Rated 3 out of 5
by pitbbass Sturdy bar, but...
The pull up bar is sturdy and as they say, and it looks like it will handle my body weight safely according to their test video. But....
I live in an old home with plaster walls, not wall board. Around the door frames is not the modern narrow clam shell trim, but trim which is at least 4 inches wide with back banding that juts out another 3/8 of an inch.
This bar will simply not fit without the ability to further extend it from its 6.5 inch door frame thickness stated as the limit on the web site. The "L" distance needs to be 7 3/4 inches and the hanging brackets mount on the face of the trim, not into the wall board as the design intends.
The manufacturer should provide slightly longer "L"s as a remedy when necessary, or qualify at time of order to ship the right size.
I also agree with other reviews that damage to the door trim is inevitable without protection between the side extending bars and the frame.
March 8, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by P90X Grad Glad I got this !
The overall quality of this bar is really good. I started using it during my second round of P90X (used the bands in the doorway the first time). The bar is very sturdy when mounted and I love the different hand positions. It's helped me make huge improvements in my strength. I can knock out pull ups and chin ups like never before now where I was lucky to be able to do 2 or 3 when first starting out.
My only disappointment is in the quality of the foam rubber hand grips. The padding is too thin in my opinion to hold up over time and several of the grips on my pullup bar ripped after only a few weeks of using the bar. Hopefully that feature can be improved in the future but even so, I still recommend it for P90Xers!
March 5, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by KB The bar is well constructed.
I agree with other folks that said this bar does the job and is easy to install. I would not give it the highest points because as one person mentioned, you need to put pieces of cardboard to protect the molding. In addition, the 13.75" separation is incorrect. But no big deal, just make the right measurement then it fit welsl and works well.
February 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by SSG H Military Member
I am a soldier in the Army and I love this product!!! It was a little difficult to assemble but if you follow the directions you are good to go! It hooks onto my door moulding and does not cause any damage what so ever.
**I would recommend putting some small padding behind the main bar that is in direct contact with your door moulding (just in case).
The slip resistant pads and rubber is a plus.
The multi-grip positions are on point as well.
This product is a great buy over some of the cheaper products on the market. I am very pleased.
February 12, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by akc134 Good chin-up bar, glad we purchased it
It fits in the door frame of my apartment just fine. I found it easy to put together, but then again, I'm a carpenter by trade. Just take note that you will need a drill and appropriate drill bit to put the anchors into the wall to screw the chin-up bar into. I started using the chin-up bar when I was around 190-200 lbs and it hasn't slipped or bent or anything. In the beginning when my pull-ups and chin-ups weren't as strong, I tried using the bands and just throwing a band over the bar, and that kind of pulled the bar toward me and it wasn't completely steady, so I wouldn't recommend it for that purpose, but if you're using it for pull-ups and chin-ups, I think it's really good.
January 21, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tithulta Not as hard as some
Wasn't hard at all to put together. If your not mechanically inclined then Google p90x chin-up bar assembly and watch the video I came across. Didn't need it, but still watched to make sure I had my ducks in a row.
Tho the bar is a little wide for some doorways, it wasn't an issue at my house. Used it for 2 weeks now an so far it hasn't whimpered a bit. My whole family has used it even though I'm the only one starting p90x. Dad 210lbs, and Bro-in-law 250lb are the heaviest to use it. I'm at 190 lb and counting.
January 14, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by UPSET DAD Hunk of junk, waste of money.
I knew it would not work in the drywall above the door, so I built a wood frame from the ceiling in the basement. The brackets bent so I drilled holes in the back bar and bolted it to the frame I made, then the bars were bending, so I boughy a chain and hooked to the front bar and mounted it to the celing, maybe it will hold our 100 pound daughter.
January 10, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jon F. instructions
Hello my name is jon,
I am starting to P90X system and when i recieved the chin up bar there was more little screws then the bigs ones. This was no big deal, because i called customer service and they sent me replacement parts. But this is a big kicker when i go the replacement parts they were an inferior kind. Which to me spending the time and money for this chin-up bar was replusive. Now, i found a way to put it all together with all the same screws. I dont know if everyone else is experiencing this problem, when I am ready to mount the chin-up bar is states to put the bars 13.75 in apart. Well aparently when i measured inside and outside the J-mounts they still didnt equal that measurement. The instructions and the gear needs to be sysmetrical in everyway. Your pulling up from a door frame and i dont know if it makes a difference those couple of inches but i would like to have it become specific. Im not happy with the inaccuracy of the instructions but i have installed it and seems to be fine. Just stating my opinion about the fact thanks .
January 9, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Chinook product useless since it does not fit door frame
Since it does not fit the door frame of a normal house it is useless. Manufacturer should take them all back and do a simple redesign. What a waist of money.
January 7, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Springerboy It damages my walls above the door trim.
I purchased the chin up bar with my P90X dvd program. It assembled relatively easy, but the upper bar where it wedges against the wall above the door trim does not have thick enough padding on it and the supplied screw heads damaged my sheetrock by putting holes in the wall above my door trim. Had to putty, repair and repaint my walls!
Product seems sturdy and made well, but will damage your walls.
January 2, 2011