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    #16
    I've used a door frame pull-up bar for years and haven't yet fallen. If I fall, I can't imagine significant injury. The height of most door frames is around 210cm and the bar itself suspends from that. I have to tuck my legs to use the pull-up bar which means I am near ground.

    If falling and hurting yourself is a concern, I would suggest putting a soft pad under the bar. Anything from a yoga pad to a couch seat or pillow would do the trick. You could even do a precautionary set of planned falls from various stages of the pull up to see the effect of falling on the cushion from various heights. I think the furthest from the ground my knees get when doing the pull-ups is 1 meter.

    You could also approach it from a different standpoint until you build a sense of security. That is you could always start from a standing position and lift yourself up from the standing position without tucking your knees. This would allow for an easier landing. In the event of a fall your feet would hit first which would absorb much of the shock and impact and would allow you time to brace yourself for impact.

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      #17
      Blair

      That's what I'm gonna do!
      I bought this bar and I'm waiting for it to arrive.
      Thanks for the feedback!

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        #18
        This is the bar I use (or close to it). Someone in my apartment complex threw it out around five years ago and I've been using it since then.

        https://www.amazon.com/Sagler-Pull-D...6-f8398ba18022

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          #19
          Hi again ArtBoyo Peterpan kandy thinman SimonB Nihopaloa Fremen Baston dududdd Blair and anyone else reading this!

          I bought the pull-up bar that Peterpan suggested and it's easy to install and it holds my weight really well.
          However, there is a problem...
          The bar is slightly thicker than normal and it makes hanging on it really unconfortable and causes a lot of pain on my fingers' skin.
          These are the zones where it hurts like hell:
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          I know this might partially be due to my lack of grip strength but also due to my small hands and soft skin.
          Do you know if this will go away as I get used to hanging on the bar or if there are any exercises I can do to ease this problem.

          ~Rui
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            #20
            ruipfsilva97 Use gloves?

            Yes grip strength is a problem. I have small hands, too, and I remember having pain on the skin of the area you describe even if I was just dead hanging. But yes you will get used to it and you will feel better gradually.

            Something more general is that your skin might thicken and harden over time if you practice a lot, and that will help, too. Just take a day off or two if you get blister or peeled skin.

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              #21
              You can use gloves, certainly. They will gradually callus, but can be very uncomfortable until that happens.

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                #22
                In my personal experience this go away quite fast. Its the same for climbers in the first weeks, sometimes you lost some skin . Try to grib tight and keep pulling. If you have still problems after 3 weeks let us know. Try to do pull-ups at least 3times a week.

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                  #23
                  Sometimes it is about hand placement: if you move your hand after you placed your grip, the skin gets rubbed in between, try to place the hand in the "final grip" from the beginning..
                  I hope it makes sense...

                  We see you joining "The PullUpProgressors/esses", soon, right?

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                    #24
                    "Progressoresses" HellYeah (sorry, I somehow find that really funny)

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                      #25
                      Trx type strap things that you put over a closed door can work, also. You can elevate your feet on a chair/braced against door so it is as hard as an actual pullup, muscle load wise, and you can do a bunch of other cool stuff w them also.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by 'rin View Post
                        Trx type strap things that you put over a closed door can work.
                        Cheaper thanTRX, this guy makes his stuff from his home in Texas . . .

                        http://www.sierraexercise.com/



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