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Gymnastic Rings – the best training tool you can buy!




Did you ever try out the training with gymnastic rings? And I mean – not in school. Recently and chosen free willingly – not forced by your ancient sports teacher.

The odds are high that you answered that question with a clear ‘nope – dude never did that’. Many are afraid of the seeming complexity of that tool. But I think that’s exaggerated.

All you need to start is a baseline of strength and you should be healthy. That’s it. Everybody can start somewhere.


I stumbled upon these two wooden beauties two years ago and fell in love immediately. They add some before unknown complexity to your little world of training, like no other tool.


My goal with this post is to introduce them to you and motivate you to try them out. So – let my fascination get over to you and up your calisthenics game!









What are the benefits of gymnastic rings for my workout?

I bet you’ve watched the Olympics at some time. Or just stopped there while switching through the programs while looking for something worth your time.

And I bet you’ve seen the insane bodies of every gymnast competing there.

Gymnasts are beasts – period.
Not just their strength, but the whole control over their body in incredible hard positions. We’ll never get that far, sorry mate!


Everyone can use gymnastic rings

But, you shouldn’t be afraid of them either.
As previously said, everyone can start somewhere.

You shouldn’t be recently injured, overweight or work with the rings before you can do basic pushups. 1

Iron Cross an den Ringen
Ein Iron Cross sieht zwar ganz putzig aus mit dem Männchen ist aber brutal schwer.

Gymnastic rings are instable

The single greatest benefit of the rings is their instability.

Your body has to work hard all the time to keep you on them. Your shoulders have to be really stable. And they will get, after using them regularly!

That’s what makes working out on rings so challenging. The easiest looking exercises challenge your whole body.

Looks can be deceiving…



They are easy to transport

Another big point is their great versatility. They don’t take up much space and weigh less than 2kg.

You can always take your rings with you and throw them around something. This could be a branch, a bar, a street lantern or even a palm tree!



A new stimulus for your body

Like every movement rings challenge your brain. But the stimulus of rings challenges it especially strong because it is unknown.

No other tool there is grants this instability gymnastic rings offer. Fuck off – Bosu ball…


Gymnastic rings make strong

…and I mean really strong. If you’re willing to put in the work.

Ever wondered why gymnasts have such a strong midsection? Much of the movements are created through your core.

Plus, your shoulders will get insanely strong. They take most of the beating trying to even out the effects of the instability. Or easy said – to keep you on ’em.


…and mobile, too

Because of the nearly unlimited range, they offer you have a lot of space to get strong in. As a consequence, your mobility will improve if you train mindfully.

You will get strong in ranges you didn’t even know before.

More range can also be a reason for injuries, especially if it is unknown. So don’t rush anything here!

For example, one of the best exercises to learn on the gymnastic rings are skin the cats.



Infographic about the benefits of the gymnastic rings for your calisthenics training






OK, you got me! How do I start training on them?!

Buy some and go!

No, seriously: You will only learn the rings through working with them.

If you’ve never trained before with rings you will feel how insanely complex even the basic positions, like the top position, really are.

The biggest issue, in the beginning, will be to stabilize yourself on the rings. That just takes time. And no worries everyone looks like some wobbly jello-o when starting out!


But go slow. I know – rings are immense fun. But likewise every new stimulus – your body needs some time to adapt itself to the new environment. The most important thing when starting out is to get down the basics:

  • a stable and solid top position
  • a correct and relaxed false grip
  • and all the basic exercises, like dips, chinups, pushups and ring turnout planks



Kraft an der Langhantel
Being strong is not solely about the weight you move but also about the quality of movement.




After you have build a solid foundation and control, you can start working on specific skills. Or you can get even stronger – that will make skills so much easier.

In the end, it depends on your goals how fast you will progress. But let me give you one piece of advice – dedicate some pre-set time, like 3 months, solely to the rings. This way you’ll get the basics down quickly and will feel safe.

Plus, you will be impressed by how much some skills can improve in just 3 months…



A few final tips about gymnastic rings

  • You find the gymnastic rings I use on my equipment list. These two are not the best, but not the worst. I use them regularly for one year now and they do what they should do.
  • Chalk up, mate! Because rings are wooden they will get slippery real quick. And slipping away is never nice…
  • Once again: Go slow, bro. Rings are new for nearly everyone and nothing to be rushed.
  • Have you got what can be considered as a baseline of fitness?
  • Learn this cue early on: Control is everything!
    The goal is to control every movement you do and if your technique breaks down you stop the set. Don’t push yourself in the beginning. You can do that later on. Rings are not that forgiving as biceps curls may be.
Kraft durch Turnringe
No other piece of equipment develops that great upper body strength as gymnastic rings do.



I think you can read out my deep love towards these two wooden beauties. Therefore, I hope that I could take you some fear or even motivate you to try them out!

That said, do yourself a favor and try them out. The worst-case would be 30$ wasted. And in the best case a badass upper body.


Have fun working out and stay hungry,

Kevin 😉




Footnotes

  1. I think this is common sense. If you weigh 150kg+, you have other issues and better spend your energy on that before trying to get a stable top position on rings.
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