DIY Fitness Equipment: Pull up and Dip bars


Pull up and Dip bars can form a workout by itself or be combined with other structures to form part of a comprehensive and effective workout routine. TubeClamp offers a large range of fitness kits as well as DIY customization options.

Before starting your own DIY you should consider the safety of your structure. Always check the surrounding area for blockages or danger areas to be aware of before use. 

Structure safety 

Whether you're building it for yourself, your children or for the public in a gym, you need to be sure that your structure and build is safe for use. Using an unsafe structure can and will often lead to a nasty injury. There are several ways you can use to add to the stability and strength, improving your equipment safety.

1. Choose the correct tube size

The diameter of the tube used affects the strength of the structure. There are two dimensions to be aware of, tube size, which measures the OD (outer diameter) of the pipe and tube thickness, which measures the difference between the OD and ID (inner diameter). Tube thickness comes in Light, Medium and Heavy. Light has the thinnest tube wall while Heavy has the thickest tube wall. 

Tubes come in sizes: A, B, C, D, E and T. The measurements are as in the table below:

The rule of thumb is the larger the size, the stronger the tube will be. For fitness equipment, tube size B (25NB, 33.7mm) or C (32NB 42.4mm OD) will be sufficient for most cases. It is possible to use different tube sizes within a structure.

2. Use braces as necessary to support your structure

Especially for DIY freestanding structures, it may be necessary to add additional supports to increase the stability of your structure before use. You can figure this out by shaking your structure after assembly. If it shows signs of instability, you'll either need to check your fittings or install additional braces.

Alternatively, contact us at for a consultation. We have an in house structural engineer who can answer your questions. 

Types of Pull up and Dip bars

Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar

Wall mounted bars consist of bar tubes and fittings, which are attached to a wall, ceiling or other solid flat surface. They usually end with a TC133 Wall Round Flange and are bolted to the wall at any height or position desired. 

In the case you wish to attach this part to another existing structure instead, replace the TC133 with a TC101 Short Tee or similar fitting which will fit to your nex structure. The possibilities are endless.

One thing to note about wall mounted bars is that it requires a sturdy, solid surface to attach to. Securing and using a wall mounted pull up bar to a weak wall (eg: hollow drywall, thin timber wall) will result in irreparable damage to your wall and possibly injury to yourself or others.

Simple Dip bars

Dip bars are similar to pull up bars, but are generally positioned lower with clearance above the bar. The simple dip bar is supported at two points to the ground and requires mounting to the ground or a flat solid surface before use. It can also be used as parallel dip bars or a barrier.

Not attaching the bars securely will result in injury from the structure falling over during use. 

Free Standing Simple Dip bar

Type 1: Parallel Dip Bars

Parallel Dip Bars comes with two bars joined parallel to each other. It does not require braces as the structure is balanced through four points at the bottom. It can be used alone or as part of a fitness routine

Type 2: Standalone Dip Bars

Standalone Dip Bars consists of two separate bars, which can also be used as parallel dip bars, or as small makeshift barriers. Each bar is supported at six points on the ground. 

Free Standing Pull Up Bar


The freestanding pull up bar consists of a bar supported by braces and has clearance below the pull up bar. It can be used alone of as part of a workout routine.

Unlike the dip bar, the tall height of this structure requires two braces at the bottom to improve its stability. 


Freestanding Combined Dip + Pull up bar Variations

Now you're ready to design your own DIY fitness equipment. Have a look below for some kits we offer at TubeClamp for inspiration!


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