Gymnasts are some of the strongest, most powerful athletes on the planet. Parallette bars, or smaller versions of the parallel bars, which gymnasts train with, are a perfect add-on to your at-home gym.

For about $50 you can buy a pair of wooden parallettes. Aluminum bars are a bit more expensive, but you can also construct some cheaper ones out of PVC pipe. The key benefit to using parallettes for body-weight strength training is that you are elevated off the ground, which allows for a deeper range of motion during many common movements. Listed from easiest to hardest, here are five parallette exercises to help you get the body of a gymnast:


Begin with your elbows locked out, and feet on the ground. Lower your hips toward the floor, then press back up. Make it harder by elevating your feet on a bench or a medicine ball. Perform 5 sets of 10-12 reps.