What are Parallettes?
Parallettes are mini-parallel bars used for strength and conditioning. Many people mistake them for pushup or dip bars. They certainly can be used for conventional exercises like pushups, dips, wall and handstands, L and V seats, but they also can be used for more sophisticated exercises like dog presses, swinging planks, elbow lever switches and planches.
I’ve had great enjoyment using parallettes but a commercial pair such as the Power Rails from Torque Athletic can cost upwards of $150 with shipping. I love my Power Rails which Torque sent me, but not everyone can try out this type of CST due to it being cost prohibitive.
Do It Yourself RMAX Parallettes
This tutorial offers a homemade version which I’ve constructed. It required about 15 minutes to assemble once I picked up the parts from the local hardware store.
I elected to use ABS instead of PVC as ABS is quite stronger, and I prefer black.
Here are the tools you’ll need:
- Tape measure
- Pipe cutter (or a hack saw)
Here are the parts you’ll need for one (you’ll need a pair though, so you have to double the following parts):
ABS Pipe 4.5 feet in length and I have found 1.5 inches to be a good diameter (I’ve cut it into one 1.5 foot section and six 6 inch sections)
- 2 ABS “T” connectors
- 2 ABS “elbow” joints
- 4 ABS end caps
Attach the elbows to either side of the long 1.5 foot piece, and then attach two of the 6 inch pieces to the elbows.
Attach 6 inch pieces on either side of each “T” connector, and end caps on the other side of each of the 6 inch pieces.
Then, simply attach the top bar to the bottom legs. Make sure that you’re fitting them in tightly. You can use glue to make them sturdier, but to keep them able to be disassembled you’ll have to go without.
Here’s what the finished product looks like:
The final product took about 15 minutes each (30 minutes total).
- ABS Pipe: $0.50/foot for a total of $2.50/parallette ($5.00 total)
2 ABS “T” connectors: $1.15/each ($2.30 total)
2 ABS “elbow” joints: $0.86/each ($1.72 total)
4 ABS end caps: $0.35/each ($1.50 total)
So for the “Do It Yourself” Parallette pair required $21 and about a half an hour. Check out this clip for example exercises: