One of the best things about having a home gym is that you are able to customize it to your heart’s content, allowing you to focus on the kinds of exercises that best fit your workout needs. Everyone’s body is different, and so too are your workout goals. Achieving your personal best fitness-wise means personalizing your workout routine with the right exercises and tools, and personalized home gyms allow you to do that more than a public gym ever can. They let you install and use items that may not always be the most accessible in public gyms, letting you take your workout to a whole new level.
Table of Contents
- Pull up Bar 101
- 1) Gronk Fitness Pull Up Bar
- 2) Ecotric Workout Fitness 50” Heavy Duty Pull up Bar
- 3) Merax Wall-mounted Pull up Bar
- 4) Stud Bar Ceiling Pull Up Bar
- 5) Yes4All Wall Mount Joist-Mounted Chin Up Bar
- 6) Titan HD Pull up Bars
- 7) Ultimate Body Press XL Doorway Pull up Bar
- 8) Iron Core Athletics Adjustable Stud Pull Up Bar
Case in point, pull up bars. They can be a fantastic way of building arm, chest, and upper body strength, but only if you’re working out with the right bar for you. With that in mind, let’s take a look at eight of the best wall mounted pull up bar options on the market today and see what makes each of them a “strong” choice.
Pull up Bar 101
Before we do that, however, we should get a better sense of what we’re looking for in a wall mounted pull up bar. While it’s tempting to think pull up bars are “just” a bar mounted to part of your home, there is actually a surprising amount of complexity involved in choosing the perfect pull up bar for your space. Some things to consider when browsing pull up bars for your home gym include:
- Weight Capacity: The last thing you want is for your pull up bar to wrench clear of the wall mid-exercise. Pull up bars coming loose can seriously injure you, to say nothing of the severe damage suddenly ripping it out of your wall will do. You, thus, want to make sure that you check and adhere to the pull up bar’s weight capacity.
- Size: Related to the bar’s weight limit is its size. Make sure that the pull up bar you are considering will fit in the area to which you plan to attach it.
- Mounting Surface: Not every wall mounted pull up bar can be mounted on every walled surface. You’ll want to see if the pull up bar you are considering will mount to cement, brick, reinforced wood or drywall, and so on.
- Grips and Features: You don’t want holding onto the pull up bar itself to be a chore, and you certainly don’t want to risk falling. As such, you’ll want to see if the pull up bar you are considering has a grip. You’ll also want to see if it comes with any other features that may aid in your workout, such as the option to attach yoga straps or other add-ons for certain exercises.
- Comfort: You’ll be supporting your entire body with your hands while on this pull up bar, so it must be comfortable. Look for options that can guard against hand cramps and similar issues.
1) Gronk Fitness Pull Up Bar
Rob Gronkowski was Tom Brady’s favorite threat on the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning teams, is a fun-loving workout fanatic, and is the founder of the Gronk Fitness line of workout products.
Like Gronk himself, this thing is a beast. It measures over four feet long, and while that’s not a bad thing per se it is something you’ll want to be aware of when deciding where to put it. On the other hand, that huge size and sturdy material means this pull up bar is designed with a ton of weight capacity – a whopping 800 lbs’ worth.
This bar boasts a No Slip Grip so you can feel safe while working out. While it’s a bit on the pricey side, the solid construction and performance helps it score a place on our list, especially for those for whom weight capacity is a prime factor.
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
2) Ecotric Workout Fitness 50” Heavy Duty Pull up Bar
When it comes to pull up bars, size matters, and this bar from Ecotric has size where it counts, with a bracket height of 31 in, bracket depth of 32 in, and a bar length of 50 in. The latter of these is on the larger side for a pull up bar, which is a definite plus for those looking for a bigger bar.
The biggest upside of this pull up bar, however, is its massive weight capacity: 500 lbs. That means that the bar can hold your weight and a good deal more, meaning you can add some weights to really amp up your workout and not have to worry about the bar bending.
It is worth noting that this pull up bar doesn’t feature a grip, so you’ll want to take care not to slip off if your hands get sweaty. That said, this is still a solid pull up bar.
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
3) Merax Wall-mounted Pull up Bar
One of the best things about this offering from Merax is the fact that it can be assembled in two different ways. You can put it together and use it as a traditional pull up bar, complete with handles, or else you can make use of its padded armrest to do some abdominal exercises and work out your core. This versatility is certainly welcome, giving you more bang for your buck and more workout options for your daily routine.
The unit is on the bulky side, so it may be a bit of a challenge to try and find space for it. That said, once you do so, you’ll be able to enjoy a pull up bar that offers 440 lbs’ worth of weight capacity. The unit also comes with a wide grip, close grip, and neutral grip, helping you remain in place while doing the exercises you want.
What’s more, this model also comes with built-in metal rings that can be used for exercises that require suspension. While all these add-ons are a huge plus, it is worth noting that this also means you’ll have more parts to assemble when setting up this pull up bar. That said, if you prize having a lot of options and are specifically looking for a pull up bar that can help you work out your core while also allowing you to do upper body exercises, this bar from Merax may be a good choice.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
4) Stud Bar Ceiling Pull Up Bar
One of the best things about this pull up bar is the fact that it is highly compact and easy to mount to a variety of surfaces. This makes it one of the easiest pull up bars to assemble on this list, as well as one of the most versatile. You can attach it to both the ceiling as well as the wall, allowing you a greater degree of spatial choice in terms of what the layout of your home gym area looks like with this bar included.
It also offers a great deal of weight capacity as it is able to support up to 600 lbs. The 48-inch wide center is easy to grip.
All of these factors make this one of the easiest grips to install and use.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
5) Yes4All Wall Mount Joist-Mounted Chin Up Bar
Will you say yes to this option from Yes4All? There are certainly plenty of reasons to do so, beginning with the fact that this is another pull up bar that features padding and different grips. The padding can be extremely beneficial for those looking to cut down on the chances of hand cramps or other sources of discomfort while workout out. At the same time, the different grips and options for 16 in or 24 in spacing can allow you to do different pull-up and chin-up exercises.
This is also another wall mounted pull up bar to feature a relatively streamlined design. It is also on the inexpensive side, making this a good option for saving money as well as space.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
6) Titan HD Pull up Bars
This pull up bar is definitely on the simpler side compared to a lot of these other models. It features a more streamlined appearance and build, where what you see is what you get. In this case, that includes a highly-sturdy solid steel bar capable of supporting a lot of grip options. The bar and frame are powder coated to help prevent your hands from slipping.
Another benefit of the streamlined design is that this set of pull up bars are pretty easy to assemble. This can be a huge benefit for those who don’t have the time, patience, or tools to assemble a more elaborate workout bar. Simply insert the crossbar into the supports at the length you desire and then lock everything into place.
Another benefit of this simplified design is that it makes installation easy.
The welds also make this bar easy to assemble – just insert the crossbar to your desired length and lock it down. Its simple design also means this bar can be mounted to a wall or the ceiling depending on your space restrictions. With a bracket height of 31 in, bracket depth of 32 in, and a bar length of 53 in, this pull up bar is easy to fit into most spaces.
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
7) Ultimate Body Press XL Doorway Pull up Bar
This pull up bar definitely wins the prize for being a space-saving option. It fits easily to the top of most doors and is quite compact, measuring just 36 in horizontally with a slight curve. The gap from the bar to the wall measures 4.25 in, and the tubing itself is 1.25 in thick, so while this is a simplistic pull up bar, it is still quite durable. If you’re looking for something that’s incredibly easy to use and install, this is as easy as it gets.
What’s more, if you want to add things to the bar, you can do so. It can support all manner of different hoops and weights. What’s more, the bar is ergonomic so as to reduce the chances of your hand cramping up. It also boasts three different grip positions as well as a hammer tone finish that can help keep your fingers from slipping. Taken together, these factors make this one of the best pull up bars on this list in terms of comfort.
Our rating: 4.4 / 5
8) Iron Core Athletics Adjustable Stud Pull Up Bar
This offering from Iron Core Athletics offers different grip positions for exercises for working out your chest, triceps, biceps, shoulders, and abs. The bar is powder coated and can be set at either 16 or 24 in.
Some users have found the grips a bit too close for some exercises, and at 275 lbs, it has the lowest weight capacity of any option on this list. That said, the grips are also padded, which can help reduce hand cramps and make this bar comfortable to use.
Our rating: 4.2 / 5
Those looking for a compact bar can find it in options such as the Ultimate Body Press. If you are looking for bars engineered to handle specific exercises, options such as the Yes4All for chin-ups may be a good bet. For those for whom weight capacity and strength are the biggest factors, options such as the Stud Bar and Gronk Fitness options may be best. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which wall mounted pull up bar best fits your exercise needs and tastes.
You can also check our pick of top 10 ceiling pull-up bars.