A ceiling mounted pull up bar offers the absolute freedom to swing around however you want if you mount it in the center of your home fitness area, and frees up wall space for other fitness equipment or storage. A garage or basement pull up bar mounted to the ceiling is an easy way to maintain a multi-tasking room that can’t be totally devoted to strength and muscular gains. We like joist mounted pull up bar models for their stability and strength, and one of the best selling models is the Stud Bar Pull Up Bar. It’s a durable steel pull up bar, but it also has a high price.
We researched and tested other mounted pull up bar options to find a quality ceiling mounted chin up bar available at a low price. We found that the Ultimate Body Press Pull Up Bar offered many of the same benefits as the Stud Bar at a good price. Both bars come with mounting hardware for wood ceilings, and can even be mounted on your wall rather than the ceiling if that's a better fit for your setup.
The Stud Bar Pull Up Bar is a 14-gauge powder-coated steel mounted pull up bar with a 1.25-inch bar diameter and the ability to be fitted to 16-inch and 24-inch ceiling joists. Its main advantages over the Ultimate Body Press Bar are its higher weight support limit of 600 pounds and the adjustable clearance options available in its three models for eight, nine, and ten-foot ceilings. You may prefer the Stud Bar if you have high ceilings or intend to lift particularly heavy weights while dangling from your ceiling mounted pull up bar. However, the Ultimate Body Press Bar should work well for most people looking for a joist pull up bar, since its single clearance settings are ideal for most exercises and the weight limit is still high enough for most people.
The Ultimate Body Press Bar is available for eight-foot and nine-foot ceilings and fits both 16-inch and 24-inch ceiling joists, like the Stud Bar Pull Up Bar. It is also constructed from heavy-duty steel with a “perfect grip” 1.25-inch diameter bar, though it supports weights of up to 450 pounds rather than the 600 that the Stud Bar can handle. This is still enough to suit most strength trainers with or without weighted exercises, making the Stud Bar Pull Up Bar only a real necessity if you have 10-foot ceilings. Though the Ultimate Body Press Bar uses a slightly different construction design, we found that it is still just as stable as the Stud Bar, and weighs three pounds less for easier installation and structural friendliness.
The Stud pull up bar is made of 14-gauge steel with a triangular gusset design for additional strength and a black powder-coat finish. In our tests, we found that the Stud Bar pull up bar design offered the same amount of stability as the Ultimate pull up bar. The powder coating process results in a finish that is twice as thick as wet paint, so it’s harder to chip or degrade over time.
The Ultimate pull up bar also uses heavy-gauge steel and a jig welded square tube construction with a white powder-coat finish and triangular gusset design. If you’re tired of black equipment, the Ultimate pull up bar might be a welcome change. Plus, you know, it’s well-constructed, with a solid weld, with each tube attaching to the ceiling at four points, like the Stud Bar’s mount.
The Stud pull up bar can support weights of up to 600 pounds. If you are a serious strength trainer or want to do simultaneous pull ups with a friend hanging off the bar with you, you may prefer the Stud pull up bar’s higher weight limit. However, the Ultimate pull up bar offers a pretty high weight limit on its own.
The Ultimate pull up bar has a weight capacity of 450 pounds. Although it can handle 150 pounds less than the Stud pull up bar, think about it--450 pounds is still a lot of weight! This is enough of a capacity for most people to use this bar alone or with weights and other accessories.
The Stud pull up bar has 48-inch on-center mounting plates that can be fitted to 16-inch and 24-inch ceiling joists. The on-center plate design is more stable than an off-center design would be.
The Ultimate pull up bar also has 48-inch on-center mounting plates compatible with 16-inch and 24-inch ceiling joists. Both bars should be compatible with most home and garage ceilings as a result.
The Stud pull up bar is available for eight, nine, and 10-foot ceilings with the bar’s ceiling clearance options adjusted accordingly. Measure your ceiling height before you buy, of course. Those with remarkably high ceilings will prefer the Stud pull up bar.
The Ultimate pull up bar is available for eight and nine-foot ceilings(https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Body-Press-Ceiling-Mount/dp/B007AQ4F94). This bar should be compatible with the average ceiling height, so if yours falls in the eight or nine-foot category, the Ultimate pull up bar is a great option.
The standard Stud pull up bar for 8-foot ceilings is adjustable for a 10-inch or 14-inch clearance, and the bars for 9-foot and 10-foot ceilings also offer two clearance settings. However, we have found that the 14-inch clearance is an ideal clearance setting for a range of exercises.
The Ultimate pull up bar for 8-foot ceilings offers a 14-inch clearance. It’s not adjustable like the Stud pull up bar, but 14 inches gives you a full range of motion and the ability to incorporate accessories like ab straps and gym rings, or to just stick with bodyweight pull ups and chin ups.
The Stud pull up bar has the “perfect grip” 1.25-inch bar diameter with a hammer-tone texture to help you hang on. This grip is designed to suit most people’s hands and give them a great workout. Depending on how you intend to use the Stud Bar, you may want to invest in foam grip pads or gloves.
The Ultimate pull up bar also has a 1.25-inch diameter bar with a hammer-tone texture for a better grip. While we have a soft spot for foam padding, we prefer the hammer-tone texture to a smooth bar. A plain bar is easier to clean between uses than a padded bar and handles heavy use well, too.
The Stud pull up bar comes with mounting hardware for wood ceilings, including bolts and washers. If you want to mount it to concrete, brick, or other materials, you’ll need to take a trip to the hardware store for bolts and other materials specifically made for different mounts.
The Ultimate pull up bar also comes with mounting hardware for wood ceilings. Installation requires a power drill with a 5/16-inch drill bit, a 17mm wrench, and almost certainly a ladder or stepstool. It shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to install on your own, but is always easier with a spotter.
The Stud pull up bar weighs 15 pounds. When we have to hang things off of ceilings, we think that lighter is better to keep unnecessary strain off our ceiling joists. Although, 3lb is not likely to be the difference of failure. If every pound is important to you, and you want the lightest bar you can find, you may prefer the Ultimate pull up bar.
The Ultimate pull up bar weighs 12 pounds. At three pounds lighter than the Stud pull up bar, it will be a bit easier to install and just a tad easier on your ceiling structure. With the closeness in weight, this comparison is likely a wash unless you are being ultra-specific about the amount of strain going on your ceiling.