Twenty-five do it yourself homemade Pull Up bar links I found for your CrossFit garage gym.
I was up early this morning and was thinking about building an outdoor pull-up/ring station and began a search on google. After about an hour I had compiled this list of instructions and videos to help in my quest. The links below range from good to ridiculous and everywhere in between (Some are just plain dangerous). I have not tried any of the designs and recommend you use your head before using any of them. After reviewing the list, my best suggestion is that if you suck at building stuff or your unsure about those abilities at all, you might want to buy a bar from a company.
If and when I decide to build my own, I’m gonna make sure it’s very sturdy, uses a lot of metal and more than likely uses welds to hold the thing together (I’m not a welder, I’ll have to hire someone). I might even try the stuff made by speed rail, but haven’t decided yet.
I don’t think I would use any bar attached directly to the ceiling unless I had very sturdy beams. The ones that attach to ceiling joists scare me, because I don’t think the lower portion of the joists are designed to carry weight like the tops are.
Anyway if you’re Mr. Build it, some of these links might help, while others will make you laugh and wonder how long it was until someone ended up in the hospital.
1. - Halfway down page. http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/shenandoah/Grunt/Bodyweight.html
3. Video Instructions Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky_7aIicx9Q
4. Another Video on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lij3R2y54E
6. Written instructions, very basic and really no photos - http://www.livestrong.com/article/34408-homemade-pullup-bars/
9. PVC and Rope – Scary stuff - http://homeworkoutblog.com/how-to-make-a-homemade-chin-up-bar-for-5-or-les/
10. Another post with no photos and just a description. Kind of useless if you ask me. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/homemade-pull-up-bar-how-to-build-a-pull-up-bar.html
11. This post just seems odd, tell me what you think. http://www.ordinary-joe-muscle-building.com/homemade-chin-up-bar.html
12. Ehow directions – Ridiculous because they are so generic with no photos. http://www.ehow.com/way_5704818_homemade-pull-up-bar.html
13. Just some picks of one using rope and one attached to the ceiling. http://www.ehow.com/way_5704818_homemade-pull-up-bar.html
14. Unique doorway design with pipe - http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Screws-or-Holes-Pull-Up-Bar-Door-Gym/
15. Another pipe bar - http://www.home-gym-bodybuilding.com/homemade-pullup-bar.html
16. Wow this looks like an accident waiting to happen. The curved posts bolted to the tree look like the aluminum extensions from my ladder (Video). http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xir0zd_homemade-pull-up-bar_sport
17. A descriptive video using pipe from Home Depot, he even shows a receipt
18. A basic idea with questions from the guy wanting to build it. http://slumz.boxden.com/f171/few-building-questions-homemade-pullup-bar-1554698/
19. A simple design using wood and a pipe with drawings - http://www.thefitblog.net/2008/11/the-pull-up-the-pull-up-bar-and-how-to-build-one-cheap.html
20. Yet another pipe model - http://fitgirlatx.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-we-made-our-pull-up-bar.html
21. This one seems to use speedrail – which is a pretty cool idea – one of my favorites on this list. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQr7tBScbn8&feature=related
22. What seems to be a very sturdy backyard contraption - http://www.alkavadlo.com/2010/10/building-a-backyard-pull-up-bar/
23. Do not try this – This is just plain dumb and dangerous - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTYGcaDaFb4&feature=related
24. A pipe bar again but installed on a back deck - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFdYtSsUB2o&feature=related
25. Looks very sturdy, but the cross bar could prevent any swinging (Kipping) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy8muSzSfx0&feature=related
Well that’s it. I went about four pages back on my Google search and this is what I came up with. It is by no means an exhaustive list on the subject. In fact I excluded some links that only contained instructions and no photos because they were boring and said nothing of value.
If you have any other links I’d love to post them, especially any bars that were welded. Please use common sense if you try any of these plans, because I have not tried them and don’t recommend any of them. Try at your own risk.
See you in the hills.