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. *** 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.
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:
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.
I think you can read out my deep love towards Gymnastic Rings*. 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,
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.