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I considered building one (2/3 of my basement it finished, luckily this space is not so my fiancee allows me to do what I want in it). I bought one of these last night to try first though. Less work on my part lol. But I definitely realize I need to get some pull ups in now. I had a power tower for a while but it wouldn't fit in my basement and the weather around here isn't great for garage use...and I was a lazy piece of shit for a long time lol
PERFECT PULL-UP is robust when properly screwed into the doorway, very adaptable, and removeable leaving the basic frame installed but unobtrusive....
I think it's the best doorframe pull-up bar....very well designed....
That username....c'mon man. Anyways, 6'3" American here and I bought this at Wal-Mart so my wife can work on her form as well while she works towards true p/u and c/u. Bending the knees and having them behind you is fine, just don't kip (throwing your legs up for upward momentum like you see in videos making fun of CrossFit). Holds up to 220 pounds and mounts easily, even in our 36" door frames. Hope it helps, if not available where you're at in the world maybe there's a similar option. [link]
I know it's not exactly the product you're looking at, but I've been using the Perfect Pullup bar in my door frame for years for several different exercises and I love it. You used to be able to get them at sporting goods stores like Academy for like 20 bucks.
your wife is right to be against those ones, they are trash. but thats not what i am talking about. there are bars you can get that are mounted with screws. they are very solid and can easily hold the average person.
This is the one I use> [link]
Bulletproof and a steal for $20!