It would be wrong when writing the posts on this website to assume that we are all the same and that we all have the same preferences when it comes to working out. That would be wrong because it is simply not true.
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Therefore, on this page I will also briefly discuss some of the alternatives to wall (and ceiling) mounted pull up and chin up bars and power tower style pull up stations. On this particular page I will be discussing outdoor pull up bars.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer working out in a well-ventilated environment, preferably with a good air conditioning system indoors. However, as mentioned above, not everyone is like me. Some people prefer to work out in the fresh air outside. Besides whether you like working out indoors or outdoors, if you have a particularly small house or flat with no room for any form gym and fitness equipment you may have to work outside whether you prefer to or not.
This is when outdoor pull up bars become particularly useful. Apart from having the rigidity that comes from being attached to a wall or ceiling, they are much the same as a bog standard wall mountable bar. Often you will find this type of bar at your local country park, I know there are a few parks near my house that have some form of outdoor exercise bars in them.
They are normally very easy to assemble and come with a frame that you stand on a flat surface and then can use to do your pull up exercises. Depending on how simple or complex the setup is you may be able to perform a variety of different exercises using a number of different starting grips and positions.
Regardless of which type of outdoor bar you choose, you should make sure that you choose one that has received good reviews and is of sound build and design. Remember that you are going to use it outside and that a cheaply made bar and frame may fall apart easily, which as well as being a waste of money could also cause you injury.
You don’t have to buy a manufactured and branded outdoor pull up bar though. There are many tutorials, guides, videos and forum posts online that give you a full rundown of DIY bars and frames. Therefore, if you are particularly handy at DIY you may be able to save a bit of money making one yourself. However, just bear in mind that you should only undertake such a project if you are going to be able to make an exercise bar that is not only suitable for the type of working out and exercises you want to perform on it, but that it will be safe so that you don’t cause yourself injury.
Remember, if you opt to buy a pre-designed and built outdoor pull up bar you won’t be able to be as proud of it as you would if you had made it yourself. However, if something went wrong with one you had made, you might suffer from more than just injured pride.