The ProSource Multi-Grip is one of the most popular doorway pull up bars on the market today, and for good reason.
The ProSource Multi-Grip
Thought of as something of an 'ultimate doorway pull up bar', the ProSource is one of the best at home pull up bar options today if you are looking for a serious upper-body workout.
Coming in with more grip positions than its competitors, the ProSource outdoes virtually everybody else when it comes to one thing and one thing only, serious pull and chin ups!
- Has a ton of grip positions, to do a variety of pull and chin ups
- Extremely popular!
- Extremely sturdy at nearly 10 lbs!
- Fits doorways 24-32" wide
How Many Grip positions Are There?
This pull-up bar has 5 cushioned grip positions for pull-ups.
This is without a doubt the biggest benefit of the device.
The 5 grips are placed:
- a few inches apart in the center
- shoulder-width apart
- past shoulder-width apart
- two variations on a U-shaped support
What Exercises Can You Do?
If you are just looking for a product that would enable you to perform the widest variety of pull-up variations, well this would probably be it, as with it, you could do:
- close-grip pull ups or chin ups
- shoulder-width pull ups or chin ups
- wide-grip pull ups or chin ups
- two variations of hammer-grip (your palms face each other instead of straight ahead or back towards you)
And of course, being a pull up bar you would also be able to do quite a lot of other exercises and variations, such as:
- hanging leg raises and variations
- push ups with different grips (when placed on the floor)
- sit up brace for your feet (when placed against a door frame on the floor)
The advertisement also states that you can do dips with this device (when placed on the floor) however, for most people that's not exactly accurate. You can technically do them, you just don't have a big enough range of motion to do them well.
The sheer number of pull up variations that you are able to do with the ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar is by far its biggest benefit.
If you are a pull up junkie, fanatic or just love doing them, this is one of the best bars to get.
What is it Made Out of?
The bulk of the device is made out of black-coated steel. There is a set of plastic grips on both ends of the device (that you could theoretically could use as another set of grips), however these grips serve as support on your door frame.
The grips themselves are your standard foam cushion.
A common gripe about doorway pull up bars is there cushioning. After a certain number of uses, the cushioning tends to collapse, harden, tear off, etc.
Unfortunately with the ProSource it's no different. You could wrap a t-shirt or other soft material around the grips to keep them in good-shape a little bit longer.
In terms of how much weight it can handle, the instructions say up to 300 lbs., although in our experience that is probably a bit too high.
This will vary from individual to individual based on how well you put the device together and the quality of your doorframe, but the ProSource should have no problems for the overwhelming majority of people interested in doing more pull ups at home.
In the mid 200's is where most of these devices start to get wobbly and feel un-secure, and the ProSource is no exception.
Is it Easy to Install? What Doors Can It Fit?
The installation on doorway pull ups is generally quite easy for most products, and that's also true for the ProSource.
You'll have two options:
- you can set it up in 'normal' fashion, so that the device hangs and supports itself from the doorway
- you can install braces if you have a permanent location in mind, which requires the use of a power-tool
Some consumers have had trouble assembling it because of the poor contrast pictures and garbled English, but that's pretty common among a lot of consumer products.
Simply look at the picture on the box, and match up the (few) parts. Loosely screw them in, make sure everything fits and then tighten.
What doorways can it fit?
The ProSource (like a lot of doorway pull up bars) cannot just fit into any doorway.
Your doorway must have:
- doorway trim
- doorway moulding
Furthermore, not just any size doorway is going to fit.
Check out the following guidelines to see if it will fit any of your doorways:
- the doorway itself can't be less than 5 inches deep, or it won't be able to properly support itself
- the doorway itself can't be more than 7 inches deep, or it won't fit
- the door itself needs to be at least a foot (12 inches or so) away from any corners or walls or again, it won't fit
- this pull up bar will only fit in doorways 24-32 inches in width
- the trim and moulding on the top of the door can't be more than 6 inches in height or the pull up bar won't be able to hook over it
If you've got a lot of rooms in your house which are more or less more 'traditional', then you've got a lot more options.
Wider doorways or doors with very tall trimming or non-traditional doors will be problematic.
On that note...
...several consumers noted that the grips will often dig into and leave scuff marks on the walls and trimmings.
This is extremely common in doorway pull up bars.
The best way to deal with this is to either place pieces of cardboard in between the device and the wall, or cover the points-of-contact with a soft material like an old torn up t-shirt.
Unfortunately, because of the overall size of the device, it's not really optimal for traveling purposes. It's longest piece (the 41" long main support) is far too long to stuff into a suitcase.
This device is much better suited for a more permanent location.
What are the Pros?
Who would this device benefit the most?
The distinguishing feature of the ProSource Multi-Grip is its large number of grip positions, so ideally:
- men or women who love pull ups and chin ups, and especially doing a bunch of variations of them
- men or women who are more serious about their fitness, and who want more variety in their at-home workout
- men or women who have more traditional doorways that are not too large or too small, and have 'normal' trimmings and moulding
What are the Cons?
Who should probably not buy this product?
On the other hand, the ProSource Multi-Grip Pull-Up/Chin-Up Bar is clearly not for everyone. So,
- if you simply need to do any pull ups or chin ups for your workout
- if you need to travel with the device
- if you have smaller or larger doorways or door-frames, or doorways that are non-traditional
...then it would probably be best that you look at another product, depending on what works best for you.
What are its Consumer Ratings?
Overall, the ProSource Multi-Grip has good overall ratings compared to other products in the doorway pull up bar market.
The best way to judge a product's consumer ratings is to look at two things:
- how many reviews it has
- what the overall rating of the product is
The higher both of these metrics are, the more likely you are to be satisfied.
The ProSource pull up bar has a good overall rating on an exceptionally large number of reviews.
Meaning, you are very likely to be satisfied with the product.
Most of its biggest complaints among users who have reviewed the product are things such as its grips and points-of-contact scuffing up their walls and door-frames, however this is something that is not unique to the ProSource.
Its biggest benefit and most highly rated feature are its 10 grip positions. This is something that makes the ProSource quite unique among doorway pull up bars.
This thing is AWESOME. Perfect for people living in apartments who don't want to drill holes in the wall. It's super easy to assemble, move and store!
Is it Priced Fairly?
Most doorway pull up bars tend to be somewhere in the mid-teens to low thirties in terms of price.
The ProSource is priced at the upper-band of that range.
The fact that it's unique in the number of grip positions however, compared to other products, seems to be quite fair.
Overall, the product is certainly not priced too high, and is well within the normal range for at home pull up bars.
In our final opinion, we would give the ProSource Multi-Grip a...
The main reason for this is, again, its uniqueness in the number of pull up and chin up variations and grips that it has.
If you are a pull up or chin up junkie, or if you take your workouts seriously and would like to add some variation to your workouts, this product should be at the top of your list for at home fitness equipment.
If you however on the other hand you need something to travel with, or something that is easily assembled or disassembled, or something that is cheaper, or something that is just basic, please check out our Reviews category for more options.
For a super easy comparison chart of doorway pull up bars, check out our table here.