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
- 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.