Ever wanted to know how you could get fit at home? We asked Scott, our guest writer, for his tips on how to best use a doorway chin up bar.
Ask any exercise enthusiast and they will tell you that there is nothing you can do at the gym that you cannot do at home. Sure, gyms are chock full of fancy equipment and endless racks of weights, but you do not need to spend a fortune on a gym membership when you can get similar results at home.
Getting fit sounds so easy doesn’t it?
The key is getting the right pieces of equipment to work with. One exceptional piece of exercise equipment to have at home is the chin-up bar. It’s strong, versatile and lets you perform exercises the way they are supposed to be done.
There are many manufacturers of chin-up bars for doorways so it is just a matter of choosing one that is comfortable for you—and can easily fit in your doorway. Some chin-up bars only fit up to thirty-two inch doorways while others go higher (thirty six inches).
Be sure to measure the doorway you are going to use so you do not end up with a bar that won’t fit. As much as you may not want to think about it, your weight will also play a determining factor in which chin-up bar to purchase. A good bar should hold up to three-hundred pounds.
Hey, you are going to build muscle using this thing and muscle has weight to it, so do not necessarily go by your current weight thinking it will be adequate for the long haul. Also check the quality of the chin-up bar. The metal and padding should be sturdy and not come apart after a few uses.
Now that you have your chin-up bar for a doorway, what can you do with it?
Pull-ups and chin-ups are the most common. Install the bar high enough over your head, but not so high that your feet cannot touch the floor, and grab the bar with an overhand grip. Slowly pull your body up and hold for a second before slowly lowering yourself back down. Chin-ups are done the same way but with an underhand grip.
A reverse push-up is another great exercise for your doorway chin-up bar. Much like the pull-up, position your legs so they form an “L” shape (heels on the floor). Next, pull your chest up to the bar and then lower down slowly. For triceps, lower the chin-up bar in your doorway to about waist level and, with the bar behind you, grab it with your hands with palms facing away from your body and bend your elbows lowering your body to the floor to perform a dip.
Submitted by Scott who is a fitness fanatic!. If you would like to read more head to http://www.chinupbardoorway.net/