Review: Gravity Fitness Pro Parallettes
I think Parallettes are one of the few speciality items that are a must-have for Calisthenics and home workouts, and with them being in high demand I wanted to share my review to help visitors who are looking to purchase a pair.
Are these the right Parallettes for me?
I remember the first time I shopped online for a pair of Parallettes I was left feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice, however, most of the available options were well out of my price range... at least much more than I was willing to spend anyway.
This to me is where Gravity Fitness have nailed it with their Pro Parallettes.
The Parallettes are made out of steel feels which feels light enough to carry around, but solid enough to provide you with the uttermost comfort when using them. At 30cm high, the bars are high enough to practice key exercises such as L-Sits, Planches, Handstands, and Tucks.
One thing I love about this type of Parallette compared to others I've seen on the market is the grip of the bars, which feels similar to steel bars that I'd use at the gym or at the park. If you compare these to the Lebert Fitness Equalizer Parallettes for example, you can see that other Parallettes commonly have small soft grips on them, which in my opinion isn't practical. This grip style feels highly limiting, whereas with the Gravity Fitness solid steel style I can simply rub a bit of chalk on my hands and have as much flexibility as I need with the equipment.
These Parallettes may not be for you if you're looking for a pair which stands much higher off the ground or are looking for some authentic wooden gymnastic ones (such as these skillworx Parallettes), but at such a fantastic price then you simply can't get better value.
Any problems with the Parallettes?
In short, no, but there are a few things you should be aware of when buying these.
- They have a steel base which means the Parallettes work great on carpets or outside, but if you're planning to use them on a hard floor then I'd suggest putting a matt down for grip (and protection).
- You'll need a spanner to put the Parallettes together, so don't think you can just unpack them and assemble with your hands. It took me about 10 minutes to unpack them and put them together, so it's only a quick job!
- I'd not recommend regularly dismantling them and putting them back together if you're looking to travel with them, though they're the perfect size to throw in the boot or the back seat of a car, which shouldn't be a problem for most people.