Several everyday objects can be substituted for a pull-up bar, including a door, a broom between two chairs, a table, stairs and trees, according to Nick Janvier of Fitness666. Techniques involve pulling doorknobs, grabbing edges of tables and pulling downwards on broomsticks.
Using dumbbells to exercise the different muscle groups separately is an alternative to an all-encompassing pull-up. Nora Tobin for Shape.com in an article in the Huffington Post reveals eight separate workouts with weights that offer similar workouts to a pull-up. Tobin suggests adding these workouts to a normal routine two to three times per week. Former Navy SEAL Stew Smith of Military.com explains that playground equipment, such as monkey bars, can be used as a substitute for pull-up bars when someone is travelling away from home.