**Note** The Powerbar 2 pull up bar I am reviewing is the UK version of this product which I bought with my own money, no third-party has asked me to do this review.
I have included the UK and the American equivalent version of this product at the end of this article. If you do decide to check it out for yourself.
I’ve found a doorway chin-up bar that won’t put my security deposit in Jeopardy.
I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about doing doorway chin-ups at home. You have to make sure it’s secure which means having a certain level of trust in the product and your ability to assemble it correctly…
My First Chin Up Bar
The first chin-up bar I ever had at home wasn’t an actual chin-up bar, I used to do chin-ups from the tiny one and a half inch ledge of the door frame. Inevitably one day the ledge broke off in my hand and I landed on my ass feeling somewhat dazed and confused a lot like the guy in the gif to the right probably felt.
The broken door frame had to be replaced, meaning waving goodbye to my security deposit.
If you are looking at stepping up your chin-up/pull up game then good for you, as you probably already know calisthenic exercises are all kinds of awesome for strengthening your body. Very important though, is that you make sure that the bar can hold your weight adequately, each bar when you read the product description should tell you clearly what the maximum load is – if it doesn’t have this information, steer clear, as it may be a product of lower build quality that could be unsafe to use.
With all these things considered there is a bar that I recently took a gamble on and has actually pleasantly surprised me. It’s called the Powerbar 2 and it’s made by a little-known company called Innovation Fitness.
The reason I consider it a gamble is because it doesn’t look like any of the chin up bars I’ve used in the past.
Why The Powerbar 2 is Different
The Powerbar 2 Pull Up bar is different because it fits a large number of door frames and most importantly for me doesn’t leave any trace of me having done chin-ups on the door itself.
The reason I think a lot of these bars are damaging door frames is because some bars don’t manage the load properly and so with repeated use they actually end up contorting and damaging doors and frames and in some cases breaking when you are half-way through a rep.
Another reassuring thing about the Powerbar 2 is that it supports more body weight than any of the others on the market that require no tools for installation.
It supports up to 280 pounds (20 stone) but has been tested up to 420 (30 stone). Another thing is that it doesn’t need to be assembled. You just open the box, unfold it and attach it to your doorframe, when you’ve ended your workout just lift it off, fold it and put it to one side. Simple.
For me the Powerbar 2 is definitely an unsung hero in the home fitness equipment area, I’m surprised that it’s only available online.
- No damage to the door frame – The very reason I got this product apart from working out is so that I don’t damage or scratch anything.
- Very easy to set up – You flip out the arms and it sits on the door frame easily. Didn’t really need to consult the instructions.
- Felt very strong and sturdy – No creaky sounds and no feeling that it could suddenly bend or break.
- Price – The price I paid was reasonable. I would expect to pay a lot more for something this well-made.
- No grips – The Powerbar 2 has no rubber/foam grip on the handles for added grip, however, the US equivalents which I have linked to below actually do. Check them out
The Powerbar 2 Pull Up Bar is available from Amazon UK
For US readers, check these out, all of these products below are the same as the Powerbar 2, same build quality and same functionality.