The Pro-Grade Chin-up Bar for P90X is the second door frame pull up bar I have purchased, and I can say that paying the extra money is worth it for the fact that this bar will not break or warp like some of the cheaper options you can find online (it is currently going for $39.95). My first one cost around $25-$30 and had cheap foam grips and a simpler design than the P90X pull up bar (the one made by Beachbody). The grips on my first pull up bar tore off after a few weeks, and the crossbar began to bend, which pretty much meant the end of that pull up bar.
I decided to spend a little more money since I was beginning the Beachbody On Demand program, and figured I’d probably take another run at Insanity vs P90X3 in the future, so having a quality bar would be key. I am VERY happy I decided to spend the money and get the Pro-Grade Chin-up bar for P90X.
Pro-Grade Chin-Up Bar Pros:
The Pro-Grade Chin-up bar for P90X feels very sturdy after it is assembled and you fit it into your doorframe. The main cross bar is also longer than my previous pull up bar, which had three separate pieces that made up the width of the bar and led to it bending after a few months of use. I can tell that the Pro-Grade Chin-up bar is much more difficult to damage, but I’m sure anyone looking to damage it by hanging directly from the middle could probably do so. But, if you use the grips like you’re supposed to, I see no real concern with this bar bending or warping.
The grips also feel good in my hands. Before I bent my last bar, the cheap foam grips would twist around the metal on the bar and ripped after a month. While I think there could still be some improvement, the grips on the Pro-Grade Chin-up bar have a much higher quality. I’m a few months into semi-regular use, and I see very minimal wear.
I don’t use any added weight belts when I use this product, but I feel very safe with all my weight hanging from the Pro-Grade Chin-up bar. The product says it support up to 300 pounds, so I do have some room before I have to worry about the weight limit.
Pro-Grade Chin-Up Bar Cons:
The Pro-Grade Chin-up bar for P90X is a bit difficult to assemble if you aren’t good with listed directions. Before I bought, I did see a few reviews of people who were missing little bolts, but I didn’t experience that myself.
Another con, which you will get with any doorframe pull up bar, is that you will notice some wear on your door frame — on the front of the door frame where the handles touch and on the back of the doorframe where the chin up bar “locks” into place.
The 12 grip positions are fine, but I find myself using two or three of them. I guess having more isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing, but I’ll file it under “excessive.”
In terms of things to get if you are going to begin P90X vs P90X3, I’d say this is definitely one of the first things you’ll want to buy to maximize either program (along with a P90X3 jump mat — but I just use my wife’s old yoga mat). I really think it’s worth it to spend a little extra money and get a good product that you won’t have to worry about bending or needing to replace the grips after a month. If you are a beginner or don’t have a lot of upper body strength, I’d also recommend getting the P90X Chin-up Max – Pull-up Assist Band. It’s easy to attach and remove, and it will allow you to use good form until you’re ready to perform the movements on your own.
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