Chin Up Bar

A chin up bar can help you work upper body muscles that are otherwise very difficult to target; especially if you are working out primarily at home.  This weight loss tool is as old-school as resistance bands are new.  Just because they have been around for decades, doesn't mean they don't work.  The main issue that I have found is finding a good place to put them.  But, I'll leave that decision up to you.  Here's some more chin up bar info.

Chin Up Bar Styles

As you can see from the images to the right, there are a number of styles that can work in your home.  The first is a ceiling mounted bar.  This could be mounted to the ceiling in your exercise room (be sure to mount to the joists behind the drywall).  It could also mount the joists in your basement, if you work out there as, I do.  If you are taller than average, these can cause a few head bumps :)

The next style can be used in most interior doorways in you home.  The top hooks over the upper molding on the side opposite where you will be doing your chin/pull ups.  The contact points are usually padded to protect your woodwork.  Be careful, though.  Some don't do that very well.

The final example here (there are many others, if you Google them) mounts directly to a wall.  I'd suggest mounting it to your concrete basement wall, if you have one. 

All of these can work.  Just determine which one is the best fit in your home.  If you work out at a gym, they will have one, most likely.  At home, expect to spend between $35 and $150 depending on the style.

Chin/Pull Up Bar Exercises

Having a bar isn't just for working your back and biceps muscles.  Of course, they do a great job of that when doing basic pull ups (palms facing away from you) and chin ups (palms facing toward you).  What may surprise you is that you can work your abdominal muscles as well as others when using a bar.  Here are several exercises you can do.   Check out this link for more details.

Basic....

  1. Chin-Ups
  2. Pull-Ups
  3. Knee Raises
  4. Negative Pull-ups

Advanced....

  1. Toes-To-Bar 
  2. The Climber Pull-Up
  3. Windshield Wipers
  4. Hanging Reverse Shrugs

A chin up bar....a great tool for weight loss that I recommend after you have gotten yourself back into some semblance of physical condition.  Like most things in life, the harder things are, the more they benefit you.

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