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Old 07-15-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
Thomas Davenport
 
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Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

My local affiliate has, basically, two pull up bars. The main pull up bar is of typical thickness (maybe 1.5" diameter or so), but is too low for my 6'6" frame. A new pull up bar was installed fairly recently; it is an appropriate height to allow for kipping and such, but it is very narrow -- maybe .50" diameter or so. As a result it absolutely destroys my hands.

So, I need to come up with some clever ideas to substantially thicken the bar. Right now my affiliate owner has hung some tennis racket grip (one leather, one the blue padding). The problem with both is that they create far more friction than metal, and I suffered massive callous tears on both hands in a recent work-out. FYI, I am diligent about callous maintenance, so that is not the issue.

I would probably add a few layers of leather tennis racket grip and hope for the best, but wondered if others have had similar experiences and good solutions. . .

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Old 07-15-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

.5" diameter bar? What length? Is this bar hollow? I don't know that it even sounds safe.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:13 PM   #3
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

The bar is plenty safe, but that is not my question. Still. . . it is hard to describe, but the bar is about 20' in length, spanning two steel columns. But, there is actually a large, main, square (2" x 2") bar that spans that gap. The pull up portion of the bar is below and parallel to the support bar (about 18" below it). About every 3' or so of that 20' span, there are droppers going vertically from the support bar down to the pull up bar. In essence, the pull up bar is hung below the main support bar. I don't have a good picture.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:21 PM   #4
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

2 rolls of athletic tape will do the trick.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:34 PM   #5
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

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2 rolls of athletic tape will do the trick.
I think that would create way too much friction, leading to more hand destruction, no??
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:37 PM   #6
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

I have never had a problem with it. Once the tape gets broken in which it should after a couple days it's fine.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:38 PM   #7
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

I also have tape on my home made rings and it works well for those also
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:27 PM   #8
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

Check out Fat Gripz...they are nice! Good for bar work also.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:29 PM   #9
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Re: Pull up bar thickening suggestions?

Has anyone ever tried putting a pvc pipe around the bar? It might make it somewhat free rotating but might do the trick. I've thought about trying it before but haven't actually done so.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:51 PM   #10
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Wear gloves?
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