There are pros and cons to this pull up bar. The obvious one is that there are plenty of different positions that you can do a pull up in, all with the foam padding to save your hands... although that would be true if the foam padding was thick enough to do the job, and if only there was enough on there to stop it ripping.
That is really the only pro...
The cons are numerous, here are a few. (
1) The foam is poor quality part I). It rips very easily. (2 months of use has resulted in a lot of cellotape over the foam to hold it together)
2) The foam is poor quality part II) - it does not protect your hands, it is far too thin
3) The construction is suspect. For a 'mobile' bar - ie taking it off the door frame and putting it back up, it should come with a health warning. The bolts that are used to hold it together stick out by just under an inch, plenty of length to cut your self as you swing it down off the door frame (after all you have just done a load of pull ups so fatigue will always play its part)
4) The construction is suspect part II) the bolts are far to long on the back of this product. If you do not amputate your leg on the installation of this, be sure to close your eyes as you pull up, as the bolts did into the place above the door frame, not the wood, but the brick. Any sort of continual use drills into the brickwork, so you have dust raining down on your head, and two lovely holes added to the decor above your door.
5) The foam is poor quality part III) Dont let the fact that you have new holes in your brick work put you off, because the foam which prtects the door frame is of sufficient poor quality that you get paint rubbing off your door frame at the front. Again, this is due to the foam being wafer thin. Not to worry though, because along with the paint stripping effect, you also get two big black marks where the foam degrades (after a couple of uses) which is also accompanied by some extra large divots in the wood work.
A positive person may well take this to be a get one, get one free type of deal...
YOU NEED TO BUY THIS if you really like your door frames with an added side of broken.
If you are like me, and actually like your door frames being in one piece, opt for a more expensive version... PLEASE.
People have mentioned this before, but I ignored them to my chargrin. PLEASE pay attention. THIS WILL KILL YOUR DOORFRAME.
It is not that my door frames are dodgy, it is not that i am not using it right. I have another pull up bar that does not mark the woodwork or the brick work, or your hands. it is one hundred percent cheap. you get what you pay for...
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