Maintaining an exercise regimen at home doesn't require an extensive home gym. Simple equipment such as a chin-up bar can provide a great way to improve upper body strength. If you work out regularly at home and want to add this type of exercise to your routine, or simply want to maintain the activity you have going at the gym at your convenience, a home chin-up bar can be beneficial. Installing one is simple, and there are two main types you can utilise.
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Things you need
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Screw head bits or cordless screw gun
- 10-inch sections of 1-inch by 8-inch board
- 1-inch drill bit
- 4 3-inch galvanised screws
- 8 carriage bolts with washers and nuts
- 4-foot section of 1-inch iron pipe
- Zip ties
Lay out the parts and hardware in the package for the prefabricated chin-up bar assembly. Note that all the pieces are included.
Hold the metal bracket that will attach the bar to the wall above the door trim on the opposite side of the doorway you want to perform your exercises. Mark the holes with the end of a screw from the hardware kit or a pencil. Consult the instructions for weight handling and the best location to attach the bracket. Find the studs within the wall or use anchor bolts if provided in the kit for best results. Do not attach the bracket to the trim above the door; it is designed to attach above the trim.
Attach the extension pieces to the bracket according to the instructions. These are the components of the arms that will extend down and through the door to hold your chin-up bar. Some have multi-piece assembly, while others are solid one-piece construction with the foam grips attached.
Screw the metal holding bracket to the wall on the opposite side of the door where you made your marks for the screw holes.
Assemble the remaining pieces of the chin-up bar extensions, if there are any. Different manufacturers have different assemblies and a variety of configurations once the mounting bracket is installed. Attach the remaining pieces and hang the chin-up bar from the mount once it is assembled.
Test the chin-up bar for safety using a step or something to stand on before use to be sure it is mounted securely and will hold your weight.
Manufactured Over-Door Chin-Up Bar
Locate a spot in your basement between floor joists that is clear of plumbing, electrical or heating mechanics.
Drill a one-inch hole through both pieces of board using the drill bit. Center the hole two inches above the bottom edge.
Screw the board sections to two joists with the galvanised screws. You can screw them to the inside of the joists or outside, just do them the same on each side. Be sure the 1-inch pre-drilled hole is on the bottom of the board hanging below the floor joist.
Drill holes through the joist and board for the carriage bolts. Make an even configuration of four holes in a square pattern. With 8-inch board, this should be 2 inches from each edge and 4 inches between holes. The height of the holes will depend on the size of your joists. Remember to keep at least two inches above the bottom edge of the joists to avoid compromising the integrity of the wood.
Slide the carriage bolts through the holes, add the washers and nuts and tighten. Slip the bar through the pre-drilled holes in the boards. Add two zip ties to each end of the bar, one inside the board mount and one outside, to keep it in place.
Homemade Chin-Up Bar
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