Anyone mess with Olympic Rings?

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Brigsy

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In searching for something that I can do whilst my disks sort themselves out I have stumbled on gymnastic ring training. I am finding I can train it as most of it is hanging, so no compression on the disks. And I'm finding it really fun. And hard.

Using Overcoming Gravity 2 as source material. Contains progressions to work up to specific exercises and challenges. I'm just at the easy end of the scale but its progressive so I can measure progress.

And wife is trying it as well, so it's something we can train together.
 

Tuc Ouiner

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I don't, but would also like to hear from someone who has. Seems they would be great for stretching out the shoulder girdle. On a dissimilar note: In a hospital setting they would be great for bed-bound patients to help transfer themselves to a seated position with or without the help of a caregiver. Back to the gym training though, it seems that ergonomically it would be so much less traumatic to the joints, ligament and tendon stuff.
 

Ghost Bro

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Overcoming gravity is a great book, haven't read 2 but the original is awesome.
I used to do a set of pull ups into a set of muscle ups into dips, L sit and iron cross and repeat, with holds for rest and trying to maximise hang time.
 

SC MMA MD

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I have fools with them to do pull-ups and attempt a muscle up (can't do them from rings either- still on the to do list). They seem to add stress on the stabilizing muscles when doing pull-ups/dips etc, and if you can pull off the harder moves like muscle ups and iron cross etc they are a fantastic body weight workout. As Tuc said above, the stretching/hanging from rings and a pull-up bar has been wonderful for my shoulders.
 

Brigsy

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Still enjoying it building a strength base. Just trying tucked front and backed levers for holds at the moment for notable moves. Otherwise its pulls, dips, rows and press ups. Then some dicking about going upside down, german hangs and skin the cats etc

For shoulder mobility the skin the cats and german hangs are full range of motion.
 

Brigsy

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The muscle ups are getting smoother. Progress. Also working on tucked front levers for time. Working on the way to full front lever.
 

Brigsy

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Have managed to go from zero ring muscle ups last month to strict sets of three now. So making progress. Front levers.....not so much haha.
 

Ghost Bro

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Have managed to go from zero ring muscle ups last month to strict sets of three now. So making progress. Front levers.....not so much haha.
for the front lever you kinda have to lock your shoulderblades, and use even your lats for that extra bit of friction against your arms.. until i did the latter I couldn't nail it
 

Brigsy

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for the front lever you kinda have to lock your shoulderblades, and use even your lats for that extra bit of friction against your arms.. until i did the latter I couldn't nail it
Although I don't see how you brace against your lats for friction? My arms are out infront of me on the rings front lever?
 

Ghost Bro

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Although I don't see how you brace against your lats for friction? My arms are out infront of me on the rings front lever?
sorry I was thinking back lever. front lever progression is the tuck pretty much, hit some crunches (stretch legs out) or combine with L-sit?


Friend of mine would kip from a pull up to a front lever til he could get used to it, could be something to try
 
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