How to Install a Pull up Bar in the Garage Gym

by Brad McLeod on January 7, 2014

How to Install a Pull up Bar in the Garage Gym

How to Install a Pull up Bar in the Garage Are you looking to build up your body but don’t want to spend your hard earned money on a globo-gym membership? Check out out these easy tips to set up your own pull up bar in your garage gym.

CrossFit – How to make pull-up bar for a garage gym

Check out the Rogue Pull Up Bar @ RogueFitness.com

Tip #1
With a tape measure check the spacing of the beams in the ceiling (joist). For best results you will want to mount the pull up bar to more than one beam. Joist are typically spaced 16 inches apart.

CrossFit pull up workout #1
Cindy
20 minute AMRAP
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 air squats
note rounds completed

How to make your own homemade garage pullup pull up bar chin

Check out the Ceiling Mounted Pull Up System @ MuscleDriverUSA.com

Tip #2
Get everything ready and then attach the mounting board with lag bolts / appropriate screws. You may want to drill pilot holes to make it easier to screw in. Use at least two bolts for each joist. Once mounted, test the board to make sure it does not shift.

CrossFit Workout #2
Nicole
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes Run 400m
Max rep pullups
Note number of pullups each round.

CrossFit Garage Gym: DIY Pull Up Bar

Check out Superbands for assisted pull ups @ Performbetter.com

Tip #3
Mount the pull up bar to the mounting bar.  Or if you have a Stud Bar pull up rig then attach directly to the joist.

Tip #4
Lightly weight the pull up bar to test the strength. Then add your weight (you may want to put a pad underneath in case pull up bar shifts. Then swing back and forth and finally – do a pull up. Congrats – your now have your own pull up bar in your new garage gym.

CrossFit Workout #3
CF Baseline
500 meter row
40 air squats
30 situps
20 pushups
10 pull ups
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CrossFit – How to Build a Garage Gym Rogue Style

Check out the Stud Bar – Pull up bar – attaches to overhead joist

Tip #5
If you have space above the joist – you may want to add a swinging pull up bar.  Take a chain and drape over joist and secure with nuts and bolts or locking ring. You can then attach a pipe to the chain.  Drill a hole through the pipe to add bolts or an eyelet.  You can also use webbing but make sure you put a piece of cloth to reduce wear on the joist above.

In our garage gym we installed our pull up bar connected on the beams above in the ceiling. It works very well and is solid.

Questions from athletes in our gym and our readers online.

Question: “Coach, what are some other ingenious ways to attach a chin up bar to the a beam?”. I have seen a bar placed through the rafters and then secured with webbing. When you are pulling down on the bar it can’t be pulled through the rafter so it is very secure.

Question: What is a good diameter for a garage pull up bar? a good size pull up bar diameter is 1 and a quarter to 1.5 inches. The pull up bar at BUDS Navy SEAL training is 2 inches in diameter which is much harder to do pull ups on.

Question: Coach, I am running low on money, can you tell me how to build your own Rogue pull up rig? You can try to build a CrossFit rig like Rogue but unless your good with metal fabrication then it will be hard to replicate the quality of Rogue Fitness.

Question: How hard is it to make a crossfit rig? It is harder to make a CrossFit rig than set up a simple pull up rig in your garage. You can try and make one and probably have ok success with building a CrossFit rig – but you have to take into account the time you will spend and mistakes you will make. It is easier to just buy a CrossFit rig like the ones from Rogue.

Question: So I can attach pullup bar to ceiling joist? Yes; check out how the joist lay out and the dimensions of your pull up bar. Check out the tips and videos above.

Question: What is the best way to make a homemade chin up bar garage? Use a double PVC pipe (one inside the other) and rig webbing through it and wrap around the beams in the ceiling. Cost is about $8

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