Fattening Up the Chin-up Bar

Time to really challenge your grip.


Taping the Bar
Taping the Bar.
The chin-up bar that forms part of the rack - as much as I love it - was just too thin. At a diameter of around 2.5cm/1", it was one of the thinnest bars I use.

Fattening it up a little was a relatively simple (and cheap) process, involving nothing more complex than a length of pipe insulation (just rubber tubing), some super glue and a little cloth tape. If you've never used the tape, think of duct tape with fibres embedded to strengthen it a bit.


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Chin-Up
Chin-Up.
The final bar is now a little under 5cm/2" in diameter (not quite as large as I'd like, but much better than it was), and presents just a little more of a grip challenge.
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The Fat Bar

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