Rated 5 out of 5 by ColoradoMan Did my research, used the product 1 Year+
I don't know what people expect for the money they are spending on these bars. But this bar took me through 3 rounds of P90X and it's graduating with me to P90X2 this week.
I do a ton of research before buying anything and this bar performs MUCH better then it's current 3 star rating.
It works great. I went from doing 2 (sort of) pullups before P90X, to doing 20+ by the end, either pullups or chinups.
I weigh 235 lbs. I have sub par apmt doors. I have no problem with them. I would suggest however placing some sort of pad, maybe slide a sock over the ends that butt up against the door frame because otherwise you will eventually wear a mark on both sides of the door frame where it rests for support.
March 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by rccopp The bar seems well constructed
The directions for assembly could be a little clearer. The biggest issue I had is that for the 13.75" between the hooks it hits directly behind the bar and the hook won't fit in. I had to extend it out further than recommended and hope that it holds.
February 23, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointed Poor quality
I never got to the point of even trying to use it because the metal bolts strip in the plastic while tightening the screws. Very frustrating! I returned it and now I am on line looking for another pull up bar to purchase.
February 10, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by FXF3 Installation is very complicated, bad directions
When I first opened the box, the parts looked like they would be easy to put together. I was stupefied to find that the directions were a trifold pictogram. There was not a single word about how to install it. The guide does not emphasize that you MUST drill the door mounts into a Stud. Also, the door itself must open towards to workout area if you want to be able to see the TV while exercising. Overall, the bar is not worth the money.
February 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by leaflover Two years and counting
My two sons and I have used the P90X chin up bar for more than two years. It has been reliable and we have never had any issues. We continue to use it and at this point I can't see ever having to replace it. It fits into a regular door frame in the basement so no issues for us there.
I am not sure why it says it is used with Insanity on this site as we have all completed Insanity as well as P90X and it is NOT used with Insanity. Bottom line is that is has been functional and withstood constant use for a number of years!
December 27, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Getson Good but...
It's the same thing I've read from everyone else -- doesn't fit all doorways. It's a great product if you have the right door. I've had to add a piece of steel to allow it to hang at the right height in the doorways of two different homes now. With that mod, it works perfectly.
Beachbody should seriously consider adding an adjustable extension to the upper support bar to allow it to fit a larger range of doorways. I'd attach a picture for the review, but I'm at work right now.
The width of the whole bar is also subject to different doorways. It works best if the outside of the door has no trim, otherwise, it might not fit perfectly and could be uneven.
November 21, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5
by Isaac Terrible Quality - Do NOT buy this pull-up bar
I apologise for being hyperbolic, but this is an inferior product. It is made cheaply and it shows. There is no way there was any quality control done on this product.
The main problem with the bar we bought was the hardware. One of the bolts for putting together the bar had no threads! A simple double-check of the parts would have caught this.
Even worse was the mounting hardware. If you for some reason end up buying this bar, DO NOT USE THE MOUNTING HARDWARE provided. The screw anchors we received were NOT REAL SCREW ANCHORS. The teeth that are supposed to extend once the screw is in place are essentially FAKE. They do not extend outwards as they would on a proper achor - they do not move at all - they are fixed in place (*see picture). The result is that you cannot fit the anchor into the drill hole without making the hole too big and thus making the anchor completely ineffective (on a proper anchor the teeth are folded in when you insert it into the drill hole and only extend outwards after you put the screw in, thus anchoring into the wall). In short, the anchors are completely UNUSABLE.
The screws they provided us were short wood screws! Even if the anchors worked, the screws would be too short to properly engage the teeth and peel apart the end of the anchor. The fact that they are wood screws means that they won't fit snugly against the mounts because of the coning on the screw head.
As for the mounts, they are cheap, flimsy metal. Unless you have very thick walls making the fit of the bar extremely tight (one side hooks into the mount on the back of the doorway and the other side presses against each side of the front of the doorway), the mounts will bend away from the wall on your first use (*see picture). The pressure on the bar forces it down and foward. The foward force is taken up by the front of the doorway where the arms of the bar rest against it, but unless the fit is very tight, as described above, the forward force will end up bending the mounts.
As for the bar itself, the craftsmanship is shoddy. One of the bolt holes was not properly cut out and I had to knock it out with a hammer and chisel. The parts are not well machined and do not fit snugly together.
If you for some reason end up buying this bar, you will at the very, very, very, least need to go out and buy a new set of screw anchors and screws. The ones we received simply will not work. You should also try to find alternate mounts. Perhaps we got a bad batch, and they use different suppliers for the hardware at different times, so you might get lucky.
But I wouldn't risk it. Obviously, I do not recommend this product.
October 16, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Soccerboy11 Frame is excellent, foam grips rip easily
I'm in the middle of P90x, and the bar is excellent for the program.
The second week of using the bar, one of the grips ripped, but the rip hasn't gotten any bigger, and no other grips ripped. Overall, the bar is excellent.
September 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shrapnelhalo Awesome and durable but doesn't fit all doors
I have about 3 doors in the house this fits on so I'm still able to do what I need to do. I weigh 195 and it supports my weight without the brackets. It was easy to set up and it only took me like five minutes to put together.
July 5, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by CJWiggins Looks really durable - if you can mount it
Overall it seems like a solid piece of equipment, but if you have ANY SORT of "unique" doors/molding (i.e. found in an older house) it probably won't work for you.
Specs/directions leave quite a bit to be desired - the distance recommended to space out the two brackets (13.75 in) isn't even possible as then the brackets would be right on top of the upper grips. And they don't indicate if you should put the bottom of the brackets flush with the molding (but if you don't, the brackets bend away from the wall when you put any sort of weight on it).
If you're lucky enough to have the right door, it'll (probably) work well. If you don't - it's a waste of money.
June 28, 2011