exercise at or near capacity is the best way I know of reaching
a true introspective state. If you do it right, it can open
all kinds of inner doors." Al Oerter - 4 time Olympic
Gold Medalist in Discus
gym is complete without paralettes. The exercises done on
paralettes contribute immeasurably to being CrossFit. Here
is a simple plan for building your own pair.
Construction - A very useful piece of exercise equipment that
can be made quickly and cheaply. 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 in. depending
on the size of the person to use the parallettes) Your local
hardware store should have this great stuff.
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
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.
Cut eight 4-6 in. 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.
You will want to score the surface of the grip portion of
the parallettes with a wire brush or scouring pad so that
chalk will stick to itfor a better grip.