Pull Up Bar: An Introduction to Home Workout Equipment

A pull-up bar is basically a bar that is mounted on something to give you the ability to do a “pull up.” A pull up is when you grab hold of something with your arms and make a pulling gesture until you lift your body off the ground. This exercise emphasizes your back, chest and bicep muscles and is extremely popular due to the efficiency of the exercise.

There are many different types of pull up bars, with the most popular being the doorway pull up bar. The door pull up bar is one of the most famous given that it’s cheap and you can buy one online. 

What is the Purpose of a Pull-up Bar?

The purpose of the pull-up bar isn’t to give you a full-body workout but to give you an upper-body workout. In other words, it exercises your chest, arms, and upper back/shoulders—this where the entire exercise is oriented.

Also importantly, the workout isn’t a long one. It only takes a minute or so to do the full pull up work out. That’s one of the reasons I purchased the pull-up bar, and I know for a fact that’s why several of my friends did it as well.

It’s quicker than most workouts, it’s more fun, and it’s just better, in general. You can do a quick workout after watching TV. A trick I use is to do 10 pull-ups before leaving my room or entering. That ends up being quite a lot after a while. It really does work.

Pull Up Bar or Chin Up Bar?

A chin-up bar is the same thing as a pull-up bar, to be honest. The only difference is in how you use the bar. A pull up is where you grab the bar with your palms facing outward. A chin-up is where you grab the bar with the palms facing inward — a chin-up emphasizes your biceps. In contrast, a pull up emphasizes your shoulders and back muscles.

That’s the most significant difference between the two workouts. I prefer using both, mixing both. I typically do 5 of one and then 5 of the other.

Here’s How to Get One

If you’re really interested in getting a pull-up bar so you can start working out your arms and shoulders and back, then just go buy one on Amazon.