How to Construct Paralettes

Paralettes are a versatile addition to your home gym. They can be used for L-sits, raised pushups, or assisted bar dips.


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    Purchase PVC pipe to make a set of parallettes:
    • About 10 feet (3.0 m) of 1 1/2" PVC pipe
    • 4 T-connections
    • 4 elbow joints
    • 8 end caps (optional)
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    Cut the PVC into sections using a hacksaw:
    • Cut 2 23" sections
    • Cut 4 6.5" sections
    • Cut 8 6" sections
    • After cutting the sections it is good to sand off the rough edges on the PVC.
  3. Image titled Construct Paralettes Step 3
    Assemble the pieces as shown:
    • The 23" pieces are where you grip and connect to one side of the elbow joints.
    • The 6.5" pieces are the vertical sections that raise it off the ground, and connect to both the elbow and T-connection.
    • The 6" pieces rest on the ground connected to the T-connection and stabilise the paralette.
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    Repeat step 3 for the second paralette.


  • Measurements are estimates, depending on how big or small you want your paralettes.
  • PVC primer and cement can be used to glue the pieces together if desired.


  • If using the primer and cement, work in a well ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe
  • Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • PVC primer (optional)
  • PVC Cement (optional)

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