Homemade PVC Parallettes – RossTraining.com
I recently shared an image of pear tree push-ups from my homemade PVC parallettes. Soon after posting the photo, questions started pouring into my inbox about how to make the parallettes and whether or not they were durable. With that in mind, I will be using this short entry to answer these questions as I […]

Pushups on PVC parallettes

I recently shared an image of pear tree push-ups from my homemade PVC parallettes. Soon after posting the photo, questions started pouring into my inbox about how to make the parallettes and whether or not they were durable. With that in mind, I will be using this short entry to answer these questions as I have had parallettes since 2011 and use it for a variety of exercises.


For starters, most people don't realize how strong PVC pipe is. In the video below (7th exercise demo) you can see me performing handstand push-ups from the parallettes while wearing a weighted vest. My weight plus the vest is an insignificant amount compared to what PVC can withstand.

1.5 ”Schedule 40 PVC has a tensile strength of 954 pounds. 1.5 ”Schedule 80 PVC has a tensile strength of 1225 pounds. Tensile strength is measured by suspending the weight of the pipe until it kinks or cracks.


L-sit on PVC parallettes

As stated above, I have had these parallettes since 2011. They have been used regularly during this time by myself and several athletes. Some of these athletes have included heavyweight fighters weighing over 225 pounds. There has never been a single malfunction. Honestly, I don't notice any wear on the parallettes after almost 10 years of service. I cannot say the same for most of the business training tools I have purchased.

List of pieces

For starters, if you type PVC parallettes into Google (see below), you will find lots of tutorials. Parallettes are a common DIY project.


When I first made my parallels I believe I used this Tutorial (with some modifications).

As for what you will need, here is a parts list

  • 8 feet of 1.5 inch PVC (I used Schedule 40 PVC)
  • 4 x PVC T connectors
  • 4 x 90 Degree PVC Elbow Fittings
  • 8 x PVC end caps
  • PVC cement (optional)
  • Metal saw


Homemade PVC parallettes

The assembly of the parallettes is simple. I first cut out the following pieces for each parallette.

  • 1 x 18 inches (high)
  • 2 x 8 inches (vertical uprights)
  • 4 x 5 inches (horizontal brackets)

I then generously applied PVC cement to each accessory, fixed them well and let the parallettes dry overnight. The rest is history.

Please note that some tutorials do not mention the use of PVC cement. I chose to use it however to strengthen each connection.

Final thoughts

If you are looking to spice up your bodyweight training, PVC parallettes could be a worthwhile investment. They are excellent for a variety of pushups, handstand pushups, L-sits, bodyweight triceps extensions, etc. The total cost of parallettes will be minimal for what you can make with them. I cannot recommend them highly enough. And for the record, I'm not sponsored by your local hardware store, so I have nothing to gain if you make and use your own parallettes!


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