Gear Review: Any Cheap Chin-Up Bar
Yes those skinny things dangling like soggy spaghetti from my sleeves are actually my arms. Like many cyclists I have carnival freak proportions. The lower half is pretty fit for a fellow near fifty, but above that is a Steve Urkelesque physique. Several months ago, with my newly-knitted back-together knee in recovery, I decided to start lifting heavy things. Fortunately I am a heavy thing, so all I needed was a cheap Wally World chin-up bar. After several months of chin-upping I am able to do several sets of five throughout the day, and to my surprise and amusement, tiny lumps have appeared on my arms which may someday develop into real biceps (only time will tell).
If you’ve never done a chin-up chances are you can’t, so here’s a few tips to get you started:
• Don’t buy an expensive chin-up bar with a bunch of silly attachments. Just a simple inexpensive type that wedges on a door frame is all you need to develop that classic Velo Hobo Gladiator build.
• Don’t be stupid. Start slow so you don’t injure your shoulders. Start by standing on something or someone and just lower yourself down till you’re able to pull yourself up.
• Put your chin-up bar in a doorway that you pass by throughout the day. Do a few every time you pass by; they can be addictive.
• Reward yourself often. As an example, for every 25 chin-ups eat a piece of cake. The cake will add resistance to the exercise and make it more effective.
• And lastly, don’t give up. Unless you really want to, I don’t care, whatever.
Thanks for reading, The Velo Hobo!
~A consortium of cheap chin-up bar manufacturers paid me to write this review.