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Gymnastic Rings

By Gary F. Zeolla

I did dips on Bench Assistance day in my last two routines, so I wanted an alternative for my new routine. I had remembered before about doing dips on gymnastics rings back in the day. But I also remembered how tough they were, so I didn’t think I’d be able to do them. But with using 75 pounds for regular dips at the end of my previous routine, I figured I was ready to handle them, so I ordered a set from Amazon.

I got them last week and put them up on Thanksgiving. I was actually late for my family’s dinner because of doing so, missing the pre-dinner prayer. I tried them out yesterday during my workout. It took a good bit of fiddling to get them adjusted, and I still did not get them quite right. Watching the video afterwards, I didn’t have them high enough and thus wasn’t going deep enough.  I want them set so that my toes just tap the floor at the bottom; that way I am sure I am hitting the same depth each rep. That is how I set up my dip bars.

In any case, to be sure I didn’t get hurt, I warmed up with a couple of sets of dip on dip bars, then tried the rings. My memory was right—they were tough! I only got three reps and was shaking all over the place. I feared I wasn’t ready to use them. But then on my second set, I did five reps and wasn’t shaking quite as much. But then on my third set I was getting the hang of it and did eight reps with little shaking. I repeated that for a final set. My chest, shoulders, and arms were really pumped afterwards, and later I had significant DOMS throughout my upper body, so I think they will be a great exercise, especially once I adjust them to get a little more depth.

On a minor note, the rings I got were supposed to be red, but the picture on Amazon looked orange. I even posted a message and asked what the color was, and a representative from the company responded and assured me they were red. But when I got them, they look orange to me.

In any case, below are pics and a video of my two sets of eight. The final pic is how I plan of storing them between workouts. But this time I caught a clothesline in my basement in the straps. I realized that later when I tried hanging up some clothes. It took me several minutes to untangle the mess. I just have to be more careful next time. Click a pic for a a larger image.

 

   

Video

The rings I got are: Yes4All Olympic Crossfit Gymnastic Rings with Flexible Buckles (Red).

Gymnastic Rings. Copyright 2015 by Gary F. Zeolla.

The above article was posted on this site on November 30, 2015.

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