Best Stall Reviews for Home Use
updated October 5, 2018
Do you know what a stall bar is?
Just think back to your school days - remember those wooden ladder rails that run up and down the walls? Those are stall bars - and they're making a comeback.
In this article we discover why still bars are a smart addition to your home gym. We then identify the best brands on the market to provide you with the vital information you need to make the right choices.
The Benefits of a Stall Bar
Stall bars are also known as Swedish bars, because that is where they originated. They are a basic piece of gymnastic training equipment. They are the creation of a Swedish gym teacher in the 19th Century who was a chronic sufferer from arthritis. The stall bar was created as a personal training aid in order to relief his own pain.
Gymnasts soon cottoned to the benefits of using the stall bar, which include:
- Improved conditioning
- Building muscle
- Enhancing flexibility
- Increasing mobility
Gymnasts who began using the stall bar were able to improve their competitive performances, along with their agility. The bars are also great for rehabilitation training. The bar allows you to make use of your bodyweight in a range of different settings in order to build muscle mass, enhance strength and increase your mobility and agility. It allows you to perform such exercises as:
- Pull ups
- Leg raises
- Human Flag
- Triceps Extensions
- German hang
- Pike Stretches
- Band exercises
The stall bar is especially beneficial for working your core. The flagship core exercise is the hanging leg raise. You can do this exercise more effectively because the stall bar prevents your shoulders from rolling back. The hamstrings are also very effectively worked on the stall bar. While it won't build you the muscles of a pro bodybuilder, the stall bar is a great way to warm up, as well as directly working your core more effectively than anything else. If you suffer from ny type of back pain, you will also gain a lot of relief from the use of a stall bar.
The Best Stall Bars
The Rogue Stall Bar 3.0 takes the traditional Swedish bar and gives it a 21st century make-over. You can get your Rogue stall bar in either metal or timber. It is available as either a Wall-Mount or a rig/rack mount unit.
The wall mount system is designed to be mounted on a secure concrete wall or wooden studs. You may require additional supports or a stringer depending on your wall structure. The unit is not designed to be used on drywall or metal stud walls.
With the wall mounted tall bar, you get a full set of metal or wooden rungs, with a diameter of 1.25 inches in the metal version and 1.5 inches in the wooden version. The wooden rungs are made from dowel. You also get a pair of 90 inch Monster Lite uprights along with four wall mounting brackets. The unit does not come with mounting hardware.
The rig / rack crossmember mounting stall bar is designed to be attached to any Monster Lite or Infinity Rack or Rig. You get all of the necessary crossmembers and hardware to attach the unit to a section at the back of the rack or to a single 43 inch wide section of the rig. If you go this route, you need to secure your rack to the floor.
The stall bar unit stands 90 inches in height, with the rungs being 43 inches wide and spaced 6 inches on center.
The Rogue stall bar, in either version, is an impressively sturdy and stable unit. We love the versatility of being able to attach the unit to your Rogue power rack. Be aware, however, that if you opt for the wooden dowel version of the stall bar, you will be advised to sand them down before use in order to prevent splinters in your hands. You can then finish them with tuning oil.
The Rogue Stall Bar 3.0 is our favorite stall bar for home use.
- Choice of aluminium or wooden rungs
- Can be attached to a Rogue rack or rig
- Very sturdy and stable
- Wooden dowel rungs need sanding to prevent hands splinters
The 3B Scientific Eucalyptus Wood Stall Bar is the best priced stall bar that we could find. It is made from eucalyptus timber that has been coated with an anti-humidity sealer to ensure durability. It has twelve rungs along with a pull up bar on the top of the unit. This unit measures 94.5 x 4.3 x 36.6 inches (H x L x W). The dowel rungs are each 1.5 inches in diameter. The weight capacity of the stall bar is 250 pounds.
This unit has fewer rungs that most of the stall bars that are on the market (12 compared to a standard of 14). Those extra two rungs can make a big difference, especially if being used by a taller than average exerciser. Because there are fewer rungs, they are spaced with a distance that is about 15 percent wider than most other units on the market.
Eucalyptus is not the strongest variety of wood, which limits the maximum weight to 250 pounds. This is significantly less than the Rogue Stall Bar 3.0.
While the offset bar at the top of the unit is ideal for pull ups and chin ups, it is too far from the rest of the rungs to be able to be effectively used for hanging leg raises.
- Offset bar too far out
The Vita Vibe Stall Bar comes with aluminium alloy vertical bars and hardwood ash wooden horizontal bars. Unlike the previous two models reviewed, you can adjust the distance between the bars at your will. This will be advantageous if you are doing an exercise, such as the human flag, where you position your hands on different rungs of the ladder.
The pull up bar that is positioned at the top of the unit, offset at about 8 inches is also adjustable. The wooden horizontal bars on the Vita Vibe stall bar are quite comfortable. Unlike the wooden rungs on the Rogue Stall Bar 3.0, these ones do not require sanding in order to prevent hand splinters.
Before attaching the bolts, you need to drill a pilot hole that is no less than 7/32 inches. If it is smaller than that, the bolts may be damaged. The maximum weight on the stall bars is 250 pounds. The unit is made in the USA and comes with a ten year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Can adjust the position between the bars
- Very comfortable wooden rungs
- Ten year manufacturer's warranty
- Max weight limited to 250 pounds
The 3B Scientific W15400 is a high quality stall bar that is made from steel tubing, along with three wooden rungs placed in their center and with a different color. These middle rungs can be detached from the frame. This is handy because wooden rungs are easier to grasp than steel ones and the three rung positions in the middle of the stall bar are the most commonly used. However, wooden bars are more likely to spin than steel ones.
You can attach this stall bar to the floor at a distance of about twelve inches from the wall. This gives you more flexibility than most stall bars out there, especially when doing hanging leg raises and pull ups. A rung at the top of the unit allows you to do your pull ups effectively. You will also notice that these bars are rounded rather than oval. The dimensions of the unit are 98 inches in height by 42 inches in width by 11.5 inches in depth.
- Offset top rung for pull ups
- 3 wooden rungs in the middle
- Rounded, rather than oval, rungs
- Height cannot be adjusted
- Requires fastening to the floor usi8ng screws
The Acadia Stall Bar is a very attractive looking unit that has been crafted in ash hardwood framing, making it, we believe, one of the best looking units on the market. Better still, the Acadia Stall Bar is highly functional, sturdy and strong. It comes with an impressive fifteen rungs. The rungs stay in place even after years of use. The distance between each rung is 5.5 inches. This provides you with about the right gap for a clean, secure grip. The timber used on this stall bar is very strong, so you will have problems with this unit bending or breaking.
An offset bar is provided to allow you to do pull ups. There are also two top bars, which kind of seem redundant. The weight limit of 275 pounds is slightly more than you get on most other units.
- Very attractive
- Offset pull up bars
- 15 rungs
- 275 pounds max weight limit
- Top two bars are redundant
The best stall bar for home use is the Rogue Stall bar 3.0, which is available as a wall mount or a rig / rack attachment. It is very solid and sturdy and available in either aluminium or wood. We were also impressed with the 3B Scientific Eucalyptus Wood Stall Bar, with is attractive price point, attractive finish and offset pull up bar.
Rounding out our top 3 stall bars is the Vita Vibe Stall Bar, which provides you with the ability to easily adjust the distance between rungs, comes with very comfortable wooden rungs and gives you a ten year manufacturer’s warranty.