A pull up bar is one of the most versatile pieces of workout equipment available. Not only are they simple and easy to use but they are also cheap. Workout equipment like power racks can cost hundreds when a sturdy pull up bar will cost less then half that. You can purchase a pull up bar for indoor use over the door or or also outdoor pull up bars that can be stationary or un stationary. Making your own pull up bar is a fun and enriching experience.
The Pull up and other exercises
To many people the pull up is the ultimate measure of strength. The pull up can build a lot of back strength and upper body strength as a whole. You can also do many other exercises on a bar like ab exercises and almost your entire upper body. The main exercises are: The pull up, chin up, dips, knee ups and more.
Step 1: Step 1 Materials
(2) 10' pressure treated 4x4in fence posts
(1) 36' x 1" galvanized steel tube
(6) bags quikcrete mix
(2) 3/8 x 4" bolt, washer and nut
(1) post hole digger
(1) wheel barrow
(1) electric drill (if possible)
(1) 1 1/8" drill bit
(1) 3/8" drill bit
(1) socket set
(1) tape measure
(1) pen or something to mark with
Step 2: Step 2: Drill the Holes
1. Get your 1 1/8" drill bit and put it in your drill bit.
2. Next measure two inches from the top of the post then find the center of the post.
3. Drill the hole into the post and then place the steel pipe into the hole. Do this for each post.
4. next drill the hole for the bolt to go through the post and wood at the same time.
Step 3: Bolt the Posts to the Bar
1. Align the holes for the bar and post.
2. put a washer on each side of the post and then the bolt.
3. put the nut on and tighten it with a socket wrench.
Step 4: Dig the Holes
You will have to dig a three feet deep and 1 foot wide.
1. Use the post hole digger to dig the top soil which is softer. 2. Once you get to the drier soil i found it easier to dampen the dirt with water and then dig it up.
2. Make two holes as far apart as the bar is in this case for me the end of the holes would be 36" apart.
Step 5: Putting It in the Ground
1. Place the bar into the holes.
2. Make sure the entire bar is level.
3. Mix one bag of quikcrete at a time in the wheel barrow.
4. Pour the mix into the hole.
5. Check again to make sure its level.
6. Once you fill the hole slope the concrete at the top so that water runs off of it.
7. Do this for each hole.
8. Let it sit for at least two days before using it.
Step 6: Testing
First test to make sure the quikcrete is dry and the bar is sturdy.
You are now ready to do your first pull up!!