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Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack Review

Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack

8.5 out of 10
£129.95
Gravity Fitness pull up bar logo

The Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack is a versatile and portable workout station. Made from durable steel, it supports a range of exercises, including pull-ups, dips, and push-ups.

Stability
9 out of 10
Strong steel material
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Quick to set up and dismantle
Look & Feel
9 out of 10
Professional finish
Price
8 out of 10
Good value for money

Pros

Constructed from high-grade steel

Versatile

Not too bulky or heavy

Ideal for levers and leg raises

Easy to set up, break down, and transport

Cons

No grip on pull-up bar

Requires a flat surface

As a dedicated enthusiast of calisthenics, I’ve always wanted to add a pull-up bar to my home gym equipment.

One that I’ve frequently considered, and which has been highly praised by others as well as myself in prior evaluations, is the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack.

There are others on the market but the likes of the Pull-Up Mate seem to no longer be available for purchase so an alternative it is.

I felt it was high time I took a closer look at this much-talked-about piece of equipment. It’s officially known as the Gravity Fitness Portable Bodyweight & Pull Up Rack, but it’s been referred to by various other names. 

The most common among these are Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack or simply Pull Up Rack.

However, my perspective is that its primary function is as a pull-up bar, hence, in this review, I’ll be referring to it as the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack and the Gravity Fitness Pull Up Bar throughout.

My Expectations Of The Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack

In my personal opinion, the Gravity Fitness Pull Up Bar should be outstanding in both quality and versatility.

It currently costs £129 which can seem somewhat expensive compared to a regular doorframe bar.

The fact that it’s designed in Britain just boosts my confidence about its quality. I genuinely believe the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack should stand tall among the competition, outshining most with its exceptional performance.

With this review, I’m not holding back any expectations. I want the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack to prove itself, to remain steady as a rock, and to show off a flawless fit and finish that doesn’t interfere with my workout routine in any way.

I’m particularly interested in scrutinising its stability and comfort during a wide variety of exercises suited for a Pull Up Bar.

Plus, I’m throwing in the use of resistance bands because if you’re a beginner you’ll know just how hard doing pull-ups are and regardless of your ability, the more important question is if they’re going to slap you in the sack or crack when used with this equipment.

I’ve personally put the Pull Up frame through its paces with the following exercises:

  • Pull-Ups
  • Muscle-Ups
  • Australian Pull-Ups
  • Front Levers
  • Back Levers
  • Leg raises
  • Dips
  • Ring Exercises
  • Plus with resistance bands

I’m ready to see this product put to the test and I’m fully prepared to offer my unvarnished opinion on its performance.

My Personal Experience with the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack

Gravity Fitness Pull Up Rack box

As I unboxed the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack, a wave of surprise washed over me. 

Despite its substantial dimensions – a length of 47.2 inches, a width of 45.7 inches, and an adjustable height that ranges from a compact 47.2 inches to a full 75.6 inches – it was surprisingly manageable, weighing in at just around 20kg.

What’s more, it arrived with a robust, high-grade canvas bag, a thoughtful addition that significantly simplified storage.

Even more impressive was the fact that this well-designed piece of equipment, with its convenient carry sling, didn’t just lend itself to easy transportation – it was also delivered incredibly fast. 

Gravity Fitness truly lived up to my expectations, shipping the order to my doorstep in less than a week.

Pull Up rack box opened displaying the contents

I would have liked to have seen more packaging around the individual bars, because aside from some flimsy plastic bag sleeves for each bar and an internal piece of cardboard you could hear the clanging of metal as the delivery driver dragged it up my driveway.

However, the takeaway from this is the slightly more environmentally friendly aspect, no horrible polystyrene holding it in place. It could certainly do with some sort of layer of environmentally friendly padding throughout the box though.

As I laid my eyes on the Pull Up Bar for the first time, it left a powerful impression. Even now, I find it difficult to comprehend how such a high-quality product can come with a price tag as affordable as under £130.

At first, I was a tad skeptical. 

How did Gravity Fitness manage to undercut many of their premium competitors while seemingly compromising nothing in terms of quality? 

I was determined to uncover the secret behind their exceptionally priced offering.

Construction Material & Quality

When I first got my hands on the Gravity Fitness Pull Up Bar, I was struck by its sturdy construction. 

It’s all high-gauge tubular steel – except for the rubber end caps and retention springs. The square frame design, combined with the choice of steel for the material, really gave me the impression of a strong, long-lasting pull up bar. 

Gravity Fitness Pull Up rack laid out

To top it off, the steel is coated in matte black powder which, in my opinion, not only looks sleek but also proves to be smooth and resistant to scratches.

I did have one piece that suffered from some abnormal coating which was a slight disappointment.

After a quick email to Gravity Fitness and a near instant reply from ‘Vicky’, a replacement bar was organised and dispatched the same day, arriving the very next day. Fantastic customer service!

Gravity Fitness Pull Up rack bars
The quickly resolved non-shiny problem piece.

However, there’s one aspect that kind of bugged me about the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack. 

The top-bar, like the rest, is smoothly finished and, to my disappointment, lacks any foam grips. 

Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but believe me, a smooth steel finish tends to get slippery as sweat builds up during an intense workout. 

So, right from the get-go, I had to resort to using Liquid Chalk to keep my hands dry and maintain a firm grip.

You’re likely to feel this if you’re a beginner with soft hands. This is where years of gym experience and hand calluses from hand to metal bars will pay dividends.

An alternative could be gloves, but that’s a matter of personal preference (after all, you can get away with gloves in the comfort of your own home!).

If you’re not a seasoned pro you could end up with hands that look like they’ve been baked by the surface of the sun.

In my opinion, due to the bar lacking adequate grip and its width being quite excessive, I suspect it wouldn’t really fit comfortably in a smaller hand.

I would suggest an alternative product be designed a bit thinner so it can cater to a smaller hand grip and a smaller female hand more effectively. 

Overall, despite these minor inconveniences, I still find the bar a solid piece of fitness equipment.

Sharing My Experience – Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack

From my personal perspective, getting the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack ready for use was surprisingly quick and straightforward. 

Honestly, it brought back memories of assembling tents, yet with the significant difference that this equipment mostly fits seamlessly every single time – no exceptions! 

Once you master the initial setup, trust me, you’ll be able to get it up and ready in a snap, probably in just a minute or two.

Gravity Fitness pull up rack full set up

The retention springs, in my opinion, are one of the product’s highlights. They’re so easy to insert and unlock. 

Compared to the other alternatives I’ve come across, like friction fitting tubes or spring latches that seem a bit cheap, these springs offer a much more solid, secure, and wobble-free fit.

The built in spring loaded clips on the floor bars do seem a little cheap however and they don’t spring back with gusto on both sides like I would have expected.

I particularly appreciate the flexibility that the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack offers.

You can choose to set it up to its full 75.6-inch height and use it as a conventional Pull Up Bar. Alternatively, you can skip the second section of vertical bars and voila, you have a 47.2-inch Dip Bar.

Switching between the two setups is a breeze and takes less than a minute, which I believe is incredibly practical. 

Considering that Freestanding Pull-Up Bars usually occupy a considerable amount of space, this aspect of space efficiency with the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack is a real blessing in my eyes. 

Trust me on this – it’s a game-changer in home fitness.

The Fit & Finish Of The Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack

When first looking at the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack, the attention to detail in the finishing is simply unparalleled. 

I found the assembly of all the tubular steel components to be virtually flawless, displaying no discernible wobble or shake.

However, I found one of the holes didn’t line up perfectly without a little pressure and from other online reviews it seems I’m not alone. It’s not a major issue but this definitely reduces the quick assemble and disassemble time.

The execution of the powder coating, in my view, was just outstanding (aside from the earlier mentioned quickly rectified issue) and I couldn’t identify any issues with the rubber caps.

If I were to suggest any improvements, it would be the inclusion of a better set of spring locks on the floor frame as the ones with my equipment just don’t seem to ‘pop’.

I’m convinced that even a solitary, inexpensive spring latch would suffice since there’s minimal lateral stress exerted on these parts anyway. I do believe this small improvement could greatly enhance the overall user experience.

My Take On The Stability During Workouts

From my personal experience, the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack is incredibly sturdy, almost like a boulder against crashing waves, even during the most demanding workouts. 

I firmly believe that for beginners, a stable platform like this is absolutely crucial for their confidence. 

I’ve noticed that the tiniest hint of movement or wobble, even the faintest inclination, can trigger a mental alarm, making you feel as if you’re on the brink of a catastrophic fall. 

Of course, this is an overstatement and nothing of that sort will happen. I mean, it’s high-gauge tubular steel we’re talking about here, which won’t give way under the normal stress exerted by a regular person.

It’s pretty impressive, especially given the absence of diagonal supporting struts.

It’s worth noting this is the new v2.0 edition of the product which has weeded out a few issues. Namely the base having no locking mechanism which older reviewers point towards coming apart on certain floors, something which the product no longer suffers from.

In my workouts, Pull-Ups and Muscle-Ups were dealt with ease, with only a minor forward and backward motion. 

Leg Raises hardly caused any sway at all, given that your center of gravity remains relatively fixed. With the powder-coated steel, I found myself reaching for chalk for my hands fairly quickly.

When I did Front and Back Levers, I experienced a similar degree of sway as with Pull-Ups. 

This sway seemed to move towards the heavier counterweight on each side of the bar, typically the upper body. My advice would be to perform levers with your upper body facing the longer part of the floor frame.

As for Dips, they could be performed swiftly with even less movement. However, I found the bar a little thin for dips where you place your weight on the palm of your hand rather than the fingers. 

While it might not be the perfect dipping bar, in my opinion, it still does a commendable job. Throughout my entire workout, the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack proved to be a resilient, steady platform for all my Calisthenics exercises.

Oh, and if you’re wondering if it’s versatile enough for those resistance bands with no slapping of that crack or sack, you’ll be relieved to know they work well together.

Gravity Fitness Pull Up Rack with resistance band

The Gymnastic Rings also meshed seamlessly with the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack. I was able to execute most of the regular ring exercises in Calisthenics. 

Now, it’s obvious that this setup isn’t meant for a gymnastic demonstration of the rings. But, from my personal perspective, it gave me most of the versatility I was seeking from my Gymnastic Rings in a Calisthenics context. 

It’s an ideal choice in situations where you aren’t keen on permanently suspending your Gymnastic Rings.

Overall if you’re of a heavier weight you may feel more sway, but for my relatively light 71kg frame the movement is minimal.

My Personal Take and FAQ on the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack

There’s a lot I’d love to share about Pull Up Bars, specifically the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack, based on my own experiences and observations.

Can I Trust Pull Ups to be Safe?

From my perspective, the safety of Pull Ups is significantly reliant on the proper installation of the Pull Up Bar. 

It’s crucial to follow the instructions to the letter. I firmly believe that the design of these bars, which channels your body weight vertically downwards onto a sturdy floor frame, ensures stability. 

Furthermore, as you apply weight off the handles, the bar tightens its hold on its anchoring point. In my book, that’s a solid safety mechanism.

Is the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack Safe?

In my opinion, the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack definitely stands out as a safe option for regular Calisthenics exercise. The robust construction from high-gauge tubular steel and the wide floor frame really speak to its stability and durability. 

The manual itself states that it can safely accommodate users weighing up to 110kg. In my view, that’s reassuring.

Would I Recommend the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack?

Personally, I’d say that the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack offers great value for money. It strikes a commendable balance between quality, stability, and durability, all for a reasonable price. 

I genuinely feel that this Pull Up Bar is a smart choice for nearly any Calisthenics enthusiast in need of a reliable tool for regular exercise and for those who want to perform pull-ups and variations without a gym or ruining your doorframes.

Do Pull Up Bars Really Deliver Results?

Absolutely, in my experience, consistent Pull Ups can lead to noticeable improvements in strength and muscle mass. 

You’ll be engaging your arms, upper back, and even your shoulders to some extent. I can testify to the substantial gains achievable in these areas through regular Pull Up exercises. Trust me, a Pull Up Bar really does work its magic.

Final Thoughts

Based on my personal experience, I believe the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack offers a solid bang for your buck. 

As a calisthenics practitioner myself, I appreciate the hard-wearing high-grade steel construction. 

The fit and finish of both the steel and rubber components have impressed me, giving me a sense of confidence in the product and while they aren’t perfection, they’re near enough.

The Gravity Fitness Pull Up Bar effectively caters to my workout routines, including Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups.

As a relatively light 71kg male muscle-ups, and so forth are certainly possible but those of a more robust weight might find some instability.

I also appreciate that it’s not too bulky or heavy, making it a perfect addition to my workout routine and saving ruining the doorframes throughout my home.

In my opinion, what sets this Pull Up Bar apart are its quality, durability, and reasonable price. 

However, I have to be honest: it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I’ve found the powder coating can get slippery due to sweat, making gloves or chalk almost indispensable during a full workout session. 

Also, I discovered that this Pull Up Bar demands a perfectly flat surface. Any slight unevenness and you’ll notice an unsettling wobble. However, it works well even on carpet.

My opinion? Incorporating better spring latches on the floor base would significantly enhance the product’s stability.

There’s also the issue of the maximum weight. At 110kg you’re going to struggle if you’re heavy set and want to add resistance weights. A 90kg person could only comfortably add a 20kg weight before hitting the max load.

Despite these drawbacks, I’d personally recommend the Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack to fellow calisthenics enthusiasts and those looking for a home or portable pull-up solution.

Its free-standing design is ideal if you’re planning to perform levers and leg raises, ensuring ample space around the bar. 

The bar’s dynamic resistance and ease of setup, breakdown, and transport have won me over. It’s an excellent choice for a small home gym, particularly if you’re someone like me who incorporates it into a regular, comprehensive workout regime.

Do I recommend it? Definitely!

The Gravity Fitness Pull Up Rack is available on the Gravity Fitness website or from Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Gravity Fitness Portable Pull Up Rack Review”

  1. What a great write up – thanks so much this, Eric. I had been reviewing pull bars for use indoors and was getting a little overwhelmed by choice and then stability issues.

    This article was the deciding factor and helped me make the purchase (along with some tape after having read your ‘Anti Sweat Grip Tape’ review).

    Further, I have really enjoyed exploring this website – everything clearly laid out & well presented. I look forward to reading more from GymCompare in the future.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s really useful to hear reader feedback.

      We would be extremely interested to hear what you think of the pull up rack so if you have time (in between all those pull-ups and front levers) please leave a follow up with your thoughts.

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