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Make your own Parallettes

What are parallettes? Parallettes are essentially a pair of bars used to simulate the muck larger parallel bars used in gymnastics.   Parallettes are also a great piece of equipment that can be made easily and very inexpensively.  Parallettes can be used for a variety of bodyweight exercises that are perfect for strengthening the upper body and core and will help develop better balance.  They are similar to pushup bars but generally a little bit longer.

You can, of course, purchase parallettes, but they can easily be made with some PVC pipe and a tiny bit of time.

To start, you will need the following items from the local hardware store (I purchased mine at Home Depot).

  • About 6 feet of PVC pipe about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  I used 1 1/2 for mine and the size is perfect for my grip.
  • 4 x PVC  T joints
  • 4 x PVC  pipe caps
  • 4 x PVC  90 degree joints
  • PVC glue (please use in a well ventilated area as this stuff is really smelly)

Instructions for one parallette:

  1. Cut a section of PVC about 14 to 16 inches
  2. Glue a 90 degree joint to each end of the section
  3. Cut two sections of PVC about 4 to 6 inches
  4. Glue one small section to each of the 90 degree joints
  5. Glue a T joint onto each of the ends
  6. Cut 4 4 inch sections of PVC
  7. Glue one 4 inch section to both sides of each T joint
  8. Glue on caps at each end of the 4 inch section

That’s it!  Here’s a diagram of the sections of the parallette

Parallettes build diagram

Parallettes build diagram

And here is one of my parallettes:

my parallettes