THE ADJUSTABLE CHINNING BAR
by David Horne
As many of you know, I have had a problematic back for the last two years after an accident. This has curtailed any medium to heavy deadlifting, or squatting, and has even on occasions stopped my grip lifting exercises from the floor. On one such period, I gave this problem some thought, and was thinking about taking down a ceiling so I could pinch chin on the rafters. Rather than do this I decided to make a special unit that would fulfil some other needs, of hanging to stretch my back, and chinning, as we had no access to a chinning bar. I wanted a chinning bar that I could change quickly for many different handholds, especially to simulate rafters for my pinch grip.
Firstly two holes (2’ deep) were dug down in the ground in my back garden, in which two 8’ x 4” x 4” posts were placed in. These posts were lined with bricks, making them very secure. The reason I lined them with bricks rather than put them in concrete, was so that it will be easier to replace the wooden posts when they are eventually worn out. Once the posts were in, about 4’ apart, I placed a 5’ exercise bar, 1” thick with no collars across the top, and hammered in some 3” nails, on top of the posts, either side of the bar to hold it in place, keeping the nails straight so as the bar can be lifted off easily.
The bar needs to be lifted on and off because the different handholds will be attached by sliding them onto the bar. The different objects that you will be holding onto for your chins, or hanging holds, may be just hung over or slid on through a 1” hole. The objects will need to be drilled through with a 1” thick drill bit. Be careful when you’re doing this, and use objects that are strong enough to support your weight. Find below a list of the many types of apparatus that we have used on the chinning bar, and illustrations. Chins are a great exercise, and a must for great upper back strength, and a favourite with many arm wrestlers. You now do not need to rip the ceiling down, thank goodness, to be able to chin on your rafters.
Copyright David Horne 2006