Do Parallettes help with your progression to perfection?
Honestly, depends on your goals! Is perfecting complete control of how your body works and moves important? Do you want to improvement on your relative strength and achieve things most normal fitness enthusiasts cant? Do you want to be able to train with minimal equipment at home, work, on holiday or anywhere? YES? Then let’s get started on why every household and gym should have a pair.
Strength and fitness goals in general are usually a personal preference, but generally in life people have to move and should move efficiently and effectively, and more and more people are starting to realise this. The idea of being overly big and bulky is starting to fade in the fitness world and people are starting to idolise the leaner, functional physique.
Parallettes Produce Pros!
This is great as this style of training is adaptable through life, and above all really fun to experiment with. I have had tons of people approach me looking for a new way to train and the resounding feeling is that everyone is board of the gym doing the same old thing. This is great for everyone. It means a more functional style of training that will assist in longevity and with a simple piece of equipment like the Parallettes you can develop a workout that will be more effective on your body than using a gym full of equipment.
Parallettes in my eyes are a great piece of kit, probably the best fitness equipment out there in line with a pull up bar! You don’t need all the variations but they all do different things and allow for different training sessions, movements and statics. My opinion and recommendation for most is to start with the Pro Parallettes, they give room to manoeuvre through them while also being close enough to the floor for beginners to experiment without hurting themselves.
With the Pro Parallettes the best 3 exercises to start conditioning with are:
• Incline Push ups – With this exercise you are looking to change the angle of your push up in this case it is usually so you are able to get a fuller range on your push. See the parallettes allow you to go lower than if your hands would on the floor, giving you a stronger muscle in its full range which will benefit you for future advanced moves.
• Kick through – Going from an incline push and controlling your movement through to a dip position with legs out front. This is great for learning how to control your weight and get used to how your body will need to work using relative strength!
• Tucked L-sit – This is great for working on your isometric strength which is great for muscular endurance. All you do is get in to a dip position and pull your knees into your stomach using your core to keep it in position.
Covering these will give you great foundations to build a next level strength from. Remember the foundations are what makes your structure a strong reliable one. If you do not build these then you will find yourself suffering from constant injuries and often starting back at square one!
The great thing about this essential piece of kit is that it is great in 3 key areas:
• Shoulder stability
• Balance and Control
• Push power and strength
There is a reason why gymnasts use these as a key strengthening tool, and why gymnasts are some of the strongest athletes on the planet, to which most people aspire to be as strong as and have their aesthetic physique. Looking at this it is a wonder why it has only been the past few years that they have started to surface in the public eye, I mean dip stations are everywhere so why have Parallettes been missing…..
PEOPLE ARE LAZY
They want all the return with none of the effort, and its only with the recent rise in functional fitness that people are starting to see putting in the effort might just be worth it.
Machines are old school, expensive and hard to fit in a suitcase for when you go on your hols.
Have you ever tried to pack your cable machine in your hand luggage so you can get that pump on at the beach?? Didn’t think so! Well not only are these beauties portable but doing handstand push ups on a beach is not only great to keep in shape after a few cocktails but can put the posers stand and flex posers in their place. Nothing says Calisthenics master like a handstand photo with the sea in the back ground.
I invite you to challenge yourself!
Calisthenics is amazing as there is always a new boundary to push past, a static to master, or a goal that looks impossible.
My challenge for you this week is to use your Parallettes to break your perceived limit. Whatever your max push ups are today…. I challenge you to break your mental block and do 2 more in every set. So if you do 10 push ups every set you are now going to do 12, if you do 50 you are gonna hit 52. People tend to do what is “enough” go the extra mile after all what’s another 2 push ups!
Best of luck!
Want to learn more….
If you are starting out and want to learn more you can check out the content on the page or get in touch and have a chat about the best ways to cycle your training for the best strengthening results, progression for your muscular endurance and the best route to high reps and long statics.
After a week with your Parallettes they will become your best friend.