Parallettes Exercises for Straight Arm Strength

One little-understood facet of upper-body strength development is the difference between straight-arm and bent-arm strength.

Traditional exercise tends to address the latter at the expense of the former, but if you want to be able to perform movements like the planche or iron cross, you’ll need your muscles and ligaments to be strong and conditioned for strength while fully locked out.

We think parallettes are a great tool for developing straight-arm strength for hand balance skills.

They aren’t the only way, and they’re not a shortcut, but like any other tool, if you use them intelligently, you can get a lot of benefits out of adding them to your preparations.