An In-depth Review At The 4 Best Parallette Bars 2017
35 x 22 x 37 inches
Wood parallette/steel frame
9" tall x 24" long - 1.5inch diameter
Full warranty - 4-day return
12" tall x 24" long - 1.5" diameter
28-1/2"high x 25" wide
Parallette bars are probably one of the most versatile and portable gym equipment. Lightweight and sturdy, they can challenge anyone and be the ideal traveling fitness tool.
The final results you can get using
Parallette bars are an ideal conditioning and strength equipment perfect for those who want to increase muscle mass, develop core strength and get a chiseled body.
Dip Bar VS
There are two main different types of
Parallettes bars are perfect if you already have some good base of strength. They are for some type of specific exercises like tuck planche, l-sit and more.
The dip bar will suit someone with an average fitness level looking for a multi-use fitness equipment with the benefits of
Best Parallette Bars 2017
1. Black Mountain - All-in-one Dip Station
The Black Mountain dip stand is perfect for any type of training from calisthenics based movements to simple fitness exercises. It is rating up to 3000 lbs load safety.
Really easy to set up, The Black Mountain dip station can be carried and used almost anywhere.
The foam padded hand grips offer the ultimate support and comfort which allow control of any exercise with perfection.
The depth from the dip station – sit level – gives you enough space for full dips and up down rotations.
The BM dip bar is ideal for those looking to build muscle, burn fat and get the six-pack of their dreams.
The Black Mountain Station is fixed structure after assembly. You will need enough space to store it.
There is a small issue that beginners might face, the width between handles. The width is 22 inches which make it a bit too wide to execute pushing exercises like dips safely. If you don't have a minimum of strength and control,risk of injuries may occur.
Rated to 3000lbs
The BM dip stand has a load limit of 3000 lbs tested. Which means that you can safely perform any exercises
I personally had the chance to try it out for a month in exchange
I tested the BM dip bar at 200 lbs ( my bodyweight 76 + 15kg plate ) with no issues at all. At the time my workout consisted of inverted rows and full dips.
Easy to assemble and multi-function
The BM dip bars are easy to set up. It will take roughly 5 minutes and enjoy the full benefits of the Black Mountain dip bar.
Foam Grip pads
This is a really important feature as some of the other brands don't realize the usefulness of having strong grip pads at the base in order to maintain position and safely execute an exercise.
This is a bonus! Well, for the price it is fair I believe. As a family owned company Black Mountain offers top quality products and the best buying experience in the industry. No joke! Their customer service is unbelievable and always going the extra mile.
I have to mention that the Black Mountain dip station is made out of one and
The benefit of having one and unique frame is the stability of the bars. In fact, the BM does not slip away when doing dips for example compared to the Lebert Equalizer which tends to slip side to side. For that reason, the Black Mountain are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a safe and solid dip station.
- Will fit a 6'3 tall person perfectly, enough space for 90° elbow angle dips
- Non-slip feet, unique solid frame
- 3000lbs max load
- Lifetime warranty
- Fixed structure after assembly
- Width between handles not ideal for beginners
Stability, durability and quality product make the Black Mountain dip station one of the best one of the industry.
If you are a beginner, you could use resistance bands for support combined with the BM and perform almost any exercises. Bands will help you slowly develop the muscles needed safely and then get rid of them when ready.
For a reasonable price compared to its competitors, the Black Mountain dip station is an excellent choice and comes with a lifetime warranty.
2. The Beam Store - Wood Parallette Bars
No need to mention that The Beam Store company is located in the U.S and is an accredited provider of multiple gymnastic schools in the US. Therefore, the BS
If you already have some good skills at bodyweight and calisthenics training, the Beam Store
Compared to a dip station like the Black Mountain, the elevation of these parallettes is not suitable for beginners.
24 inches long, 9 inches high and 1.5-inch diameter hardwood
In my opinion, they are the Roll Royce of
As a user, what I like the most is the hardwood handles. If you read my previous post about gymnastic rings, you probably know that I love anything made from wood. Grip control just
Steel frame construction, compact and easy to store
The BS bars are sturdy and solid. The frame can hold up to 220lbs tested for handstand, so rest assured you won't be collapsing on the floor.
Really easy to store and carry, the BS bars are a great tool you can bring anywhere, it will fit easily in a backpack.
Full warranty and a 14-day return policy
This is a good point as
- Non-slip rubber on feet
- Wood handles
- Perfect for advanced calisthenics
- Compact steel frame
- Not ideal if you are just starting bodyweight training
- Original screws need to be changed after few months
I am a fervent supporter of the Beam Store 24-Inch Wood Parallette Bars and an addicted user because of the great features – especially the wood handles – the price, which is average
The downside, as I said previously, is the elevation of the
The BS being too close to the floor, they don't allow full range of movement dips for example and so, that makes it really restrictive if you are beginner.
I will suggest to go for a dip station like the Black Mountain or (insert other product here), learn the foundations of bodyweight training and once your body is
Keep in mind that a dip station is the most versatile gym equipment when it comes to bodyweight training. The elevation of the bars are perfect for inverted rows (back muscles) and added resistance bands.
So now, if you are advanced in calisthenics and bodyweight workouts, you will find lots of satisfaction from the Beam Store
I will pass on quickly with these
The Ultimate Body Press Parallettes are slightly higher than regular ones. In fact, the elevation on these bars is just perfect. It is the ultimate height
The height provides enough room for your legs to pass through so you move up and down with ease. For example, you can perfectly move from an L-sit position to a full handstand without touching the floor. Which is almost impossible with regular
12" tall x 24" long, 1.5inch diameter
Enough clearance room to move from L-sit to handstand without any difficulty. That will suit any people of all sizes. Strong and thick handle perfect for stabilization work and wrist mobility.
Sturdy and stable
The high-quality materials used to build the ultimate Body Press make it really safe to use. The T-bar feet will hold you up without trouble. These
- Similar build and cheaper than Rogue
- Clearance room tested 6'5 tall
- Pro gymnast approved
- Thick grip perfect for control and stability
- No warranty
- Smooth slippery surface handles, not the best if you sweat a lot
I actually trained a couple of times on the Body Press at a commercial gym close to mine. As I mentioned above, I use the Beam Store bars as I really like wooden parallettes. But, if I had to choose another pair of parallettes, I will definitely go for the Ultimate Body.
From all the bars and dip stations I tried, The UB ones are regularly mentioned by lots of satisfied customers. See around for yourself and check out the customers reviews.
4. The Original Lebert Fitness Equalizer - Dip Station and Exercise Guide Included
The Lebert Fitness Equalizer (LFE) is the most known dip station on the market. Trusted and used by hundreds of people around the world.
A multi-purpose and versatile fitness equipment that will suit any people of any sizes and fitness level. The LFE is a strength training equipment perfect for full bodyweight workouts. Arms, chest, back, core, shoulders and more.
The LFE has been built by Marc Lebert, taekwondo black
I came across the LFE during a trip to Australia. Most of the commercial gyms over there use the Lebert Fitness Equalizer. It is a really popular gym equipment trusted by home users and commercial fitness facilities.
However, there are some downsides. First is the price, for much cheaper, you can find a similar fitness training tool and made from high-quality materials. Second, some people have experienced some problems of stability.
Simple, portable, multipurpose and versatile
No doubt! Most of these dip stations and
Full body workout tool
With the included DVD and exercise chart, the Lebert Equalizer is the equipment you need to start exercising your whole body. You can easily train all your muscle groups by following instructions. With enough height (28') above the floor, you can move up and down, add resistance bands for assisted dips, use a dip belt and be totally free of movement.
Supports up to 400 lbs. Dimensions 25" W x 28-1/2" H
As you probably understand, the LFE is quite solid and ready for anything you throw it. We have tested it at 220lbs for handstand push up purpose on a foam floor mat and everything went smooth.
The dimensions are ideal for freedom of movement during your training.
- Included instructional DVD
- Multi purpose
- Tested at 220lbs
- Not really steady
- Quality could be better
- Not really good value
Really similar to the black mountain dip station, the Lebert Equalizer is a great fitness tool for full body workouts including a full exercise guide.
As I mentioned above, separated dip bars are not always the best in terms of stability. Especially if the feet are not covered with non-slip rubber material, which can be useful when used on wooden floors.
To be honest, when I first tried the Lebert, I did a handstand from L-sit straight up and I noticed the instability of the bars.
Well, this is not a deal breaker but for more advanced people you might want something more stable and maybe cheaper.
However, if you are a beginner looking for an all-in-one equipment, look no further!
Parallettes and Portable Dip Bar Exercises
Parallette push ups
It is a great exercise to target deeper pecs and front deltoid muscles. The light elevation of the
Dip station or Parallette L-Sit
This exercise is a classic and can be done both on
Full Dips – only on the dip
Nothing much to add here because you should know what is a dip! The Dips are an excellent exercise for your chest, front delts, triceps,
For the more advanced, the handstand push up on
Not convinced yet? Check the video below!
Wood Parallette or Steel?
Well, there is no real difference here both have the same purpose. What you will like probably with the wood parallette is the sensation of control and grip. Bit weird but, in my opinion you seem to better feel the movement.
Alex is a 27-year-old health and fitness blogger from France. Former personal trainer and strength coach, he has helped his clients build their own gym.
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