If you haven’t experienced the devestating effects of a max effort L-sit on a set of parallettes, you have never truly trained your core!
I’m not being sarcastic at all by the way. Dead serious.
Parallettes, at first glance, appear to be simple handles sitting around, looking all inconspicuous. But then you wander over to them, grasp one in each hand and pull your knees to your chest, which is basically a tuck hold. Easy enough. However after about 10 seconds, the average person is shaking, quaking, and feeling it from their shoulders to their toes!
However I shouldn’t go on and on about how terrible parallettes are, because they are actually awesome. They can be used for everything from tuck and L-sit holds, to basic push ups, dips, handstands, and everything in between! They are one of the most valuable tools you can add to your garage gym and training routine.
And fortunately you can build a set of them for cheap that will last for years!
All the materials can be bought at your local home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot for around $25.
To help visualize the assembly process, I made this short video for you, so be sure to check it out!
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PVC MATERIALS NEEDED:
- 1 – 10 feet long piece of 1.5 inch diameter PVC pipe, cut into the following lengths
- 2 pieces 24 inches long
- 4 pieces 8 inches long
- 8 pieces 5 inches long
- 4 – 1.5 inch diameter 90 degree elbow fittings
- 4 – 1.5 inch diameter T-fittings
- 8 – 1.5 inch diameter end caps or couplings
You will also need PVC cement and primer if you don’t have any on hand. If you can borrow some from a handy friend, that would be ideal since you won’t need a ton.
In the video, I show you the basic lay out of the assembly, however there are a couple additional tips I’d like to pass along the you readers out there.
- Start the gluing process by first attaching 1 90 degree fittings to each of the 8 inch pieces. These are your legs
- Then glue one coupling/end cap onto each of the 5 inch pieces
- Glue 2 5 inch piecies to each side of the T fitting
- Glue a 90 degree fitting/tube combo to each end of the 24 inch long pieces. You can use the floor as a flat surface to make sure that each 90 degree elbow is oriented in line with the opposite leg
- Now glue a T fitting assembly to the end of each leg, orienting it perpendicular to each 24 inch long piece
It only takes about 10-15 seconds after pressing a tube into a fitting for the joint to be completely cemented, so make sure you orient them the way you want them as quickly as possible.
Honestly, that’s all there is to it. A little sawing, a bit of gluing and you’re ready to rock and roll with your new pair of PVC Parallettes! Now get out there and make your own set.
Once you have them completed, be sure to send me a picture of you using them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! I CAN’T WAIT to see you putting these to good use.