Traveling with Gstrings

There are various possibilities for mounting while traveling. Some models of the Iron Gym pull-up bar come apart and can be easily fitted into a suitcase. Another option for full functionality would be to bring 1” webbing or a pair of slings with 2 “S” hooks or biners. The sling is girth hitched to a tree branch or a pull-up bar in a hotel gym and then the Gstrings are attached with the “S” hooks or biners.  

Hang Pins

Hang Pins were inspired the by old fashioned wooden clothes pins and are constructed with of pieces of 1” x 2”s. They’re designed to be small and compact enough for travel. The hang pins are lined with felt to protect the door. There are two important aspects of this design. First, they need to be made specific to the door thickness so they slide on and fit without any slop. Secondly, the wedge should be placed under the outer edge of the door in order to support it so it won’t be torn off its hinges with the weight of the climber is hanging on the Gstrings. The front pin leg is made long enough, so that when it’s hung the Gstrings rest on it (not the door surface) to protect the finish of the door. They’re assembled with glue and one long wood screw.

   
   

   
   


   


The Gstrings hang from by the slings in this method, NOT the hang loops (see photos - they could also be hung from the hang loops but it lowers them that much more).

Pros:

  1. Hang Pins are compact and fairly light in weight. If constructed carefully, they will adequately protect the door from scratches.

  2. They mount higher than the minimalist approach above giving the climber more clearance from the floor.

Cons:

  1. all exercises are performed with body against door and you’re not able to do “L” hangs or reverse hand (undercling position) hangs.

  2. the climber needs to wear sweat pants or something soft so the door will not be scratched if pull-ups are done. Beware of belt buckles, zippers, and rivets!

  3. they are a bit of extra weight and bulk to carry compared to the Minimalist approach above.

  4. Constructing these would take some time, a few tools, and wood-working knowledge.

  5. DO NOT use this method without supporting the outer edge of the door with a wedge as shown. Doing so could rip the door off its hinges. This method is probably best for climbers on the lighter side, depending upon the strength of the door (hollow-core, solid or metal).


 

Mounting

    - permanent

    - temporary

    - travel