at best. I’d also heard that they can do permanent damage to your door frame.

Then I came across a familiar name that put my mind at ease. . . P90X. I’ve been training with Tony Horton and P90X in my living room for years. When I saw that they’d put out a P90X Pull Up Bar, I knew that it would be a quality product. Well, I wasn’t disappointed. Needless to say, the P90X pull-up bar rounded out my home gym and I couldn’t be more satisfied.

Editor's Pros & Cons

12 grip positions to allow you to maximally work the muscles of your upper body

Very rigid and stable

Constructed of heavy-duty gauge steel

Supports up to 300 pounds

Easy setup

Foam covers handles for a softer grip

P90X DVD included


One of the most expensive doorway pull up bars on the market

Doesn’t fit all doorways

Requires fairly wide lip on the doorway trim and may leave a smudge on the door trim


Of all the home pull up bar options, the doorway bar will be the least stable. However, doorway bar technology has come a long way in recent years. You should expect a bar that will lock in tight and allow you to perform both pull-ups and chin-ups with no wobbling or rocking. Rigidity is of paramount importance.

Weight And Capacity

Again, a doorway pull-up bar won’t allow us much weight as a mounted or free-standing variety. You should expect a bar that can handle up to 300 pounds, though. That should be enough to take your body weight and any extra poundage you care to carry when you get extra strong. The maximum weight capacity of the P90X pull up bar is 300 pounds. This affords you the peace of mind of knowing that your equipment will not fail when you’re repping out on your back workout. You’ll also be able to add extra weight when you feel like a greater challenge. Many users report hanging with more than 250 pounds from the bar, so you're more than just safe when using it.


A simple, reliable method of attachment that won’t mark the door jamb is essential. Your options are a bar that rests over the rear door trim or a telescopic bar that fits between the doorway opening. The latter option will involve screwing in safety cups. The P90X pull-up bar can be installed in seconds and offers a very rigid and stable base from which to perform your pull-ups and chin-ups. It is available from Amazon, complete with a full workout DVD. From out of the box until on the door, it takes just minutes. From there, taking it down and reinstalling takes just a matter of seconds. This allows you to get into your workout quickly and hassle-free.

The pull-up bar will arrive in 8 different pieces. You will actually need to bolt the bar in ten different locations to be on the safe side. Don't worry about the extra parts, as you will get all the hardware you need to build this pull-up bar. A manual will be inside the box, which will explain to you in great detail how to put the bar together. Once you're done with that, all you need to do then is find a proper door frame! The door frame must be 32" wide (it also needs to have a trim, the minimum width being 5" and the max being 6.5"). You need to make sure that your doorway matches these measurements because otherwise you are left with a completely useless piece of equipment. Place the "L" brackets on the doorway, and just let the bar slide into them.


By varying your pull up grip, you’re able to work the muscles in slightly different ways. The P90X pull-up bar offers 12 different gripping options, each one which has a foam-padded grip to prevent sweating and discomfort. You can perform wide, extra wide, medium, close grip, as well as neutral grips to hit your back from a range of angles. This will take your workout to new heights beyond what you can do with just a straight bar. A bar that allows for a variety of grip will give your back workout more oomph. Look for a bar that offers pronated, supinated, wide, close and neutral grip options. A variation in the thickness of the bar will allow you to work your forearms far more effectively than a constant grip. The P90X Pull Up Bar is a natural fit for anyone who has trained with Tony Horton the P90X way. It allows for all of the exercises in the program to be done safely and accurately. This bar will also appeal to people who want to get in a great upper body workout at home but are unable to go to the extent of investing in a wall or ceiling mounted pull up bar. That may be because they are renting, in a condo or simply don’t have space. The P90X pull up bar will provide the all-in-one portable solution that can be put up in an instant and taken down just as quickly.​


P90X is the DVD fitness program from Beachbody that has revolutionized the industry. The huge popularity of P90X has, naturally, led to the market release of associated products and more DVDs. The P90X pull up bar is Beachbody’s solution to performing perfect pull-ups in the comfort of your own home. The P90X Pull Up Bar hangs over the rear trim of your doorway. It has an impressive 12 grip positions to allow you to work the muscles of your back, arms, shoulders, and chest from a wide variety of angles. The grips have soft foam coatings that protect your hands from blisters and corns, but if you want extra safety you can always give grips a try. If you ever wish to remove the bar and put it someplace else, you can do so in mere seconds! It slides out easily, and you'll only have to work a little bit to move the brackets that hold the bar in place. The bar will leave dark marks on the frames though, but they are cleaned away with a good scrubbing.


The size of the P90X pull-up bar is rather obvious. Since it needs to fit a 32" doorway, it's 32 inches long! This size cannot be changed, so you must make sure that you have a doorway that is right for the bar. If you ever wish to transport the bar to a different doorway, doing so is rather easy. The bar is lightweight, and it slides out of the "L" brackets effortlessly, so you won't need to struggle with it. You will only need to unscrew and then screw the brackets back in, but this shouldn't take too long - although you will end up with two doorways that have holes from the screws!


This bar is one of the priciest doorway pull-up bars out there. But then again, the price is kinda silly, especially when you compare it to the price of rowing machines and ellipticals. We're not saying these things are the same, but good rowers are about two thousand dollars, while this bar is about one hundred dollars, so you be the judge. We understand that you can find a pull-up bar for a much cheaper price, but is it really worth it though? You only need to pay just a little bit more to get a reliable piece that won't bend or warm as it supports you, and it's really not that expensive - it won't chip your budget, nor will you have to save up to actually buy it!

The Final Word

The P90X pull up offers a fantastic solution to your home pull-up dilemma. If you are unable to invest in a wall or ceiling mounted pull up bar and don’t have space or budget for a free-standing pull-up tower, then the P90X bar will provide you with a multi-purpose way to work your upper body with a huge range of gripping positions. You will never have any concerns about stability and rigidity when using the P90X pull-up bar. It is a little more expensive than the competition, but you will not be disappointed with the performance of this product. Or you can check out more on this article or some outdoor pull-up bars that may suit what you need especially if you love the outdoor atmosphere.