The best way to build a DIY pull up bar is to mount it securely to the wall or ceiling. These are far more difficult to make than pull up bars that mount to the floor, but they will be much more stable and long lasting. To prevent people from accidentally walking into a mounted pull up bar, it’s important that you install it in an area where they will not get in the way of other activities such as walking down stairs or walking past windows.
Pull up bars are a great way to get a full-body workout by replicating the muscles you regularly use in everyday life. Pull ups target your upper body and help build muscle, as well as increase how long you can hold yourself up. No matter if you are just starting off with your exercise routine or looking to become more skilled at pull ups, it is important to learn how to move safely while using this popular exercise device.
Building a pull up bar without concrete is a great way to save money. You can build your own pull up bar and save money on gym memberships or other fitness products. In this article, we will show you how to build a pull up bar without concrete, as well as some of the best tips on building your pull up bar right so that it will last for years.
Pull-ups are the ultimate upper body exercise. They target the arms, back, and core muscles. Being able to do pull-ups is certainly impressive, but you need to have a bar to hang from – which can be difficult if you don’t have a tree in your backyard with a sturdy limb that’s about 6 feet off the ground (though even then you might want something more permanent). So instead of getting one of those ready-made pull up bars that mount on your door frame, why not build your own outdoor bar? It’s not as hard as it sounds.
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Step 1: Choose Your Location
The first thing you will need to do is find a good place to mount your pull up bar. This needs to be a sturdy surface that can support the weight of you and the pull up bar, but it also needs to have enough room around it so that you don’t hit anything when doing pull ups. The best places are:
- Ground level – not too close to the ground or wall
- High enough – not too high off the ground or wall
Step 2: Determine the Height
Now that you’ve determined the width of your pull up bar, it’s time to figure out how high it will be.
- You can put your pull up bar anywhere between 8 feet off the ground and 24 inches off the ground. Anything lower than this is not recommended because it won’t give you enough room to do pull ups comfortably.
- For most adults, a height of 12-18 inches works best for doing full range of motion pull ups. This allows your arms to fully extend and makes them easier on your joints when compared with doing half range of motion ones where arms are bent at 90 degrees while performing exercises such as inverted rows or other bodyweight exercises where support is provided by floor (not just yourself). Those whose ceilings are too low may still perform inverted rows using parallel grip handles instead of rings or bars if desired but these should only be attempted if safety precautions are taken into account beforehand so as not to injure oneself accidentally.
Step 3: Measure and Mark
Measure and Mark
Measure the height of your pull up bar.
Mark the height on the post.
Mark the depth of your concrete pad onto the post.
Use chalk or a marker to mark these measurements on your post, so you can see them later when you add your concrete mix.
Step 4: Trace the Post onto a Concrete Pad
In the fourth step, you will do the following:
- Place a level on top of your concrete pad and align it with your post. This ensures that your post will be straight once it’s in place.
- Use a tape measure to measure the length of your post from top to bottom, marking this measurement on one end (the end where you want the bar). You will use this mark as a reference point for drilling when hanging your pull-up bar later.
- Trace around your post using a pencil or marker until all sides are traced onto the concrete pad. You may need an assistant for this last step so that they can hold down any parts of the pad while tracing them onto it.
Step 5: Dig Down
Step 5: Dig Down
The next step is to dig down. To dig a hole in concrete, you will first need to remove any plantings and debris from the area where you plan on installing your pull up bar. Then use a trowel or shovel to dig out around 6 inches of soil along the edge of your concrete pad, slab or floor. Make sure not to disturb any underground pipes during this process. If necessary, hire someone with experience in excavating who knows how to avoid hitting buried utilities (electricity and gas lines).
Once you’ve removed some dirt from the perimeter of your pad or slab and have exposed its edges, mix up some quick-setting concrete mix according as directed by your manufacturer’s instructions on their package label – pour it into the hole so that it fills all corners equally; then tamp down gently using a broomstick until level with surface
Step 6: Set Your Fence Post
Set the fence post in the hole, making sure that it is level and straight. Using a level, check that your fence post is vertical by measuring from the top of your fenced-in area to the ground. If your level reads exactly 0° when placed on top of your fence post, then you’re good to go.
Step 7: Backfill the Hole
The last step is to backfill the hole with dirt. This is a very important step, as you want to make sure that your pull up bar is going to be sturdy and won’t fall over if someone uses it.
Fill the hole with dirt that has been packed tightly and leveled out so that the surface of your pull up bar is level. Make sure the area around your pull up bar is smooth and flush with its surroundings (you don’t want any rocks or sticks poking through). It’s also important not to bury it too deep in case there are any changes in weather conditions over time, which could cause erosion around this area.
If your five year old can do it, so can you.
You’ve probably heard the old adage that if your five year old can do it, so can you. It’s true! Five year olds can do all kinds of things—they can take care of themselves and they know that they don’t need adults around to hold their hands through every step of the way. They’re self-sufficient and confident in their abilities, but only because someone—probably a teacher or parent—encouraged them to be so.
As adults, we’re often afraid to ask for help (or even admit when we need it). We feel like asking for help makes us look weak or incompetent at something where we should be fully capable by ourselves. We might think that asking for help means admitting defeat or not knowing what we’re doing. But as soon as you start asking questions and seeking out information about whatever challenge you’re facing, your perspective changes: suddenly there’s a whole community out there ready willing and able to lend a hand.
There you have it. You’ve built a pull up bar without concrete and saved yourself a ton of money in the process. Give yourself a pat on the back and start doing some pull ups. If you want more ideas for how to get in shape with minimal equipment, check out our article on how to build your own backyard gym.