Getting Started

The Porta-Hang goes where most training devices cannot. Other trainers require a structure for mounting, like a permanent attachment to a wall or ceiling. The Porta-Hang uses a standard door frame found in most offices, hotels and homes, allowing you to train anywhere.

Below are our “How To” instructions.

Cautions and Limits:

Every product has limits and we want everyone to be safe.

  • Use at your own risk. Just like climbing, use good judgement when training with this product.
  • Only use if you are healthy enough to exercise. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
  • Train in areas clear of objects, in case of falls.
  • Treat Porta-Hang like a bouldering session. You would not boulder above a tile floor, so don’t hang above a hard surface.
  • Test the door frame. Not all frames are safe. Check the wood or metal for integrity.
  • Weight restriction recommendations are as follows: 200 lbs on standrd wooden door frames, 250 lbs on metal frames - for static or dynamic training (dead hangs and pull ups).
  • Each Porta-Hang door hanger has been tested and approved for user weight up to 300+ lbs.
  • Always use both Porta-Hangs (one for each hand) for training; never use one Porta-Hang for training.
  • Always use climbing holds with the Porta-Hang; never attach anything else.

Attach the climbing hold

Use the supplied T-nut and bolt to attach one of our holds or pick from one of your own. The T-nuts are replaceable on current models. These function in the same way as a T-nut on a gym wall.

Porta-Hang Door Hangers only comes with just the door hanger, t-nuts, bolts, and a wrench, while the Training Set and Pull-up set includes holds.

The hold shown is the Big Frickin' Ball supplied with the training set.

Selecting a door frame

The most important step will be to select the correct mounting location. The Porta-Hang is designed to be mounted on door frames ranging from 4-1/2” to 6” deep and trim 2-1/2 to 4" tall. If door frames are smaller or larger from this size the Porta-Hang door hanger may not stay attached.

Reference our "Fit Guide" for more on door frame selection.

Door frame strength needs to be considered. Test your full weight every time you select and mount the Porta-Hang to a door frame. Most metal frames are sufficiently strong. Most wood frames are strong enough. If you have questions, contact our support team.

Mount to the door frame

The Porta-Hang mounts by first placing the “hook” against the top edge of the door frame and rotating the door hanger so the back curve makes contact with the other side of the door frame. When you pull down, the Porta-Hang tightens into place. The force of your pulling makes it hang tighter.

Test, test, test

Always test before beginning a workout session. The user is responsible for ensuring the Porta-Hang is properly mounted to a sufficiently strong frame. Look for movement, pulling of the frame away from the wall and other signs the Porta-Hang is not staying in place.


Now you are set to start training.

Head to our "Training, Demos & Video" page to learn more about how to use your Porta-Hang and get familiar with our holds.

Stay Strong!