David Yurman Inspired Rings – Few things inspire folks like the Olympics. Something about all of the countries competing against one another that brings people together in a way that few other things do. While the track and field events often garner the most press and excitement, gymnastics has always fascinated me, especially the Rings. The ability to control your own body suspended above the ground and control yourself demonstrates a power that few have mastered and most wish they’d. While all the aforementioned disciplines show amazing agility and strength, the rings have always seemed to draw me in.
Lets face it, the majority of us would also like to possess the physical strength and body of a world class gymnast. Few people possess the discipline, attitude, or time to commit to being able to getting this way, much less the coaches or facilities available to people. Using the tools a gymnast uses can help us and incorporating gymnastic rings into your workouts can bring a whole new level to your physical conditioning.
While specialist gymnastic rings are developed for flipping and doing crazy stuff that makes normal men and women gasp and shake their head, simple gymnastic rings are offered for home use. Think back to your own childhood you might have even had the metal kind of rings in your playground, you can even still find these at some muscle shore locations or in playgrounds, even though it is rare. The most typical rings today are created from either a high density mix plastic or wood. There continue to be some made from metal available as well, but I won’t actually be covering them. Exercise gymnastic rings attach using fairly simple strapping systems that make the rings pale, portable, and user friendly.
The large advantage to the composite fashion ring is price. It is inexpensive to create them and they are really durable. Composite rings are lightweight and due to the very low cost, lead how the very best way to get into ring training. You’d be hard pressed to get any good exercise supplier that does not take a great mix ring set for an inexpensive price. The biggest detractor to mix style rings is traction. Common sense dictates that as plastic gets wet it becoming slippery. Exercise leads to sweating (if it does not you are most likely doing it wrong) making the rings slick. This usually leads to people taping the rings with athletic tape or something like this to help increase traction.
Wood rings have been in use since the start. As wood gets wet the grain is raised which provides increased surface area and more traction. The grain from the wood rings additionally holds chalk infinitely better afterward composite allowing for better traction and less wear and tear on the palms. Wood also only feels better to most folks. Wood rings are more challenging to fabricate and that in turn pushes up the cost. Most people don’t start with timber rings but if you’re planning on becoming serious with ring work then I highly recommend just getting the timber rings from the start. You will never regret having the timber rings.
The first time you use rings that you will recognize immediately that they are extremely fun but harder then you thought. The next day if muscles you didn’t know existed all are yelling at you, then you will suddenly realize how unkind they’re. It always amazes me to see very powerful guys who can crank out weighted dips like nothing put on rings and neglect at doing a set of 10 dips on the rings. The reason for this is the amount of stabilization that is required to work on the rings. Ring work comprises not just the primary muscle being worked out but also the myriad of tendons, ligaments, and stabilizer muscles within the body. Rings teach you to feel your body in an entirely new way.
Rings also help to reduce overuse injuries that are sometimes plague typical “weight lifting” work outs. Rings allow full range of motion in a number of planes and permit the user to maneuver how her or his entire body wants to move. At a pull up the palms will naturally turn in at the peak of the movement eliminating undue stress from the shoulder joint. The amount of motion will vary person to person.
They rings feel as though they want to just take out from underneath you. Maintaining your core tight comes into focus in a whole new way. Pushups can also be diverse nearly infinitely, again helping prevent overuse injuries.
Fundamental movements on the rings are dips, pull/chin ups, rows, L-sits, and push ups. The muscle up is also a wonderful exercise that combines the pull up to dip in 1 movement. You can even get to a other fantastic moves like skin the cats, inverted push ups (handstands on the rings), ice cream manufacturers, and perhaps even an iron cross. A few of the moves have funny names but they are anything but simple. A quick search on YouTube will show you many of these moves.
I have found them to be a crucial part of my physical fitness and health and well being, and as one of my clients said, “I really like to swing ring to ring if no one is looking.” Now get out there and move!