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Old 02-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
David Allen Rogers
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Garage pull-up bar spacing

I apologize in advance because I'm sure this has been discussed before but unfortunately "pull up" isn't an easy thing to search for without hitting a ton of unrelated results.

I'm going to put a pull-up bar in my garage and I'm looking for some feedback on proper spacing from the wall and from the ceiling. I plan on doing all the standard CrossFit bar maneuvers on this -- kipping pull-ups, strict pull-ups, toes-to-bar, L-sits, etc.. Hanging rings off of it would be nice too but that's optional.

How much space is required from bar to ceiling for a normal sized head on an average height guy (5'9")? My ceiling is 9' and from some rough measurements, it looks like I will have to keep the spacing less than 20" in order to keep my feet from hitting the ground. Would 14" be enough?

Also, how much space should be between the bar and the wall in order to allow for kipping and all that?

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Old 02-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

David,

I had the same issue, although I am 6'3". I ended up going with the RPG system from Rogue. The height is adjustable and I made a mounting bracket of galvanized pipe for the straps. It works well for me, and makes me appreciate a solid pullup bar when I get a chance to use one haha.

My bar sit around 19" from the ceiling and apprx. 92" from the floor. Hopefully this helps you some.

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Old 02-18-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

David, I'm 5'9" and have mine at 78" from the floor, 30" from the wall. This is perfect for me.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #4
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

I have one 13 in from the ceiling, no problem
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

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I have one 13 in from the ceiling, no problem
No problems on chest to bar pullups?
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #6
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

If you are claustrophobic I would not recommend it. But especially in chest to bar you don't go straight up and down, your chest hits the bar at an angle and I have enough clearance...

Yea I'm staring at the ceiling up close and personal like...
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

my old one was just plumbing pipe screwed into a bolted up 2x6.. was 14-15in from ceiling; never hit head and i'm 6'1

Current one - Rogue p-3's
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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Re: Garage pull-up bar spacing

Thanks for the input, everyone.

I have rings hanging so I did some testing with various heights. I tried them at 14" from the ceiling and it seems tight but I couldn't get my head anywhere near the ceiling no matter how hard I tried (carefully, safely, of course). I won't be doing muscle ups on the thing but I have rings for that anyway.

With a 9' ceiling, 14" has the advantage of keeping the bar tucked up by the ceiling and out of the way when doing overhead maneuvers like thrusters. If I had taller ceilings, I'd definitely go with more space between the bar and ceiling. I'd say 14" is getting close to rock bottom for how close you'd ever want the bar to be.
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