The AbleFitness Doorway Chin Up Bar is an inexpensive and easy to install home fitness pull up bar. But is it worth it? Read to find out.
AT A GLANCE...
The AbleFitness Doorway Pull Up bar is one of the most inexpensive doorway bars on the market
AbleFitness Doorway Chin Up Bar
The AbleFitness Doorway Pull Up Bar is on the inexpensive side of doorway pull up bars.
It also has a few upsides.
- Has 3 grip positions
- It's the most inexpensive doorway bar with built-in protective foam padding
- It's slightly different grip positions hit your muscles well
Assembly and installation is a snap.
But is it worth it? What advantage and unique selling point does it have over its competitors?
IRON GYM UPPER BODY
- Most popular doorway bar in the world
- Extremely light at 2.2 lbs.
- Extremely easy to install
- Fits doorways 24-36"
- Built in foam cushioning
- 4 grip positions
- Fits doorways 27-35"
- Very sturdy at 8 lbs.
STAMINA DOORWAY TRAINER
- Very high ratings
- Very sturdy at 8 lbs.
- 5 grip positions
- Better for taller individuals
How Many Grip Positions Are There?
The Ablefitness Doorway Chin Up Bar comes with three grips. They are:
- narrow grip
- hammer grip
- "widish" grip
I say "widish" because the grip placement is a little bit different on this bar than most others. In most others it's usually either in a more traditional spot (slightly wider than shoulder width) or a bit wider out.
On this bar it's almost as if the grips are in the middle of that. So you're kind of getting a bit of a "widish" grip pull up.
What Exercises Can You Do?
With this pull up bar, you would be able to do:
- narrow grip pull or chin ups
- hammer grip (palms facing each other)
- "widish" grip pull ups (the distance is somewhere between wide and traditional pull ups)
Moreover, you would also be able to do:
- hanging leg raises and variations
- pull ups (on the ground)
- sit ups (using the device as a brace in the door)
Dips are nearly impossible, because of the low range of motion.
If you are looking simply to get in a simple upper body workout, this product would be sufficient.
What Is It Made Out Of? How Much Can It Hold?
The AbleFitness bar is made out of standard silver-coated steel and covered by black foam grips. In the way of doorway pull up bars, it looks pretty standard.
It can hold up to 300 lbs, which is pretty much at the upper end for these types of bars.
Realistically however, this is more like the mid-200's.
In terms of sturdiness, it is standard. It's not particularly sturdy, but it's also not the weakest bar as well, coming in at a decent 6 lbs.
What makes it feel less secure is how the middle long bar is connected. The two bars connect in the middle, which is rather common in pull up bars. The problem however is that it doesn't interlock (such as in the Multi-Gym Pro, which makes it feel a bit flimsy and like the bar is bending under heavier weights (over 200 lbs.)
Is It Easy To Install? What Doorways Will It Fit?
Assembly is a snap with most doorway pull up bars, and the Ablefitness Doorway Chin Up Bar is pretty much par for the course with respect to that.
To install the product, your doorway will need:
- doorway trim and moulding
- the width must be from 24-32 inches
- at least 3.5 inch trim around the door
The doorway will need the trim to be at least 3.5 inches all the around, to fit the bar pads as well as the back brace.
A common problem for many doorway bars are the stress and damage that they inflict on your door trim.
The Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym tried to rectify this by using a more spread out foam-covered point of contact on either side of the long, main bar.
The Ablefitness tries to follow in its fitness by doing something of the same thing.
While the current iteration of the product is a vast improvement over the old model (you can see for yourself in the picture in this section), the foam-covered contact point isn't as large nor as thick as the Multi-Gym model.
That being said, it's still a vast improvement over the older model, and should save you some headache from more doorway damage than you can handle.
What Are The Pros?
What are the benefits and advantages of the Ablefitness Doorway Chin Up Bar?
- its the most inexpensive pull up bar with built-in protective foam padding
- it offers slightly different grip position than most other doorway pull up bars
- it would work if you just want to get in a good upper body workout
What Are The Cons?
That being said, the product has some very obvious flaws.
- those who want a more diverse range of pull and chin ups
- those who seek a sturdier, thicker device
- those who need something lighter to pack with them or move
If this is you, check out our comparison table of other doorway pull up bars to see a better fit.
What Are Its Consumer Ratings?
There are two things that you need to pay close attention to.
- the number of reviews a product has
- the overall rating of that product
The higher the metric on both counts, the more likely you will be satisfied with your product.
And how does the Ablefitness Doorway Chin Up Bar stand up?
It has a below-average number of written reviews, but also an above-average overall rating.
The most consistent trend among consumers was concern over its flimsiness, with multiple users reporting a noticeable bend in the middle bar when hanging from it.
That being said, this is somewhat of a fairly common occurrence with these bars, and that in and of itself should be cause to turn away.
I would personally recommend this product to those who are willing to purchase a cheap chin-up/pull-up bar that allows you to perform a decent amount of exercises.
Is It Priced Fairly?
Most doorway pull up bars are priced somewhere between the mid teens and thirties.
The Ablefitness is definitely in the lower end of that spectrum.
One of its closest competitors is the Wacces 3-In-1, which is slightly cheaper and does pretty much the exact same thing as the Ablefitness, as well as contain free ab straps that come along with it.
The Ablefitness however, unlike the Waccess 3-In-1, contains built-in protective padding.
Overall however, it is certainly priced very fairly.
Overall, we would give the AbleFitness Doorway Chin Up Bar a...
On the one hand, it's very inexpensive and does its job. That is, provide you with enough grips to get in a decent workout. It's also the cheapest doorway bar that has built-in protective padding.
However, for the price point it doesn't come with any extra accessories and is somewhat limited in the space that it can fit in (doorways from 24-32").
Thus, if you want to check out its closest competitor in terms of price, check out the Wacces 3-In-1.
If you want to check out its closest competitor in terms of overall reliability and satisfaction, check out the Iron Gym.
So, if you are looking for a bare bones minimalist style doorway pull up bar, it's probably not a bad choice. Just not the best choice.
For a super easy comparison chart of doorway pull up bars, check out our table here.