Gymnastic rings can be an excellent way of increasing your upper-body strength and are particularly good to shape lats, abs, shoulders, triceps and forearms, as these muscles are used in almost every manoeuvre. Like any piece of gymnastic equipment, though, rings must be properly installed. If rings are not attached to a safe and sturdy anchor point, they can be dangerous to use, as you might fall and hurt yourself if the rings come loose while you are hanging from them.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
Identify an appropriate location to install your gymnastic rings. It should provide a solid overhead anchor point, such as a tree branch or ceiling beam.
Test your chosen anchor point by hanging onto it with your full body weight. If it rocks or moves in any way while you are hanging from it, it is not sturdy enough; find a different one.
Measure the space available around your chosen anchor point with the measuring tape. You should have a 6- to 8-foot clearance around your anchor point so you can exercise freely.
Measure the distance between your shoulders with the measuring tape, and add two inches to the resulting measurement. Mark this measurement on your anchor point by loosely tying a piece of string at each end of it. Ensure you do not mark the measurement too close to obstacles such as walls or tree trunks.
Loop the gymnastic rings around your anchor point, one at each piece of string. Remove the pieces of string as you do so.
Adjust the ring straps until the rings hang at a comfortable height.
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