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Kate Abernethy

Parallel bars dimensions

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Kate Abernethy

Hello,

 

Does anybody know how high, wide, and long parallel bars need to be for Foundation?

 

Is there a standard size, or should it fit the user [5ft 6.5in, elbow to fingertip length: 44cm] ?

 

I have rescued some metal pipes from a skip and am thinking of asking a blacksmith to create a parallel bar set up with them.

 

 

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Cole Dano

There are no standard sizes, as parallel bars are intentionally very adjustable. But for a fixed set up, with the intention of doing foundations.

 

Width: Shoulder width or a bit wider (your preferred width for doing dips)

 

Height: Armpit to top of your shoulders will allow for a full ROM dip w/o bending the legs and also help with other elements.

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Kate Abernethy

Cole, thank you!

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Peter Smrek

and is there standard size of bars?  i mean, they are oval or cyrcle(cyrcle but both side are flat?)  in front view? in cut

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Ohad Ben-Cohen

BTW - What's the recommended length (for home gym) ?

 

Thanks a lot :)

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Blairbob

 If you are gonna make one set, I'd make a set that will allow your feet to not hit the ground when in upper arm support. You can train Russian dips that way and won't have to worry about clearance for things like swinging dips in the future.

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Ohad Ben-Cohen

Ok, gotcha, thanks.

 

So if I'm 6'13`` (~1.87m) how long do I need the bars to be? or does it need to be about twice the height of my shoulders?

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Cole Dano

For Russian Dips, height top of shoulders, length w/ straight arm to middle of tricep. 

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Ohad Ben-Cohen

Got the height - that's easy. But I'm not following the length - should it be measurement of my body length from foot to middle of tricep (which is ~around the top of my ears) ? 

 

Thanks :)

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Cole Dano

That could have been more clear, the minimum is from fingertips to middle of the tricep, 2/3 arms length, but if you have room and material then an arms length or more is going to be more versatile and maybe more comfortable. 

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Ohad Ben-Cohen

Ok thanks a lot :)

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Blairbob

 Length doesn't really matter to much. Being long does give it stability, especially for swinging dips (besides a heavy base or weighing it down).

 

 Rough guess would be at least as long as you are tall but it doesn't need to really be that long. I'd say at least 3 or 4 feet.

 

 If you were going to use them for PB walking supports, you'd want them long enough to make it worth the effort.

 

 I don't think you would want to make them smaller than 4 feet long based on me standing by my coffee table and I'm just beyond 5' so way shorter than you.

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Bryan Wheelock

I've gotten some bids for welding metal Pi shaped parallel bars. 

 

The 2 horizontal pieces should be 6 ft long.
The vertical pieces will be about 18" from the end of the 6ft horizontal pieces.
The 4 vertical pieced should be about 8 feet long because I'm going to put them in post-holes 3 ft deep for stability.
 
Since there going to be permanent, I just want to make sure I don't make it too short and limit what I can do on them.
 
The only other thing I've seen advance gymnasts do on PB is a bent knee swing while hanging below the PB.
 
Do you guys think I'd be better off increasing the height to something like the length of my body on bent knee to the top of my arms with a closed fist? (about 67 inches for me. )
 
That type of skill may always be beyond me, but I can't change anything once it's welded and mounted.
 
Any  other input is welcome.

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Blairbob

 I don't think you need them high enough to do a bent knee swing in hang but go for it if you want. You'll also be higher in support or HS.

 

 You just need to make sure your toes will clear at the bottom of a dip. You also might want it slightly higher than your shoulders so you can do chicken dips and upper arm support stuff.

 

 For long hang stuff, you can set up a metal bar and posts high enough that your toes won't clip if you want to work on beat swings and bar muscle-ups and pullovers.

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Bryan Wheelock

Got my parallel bars welded ($300 total) and I planted them in the ground.

I went with longer vertical pipe( 9ft)  to give more flexibility in the height I could set them.

Currently, the bars are tamped and watered in dirt with a 4 inch gravel "pad" at the base of the vertical support for drainage. 

The height of the bars is 71 inches.

 

My design was flawed in that the bars oscillate horizontally about an inch or so when I'm in support. 

If I could redo the design I'd go for a 2inch or greater vertical pipe. I think that might provide better stability.

 

I also realized how difficult it is to to get the bars perfectly symmetrical. 

One section is perfectly plumb and level.  The other section has one post about 0.25 inches too high.

 

I really don't want to dig 2 more 48inch post holes to properly level them, so I'm curious if it's risky to use the bars in the current non-level status.

 

http://imgur.com/B9NW0RX

I tried to post the image but was notified that I can't post images from imgur.

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Blairbob

Looks fine. Not the end of the world.

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Angela Burgess

Our coach said they use fiberglass... Which makes sense for the flex they have. I'm going to try to mend it with schedule 40 pvc

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