- Q: CAN I INSTALL STALL BARS ON ANY WALL OF MY HOUSE/ APARTMENT/ CONDO?
- A: Stall bars can be installed on most walls. Standard construction using wood studs on 16 inch centers is the easiest and preferred walls for mounting. Some newer construction use steel studs which will require proper dry wall anchors to be installed prior to mounting the bars to the wall. Older homes with plaster walls may also require anchors if the studs are not easily located. Concrete and brick walls will require special anchors and should be installed by a professional. Below are installation videos for wood stud and dry wall installation. Contact us if you would like to learn more.
- Q: I AM TRYING TO CHOOSE STALL BARS. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR TO KNOW WHAT IS THE RIGHT FIT?
- A: Stall bars are very simple with few options to consider. The most important are if it has a pull-up bar or attachment, rung spacing, and materials. Additional features to be considered are the overall height and width, offset of the pull-up bar to the rungs, and rung geometry and size.
- Q: I'M 220 POUNDS. WILL YOUR STALL BARS SUPPORT ME?
- A: Yes. Our stall bars have been static load tested to over 350 pounds. However, there are many exercises and drills that can apply 2 or 3 times your body weight. Therefore, whenever possible we recommend placing your hands and feet as close to the side uprights as possible.
- Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROUND AND OVAL RUNGS?
- A: We use 1.5" round rungs on our fitness bars, which provides a great grip for all hand positions, especially when inverted or flagging. Oval rungs are offered on our Schroth Bars for scoliosis therapy and can be beneficial for people with weaker grip strength.
- Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POPLAR AND BEECH RUNGS?
- A: Strength is similar and both rated for 350 pounds static load. The poplar are more flexible and preferred by lighter people or with gymnastics backgrounds on flexible apparatus. Beech are stiffer and preferred by heavier people or with crossfit/metal bar backgrounds. Beech are very consistent in color and slightly darker than the Birch uprights and back plates. Poplar are mostly light in color, similar to the uprights and back plates but can have large color variations including purple and green veins/streaks.
SCHROTH (Scoliosis) vs FITNESS STALL BARS
- Q: WHAT ARE MAIN DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES?
- A: There are several differences which include:
- Wall spacing: Both models are offset from the wall to allow approximately 4" of space so arms and feet have room for placement during certain exercises.
- Space between rungs: Schroth Bars are slightly larger spacing which results in fewer rungs.
- Wall Plates: Both have only a top and bottom wall plate which allows a mirror to be mounted for observing movement.
- Oval vs. Round Rungs: Schroth Bars have oval rungs vs round. Some scoliosis patients have weaker grip strength and the oval rungs assist. They are also more comfortable while hanging. Round rungs allow consistent grip for 360 degrees which is beneficial when inverting or other non-standard hand positions.
- Q: CAN FITNESS BARS BE USED FOR SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT?
- A: Yes but you should consult with your physiotherapist.
- Q: CAN SCHROTH BARS BE USED FOR FITNESS?
- A: Yes, but you may want to consider adding the optional pull-up dip bar attachment.
- Q: I ENJOY HAND BALANCING BUT MY WRISTS GET SORE AND TIRED. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
- A: First, be sure to practice flexibility and strengthening drills for your wrists and hands. You can also use balance blocks which allow your fingers to wrap and grip for support which eases the strain on your wrists and hands.
- Q: SHOULD I BUY SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE BLOCKS?
- A: Block size is purely personal preference but typically people with small hands prefer small or medium blocks and people with larger hands prefer the medium or large blocks. Skill level also tends to determine size preference and higher skill levels tend to prefer medium or large and lower skill level prefer small and medium blocks. Paperback books (find some that are close to 3.5", 4", and 4.5") are a great way to test your preference.
- Q: WHAT IS A BALANCE BOARD USED FOR?
- A: A stable surface is important for proper hand balance drills and practice. If you typically practice/train on cushions, carpet, grass, sand, or cement a balance board is a great option for bringing comfort and stability. Our boards are smooth furniture grade Baltic Birch with an option to add a 3mm yoga mat on one side. Balance boards also create a great non-slip surface for practicing with blocks.
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- Q: DO YOU STAIN YOUR WOOD?
- A: We use food grade mineral oil to stain and preserve all our wood products and maintain the natural feel and grain of the wood. The mineral oil is environmentally friendly and does not contain any toxic chemicals. We do not finish the products with a lacquer as it creates a hard, slick surface.
- Q: THE WOOD ON MY PRODUCT IS CHIPPING, IS THIS NORMAL?
- A: We handcraft all products and we stand by our craftsmanship. However, the nature of wood is that it is not perfect. Over time wood products could chip and fray a bit. None of this should effect the safety and stability of the product. If there is ever any concern, we are happy to see what we can do to help.
- Q: I AM NEW TO CALISTHENICS AND UNSURE HOW TO USE THESE PRODUCTS. HOW DO I USE YOUR PRODUCTS PROPERLY & SAFELY? DO YOU HAVE COACHES OR ONLINE TRAINING?
- A: Part of the fun of the equipment is playing and learning new skills, but this can be scary. We recommend online information from qualified coaches or bringing some of your equipment to your gym. Follow our Facebook & Instagram accounts @gobeyondbalance for exercises and training ideas. And visit our Friends page for links to online training.
- Q: HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE YOGA MAT ON MY PRODUCTS?
- A: The yoga mat is glued onto the wood product. We recommend that you keep the mat out of heat and direct sun to prolong the longevity of the glued mat.
- Q: HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN YOUR RUNGS SUPPORT?
- A: All rungs are made from 1.5″ diameter hardwood (Beech or Poplar) and have been static load tested to 350 pounds.