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Review: Powerbar: the ultimate home chin-up workout?

by Parm Mann on 29 August 2008, 17:18

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Home chin-ups made easy?

The age-old chin-up is still regarded by many as one of the best strength-training exercises. The well-known manoeuvre involves gripping a bar with arms extended and pulling the body up until the bar reaches or touches the chest.

Chin-ups primarily work the latissimus dorsi - the large triangular muscles located on either side of the back - but are often regarded as a complete upper-body workout as the exercise is assisted by the biceps, brachialis, deltoids, pectroalis and various other muscles.

You've probably seen Rocky Balboa doing them - one handed, of course - but the problem is that there isn't always a bar suitable enough to hang from. Though most gyms will offer a chin-up bar of some sort, home solutions are few and far between. To date, the majority of home chin-up bars available require a bar to be fixed between a doorway, using screws to keep it in place. Not ideal, then, for those who wish to workout without making holes in their home.

Fortunately, if you're looking for a cheap, easy-to-install, easy-to-use and highly-effective chin-up solution, we think we've found one, and it's called the Powerbar.

The Powerbar, pictured above, can be fitted to most doorways and requires absolutely no screws or fittings. The ready-assembled and fully-welded frame can hold up to 20 stone when in use, and folds away neatly for storage.

It looks to be the perfect home chin-up solution, but is it really any good? Let's take a closer look...