Fastening gymnastic rings - a practical guide

Fastening gymnastic rings - a practical guide

For anyone who likes strength training and is looking for a flexible and versatile training device, the gymnastic rings are exactly the right thing. With them you can do indoor and outdoor exercises and the whole body is challenged.

Originally, the rings were almost exclusively used by gymnasts, but more and more strength athletes, rowers, climbers and recreational athletes are discovering this device for themselves. They are even used in the cross sport area. But in order to be able to use the gymnastics rings safely, the right fastening is the be-all and end-all.
Where does the trend come from?

Sport and exercise are becoming more and more important for many people. In the meantime, there are many apps and advertisements about losing weight, living healthier and building muscle. The gymnastic rings were invented in 1848 and initially served as a rocking device.

They look inconspicuous in themselves when they hang from the ceiling and yet the gymnastics rings have it in them. The units train the perfect body control so that a completely new training feeling is created.
What are the advantages of training on gymnastic rings?

Most people have got used to training with machines and fixed equipment. Often the movements of these workouts are very one-sided and rigid. This is clearly illustrated by the example of the popular breast exercise Dips - also called bar support.

If this exercise is performed on fixed bars, ingots or a machine, it is understandable that the respective training device always remains firmly anchored to the ground. Dips on gymnastics rings, on the other hand, force you to balance your body, otherwise the two rings will break out to the front, back or sides.
How are the rings hung correctly?

You should be on the safe side when hanging up gym rings. You should choose a carrier that you can be sure can carry significantly more than your own body weight.

During training, the forces acting on the wearer and the material add up. If the gymnastic rings are fastened with hooks and dowels, it is advisable to inform yourself beforehand in the DIY store which are suitable.

The instructions should also be read thoroughly. A suspension height of 2.70 metres is usually recommended. Thus, one has enough leeway to either adjust a short belt length or to choose a long belt. In principle, the longer the belts, the greater the inherent movement of the rings. This will result in more instability and a higher level of difficulty for the units.

It is important to make sure that the screws are properly screwed into the wall so that they can hold the desired weight. The belts must be guided from behind through the metal quick-releases, otherwise hanging may be endangered.

The two gymnastic rings should be hung at a distance of 50 cm from each other.
What should be considered during training?

The length of the loops is particularly important. These can be individually adjusted. The longer the tapes, the more stability must be applied. Some exercises such as dips or push-ups become much more difficult with the length of the loops as the leverage is greater.

The training becomes more effective and the success becomes visible faster. On the other hand, the shorter the loops are, the easier the units fall.
Gymnastics rings made of which material are best suited?

In the search for the right material for the articles, the own taste is ultimately the decisive point for the choice. However, each has its advantages. You will find further information at .
Classic wooden gymnastic rings:

    It is aesthetic and blends wonderfully into your living environment.
    The grip of wooden gymnastic rings is unsurpassed.
    Wood heats up when you touch it and adapts to your body temperature.
    Hand perspiration is absorbed as long as you use unpainted wooden rings.
    Well processed wooden rings are stable and very durable.
    They are priced between 50 and 80€.

Plastic gymnastic rings:

    Plastic gymnastic rings are insensitive and durable.
    They are weatherproof, i.e. you can leave them hanging outside because they don't mind rain and snow.
    They do not absorb hand perspiration, but are washable.
    Plastic rings are even cheaper than wooden rings.
    The price is between 25 and 45€.

Metal gymnastic rings:

    Metal rings are not very handy. Therefore, they are covered with rubber at the grip point.
    Good metal rings do not rust, but can oxidize or corrode. If you can hang them outside, you may have to ask the manufacturer.
    Compared to other tires, metal rings are usually thin in material diameter. Touching can be uncomfortable and you may not find the right strength for your hands.
    The price is about 120€.

What should be considered when buying?

Some things should be clarified before buying gymnastic rings.

    Before buying, decide which material the gymnastic rings should be made of: Wood, metal or plastic.

    Outdoor or indoor use:
    The area of application of your rings also determines which material they should be made of. Gymnastics rings that you use outdoors and leave hanging in any weather should ideally be made of plastic. If you use the rings indoors or take them back home with you after every outdoor workout, you can easily use wooden rings.

    Belt length:
    The common belts are made of nylon and have a length of 4-4.5m.
    Diameter of the gymnastic rings:
    Calculate for the inside diameter with an average of approx. 180mm or an outside diameter of approx. 240mm. A thick material diameter of approx. 3 cm provides a good grip and a feeling of stability and control.
    Length markings on the belts:
    To be able to change the suspension height of your rings quickly and precisely, you purchase belts with length markings. These markings ensure that you can adjust both gymnastic rings exactly to the same height. In addition, you can note down the respective suspension height for your exercises and make your progression more conscious during training.

bottom line

You train all muscle groups from shoulders, arms and back as well as the deep trunk muscles with demanding units. These include classic dips, ring supports or pull-ups. In addition, the versatile rings for gymnastics are able to support many other important areas of fitness, such as learning new movement patterns.  

Stretching and various mobility drills can also be effectively intensified with the creative use of gymnastic rings. Whether beginner, advanced or professional: All enthusiastic athletes profit in their own way from the ring training. Even children and rehabilitation patients can achieve success with the innovative training tools. Because of all these unlimited benefits, sport rings are a must for any modern gym.

Veröffentlicht am 04/27/2018 Calisthenics and..., Tipps und Tricks 0 47625

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