If you’re a beginner or new to strength training, a home workout bar system can give you the foundation for a total body workout and build muscle without a huge investment in equipment. They’re usually wall- or ceiling-mounted and take up less space than a full power rack. Some work alongside resistance bands or door anchors for a complete workout setup that saves space, while others are freestanding bars with handles and multiple attachments to support different exercises.
A few of our favorites include the X3 Bar and the Body Boss 2.0, both of which include a fold-up base, a bar, resistance bands, a set of foot stirrups, a door anchor, a handle and a pair of ab roller wheels. The X3 Bar is a great option for beginners because it comes with a 12-week workout program created by the inventor of the resistance band and a detailed instructional manual. This is also the cheapest home workout bar system on our list, with a cost under $200.
The Body Boss 2.0 is a little more expensive than the X3 Bar, but it’s still under $300 and comes with a wide variety of accessories. Besides the standard set of pull-up and chin-up bars, you’ll get an additional padded foot stirrup, ab roller wheel, a post landmine sleeve and a door anchor. It’s not as sturdy and durable as a ceiling- or wall-mounted bar, but it’s the best option if you’re short on space.
One of the more versatile options on our list is the Garren Fitness Maximiza, which rests above your doorframe like other door-hanging home workout bars but includes a pair of vise clamps that let you mount other accessories for swinging, kipping pullups or overhead presses. It’s the most affordable choice on our list, and it’s sturdy enough to hold your own weight without any flexing or bowing.
For more advanced lifters, consider the Force USA MyRack Modular Power Rack. It can be bolted to the floor or mounted to the wall, and it provides the versatility of a full power rack for squatting, bench pressing, and deadlifting. It’s also the only freestanding rack that can be folded down when not in use, making it perfect for tight spaces.
Another good option is the Weider Ultimate Home Gym, which includes a bar and some basic resistance bands along with door anchors and other accessories to support various exercise movements. You can perform squats, lunges, pull-ups, pushups, rowing movements, and biceps curls with this home workout bar system. It’s not as portable as the X3 bar or the Body Boss 2.0, but it can be tucked into the trunk of your car or thrown into your backpack to take with you on vacation or hiking trails. The heaviest option on our list, it has a weight capacity of 1,000 lb (453.5 kg).
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