Chin Up Bars
Use a chin up bar to work out with your own body weight
A chin up bar is an excellent addition to your home gym. You can use it to bulk up those biceps and abs, as well as work your entire upper body. Chin up bars are easy to install, and are a great way to switch up your everyday workouts.
Installing a Chin Up Bar
Most chin up bars install easily in any doorway in your house. Some bars will require hardware (like an electric screwdriver) in order to attach them directly to the wood of your doorway. Another option, if you're not interested in permanently modifying your home, is to use a self-adjustable chin up bar. These door gym chin up bars affix firmly to your doorway, using a method similar to a shower curtain bar. Although both types of chin up bars are sturdy enough to hold an adult safely, be sure to consult the instructions that came with your bar to make sure you don't exceed the weight limit.
If you're looking for a bar with a bit more durability than ordinary door chin up bars, consider the possibility of installing a wall-mounted chin up bar. This permanent addition to your home is sturdy enough to hold plenty of weight and can withstand even greater force if you plan to combine it with resistance bands and other exercise devices.
Exercising with a Chin Up Bar
A chin up bar exercise isn't the only thing you can do with it. In fact, there are many different strength building exercises that are enhanced by the use of a bar. A chin up bar side crunch is a great way to work your abs in addition to arms. While you're hanging on the chin up bar, swing your legs to one side and try to hold them in that position as long as possible. You'll feel a strong burn in your abs, which demonstrates all the muscle building you're doing with this simple exercise!
For an extra challenge, try performing chin ups using only one arm. Hold the bar with one arm and grip that arm with your other arm for extra stability and leverage. You can also try adding small weights to your ankles to make the process harder, thus increasing the growth of muscle fibers.