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Old 07-11-2006, 08:15 AM   #1
Ryan Copeland
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I always see refrences/pictures of paralletes on crossfit. I am not that familiar with gymnastics, but thought I'd make a pair to try out. I found a lot of discussions on how to make them, but can't find any on how to use them. I'm sure there on here, but I'm missing it. I went to the drills and skills website, but I don't understand a lot of the gymnastic terms they use. Any basic uses would help.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:39 AM   #2
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CrossFit Journal 42&43 :-)

Any specific gymnastics jargon you don't understand. I tend to forget what terms are normal and what are wierd gymnastics statements.

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:40 AM   #3
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Hey Ryan,

Parallettes are a great tool for starting a variety of bodyweight exercises, and building gymnasitcs related skills.

I think one of the most popular parallette training guides is on the American gymnast website at:
http://www.american-gymnast.com/tt/index_163.cfm

It needs a username/pass to view, but the registration is free.

It's not necessarily the most comprehensive or accurate training guide, because there are many different routines you can do, and the ones described on the site won't necessarily work for everyone, so you might wanna experiment with the duration/exercises.. but it's definitely one of the best places to start.

Good luck :-)
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:00 AM   #4
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Hey roger what is that called that your doing in the picture? And what does it do as far as working muscles (looks to be tricep/abs).
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:47 AM   #5
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That would be an L-sit. And never, ever again ask "what muscles does that use?" Hehe, I kid, I kid. Well, sort of. Go for a good, straight arm, legs straight and flat sit for a minute and it will become clear it does a great many magic things beyond, yes, setting everything on your front north of your knees on fire.
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:35 PM   #6
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We call that a baby L-sit. :-P

Kalen's spot on. An L-sit requires strong triceps, hip flexors, abs, quads. As well as flexible hamstrings and glutes.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:45 PM   #7
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Ryan, do check out the link above to AMerican Gymnast, i just got my first set of Paralletts and that is a good place to start, but please get the two journals that Roger mentioned. I know he has put a lot into those articles and they are great!
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:42 PM   #8
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L-sits are also great for mental toughness.
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:04 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone. I got those level one from the site, I'll try them out as soon as I build my set from the hardware store. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-14-2006, 09:03 AM   #10
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Being new to crossfit I would like to know more about subs and mods, also I would like to have some idea as to how high I should put a pull-up bar I am kinda tall(6'5").
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