How to make homemade gymnastics equipment

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How to make homemade gymnastics equipment
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Paralettes are easy-to-make home gymnastics equipment. They are sturdy parallel bars that are lifted a few inches from the ground and can be used for push-ups and for practicing parallel bar exercises, such as handstands.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • 10-foot length of 1-inch PVC pipe
  • 4 PVC elbows, 1-inch
  • 4 PVC tees, 1-inch
  • 8 pipe caps, 1-inch
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Use the hacksaw to cut the 10-foot length of pipe to the following lengths: eight pieces 4.5-inches long, four pieces 5-inches long, two pieces 14-inches long.

  2. 2

    Attach one 14-inch piece of PVC between two of the elbows. Repeat with the other 14-inch piece and elbows. These are the hand pieces of the parallettes.

  3. 3

    Attach the 5-inch pieces of PVC to the other end of each elbow. Attach the top hole of each tee to the other end of each 5-inch piece.

  4. 4

    Attach a 4.5-inch piece of PVC to each of the open ends of the tees. Cap the ends of these pieces.

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