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Door Pull-up Bars vs. Wall Pull-up Bars – The Differences

Pull-up bars represent the ideal opportunity for strengthening the back, the shoulders and the arms. If your goal is a broad V-back, there is no way past this workout apparatus. You can also give your abdominal muscles an excellent workout with pull-up bars.

If you are thinking of getting pull-up bars for yourself, the first thing you have to think about is where you are going to attach it. There are pull-up bars for the door, as well as wall mounted pull-up bars and the models for the ceiling.

In this article, we want to speak about the first two options mentioned: what are the differences between pull-up bars for the door and pull-up bars for the wall, or rather, what are the advantages and disadvantages of these two variations?

 

What do pull-up bars within your own four walls offer?

Pull-up bars not only offer a wide range of exercise options – you will also be impressed by the fact that you need nothing more than your pull-up bars for the door or the wall, for an effective workout. Of course, that does not mean that you cannot increase the intensity of your workout with additional weights or a weighted dip belt.

Another advantage of pull-up bars is that they do not take up much space. Mounting them is not too difficult and once they have been attached, you can exercise on your door or wall-mounted pull-up bars any time. This makes you absolutely flexible, and you are not bound to the opening times of the gym.

 

Pull-up bars for the door, for clamping and screwing – advantages and disadvantages

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We have already discussed the advantages of having your own pull-up bars at home, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of pull-up bars for the door opposed to those for the wall?


When it comes to the models available for the door, we need to differentiate between the two different variations, namely pull-up bars for the door jamb and those for the door frame. The first variant is clamped into the door jamb (or inside the door frame) and the second variant is hung on the door frame.

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(Pull-up bars for the door jamb)

Pull-up bars for the door jamb are by far the easiest solution. These models are ideal for occasional workouts. These clamping models can be attached without any drilling or screwing. The mounting of such pull-up bars for the door can generally be described as uncomplicated, and the bars can also be removed easily and stashed somewhere out of the way. Of course, in terms of price, these models are very affordable.


However, this variation of pull-up bars for the door also has several disadvantages. The bars are only moderately stable (maximum load is about 120 kg) and the height of your workout is limited by the height of the door. For pull-ups, this limitation is not always a problem (you can bend your legs during your workout), but if you want to do other exercises (e.g. leg-lifts), the limits of this apparatus are quickly reached. In the case of the models that are simply clamped into the door jamb, there is the added problem that they are not suitable for vigorous exercises, such as explosive pull-ups.


Note: The stability of the pull-up bars for the door is largely dependent on the stability of the door frame.

Another disadvantage of pull-up bars for the door jamb is possible damage to the door frame. Most bars have padding on the surfaces that come into contact with the door jamb, but traces of use can never be ruled out entirely. These pull-up bars can also suddenly detach themselves from their anchorage during vigorous movements. There are countless stories and videos that illustrate this, some of them with serious consequences. So you need to be really careful here, and you must check the anchorage carefully before each workout and never exceed the maximum load capacity.


Pull-up bars for the door jamb – advantages and disadvantages

Advantages Disadvantages                              
Good for occasional workouts Not very stable (max. 120 kg)
Take up very little place Limited height (so, not suitable for all exercises)
Easy to mount Not suitable for vigorous exercises
Mounting without drilling and screwing (for certain models) Possible damage to the door frame
Easy to detach and quick to store Limited grip options
Very affordable  


Note: Before mounting this tape of pull-up bar for the door, you must check whether the doorframe is suitable.


Made for occasional workouts

Pull-up bars for the door jamb are especially suitable for those who only want to give their backs an occasional workout. If you just want to do a quick workout at home because you cannot make it to the gym, a pull-up bar for the door jamb is a good option. If you want to build up your back muscles effectively and give them a regular workout on pull-up bars, it is better to choose another model.


Pull-up bars for the door with lever construction – advantages and disadvantages

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The best doorway pull-up bars for the door are those that are not clamped or screwed into the door jamb, but rather positioned on the door frame by means of a lever construction. Mounting is no problem at all and it only takes a few seconds.


This type of pull-up bar for the door also has the following advantages:

  • Secure fastening: once attached to the door frame, the pull-up bar door holds firmly, so you can do your workout effectively.
  • Mounting without screws: mounting is not only quick and easy, but no drilling or screwing is required. Removing it from the doorframe is just as quick and easy.
  • Wide grip: unlike a conventional door bar, the grip width of the pull-up bar for the door frame is not limited by the width of the door.
  • You can use both the narrow and wide grip versions of the chin-up grip, which allows you to focus on the different areas of your back muscles.

 

The disadvantages of this construction

Like all variants, this type of pull-up bar also has some disadvantages. As a rule, these training devices can only be loaded up to a maximum of 120 kg, and the permanent stress can damage the door frame. These pull-up bars also have the following disadvantages:

  • Not very high above the floor: although the distance between the floor and the door frame is larger than with the other pull-up bars for the door, tall people might still have problems doing the exercises.
  • Limited compatibility: not all door frames are suitable for mounting pull-up bars like this. For example, the frame may not be wide enough to provide sufficient support. The door frame might also be too wide for the pull-up bar.

 


Pull-up bars for the wall – advantages and disadvantages

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If you want to steel your muscles with regular workouts on your pull-up bars, placing a lot of emphasis on freedom of movement, in order to perform the exercises cleanly, pull-up bars for the wall are the ideal solution for you.

The possibility of mounting the pull-up bars very high enables you to do exercises such as leg lifts without any restrictions. The fact that the pull-up bars are screwed to the wall provides the greatest possible stability, so that almost anyone can work out on such a model (the maximum load capacity is up to 250 kg, depending on the model). These pull-up bars can also be used for vigorous exercises.

On the other hand, pull-up bars for the wall have the disadvantage of being quite challenging to mount. Before doing so, you need to ensure that the wall is suitable. If you live in rented accommodation, you should ask your landlord for permission first. For example, you cannot attach pull-up bars to a thin plaster wall, as it would break under the stress within no time at all.


Pull-up bars for the wall – advantages and disadvantages

Advantages  Disadvantages 
Highest level of stability possible (max. load approx. 250 kg) Complicated mounting (involves drilling)
 Therefore also suitable for vigorous exercises Not suitable for all walls
Can be mounted very high, so that you can extend your body completely (suitable for every exercise imaginable) Not detachable (unless you choose detachable pull-up bars for the wall from Pullup & Dip).
Does not have to be attached every time you want to work out More expensive than pull-up bars for the door
Very safe and a wide range of grips and grip distances  

 

Pull-up bars for the wall – for a highly effective workout

wall mounted pull up bar

If you value a robust workout apparatus that offers the greatest possible variety of exercises, and is also very safe, you should choose pull-up bars for the wall. Once you have put the relatively laborious mounting of the pull-up bars behind you, you will be free to enjoy a high-quality, extremely durable product. If your budget is very limited, pull-up bars for the door are a good choice to begin with, but they do not guarantee the same level of safety during your workout and the mounting height is limited.


Mobile pull-up bars for the wall, from Pullup & Dip – for maximum workout flexibility

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A mobile pull-up bar from Pullup & Dip has some advantages compared to a conventional pull-up bar for the wall. With a Pullup & Dip model, you remain completely flexible, i.e. you can remove the pull-up bars at any time and do your workout on another wall, in the garden or in the park, so you don't have to skip your outdoor training, even if the goals at the sports field where you normally do your chin-ups are occupied.


A mobile pull-up bar from Pullup & Dip fits into your backpack easily, thanks to its plug-together design, and you can take it with you wherever you go. The construction is suitable for over 35 different body weight exercises. Of course, in terms of workmanship and robustness, it is in no way inferior to other pull-up bars for the wall.

 

Pull-up bars for the door vs. pull-up bars for the wall – summary

As explained in this article, pull-up bars for the wall are the ideal solution for ambitious strength athletes who regularly want to get the most out of their upper body. On the other hand, pull-up bars for the door are more suitable for people who only want to do pull-ups occasionally. All variations have their advantages and disadvantages. However, a mobile pull-up bar from Pullup & Dip eliminates the biggest disadvantage of conventional pull-up bars.

 

Are you looking for a suitable pull-up bar? We at Pullup & Dip offer you various high quality and unique pull-up bars. Go check them out now!

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