Sunday, July 25, 2010
Build and Use these!
This post is for my friend Connor and others who want to take fitness to a new level on their own.
If you think it's time to start working on L-sits and deeper push-ups, then try to build a pair of parallettes. I went to a hardware store and bought some 1 1/4" pipe 8' long. Bought some elbows, T's, and end caps. I also bought some tape so I would have a little grip. This is a very useful piece equipment and the whole project took me 20 min and around $25.00
What you need:
-About 6-9 feet of PVC or ABS pipe (decide how much you need based on the measurements below).
-Four T connections.
-Four elbow joints.
-Eight end caps. (the diameter can be 3/4 - 1 1/2 inch depending on the size of the
person to use the parallettes)
-I would use pipe glue so it holds together better.
How to construct:
1) First cut two 10-14 in. pieces of pipe. (These will be the portions you hold onto) Stick an elbow on both ends of both of these pieces.
2) Second cut four 3-8 in. pieces depending on the height you want, keep in mind the elbows and T joints will add to the total height. The most important part of this step is to keep all these pieces the same length. Place these in the other end of the elbows, and attach the T joints to the free ends.
3) Third cut eight 4-6 inch pieces depending on the base width you desire. Wider is more stable, but takes up more space. Place these pieces in the available slots in the T joints and cap the other ends. You now have parallettes.
4) Fourth you will want to score the surface of the grip portion of the parallettes with a wire brush or just use colored electrical tape like I did.