I have built 3 pull-up bar rigs to date. These have ranged from modest to huge super structures meant to accommodate over 40 people. Each of the bars was built using the same basic, easy to work with materials. With proper planning, a few basic tools and a free weekend, you too can build your own pull-up system.
In the first part of this series I’m going to show you photos of each of the three rigs I’ve built and provide a brief description. Future articles will dig deeper on the specific tasks required to complete your own pull up bar system. Enjoy! (If you want to skip ahead, here are links for the follow up posts: materials, tools, anchoring, design and construction (pending).)
The project I cut my teeth on also happened to be my most ambitious system. I was asked by the owner of CrossFit Pasadena to build a large structure to support his community in their new building. The goal with this system (which is common to all the structures I built) was to minimize the amount of support structure on the ground so as to maximize usable floor space. Another feature with these bars is the back row are adjustable in height to accommodate the shorter members of the CFP community.
The second system I built was also the simplest. The bars above are in my garage (and the original home of CrossFit 626). The system is supported entirely by the walls and ceiling structure of the garage. The bar is a single height and can accommodate up to 6 people at once.
CrossFit 626 Pull Up Bars
This is my most recent pull up bar. It is located at the new CrossFit 626 location. The main workout space is fairly compact, so we needed to keep this system entirely off the ground too. The structure was built to support 12 people at once (our maximum class size). This system was especially tough to construct since I was unable to support it in the ground and the wall it is attached to comprises of 16″ thick brick. I’ll discuss the lessons learned on this project more in a future article detailing the anchoring process.
If you’d like to build your own rig, you may want to check out the other articles in this series: anchoring, design, materials, tools and construction. If there are any topics I’m missing, feel free to drop me a note in the comments.