Product Type: York Fitness
Newest Review: ... to try and manoeuvre around as it really is easy to put on and off whenever you want. The York Chinning Bar is easily available both onl... more
Hard work but worth it in the long run
York Doorway Chinning Bar
Member Name: jipp05
York Doorway Chinning Bar
Advantages: Really does work, easy to install
Disadvantages: Hard work
The York Chinning Bar is something that I bought at a car boot sale for the bargain basement price of only £2. It came fully boxed from a buyer who like me had purchased it on a whim and then never used it. Although I got it dirt cheap they aren't that expensive to buy normally and you can pick one up for just under £10 usually.
I have to say that for even the recommended retail price it is probably worth it but again it will only be worth having if it is actually going to be used.
It took me a while to get around to using this as it needs to be assembled and can't be used straight from the box and as I am a bit lazy it took me a few weeks to actually set it up but once I had set it up I did actually find myself using it quite a few times.
This is a pretty basic exercise item with no bells and whistles but although it may be low tech it is pretty effective in building upper body strength.
All you get is an adjustable metal bar and some brackets. You need to screw the brackets to the door frame and the metal bar then sits in the brackets and you use the metal bar to lift yourself up to work out your arms and shoulders. Simple.
The attachment of the brackets is easy and only involves screwing in a few screws. Even the poorest of DIY people can manage it. You obviously need to make sure that you measure where the brackets are going to go so that they are at the right height for you when the bar is in them. Obviously as well you need to make sure that your door frame is strong enough to hold your weight as you don't want to be lifting yourself up and your doorframe comes off the wall. In my old flat where I had this up I never had the slightest problem with the brackets ripping out bits of wood and my doorframe stayed securely fitted to the wall.
As I mentioned this chinning bar is an amazing way to improve your upper body strength. As you are pulling your entire weight up through your arm and shoulder muscles you are getting a fantastic workout. Be warned however that this isn't the exercise for beginners and people with really low upper body strength as it is really hard work and dragging your whole body up and down is not that easy. If you have low upper body strength then start with something lighter and work your way up to using this.
As well as using this as a chinning bar you can also attach it on the bottom on the doorway and use it for helping with situps. You would just need to put your feet through it and use it to help support your weight while doing sit ups. Although I haven't used it in this way I have used similar things in the past and it does make doing several sit ups much easier to accomplish as it just gives you that little bit extra support while doing them.
I haven't actually used this in a while as I moved out of my flat in to a house and I just haven't gotten around to reaffixing it but I will one day. When I removed it from the doorway in my flat I was surprised to see how little damage it had caused and all that was left was the screw holes.
I would definitely recommend this chinning bar to people looking for something that is going to help improve their upper body strength. It is really effective and also because it is so cheap it doesn't matter if you don't use it all the time as you will still get your money's worth out of it. Of course the more you use it the better the benefit you will get out of it.
It is also a fantastic thing for people who live in flats or who just haven't got a lot of space for exercise equipment as it is just so unobtrusive and easy to store. Once the brackets are up you can remove the bar whenever you want and because it is just a metal bar it can easily be stored out of the way. I used to just keep it under the couch as there it was out the way and easy to get to whenever I wanted to use it. You don't need to buy it and worry that you are always going to have a bar sitting in the middle of your doorway for your to try and manoeuvre around as it really is easy to put on and off whenever you want.
The York Chinning Bar is easily available both online and in sports shops and you should be able to pick it up for less than £10. The usual price seems to be around about £9.99 but if you are willing to look around you can pick them up for less. For this amount of money I personally think it is well worth it and would give it 5 stars out of 5.
Summary: The hard work pays off in the long run