Looking for a new bodyweight home workout that you’ll love? via GIPHY We’ve got it for you from Motivate — experts in one-on-one online wellness and personal training. Over the past 4 years they’ve helped thousands of clients with private training in London, and since last spring have trained hundreds of clients digitally. via GIPHY Today, they’re sharing a bodyweight home workout we can all do from the comfort of our living rooms … or basements … or bedrooms … or wherever you may be! via GIPHY Bodyweight Home Workout By Motivate Most of us are unfortunately still stuck at…

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health coach Brian doing an assisted planche on diy parallettes barsWith gyms closed for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time to expand your home workout. This simple, relatively inexpensive DIY parallettes project sets you up for a wide variety of dip bar exercises. Learn how to make your own parallettes with instructions, a materials list and a follow-along video with Primal Health Coach Brian. This post also includes a breakdown of a dip bar workout for beginners to get you started.

What are Parallettes?

Parallettes or planche bars can support an impressive range of exercises, ranging from beginner to advanced. Sometimes these bars are referred to as pushup bars or calisthenics dip bars, however, those tend to be a bit longer and lower to the ground. Though often associated with gymnasts, parallettes can be invaluable tool for expanding anyone’s range of bodyweight exercises.


How to Build Parallettes

Purchasing parallettes at the equipment store can be pricey – with some options costing up to a whooping $100 a piece (and you’ll want two).

Reaping the benefits of parallettes exercises doesn’t have to break the bank. Skip the big spending and head to any hardware or home improvement store to make your own parallettes. The materials cost roughly $20-$30, and building doesn’t require any special tools. These durable and inexpensive parallettes can be made entirely from PVC pipes in just a few minutes.

What You’ll Need

Most hardware stores will be willing to cut the PVC pipes for you to your exact dimensions. Be sure to have these lengths on hand before heading to the store.

  • Four 1 1/4″ T-sockets
  • Four 1 1/4″ elbow sockets
  • Eight 1 1/4″ end caps

In addition to the fittings, all you need to buy is one 10ft 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe. Have them cut into the following measurements:

  • Eight 6-inch pieces
  • Four 10-inches
  • Two 14-inch pieces

Tip: Go when it’s not busy to for the best chance of someone being available to cut them for you.

How to Assemble

  1. Connect your two 14-inch pieces to elbow sockets.
  2. Attach your four 8-inch pieces to the other side of the elbow socket.
  3. Add a T-socket to each 8-inch piece.
  4. Attach a 6-inch piece to all remaining sockets.
  5. Place an end cap on each of the 8-inch pieces.
  6. Make sure each connection is secure and sturdy before beginning your workout.

After this quick assembly, you’re ready to begin your parallette bars workout.

Parallettes Bar Exercises for Beginners

Parallettes strength training uses your own body instead of weights for a Primal workout. Like any new piece of gym equipment, start with simple exercises to become comfortable before transitioning into more advanced movements. Google or YouTube videos might show the impressive feats achieved with parallette bar exercises, but before testing your limits, follow along with these dip bar exercises for beginners to become more familiar with the bars and test your strength.

Parallette Push Ups

Parallette push ups provide a greater range of motion and a deeper stretch in your chest. Keep your back flat and extend fully down, and then all the way back up. Elevate your feet on a well-secured bench for a more advanced take on the parallette push up.

Parallette Dips

There’s a few approaches to dips.

Place the bars vertically at your sides, with your feet out in front of you, and then proceed to raise up and down while fully extending your arms. You can also place the bars in front and behind you with your feet resting on the bar in front. Your body should make roughly a V-shape on the ground and then lift into an L-shape, parallel to the bars.

Band-Assisted Plank or Planche

Use a workout band to loop your feet behind you, keeping your body parallel to the floor, as you would with a normal plank position. You might find that over time you can remove the band as your strength increases.

L-Sit Progression

To start off this progression, build your core strength by tucking your legs as you lift into a “sitting position” with a parrallete supporting each arm.

You can then continue the progression to supporting your lower legs with a band to achieve the “L shape.” Over time, as core strength builds, you’ll be able to remove the band and move into the “L shape” unassisted.

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What a decade 2020 was, right? via GIPHY At best, last year hit us with major changes to our daily lives and wave after wave of catastrophic news. At worst, we suffered devastating personal losses. I can’t imagine anyone came out unscathed, and to those of you who are struggling, please know that we see you and honor you. (Therapy, in my experience, can be a huge help, and there are loads of options for virtual appointments these days. I had a few appointments with a counselor at BetterHelp when I felt myself spiraling last summer, and many of my…

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The following post is sponsored by HydroJug. For our sponsored post policy, click here. We all know we need to drink more water. Because water and staying hydrated is SO good for us! From digestion to energy to brain power to just feeling good, water is where it’s at when it comes to being healthy and feeling good. So, if we all know it’s good for us and we want to drink more water, then why do so many of us not get enough of it each day? Why is it that most of us struggle with staying hydrated? In…

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This pandemic has changed every area of our lives — including fitness and our workouts. So, what can we expect in 2021 when it comes to fitness trends? I recently got a chance to talk to NPR’s All Things Considered about how to better make your fitness resolutions happen in this crazy COVID time, and it’s really made me reflect on just how much has changed in the fitness world since a year ago. I’ve been lucky enough to have been sweating in my garage gym for a full year now (talk about serendipitous timing there), but this time has…

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Y’all. We made it through 2020! And we have a great way to celebrate: our 2021 Workout Challenge. Like we’ve done in years past (see here and here), we’ve put together a 2021-themed workout using only bodyweight that you can do at home. This year’s workout has a bit of a challenge aspect to it as well: Set a timer for 21 minutes (because, 2021, of course) and see how many rounds you can get through! As always, modify as needed (wall push-ups or push-ups on knees or toes, marching in place or side-stepping for high-impact moves, etc.) and listen…

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In what has become an annual tradition here at FBG, we give to you our favorite tracks from the past year: the best workout songs of 2020! These are the 25 tracks that powered us through our workouts — no matter where they were and how socially distanced and/or masked up they were. You might recognize many of them from our previously published workout playlists, but along with a few new songs, we are declaring these the best of the best when it came to workout music in 2020. So, let’s listen, get amped up, and get to sweating, shall…

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