Doorway Pull-up Bar Modification

Doorway pull-ups

If you’re familiar with this blog, you have probably seen me perform pull-ups from just about anywhere. I’m all for making the world our gym, thus enjoy training whenever and wherever possible. Yet, while I am no stranger to performing pull-ups in random spots, it is difficult to beat the convenience of a doorway bar.

Doorway Pull-up Bars

Doorway pull-up bars have become quite popular in recent years. It is not difficult to find one for $25 or less (ex. here). Unfortunately, despite their convenience, I have seen several people complain that these bars have a tendency to indent the door trim where they rest. Luckily, it is not difficult to prevent this problem. All that you need is a piece of pipe insulation or a foam pool noodle.

As you can see below, I have wrapped a foam pool noodle around each end of the pull-up bar. Quality pool noodles can be purchased for a few dollars at most. Simply cut the foam to length and slice one side so that it can wrap around the bar. Tape it in place and you will be ready to go.

Doorway pull-up bar

The foam serves as an extra layer of protection. It prevents the pull-up bar from directly touching the trim. Without it, there is a good chance that my 190 pounds of bodyweight would eventually leave marks or indentations. Fortunately, the trim is dense enough to prevent these problems. I have performed hundreds of reps from this doorway bar and the trim is still as good as new. When the bar comes down, it is impossible to identify any signs of past use.

In summary, if you wish to perform pull-ups from a doorway bar, it may be useful to take precautionary action to protect the trim where it rests. Exercise does not need to come at the expense of your home. For just a few dollars, it only makes sense to add an extra layer of protection.

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  1. Awesome man. Back when I lived in flats, I never used one of those bars for fear they would cause damage and I’d have to pay. I thought about constructing a free standing pull up dip station, but space constraints at the time made it impossible to fit at home. Such a simple trick with stuff you can sometimes find for free.

    You’ve got the best content for home gyms.

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