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    Do you have a Chin up bar at home?

    Any ideas on making a chin up apparatus at home?
    Never Give Up!

    #2
    I don?t have one presently, mainly because I have hardware in my legs due to fall fracture ( not related to pull ups!) .

    I had one for several years and liked it a lot. A good stretch and good for strength.
    Used a simple doorway model that was in doorway to utility closet so out of sight when closed but easy to access when opening door. Very sturdy and easy to install. I see fancier models that mount on wall but they seem like they would be more work to mount. Here?s one similar to what I used.

    https://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Health-...n%3A6036218011

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      #3
      I used to have a pull-up bar in a doorway when I was able-bodied, but nothing now as I can't figure out how to do pullups and get back into my chair without any core...tips.
      T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Mize View Post
        I used to have a pull-up bar in a doorway when I was able-bodied, but nothing now as I can't figure out how to do pullups and get back into my chair without any core...tips.
        You could create a climbing wall of sorts where you would pull yourself up to the pull up bar, do some chin ups and then go back to your chair.
        Never Give Up!

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          #5
          Originally posted by ChesBay View Post
          I don?t have one presently, mainly because I have hardware in my legs due to fall fracture ( not related to pull ups!) .

          I had one for several years and liked it a lot. A good stretch and good for strength.
          Used a simple doorway model that was in doorway to utility closet so out of sight when closed but easy to access when opening door. Very sturdy and easy to install. I see fancier models that mount on wall but they seem like they would be more work to mount. Here?s one similar to what I used.

          https://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Health-...n%3A6036218011

          I have one similar to this one. Mine has brackets on the door and the bar can be removed/reinstalled fairly easy, just slides into the bracket.

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            #6
            I?m a huge fan of compound bodyweight exercises. I think pull-up bars are a great way to get in an efficient workout with relatively inexpensive equipment. I got the Stamina Power Tower because I wanted the ability to do dips as well, but I think anything on [this list of pull-up bars](https://bestbestlist.com/best-pull-up-bars) would do the trick. Especially the Sunny Health model ChesBay mentioned if you are concerned about height accessibility.

            I make it a rule that when I go in that room to do at least one set and over time it?s made a difference. ?Greasing the groove? I think they call it Good luck!
            "Give me peace of mind and trust, don't forget the rest of us..."

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              #7
              I have one similar to the one from Amazon. I park my chair under it and set the brakes. As I'm doing the pull-ups, my lower half tends to move my chair out of place to the point that I have to stop, and re-adjust the chair to put it back under me so that I can safely return to it. Some of it is due to spasms when I first start, but the chair doesn't seem to want to stay stationary even with the brakes on. It isn't as easy as one would think.

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                #8
                Do you have a trapeze over your bed?
                I don't know about chin-ups but I hang by good arm to assist in transfer/repositioning in bed. Just be careful and make sure everything is tight.
                Had one several years ago that plate welded to plate against bed broke. DME said they had same complaint on that brand before, sure wish I'd know before mine broke. But, happy it was while repositioning in bed and not transfering.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Mize View Post
                  I used to have a pull-up bar in a doorway when I was able-bodied, but nothing now as I can't figure out how to do pullups and get back into my chair without any core...tips.
                  Depending on how light your chair is/strong you are, you can strap the chair to your legs and lift it with your body.

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                    #10
                    I normally have TWIONs on my chair so that adds about 30 lbs I'd wager. Also, I wish there was one of those quick mount and removal ones (my son has one) but with the bar low enough for me to reach. I really don't have any good doorways where I could put a permanent mount.
                    T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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                      #11
                      I used to have one post injury. Mounted a bar about 8 feet high over a door. I got the thickest rope I could find and tied a simple knot in it every 18 inches or so, tied this to the side of the bar so I could use the rope to haul myself up until I could grab the bar.

                      on the way down you just gotta save enough strength to lower yourself on the rope back into the chair.

                      it worked very well, I just don’t have an appropriate door to mount the rig to in my current apartment, but I still have the bar and would like to get it mounted up in my next place if possible.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by funklab View Post
                        I used to have one post injury. Mounted a bar about 8 feet high over a door. I got the thickest rope I could find and tied a simple knot in it every 18 inches or so, tied this to the side of the bar so I could use the rope to haul myself up until I could grab the bar.

                        on the way down you just gotta save enough strength to lower yourself on the rope back into the chair.

                        it worked very well, I just don’t have an appropriate door to mount the rig to in my current apartment, but I still have the bar and would like to get it mounted up in my next place if possible.
                        Why so high off the ground? If you did a pullup on an 8' bar or a 5' bar, its not gonna matter.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Brad09 View Post
                          Why so high off the ground? If you did a pullup on an 8' bar or a 5' bar, its not gonna matter.
                          I'm 6' tall and not doing a pull up while sitting down. I might have been able to get away with 7 feet because my knees don't straighten out all the way, but the way my pull up bar was built that would have interfered with the door (Had two downward sloping grips on the outside). Also it's quite difficult to find a doorway that's less than 5' high, and being able to open the door (it was a closet) and do pullups in the frame of the door meant that my knees could swing forward without worrying about hitting the wall the bar was mounted too. But even in a chair I'm like 4.5 feet tall, I think doing a pullup from a bar 6" over my head would be pretty rough, I just checked right now and from a seated position I can reach the top of my door (didn't measure the door, but I think standard doors are 6.5' high), so even if I was going to do a pull up while strapped to my chair I'd want the bar to be at least 7' high or I wouldn't get full extension.

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                            #14
                            I found a tape measure and measured the door because I was curious, could be useful information in the future.

                            Without adjusting from my seated position to the front of the chair to take advantage of the dump to get a couple extra inches I can reach 75" off the ground with both hands. Sliding forward and reaching with just one hand I can reach a bit over 81" with one hand. I'd be able to grab a bar mounted at about 80" and pull myself up with it without getting out of the chair. Sitting in my chair I'm 56" tall, if I lifted myself up and did a pressure relief underneath a bar mounted at 5' I would hit my head.

                            So if I could grab a bar mounted at 6'8" while still in a seated position with my legs bent at a greater than 90 degree angle, I'm probably underestimating the true need for height of the bar. 7 feet would definitely be too short, and if not for my knees that only open to an angle of about 25 degrees, even 8 feet would be too short to get full range of motion for a pull up.

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