pull up alternatives

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Hi all,

I love pull ups, but I'm not going to pay £30 a month to go to the gym and do them. I used to have a pull up bar at home, but I have since moved and don't have anywhere one could go.

Is there an alternative exercise that would use the same muscles and give the same kind of resistance?

Thanks

Daven
 
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Do it on a door? A little more awkward but a sturdy door with a towel thrown over the top should be able to do the trick at least for palm-forward ones.
 
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While it's do-able ^^^ It's not THAT comfortable, and it depends on the door frame type as to how comfortable it will be :p

I'm looking to find a way to do them also really. One member said you put a broom across the loft hatch opening?

Otherwise you'll have to add in various isolations to work the back at a guess. No idea what exercises are next best for alternatives though
 
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Pull-ups are king :cool: :p

Forgot about inverted rows...But yeah, as ice said, you can get some bars that fit in between the door frames as opposed to hooking over them...Might be worth a look?
 
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The ones I had before fitted between the frames, however they required some brackets to be installed. Since I rent my flat I can't really do that :( I have no door frames that will fit the "no installation" bars.

Inverted rows look do-able, so I will try them.

Are resistance bands any good for emulating pullups?

Thanks

Daven
 
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True, but my wife won't like the brackets, as they will look "ugly"! Not to worry though, I'm going to ask the gym at work if they don't mind if I just use the pull up equipment for 5 mins in the morning! I will also try to find some other exercises that will work the same muscles.

Daven
 
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Perhaps DIY something in the garden?

Alternatively, find another gym. "Pure"/"TheGym" are very budget gyms. My local "TheGym" is £10 per month.
 
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True, but my wife won't like the brackets, as they will look "ugly"! Not to worry though, I'm going to ask the gym at work if they don't mind if I just use the pull up equipment for 5 mins in the morning! I will also try to find some other exercises that will work the same muscles.

Daven

Bicep curls. :D

The other alternative position is the loft hatch... I used mine like that for ages. :)
 
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Hang out of the window, preferably from the top floor. You'll get that last rep in ;)

There's no real alternative to a pull up - it's a rather full on exercise in itself. :)
 
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Hang out of the window, preferably from the top floor. You'll get that last rep in ;)

There's no real alternative to a pull up - it's a rather full on exercise in itself. :)

Aye, I tried doing them in the shoddy rack we have once...but it's so low to the floor it's just more of a hindrance than it's worth.
 
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I'm having trouble finding a decent looking ceiling mounted pull-up bar, the one I got off e-bay was naff.

I've got an Olympic bench with built in squat stands - I've considered doing pull-ups off the bar (as the bench is designed to take a good amount of weight, but it's a bit low.

Annoying as I can't do the door-frame ones (none are suitable) but really want to get back onto pull-ups (my favourite workout).
 
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