HOW TO USE
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.
- User weight limit is 200 lbs using both products for hanging and pull ups.
- 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.
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. Stay Strong!
Door Frame Fit Guide
Several have asked if Porta-Hang will fit their door frame. There are some measurements on the “How to Use” page, but this guide will give you specific measurements you can use at home. I created a door frame in my house with many heights of trim as an example. This visual guide will represent most of the door frames out there, whether an apartment, house, or hotel.
Most door frames will fit the range to the right. Hotels and many homes will have trim which is 2-1/2” or 3”. Homes with Craftsman style trim ranges from 3-1/2” to 5” or more. The trim must have a flat ledge on top and be at lease 3/8” thick.
Measure your trim like this. Put a tape measure or ruler on the ledge. This trim for example is 3”. Some doors will have extra material below the trim. In this case there is 1/2” of additional wood below the trim, which is normal. If this additional wood is more than 1/2”, the Porta-Hang may not fit.
Porta-Hang 2.0 made to fit similar small to medium trim found in most homes. Check the fit guide below for details.
Porta-Hang 2.0 Fit Guide
Fit to 2-1/2” trim; Excellent fit and very secure.
Fit to 3” Trim; also good fit and very secure
Fit to 3-1/2” Trim – Good fit and very secure
Fit to 4” trim – This is a good fit for Porta-Hang 2.0. We made 2.0 flexible which gives it a little more adjustment for the trim size.
Here's a good placement on 2-1/2" trim with our demo board.
Door frames vary in size and this is meant to be a guide. As always, test your Porta-Hang on your door before using for a workout. If you feel unsafe, do not use and contact our support team.