If you hate the gym-- or at least the prices of gym memberships-- but still want to get shredded and impress the ladies and/or gentlemen in your life, you might have considered investing in a pull up bar for your door frame. They’re easy to install and provide grips for multiple exercises, with the minimal addition of a few pieces of equipment you can get a full-body workout. Pull ups alone can be used to target your shoulder muscles, arm muscles, and your back, all in one exercise. You can even do those advanced upside-down sit-ups if you’re feeling daring (and have someone around to help you down if you end up too fatigued to bail yourself out).
One of the bestselling indoor pull up bar models is the Beachbody Pro-Grade Chin Up Bar, which fans of P90X have flocked to in droves over the years. However, we were certain we could find another door frame pull up bar at a low price that offers great features and a strong build--and we did. One of the best home pull up bar options for your money is the ProSource Multi-Grip Pull Up Bar. It offers the same features as the Beachbody pull up bar with a price that won’t make you break out in a sweat.
The Beachbody Pro-Grade Pull Up Bar is easy to assemble and a snap to remove when you need to store it away so no one tries to hang clothes on it or bash their head. It’s made of heavy-gauge steel with a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. You can use it for any full-body strength workout, not just ones from Beachbody. One issue we ran into: the Beachbody pull up bar does not have a warranty. If you are a loyal P90X and Asylum fan, you might want the Beachbody pull up bar just for the brand behind it. It is considered one of the best doorway pull up bar models out there, after all. However, we have to say that the ProSource pull up bar offered the same stats and a better warranty for a great price, so it is worth checking out.
The ProSource Multi-Grip Pull Up Bar has won a place in our hearts as a contestant for the best pull up bar for your home. Like the Beachbody pull up bar, it has a heavy-gauge steel construction and a 300-pound weight limit, meaning most people can use it safely no matter where they are in their fitness journey. It fits the same doorways as the Beachbody bar, plus it is just as easy to assemble and offers the same 12 grip options to mix up your workouts. In addition, the ProSource pull up bar has a lifetime limited warranty through the manufacturer, while the BeachBody bar has… none. If you want a durable doorway pull up bar for a great price, take a look at the ProSource pull up bar.
The Beachbody pull up bar is made of a heavy duty black steel frame. Steel is strong (obviously) and offers great longevity and stability.
The ProSource pull up bar is also made of heavy duty black steel to support your weight as well as weighted exercises.
The Beachbody pull up bar can handle weights up to 300 pounds. A high weight limit makes a door frame pull up bar ideal both for people who weigh more and for people who want to add weights to their chin-ups and pull-ups with a belt and chain (or just by holding a dumbbell between their feet)for an extra challenge.
The ProSource pull up bar also has a 300-pound weight capacity. Even if you don’t come close to this weight limit, a higher weight limit is a reassurance of a doorway pull up bar’s stability and durability. If you don’t have any weights around, find a petite friend to hang off of your neck while you lift yourself up and down.
The Beachbody pull up bar has foam-covered handles that are easier to grip and are more comfortable during workouts. Sweat is great for cooling you down, but not so great for helping you hold onto things. Both pull up bars have the same pattern of foam handles for different exercises.
The ProSource pull up bar also has foam-covered handles for comfort and non-slip gripping while you exercise. Foam handles are easier on your hands and give you some traction no matter how sweaty you are. Even though keeping a bucket of chalk dust around for traction is cool, this is the easier option.
The Beachbody pull up bar fits doorways 24 to 36 inches wide (though the manufacturer recommends up to 32 inches) and requires at least five inches of door trim and a max of 6.5 inches. Try not to mount the bar lower than your own height, since having to bend your knees too much can upset your stability.
The ProSource pull up bar also fits standard doorways from 24 to 36 inches wide with standard trim. Even the best doorway pull up bars can dent trim or leave scuffs, so make sure to choose a sturdy doorway. Do your first pull up carefully to check that you have enough clearance between the top of your head and the ceiling.
The Beachbody pull up bar offers 12 grip positions for a variety of chin up and pull up grips (not to mention leg lifts), plus you can place the bar on the floor to brace your feet for situps or to do incline pushups.
The ProSource pull up bar also has 12 grip positions. For strong shoulder, arm, abdominal, and back muscles, you can use wide, hammer, and close-grips to target different muscle groups more effectively.
The Beachbody pull up bar is a snap to install and remove: it comes off instantly for storage or other exercises without any screws or glue. However, it comes with optional mounting brackets and screws if you want a permanent installation.
The ProSource pull up bar also requires no tools to install or remove, and is easy to take on and off your doorway. You can also use the optional included mounting brackets and screws for a permanent install in your garage or basement.
The Beachbody pull up bar assembles quickly in about five minutes. You’ll need a screwdriver to put it together, and that’s about it. Our researchers prefer not to spend hours grunting and cursing over putting something together.
The ProSource pull up bar is also easy to put together in just five minutes without using a full arsenal of different tools. Check the instruction manual to make sure all of the screws and brackets you need have been included.
The Beachbody pull up bar has a shipping weight of 11 pounds. This is only 1.2 pounds heavier than the ProSource pull up bar, but a lighter bar helps reduce the stress on the doorframe.
The ProSource pull up bar has a shipping weight of 9.8 pounds. It weighs a little less than the Beachbody pull up bar, so it tends to work better for more “delicate” doorway installations.
The Beachbody pull up bar measures 43 inches.
The ProSource pull up bar measures 41 inches.
The BeachBody pull up bar does not have a warranty, just the ability to return it within 30-90 days. If you think that’s long enough to tell whether the pull up bar works for you, then have no fear, but we prefer longer warranties.
The ProSource pull up bar comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer. Longer warranties indicate quality to us, and makes us feel like the manufacturer is on “our” side if we have problems with a product.