September 01, 2003
Coach Greg Glassman provides step-by-step instructions for making really cool homemade parallettes out of PVC pipe for around $20.
Parallettes training is fun and highly developmental. Without gymnastics training we opt out of the most potent neurological training (coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance) available to an athlete. Parallettes training is essential to your gymnastics development. We hope our fervor for parallettes training specifically and gymnastics training generally will inspire all of you to get hold of a pair of parallettes and begin your gymnastics training in earnest.
Several things inspire this project. The parallettes are dirt cheap. Anyone can make them. They come out not just good but fantastic. You couldn’t ask for better parallettes; we’re shocked at how nice they are. And it was a lot of fun building them.
Exactly what to do -- and how to do it -- are fully described in the accompanying article and photos. Everything required is easily available wherever building supplies or landscaping materials are sold.
It took us about an hour to put together one of the coolest pieces of exercise equipment ever devised. Some CrossFitters are not committed to any particular sport and have the exciting option of more casual exploration of multiple sports and additional practice of drills and skills designed and selected to improve neurological fitness (coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance). Don’t be left behind. Make some parallettes (and buy some rings!)