– You know all that cool body weight stuff you see people on Instagram do? Wouldn’t it be cool to
be able do them too? Well, that’s exactly what I was thinking. (upbeat electronic music) I wanted to find a program that would help me develop some body
weight fitness skills, because let’s face it, it
looks friggin’ awesome. So I went online and did my
research and eventually found a company called Gold Medal
Bodies, or GMB, Fitness. They offered quite few different courses, and they’re all pretty cool,
but the ones that I was most interested in was the paralletes course. You see, one day I hope to
be able to do a planche, and of all the courses it seemed like the paralletes course would
be the one most likely to take me there. There are two levels, Parallettes
One and Parallettes Two. I decided it would be best to just start with the basics and go
with Parallettes One. It was actually reasonably priced at 95 bucks for the three-month course. You know, it can actually
be pretty tough to find a program that’s right for you, there’s a lot of good ones out there, but for me the main thing
that made me choose GMB is the fact that the main guy, Ryan Hurst, seems and looks like a genuinely nice guy. Does that make me an easy sell? Maybe, but in my opinion,
having a clean, relatable, and friendly look goes a long way. So, what are parallettes, exactly? Well, they’re basically
just portable parallel bars. You can use them for
basic things like push-ups or advanced things like planches. One of the advantages of
using parallettes instead of just the floor is that it’s
a lot easier on your wrist. And the fact that it’s raised
off the ground can make a lot of moves easier than they would be if you did them on the ground. So, is Gold Medal Body’s Parallettes One the right program for you? Let me break down the most
obvious pros and cons. Pros, P1 is great value for the money. The program consists
of two levels, A and B. Basically A is easier and
more beginner friendly, and B is a bit more advanced. I did the B program so everything you see in this video is based off the B program. But the fact that there are two levels is a pretty strong positive,
I mean it’s basically like getting two programs
for the price of one. Oh, and there’s also
a leg day mini program that they give you for
free as a supplement to the main program. P1 is highly customizable for you. For each exercise GMB provides
a range for sets and reps. Feel more Gung-ho, you can do more or if you’re maybe just having an off day you can do a bit less, they also have alternative exercises
just in case you can’t do the main ones that they prescribe. No program is ever gonna fit everybody, but this wiggle room
is gonna give everyone the ability to tailor the
program to where they are, without feeling like they are incapable of doing the program
because feeling incapable or not good enough is a shitty ass feeling and I imagine a big reason why people quit their workout programs. There is no guesswork required. They tell you exactly what you have to do, there’s a warm up, cool
down and even a way on how to incorporate pull-ups and weights into the programs. Cons, parralettes One is
not a balanced program. The exercises in this
program are almost entirely pushing movements, so if
you are already someone who’s a little front heavy this program isn’t gonna make that any better unless you take steps to balance that out. P1 is not for true beginners. I’m gonna be honest if you
can’t do a single push-up this program is probably not for you, even the easy version,
fortunately GMB has other programs that are more noob friendly
so I would probably check out one of those instead. Limited advanced movements, sorry guys, no planche work in Parallettes One, so if you’re already comfortable with the fairly advanced stuff you might be better off just jumping straight into Parallettes Two. Alright, with all that
said, let me tell you about my experience with Parallettes One. Before starting the program
I did a max L-sit hold as a baseline for my strength level. I got 16 seconds, I wanted
to use this as a metric for progress and I’d
revisit this at the end. Both the A and B versions of the program are broken down into four phases. But the first two phases lasting a month and the last two phases
being just two weeks. I did the B program, the first phase is a strength phase
where you build strength. The exercises are simpler
and more straight forward. I’m not a beginner to working out, so I felt that it was a
little bit easier side, but like I mentioned earlier the program has a range of sets and
reps, so I’d usually go for the higher rep and set range to make it a bit more challenging. The second phase is skill focused, so the moves get a bit more
technically challenging. This is also where things
get more interesting. Okay, I admit that I
would sometimes let my ego get in the way and not always
have the cleanest reps. Well, it happens to the best of us. The L-sit drive in
particular was really hard and I don’t think I had a
single pretty rep there. The third and fourth
phases introduce flows, which are basically just
chaining moves together. Overall the third phase
was a significant jump up in difficulty from the second phase. It was in this phase that
I started to find myself unable to do certain moves
at the prescribed level. Thankfully the program had
scaled down alternatives. The flows in the fourth phase
are a lot more difficult and longer than the
ones in the third phase. I was unfortunately not
able to do the entire flow, due to getting fatigued and
had to do each part separately. The fatigue also made it hard to do certain moves full on during the flow. For example, I could not
hold a full shoulder stand during the flow and
could only have one leg up at a time, well, I guess
I’m not quite there just yet, but what I was able to do at
the end of the fourth phase still looked pretty cool, so
I don’t feel bad about it. Well now that I’ve finished the program, let’s take a look at my results. For one I could now do a cool ass flow. Also remember the 16 second
L-sit I did at the beginning? Well, now I could hold
the L-sit for 30 seconds, and while I might not have been able to do a full shoulder stand during the flow I could easily do one by itself. I’d say that’s a pretty big win. I was also pretty happy
with how my physique turned out at the end,
I wasn’t tracking this so this is purely anecdotal
but dang, very worthy. Overall, I’m happy with the program but I do have some final thoughts for you to consider when
you’re making your decision. GMB’s parallettes one is all
about quality of movement, it’s better to do fewer
slower quality reps than a bunch of shitty
ones, so it’s important that you have a good temperament about it and trust the process,
and since it’s a skill focused program, you’re
not gonna feel as tired or sore as you would in
like a program such as P90X. Personally, I’m all for
it, I hate being tired and if I can get results without being exhausted all the time, hell yeah. But if you’re someone who enjoys being out of breath at the end of your workouts this
might not be for you. Now for my verdict, I would give GMB’s Parellettes One program a nine out of ten. Why? Mostly because it does exactly what it says it’s gonna
do, which is teaching you basic parallettes moves. Just make sure you know
that you’re looking for and what the program offers,
then make your decision. And before you ask, no
GMB did not bribe me to make this video, I am doing this out of my own free will
without the influence of alcohol, drugs or magic potion. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for watching my video. If you enjoyed it don’t forget to hit the thumbs up button and
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and I will see you next time.