Alternative to door-frame pull-up bars
A pull-up bar that can be attached to a door frame may be good enough for many. But if you prefer to do your pullups anywhere else other than at the doorway, the Bullbar may be a good option. Especially if you want one that can be stowed away out of sight when not in use.
The Bullbar is free-standing pull-up bar that folds down for easy storage. When folded, it has a footprint of 15 x 51 inches and less than 11 inches in height.
You don't need a doorway and you can easily move it outside or even put it in the car to take with you. The Bullbar folds small enough to fit in the trunk of most cars.
No assembly is required. Simply unfold the Bullbar and clamp the joints and you're ready to go. It takes less than a minute to erect and fold. When folded, it can be used for barbell curls. It weighs 55 pounds.
The Bullbar is 6 feet 9 inches tall and is made steel and can safely support up to 300 pounds. It comes with a removable bar attachment that transforms it into a dip and push-up station.
Why do pull-ups?
According to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCSFN), the average adult should be able to perform at least 10 modified pullups. A modified pull-up is essentially a pull-up in which you use your legs to assist you.
PCSFN is an American government organization that aims to "promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports"
The pull-up is one of the best exercises you can do and it is a good measure of strength and fitness. Some militaries require you to be able to do at least a certain number of pull-ups in order to get into cadet training.
The Bullbar seems like a good alternative to conventional pull-up stations and doorway pull-up bars. It's $329 during their Kickstarter campaign, which is like to go up if it ever goes to retail.
If you're not willing to participate in the Kickstarter campaign where the rewards are not guaranteed, there's the Fit! Home Gym. It's not quite the same but it can also be stowed away when not in use but by disassembling it first.
Assembly and disassembly is pretty easy though and takes about 60 seconds, which the same amount of time it takes to erect or collapse the Bullbar.
The Fit! Home Gym may have a bigger footprint when disassembled but it's a bit more versatile. It's just more expensive than the Bullbar but you don't have to wait on the uncertainty of a Kickstarter campaign.
I sincerely hope Bullbar becomes a success because I'd really want it for myself when it becomes available for normal purchase.