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Yeah, a wider grip will target your shoulders and lats?, so if that's what you want, get a better bar.
Right now you have a very proportional height/weight ratio, which is good. Your body is ramping up for a long growth period. It wants to grow and is making hormones to help you grow.
You will be better off working with your body's plan of growing, than trying to go for definition (cutting). You will never again be in a better period for putting on muscle than you are now.
Chin ups are good for building arms. They also work your abs and lats. So if you can get a chin-up bar for at home, that would be good. My son has one of these for his dorm room and likes it. Once you can do 15 or so, then start adding weight (hold a dumbbell with your legs or a belt).
Also, working big muscles will help you grow and some of your biggest muscles are in your legs. You might want to try doing deadlifts and hack squats with your bench press bar. You can also do bent over rows (for your back) and over-head presses (for your shoulders) with your bench press bar.
I know what you're going through, I'm 6'5" and I had the same problem. My way of getting around it was this:
First, the chin-up bar I use is this one. Second, to gain more height in the doorway I had to cheat a little. The doorway I use is the one for our office, and when I initially put up the bar into the doorway, I noticed that there was a significant gap between the bar and the top of the door jam. I took a 2ft. strip of .75x2 wood from the local home depot and hung that a few inches higher than the moulding of the door frame. I attached the pull-up bar on the strip instead of the moulding and this closed the gap between the bar and the door frame. It gave me enough height to do pull-ups without my knees touching the floor, and still enough of a gap to move my hands around. Not the best solution if you don't want to deface your house, but heck, it's only 3 or 4 holes that can be filled with some putty.
The other option is really heavy bands (and I hate bands). Hope you get something figured out.
If you have a couple of bucks to burn and a proper door frame, you may also wish to invest in a pull up bar.
Knock out a set of 5 reps before and after you shower in the morning, before you brush your teeth at night, when you get up to grab some more water during a commercial break, and whatnot. Little workouts like that quickly aggregate and add to the volume of your gym, as with doing body weight dips or some crunches at your home.
I double over a hand towel and put it between the the door frame and the long bar. Two washcloths doubled over twice and put between the two contact points on the front side. Haven't made a mark in two years. Wife is happy.
Edit: I have a Prosource
Interesting! Thank you for the detailed responses, I saw your other reply too. I've been fit my whole life but I have lower back pain and I've been told I need to work my obliques and abs a bunch to fix a hip tilt. You must have been told already not to fear the gym but I'm so surprised to hear that, you look like you hit it on the regular! Obviously you don't need to change your routine though since it's working awesomely, but you have nothing to fear. I think the pull-up bar is a great idea, I used one of these for years before I started going to the gym and still use it now. It can be very addicting if you enjoy exercising.
This one doesn't go in between the lintels it goes on the outside of them. You can definitely find a cheaper one though.
(It's probably because of my old house but..) when i tried to install one without the screws (that should have had thme), i almost broke the door frame... i should probably get one like these: [link] thanks for reminding me :)
I just installed this one: [link]
It has mounts to help secure the bar over the door frame, and after I added planks of wood beside the frame where the rails would hit (so they don't damage the frame at all) it holds me very securely (6' 240lbs).
Despite anything, you need to do this: Install the equipment correctly, inspect it before every use, and use it properly and don't monkey around on it.
I started hanging from this one when I weighed over 300lbs. Put a couple of dish towels between it and door frame and it's fine
A pull up bar like this doesn't put weight on the door trim, it pushes against the wall, which should allow it to hold up to 300 lbs without damage to the frame or the wall.
I use this one:
You'll get really good usage of it, so tha'ts a bargain.
Yep they are great and are not permanently attached to anything -- I highly recommend this one for under $30
I have this one. Works well for me, believe there is a reason it's #1 seller on Amazon. Multiple grips, I also put straps on it for hanging leg raises.
ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar, Heavy Duty Doorway Trainer for Home Gym
A bit of a follow-up question. How safe are door frame pull-up bars?
I can't put any screws into the wall, and something like This on amazon. Can it fall off easily?
ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar, Heavy Duty Doorway Trainer for Home Gym [link]
Try on a door in an out of the way location, so a little banging won't show up. Also, put a hand towel between the bar and the wood. Do pull ups nice and slow.
Bought a pullup bar recently, while doing my research I came across the telescopic ones and all the horror stories when they failed and slipped. Broken spine, shoulders, shattered hips, necks, etc. I thought maybe it was just the big 200+ lbs guys swing on the bar that were having these issues but a number of these stories were from petite 120 lbs females barely doing a pullup. The risk just isn't worth it in my opinion.
This doorway pullup bar comes might close (40" inches), maybe you can extend it somehow or make the doorway smaller. [link]
Another idea would be rings. Do you have anything on your ceiling to hang them from?
This is the one I bought because I'm cheap, works great. Can do chinups, pull ups, neutral grip, and wide grip (Can hardly even do 1 of those, hurt my shoulders lol)
I'm not sure of the brand, but I got it at a sporting goods store. It is easily removable because part of it rests on the wall above the inside of a door frame and the other part braces against the molding on the outside of the doorway. Not just one of the tension ones that spreads between sides of the doorframe!
It's a lot like this one!