What is a Wall Mounted Chin-Up Bar?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

A wall mounted chin-up bar, which is also sometimes referred to as a pull-up bar, is a rather simple piece of workout equipment. As the name indicates, this piece of equipment is mounted onto a wall and is used for arm-strengthening exercises such as chin-ups and pull-ups. These exercises are completed by lifting oneself up off the ground while firmly grasping the bar and bringing the chin up to the level of the bar.

Chin-ups are performed by lifting the body off the ground while grabbing onto a raised bar, using the muscles in the back, arms and hands.
Chin-ups are performed by lifting the body off the ground while grabbing onto a raised bar, using the muscles in the back, arms and hands.

Chin-up and pull-ups are exercises that are performed while standing. For this reason, a wall mounted chin-up bar should be placed high on a wall, usually six feet (about 1.8 meters) or more about the floor. In a public gym, a wall mounted chin-up bar must be placed at a height that will serve the members based on their average height. When they are installed in a home for personal use, they can be placed at the ideal height for the individual user.

Before installing a wall mounted chin-up bar, it is important to make sure that the wall is strong enough to hold the equipment and that it will be able to withstand the stress that will be applied while the bar is in use. Both the weight of the equipment and the average weight of the user or users should be taken into account. Many of these types of bars come with specific instructions. It is advisable, whenever possible, to have such equipment installed by a professional.

Chin-up bars come in a number of designs. The wall-mounted versions usually have a few key features in common. There is one straight bar that is designed so that it can be installed directly against the wall. From this bar extends another two much shorter bars that are usually spaced to be shoulder-width apart for an average adult male. These are the bars that are gripped during the exercise.

The alterations and distinctions in designs for this kind of exercise equipment usually have to do with the handles and grips. Some of the handles are simply two straight rods that extend directly out from the wall. Others have rounded handles with padded or rubber grips. They are usually black in color but can be found in a few other select tones. For those who intend to use a wall mounted chin-up bar on a very regular basis, a model with padded grips may be helpful to protect the skin on the hands from blistering.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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I used to have a door chin up bar but it was never secured very well and I always figured that I would bust my head eventually. The only problem is that I am a renter and my landlord is a total INazi and i know that if I installed a big piece of equipment like a wall mounted pull up bar I would loose my security deposit immediately.


Chin up bar exercises are some of the most effective full body exercises. You can get a great workout from your neck all the way down to your glutes just by doing a variety of pull ups exercises.

And the best thing is that it builds lean, natural athletic strength. You are not picking up huge metal plates trying to get arms like a canned ham. You are simply using your own body weight to challenge you body with natural resistance. The pull up mimics so many lifts and movements that you do in real life.


How hard is it to install a wall mounted pull up bar? I used to have one that went into my doorway but it fell off while I was doing pull ups and I ended up hurting my knew really badly. I want to know that any future pull up bar I use is not going to become subject to gravity all of a sudden.

I have a cordless drill and I am not totally inept, but if I want to make sure that the bar is a sturdy as possible should I hire someone to install it professionally?

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