5 Alternative Ways to Do Pull-Ups

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 02, 2021

As we’ve discussed before, one of the best parts about calisthenics is it can be done anywhere. That’s true for even for bodyweight exercises that require some kind of equipment, like pull-ups for example.

Listen, when it comes to fitness, we’re a no-excuse group. If it’s something that’s important to you, we believe there’s always a way to make it happen.

So if you want to get a killer back workout but don’t have a pull-up bar handy, how do you make it happen? Well, you may not be aware, but there’s things to use for pull-ups all around you. Even in your very neighborhood.

Don’t believe us? Step outside your front door and take a walk with us as we show you some of the best impromptu places for pull-ups.

Stop #1: Your Front Door

OK, so once you’ve stepped out your front door, turn around and do some pull-ups on it! Yes, you can do pull-ups on a door even if you don’t have a bar fixture attached to it. Take a look:

Obviously you’ll want to make sure your door can handle this, so if you opted for a particle board door, this may not be the best place to do pull-ups. Better keep moving.

Stop #2: Wall or Fence

Have you got a sturdy brick wall in the vicinity? How about a fence to grab on to? If so, then you’ve got a spot for pull-ups!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxaHAj809g8

Stop #3: Kid’s Playground

Got a playground in the neighborhood? Well, before the kids show up for Red Rover, get a solid workout in! After all, street workout stations were inspired by playgrounds.

A typical jungle gym will have plenty of bars for pull-ups. So get over there and knock some out. And as you can see, the girl in the above video has heels on, so no excuses!

Stop #4: Tree Branch

Once you’re done at the playground, it’s time to channel your inner Tarzan. Find the nearest tree branch and grab on, like this guy:

We’re not sure exactly where the ground is in that video, so maybe find a branch a little more accessible for your exercise. And maybe one a little bit more sturdy, if you can manage it.

Stop #5: Soccer Goal Post

The last stop on your neighborhood pull-up tour is a soccer goal post, found in most parks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCXj3P1Uu-M

Just make sure not to do this while an active soccer game is happening. That would leave you pretty vulnerable.

And that’s the neighborhood Tour De Pull-Ups! As you can see, there’s plenty of places to find for a good pull-up exercise — and a lot more we didn’t mention! Have a favorite alternative to a pull-up bar we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Kay

    There is nothing like a good set of pull ups on whatever random thing you can hang off of to wake you up!

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      That’s certainly true 🙂

      – Todd

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  2. Harry Simonis

    Hi Todd,

    Nice read! I have been lifting in the gym now for 2 years, but have always been interested in calisthenics. Would you recommend one over the other or a mix of both?

    All the best,

    Harry

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Harry,

      A lot of people like to supplement their bodyweight exercise regimen with things like squats and deadlifts, but that’s not necessary.

      I’d say give calisthenics a try and then see if you still need to lift weights.

      – Todd

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      • Harry Simonis

        Hi Todd,

        Thanks for the advice. I gave it a try over the last week and it works quite well! I am going to carry on doing it and see what happens!

        Thanks again,

        Harry

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