ProSource Multi-Grip Pull-Up/Chin-Up Bar
I’d been working out at home for some time and had created what I thought was a pretty impressive basement gym. I had my squat rack, my bench and my dumbbells. But when I invited my former gym training partner to check out my workout dungeon, the first thing he asked was, “Where’s the pull up bar?” When I told him I didn’t have one, he scoffed at me, insisting that, unless I got a solid bar to hang from, I was going to be spinning my wheels with my dinky little home gym.
That made me mad. But it also got me searching for a quality pull up bar. After all, I knew he was right. Pull ups are the bread and butter of a decent upper body workout. My Pull Up bar search led me to a company called ProSource. I decided to bite the bullet with their doorway pull up bar.
Multi grip options including extra wide grip
Rubber hand grips at all grip positions
Very solid metal design
Extra plates for secure mounting
300 pound weight capacity
Clear assembly instructions
May leave scuff marks on the doorframe
Securing plates won’t fit all door widths
Main bar is 41 inches long, so not easily transportable
The unit comes with clear set-up instructions allowing the unit to be put together in under ten minutes. The metal is heavy gauge, giving a very solid feel to all of the bar that make up the unit. The main pulling bar is a single piece, enhancing the strength of the unit. Fully assembled the bar weighs about one kilo (2.2 pounds).
The bar will work on any doorway that is between 24 and 32 inches thick. It requires a one inch thick lip on the top of the door frame for mounting. The maximum load capacity of the bar is 300 pounds.
Multi grip options - the ProSource Doorway Pull Up Bar is an impressive looking piece of equipment because of the range of grips that it provides. The parallel looped handles allow for the all important neutral and hammer grip pull up options while the bars that extend from the loop bars allow you to do extra wide pull ups without any doorway interference.
Solid Metal Framework - the unit is constructed of heavy gauge metal, giving you the confidence that it will take all the weight and stress that you care to put upon it.
Extra Securing Clips - the extra clips allow you to secure the pull up bar in place if you choose to keep it permanently in position or just want that extra insurance to keep it all rock solid.
Rubber Hand Grips - each gripping position has its own dedicated rubber grips to ensure hand integrity while performing your pull up motion.
300 pound maximum weight capacity - not only does this give you the assurance that the bar can handle your own body weight, but it gives you the leeway to add extra poundage to your body as you get stronger.
The Bottom Line
This bar packs all of these features into a price point that makes it very competitive. The only negative is that it potentially leaves marks on your door surrounds. Place a bit of padding behind the contact points to overcome this problem.
More To Consider
Solid Construction - There are a lot of cheap, poorly constructed doorway pull up bars on the market. You need to wade through these junk offerings to find the bar that will consistently provide the strength and rigidity to support your bodyweight while you’re repping out.
Maximum Weight Allowance- You need a bar that is rated to not only take your body weight but to be able to handle any additional poundage that you care to strap onto your body when you’re strong enough to do so. A doorway bar will never be as strong as a mounted one, but you should expect a 300 pound capacity.
Grip Variation - In addition to the straight bar grip to allow for close, medium and wide options, look for a bar with angled ends to allow for a more ergonomically perfect rep. You’ll also want a bar with parallel handles that allow you to do neutral grip hammer pull ups.
Mounting Plate Thickness - If your bar mounts to the top rear door framing, you need to check the required thickness of the frame. If the bar requires much more than an inch you are going to be limited as to your doorway options.
Required Doorway Width - You’ll want a bar that will work on doorway widths of between 24 and 32 inches.
Hand Grips - Hand slip is a common pull up problem. To ensure that your hands don’t give out before your lats do, the bar should have quality rubber grips at every gripping position.