Outdoor Pull-Up Bar




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This instructable will show you how to make an easy and cheap pull-up bar you can mount outside. Pull ups are one of the best exercises and hardest to do. Once you can do them, your body strength will be pretty good.

Step 1: Materials List

The materials list is pretty small, and is pretty flexible, but here is what i used

1 long galvanized pipe
2 shorter pipes
2 elbow pieces
2 mounting rounds
8 wood screws

Tools that will make it easier:
Power Drill
Monkey Wrench (optional)

Step 2: Putting It Together: Step 1

First i put the elbows on the smaller pieces like so:

Step 3: Putting It Together: Step 2

Then screw those pieces into the round mounting brackets:

Step 4: Putting It Together: Step 3

Next screw both those pieces onto the large pipe, making sure that when it's all together the stand sit flat on the ground and doesn't wobble too much. If it wobbles it means the mounting brackets are not flush.

Step 5: Mounting It

After it's all put together, mount it somewhere that can take your weight. If you need to, use a stud finder to find studs to mount it to.
(But after you use this pull up bar you'll be the best stud on the block, heh heh)

I used regular wood screws and the side of my house which is pretty strong.

Step 6: Pump, You Up!

Now it's time to work out! Try different grips to work our different muscles. If the bar is too much for you to take at once, use a chair to boost yourself up till your arms get used to it.

Hope you enjoyed this instructable!



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    18 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Are you sure it's strong, can we see your feet elivated.

    I really want to make it but I have 2 questions first.

    1. The distance between the wall and the bar should be longer right? I mean, did you knees bumped the wall?

    2. How much weight or times those screws will hold?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    When you get too badass for two arm pull ups, tie a piece of rope to it to help you working towards the almighty one-armer. :D

    2 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    A similar technique is to just hang a small towel over the bar and use the same way as a rope.


    8 years ago on Introduction

     I know a guy who made a surprisingly strong pull up bar in a doorway from a sturdy piece of driftwood, some wire, and 2 screws.

    1 reply

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work!

    I believe those are chin-ups you're demonstrating.  For pull-ups, the palms of your hands face the other way.  See: http://stronglifts.com/how-to-do-pull-ups-and-chin-ups-with-proper-technique/ for a better explanation of the difference.

    One thing I've always noticed with chin-ups is that the body has a tendency to swing under the bar.  (Cheating, or bad form, yes I know.)  Your placement of the bar close to the wall would seem to help encourage good form.  Do your elbows ever bump the wall?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    My walls aren't strong enough, so I took two long pipes that go down from the ends of the grip (instead of toward the wall) and rests on the floor. 
    Its not as stable as a permanent mount, but it means I don't have to put any holes in the wall.

    I find it is much more comfortable if you wrap an old inner tube around the bar (or wear gloves)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I like it! I have a bar in the garage for a similar purpose...

    Just wondered; how do you find doing pull ups so close to a wall?

    1 reply

    8 years ago on Introduction

     Its pretty cool showing your mates at school 1 handed pull ups :D


    9 years ago on Introduction

     I'd make sure to add some cheap general purpose sealant around the pieces you are screwing to the wall to prevent any moisture issues and what not.