The pull-up bar is an essential piece of gymnastic equipment for any gym. It’s versatile, affordable, and if you buy a good one will last for years.
Exercises: The pull-up bar is perfect for (obviously) pull-ups, but there are loads of other bodyweight movements that can be done with this fundamental piece of equipment, like toes-to-bar, knees-to-elbows, and with enough overhead clearance, bar muscle ups. On a pull-up bar you can also do gymnastic skill work and perform hanging hollow holds, L-sits, and tempo pull-ups/chin-ups. If you’re feeling bold, go for a WOD that celebrates the pull-up bar (and running) in a special way: the “Nicole” WOD is waiting for you!
Types: There are many different options when it comes to pull-ups bars. Fat bars (bigger circumference designed to increase grip strength), different finishes such as raw steel and coated steel. Raw steel will keep you from slipping but will also more easily tear your skin when doing high-volume or dynamic gymnastic movements.
How High: Ideally, your pull-up bar should be 6-8 inches above your standing reach. A bar too high off the ground isn’t optimal in a WOD because you’ll waste energy jumping up every time you get back on the bar; a bar that’s too low won’t give you the space you need to perform dynamic movements (like kipping or swinging) because your feet will brush the ground and kill your momentum.