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I just purchased this pull up bar last week, so I can't really speak to its longevity. However, it is rated for 300lbs. I know you don't want to drill holes in your doorway, but many of the frame-suspended models end up warping the trim, and (as someone who moves/rents a lot) it's much easier to just patch up tiny screw holes with some spackling. I think for the level of sturdiness you're wanting, a hardware mounted bar will be your best option. Good luck!
Tomorrow I'm getting a pull up bar delivered that can be attached in a door frame at two heights. It's this <strong>here</strong>
I'm starting the RR and will be using it to do incline rows. What I'm wondering is at what height should I have the bar set. I'm 6'0" and I'm not sure if it should be at around my waist level or more around the chest height. Eventually I will want to progress to horizontal rows and not have to re-position by drill more holes. Thoughts?
I use something like this so no need to drill any holes into anything. Cost me like $20 CAD at Sports Authority. Maybe your walls should be able to handle them?
Not the person you were asking, but I'm guessing it was one of these:
To answer your actual question, towel pull-ups are not enough :)
My doorways aren't conducive to the hang on the door type bar either. I'm in a house, not an apartment, so it might not work for you, but if you are allowed to put 3 small holes per side into the doorway: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RJFRV1K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I use this bar. You screw three small holes per side into the doorframe, and the bar is solid as a rock. I wouldn't trust any pure friction bars. Tiny bit of wood putty would fill the holes back in when you need to move. Might not be feasible for the apartment, but it's a thought.
Unless the entire doorframe is metal, not just the lip part, then that kind of sucks. You can do pull ups on any number of other objects instead. Any parks nearby? Should have monkey bars or something you can use. Could get some rings, and wrap them around a tree branch?
This pull-up bar helped me a lot
Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up... [link]
Well look at Excuse McGee over here! For the record, it won't be 250 lbs. You can use the 50 pound adjustable dumbbells just fine for a moderate workout. But fine, nothing too heavy:
Push up bars for greater range of motion
I use these same doorway pull bars, they work fine
In my opinion, that type of pullup bar is dangerous, regardless of the quality. The chance of a slight swing or bumping into something while on it are too high, then the whole thing slips off the door frame. This might be better: [link]