If you’re interested in getting fit and building your muscles, then doing pull ups is an essential exercise. It is excellent for building the muscles in your back, lats, biceps, forearms and even your abdominals. Pull ups are one of the basic exercises and as a result, it is highly recommended that you either purchase a pull up bar for your home gym or you build one. We will now look at the different pull up bars that you can build and exact steps on how to build them.
Firstly, you need to think about whether you want to build a free standing pull up bar or a mounted one. A free standing pull up bar is a lot more expensive since it will need a lot of materials such as piping and tubing. A mounted bar on the other hand is a bar that is mounted on a pre-existing wall, ceiling, beam, door frame etc. The main benefits of mounted pull up bars is that they are much less expensive to construct and they take up less space.
In order to build a ceiling or wall mounted pull up bar, you will need 48 inches of 1 inch galvanized pipe, 2 pieces of galvanized pipe that are both 18 inches in length and .75 to 1 inch in width, 2 90 degree elbow couplings, 2 galvanized flanges, a 2 x 6 wood board that is 55 to 60 inches in length, pipe wrench, socket wrench, 16 wood lag screws, stud finder, pencil and a drill with various bits.
Once you have all of the above materials, you can get started on building the pull up bar. Firstly, you will have to identify the wall on which you’ll place the bar and then locate the ceiling’s support beam and use the pencil to mark the center of the beam. If you’re placing the bar on the wall itself, measure exactly where you want the bar to be and mark that spot.
Next, you will start to build the bar by placing the 18 inch pipes into the elbows and making sure they are snugly fitted and then attach the 48 inch pipe to the other side of the elbows. The piping should be as square as possible. The flanges then need to be threaded on the ends of the 18 inch pipes with the flat side on the opposite end. Make sure all of the connections are tightened and the bar is properly squared.
Then, place the bar on the 2 x 6 board and mark the board where the holes of the flanges would be positioned. Use the drill to then drill the holes on the marked points on the board and then place the bar on the board and screw in the lag screws. Make sure to properly tighten the screws using the socket wrench. The pull up bar is now fully mounted on the board and will now need to be mounted onto the wall or beam. The rest of the lag screws and drill can be used to do this.
After you have mounted the pull up bar, be sure to tighten with the socket wrench and then test it gradually with your body weight. It may be best to use a chair to stand on while testing the pull up bar to ensure your safety and it can also work as a progressive work out if you can’t do a full pull up on your own.
In closing, we have just looked at how you can build a DIY pull up bar. It is definitely quite fulfilling to build your own pull up bar, but make sure that you actually use it to truly benefit from this exercise equipment.