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Installing or mounting gymnastic rings for fitness

Setting up your gymnastic rings

So you’ve bought yourself a set of gymnastics rings for fitness, like the Elite Rings. Where do you set them up and how do you mount them?

 

 

Where to hang your rings?

Don’t take this decision too lightly. Your training environment can have a profound effect on the results you achieve from your exercise routine. It’s much easier to stay focused and motivated if your surroundings are comfortable. 

Things to consider when setting up gymnastics rings for fitness:

  • Height: This is critical. You need enough room to pull yourself up above the rings and hang below. Ideally, suspend them at the highest possible point. If you have bought a decent set of rings, they are easily height adjustable, and you should be able to quickly change them so you have enough room to get your feet off the ground with adequate head room so you don’t need to worry about concussion!
  • Width: You should fix the rings around 50cm apart or slightly wider than shoulder width.
  • Space: You need room to move, and to ensure you are not limiting what exercises you can do. A little bit of space around you is essential so you can perform exercises like push-ups, muscle-ups and the iron cross (optimistic as ever!).
  • Anchoring: Make sure the anchor points you are using to suspend the rings are strong enough to support your bodyweight and a rigorous ring training regime. It should be a solid structure that won’t rock or move while the rings are in use.

If your rings are intended for fitness rather than gymnastics, they are designed to be as flexible and portable as possible. The beauty of this design is that they can be suspended from any solid anchor point.

Possible anchoring points:

  • Any exposed beams or frames in your house, garage or basement
  • Ceiling joists using an eye-bolt and threading the straps through
  • Pull-up bars
  • Trees
  • Park equipment

The portability and convenience of your fitness rings design means you have a lot of flexibility over where you train. It’s much easier to exercise in a spacious, well-lit workout room, than a cold dark garage. Many people enjoy the freedom and feel of training outside using trees or park equipment. You’re only limited by your imagination!

If you’re really struggling for somewhere to ring train consider building your own ring training platform. We’re working on our own design now, and will be posting on the results in the future.

25 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. acelayequibia

    Hey all!

    My name is James and I’m new around here :). So far this is an incredible source for information and Ive spent a lot of time reading. Look forward to hearing from you!

  2. I am interested in purchasing a set of your rings, but need to ask a question about installation. I want to work out in my garage, but the beams in my garage but right up to the roof. Therefore, I cannot wrap the straps around the beam. Nor can I mount an eye bolt for I cannot use the nut to tighten on top. What are your recommendations?

    Thank you,

    Bill Boehm

  3. admin

    Hi Bill,

    If you can’t fix them around the beams or safely drill a slot through them the only alternative I can suggest is the use of a pull-up system.

    Many pull-up bars fix onto the wall but this will limit the range of exercises you can safely carry out on the fitness rings, but there are alternative designs. There are free standing pull-up units, or some are even designed to fix to your rafters.

    Rogue Fitness have some pull-up systems, which include free-standing units, or you could even try building your own, which we were looking into at one point.

    Best of luck

  4. Charles Wilson

    I plan to mount the rings from my ceiling using I assume two eye-bolts for each strap. Is there any other hardware needed. How many inches should each strap be apart from each other. I imagine not to far or too close. What would be an exact distance? Please inform me about this.

  5. admin

    Hi Charles,

    You should just need the eye-bolts to suspend your rings from.

    The rings should be around 50 cm apart or slightly outside shoulder width.

    Thanks

    Training Rings

  6. Jeff

    Well to round out the questions about installation, I would like to hang a set of rings from the joists in my basements. Unfortunately, the joists are kind of low, maybe 7 feet or so. Also the joists are only 16 inches apart which is only 40 cm or so. Do you think either of these things presents a major problem?

  7. admin

    Hi Jeff,

    The setup you describe isn’t ideal and you would be limited in the exercises you can do, such as the muscle-up which probably wouldn’t be possible with the 7′ clearance you have, but it might be better than no ring training at all! For example, pull-ups should still be possible.

  8. Paul

    Bill and others,

    I’m not a gymnast, but I am a Mechanical Engineer. Now I can’t give you mounting advice, but I’ll say this: if I was using eye-bolts on ceiling beams or rafters, I would drill through the sides, mounting the eye-bolts horizontally instead of vertically. It is a much stronger connection that way. I would make sure to drill the holes 1″-2″ from the bottom of the wood.

  9. dylan etievant

    I need clamps for 3/16 inch wire rope to hang my rings, that is aproved for human weight. can you help?

  10. Tom R.

    I too am interested in installing the rings in my garage. The previous poster suggested eye-bolts horizontally through the joists but my question is…does that suggestion take into account the size of the joists themselves. I think my garage sits on 2 x 10’s. If I drill holes two inches about the bottom and anchor eye-bolts, is that structure sufficient enough to sustain repeated workouts by a 200 lb guy? I’m not so sure and would not look forward to having an accident and landing on my head. Any additional clarification would be grateful.

  11. Ethan

    Any good books on ring training for beginners?
    Thanks

  12. admin

    Hi Ethan,

    there’s very little information out there about ring training to be honest but Gymnastic Bodies have published a book called “Building the Gymnastic Body” which, whilst not dedicated to ring training does contain some great articles on the subject.

    Ring Training also sell an introductory DVD called “Ring Strength” which is handy for the beginner.

    Cheers

    Training Rings

  13. Andy

    Just bought some rings (waiting for them to arraive). I will be installing them in the garage and have approx 8ft 6inches from floor to ceiling beam. Is this OK for most exercises?

    Thanks

  14. admin

    Hi Andy,

    That will be enough room for most exercises no problem. Although you might struggle with muscle-ups but we’ve seen people complete these with less room by bending their knees and lowering the height of the rings.

    Best,

    Training Rings

  15. Andy

    Cheers for the advice - just set the rings up and they are great! Will need to do a bit of work/practicing before I can do a ‘muscle up’

  16. Brian Hull

    I would like to suspend the rings from a bough of my willow tree . At the point I have in mind the bough is approximately parallel to the ground and around 6 inches in diameter. It should be easily strong enough. DO I need to use anchor bolts or can I simply loop the straps over the bough. If so, is there a way to stop the straps chaffing or moving?

  17. admin

    Hi Brian,

    If the tree is strong enough just loop the straps over. The height adjustable straps means you can ensure that the rings can be kept level with one another even if the tree is not quite parallel.

    If you put a towel over the tree and the straps rest on the towel this should minimise any abrasion.

    Regards,

    Training Rings

  18. k

    Hey just wanted to know what eye bolts were used, dimensions and what load it could carry thanks??

    need an idea as i would like to put some gymnast rings in my bedroom with heavy duty eye bolts that could take a load of about 150kg that would go into wooden ceiling joists

  19. admin

    Hi K, we used standard eye bolts available in any DIY store. They were drilled through our garage rafters horizontally so we needed bolts long enough for the width of the beams, in our case around 3″. I can’t remember the exact dimensions of the bolt itself but we bought one wide enough to thread the gym ring straps through.

  20. Rick

    An Idea that worked for me:

    I installed my rings by mounting pulleys to an exposed beam and running a rope to a cleat on the wall. This way, I can vary the height very quickly and keep both rings level with each other. Supply shops for sail boats carry the best pulleys. Also, I attached the pulleys to eye screws (3/8″ overkills screwed into the side, as the ME above stated) with an S hook, which allows me to take them down and put them up easily.

    Love how efficient and convenient these ring workouts can be! The patience is so worth it.

  21. admin

    If anyone would like to see Rick’s innovative gymnastics rings setup described above it’s posted over at Fitstream - http://www.fitstream.com/articles/types-of-training/ring-training/setting-up-rings-a44

  22. Bob

    I would not recomment placing the eyebolts on the side of rafters. The eye bolts would experience a moment and tear out forces. Where as a bolt lagged into the bottom of the rafter would experience vertical or pullout forces only. 266 lbs per inch for a 5/16″ dia. lag. into DF#2.

  23. Tim

    I bought the rings but I’m not sure how to safely mount them.
    I rent a finished basement, so there are no exposed structural members, I’ve found a joist point using the scanner so my only choice is drilling eye bolts vertically from the bottom, through drywall and right into the Joist; I’ve seen many examples where people are also interlocking it with a nut from the top, but I don’t have the luxury to do the same. Just need to know if It is safe to use an eye bolt without the nut? Or Do you recommend using an Eye Bolt Sleeve anchor.

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