I first mentioned doorway pull-up handles back in 2011. As mentioned originally, I created these handles with excess lashing straps from a suspension trainer and a short piece of PVC pipe. After filming the initial tutorial, I received many questions about whether these handles would damage a door with regular use. At the time, I did not have enough experience with them to provide adequate feedback. I initially created these handles for traveling. I did not create them for home use. For the first few years, I only used the handles when traveling. I always travel with a pair but I’m rarely gone for more than a few days at a time. When training at home, I have other pull-up options available.
Yet after receiving continuous questions about door durability, I began tracking the number of reps that I performed on my basement door. I started performing random sets here and there and the reps began to build. Earlier this week I noticed that I was closing in on 1000 reps. I filmed the last five in the brief video below.
I am happy to report that after 1000 reps on the same door I have not had a single problem. Both the handles and door have held up fine.
I still would not suggest using these handles as the primary means of pull-up training, but if there are no other options, these handles may be something to consider. Just be sure that you have a sturdy door that is closed tightly when in use.
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