Staying fit and healthy is an important part of life. Unfortunately, it is time consuming and in today’s busy lifestyle, taking out the time to go to the gym for an hour or two every single day is quite impossible for most people.
There just isn’t enough time in our lives to be free during weekdays and even if one gets off from work early, by then, he or she is too tired to go home, change, go the gym and then comeback. In such cases, home exercises provide the best solution. They allow you to exercise daily on your own time without having to spend money and time travelling back and forth to the gym. This is a cost cutting and the equally great way to build up your body and strength.
The Pull-Up Bar
However, one flaw of working out at home is that at home, you do not have access to the specialized machinery and equipment which the gym offers. This equipment is something that can facilitate certain exercises and some exercises are even based upon specific equipment without which it is next to impossible to do that exercise. However, if we think about it, some of this equipment can be manufactured or made directly at home. One such thing, is the pull up bar.
How To Make A Pull-Up Bar
Now making a pull up bar may seem difficult, but if you put your mind to it, it can be easily made within a few days. Some materials you will be needing beforehand include: end caps, 90 degree elbows, various sizes of pipes for connectivity purposes (recommended sizes are 2 by 2 inches, 3.5 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches and 1 by 14 inches and 22 inches), pipe cement, drill, nails and saws and cutters.
The pipes can be PVC or galvanized steel plumbing pipes, whichever is easier for you to handle or whichever seems more long lasting. Both are equally good for pull ups and although the PVC pipes seem more flimsy, they have no problems of breakage.
How To Ensure Its Stability And Strength
The great thing about PVC pull up bars is that they are easy to cut and manipulate, however, they are not suitable for much larger weight. If you use galvanized pipes, make sure you coat them with a rust protective spray so that they aren’t damaged. Also, give plenty of time for the pipe cement to dry before you try out the pull up bar. You can try it out by hanging various weights from it. An ideal test would be to hand a weight greater than yours on the bar and move it up and down. If the bar holds, you are free to use the pull up bar for your own exercises!
Kelvin wears many hats in the fitness and health industry. He believes in a practical, flexible and sustainable approach to bodybuilding. Initially Kelvin had started bodybuilding as a hobby which turned into passion and later, a successful career. He shares his expertise on strength training and body building to help the GFY community.
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