THESET-UP

Here’s what you need to know be­fore you start your ring train­ing regime

Men's Fitness - - Trainer | Mf Guide To Rings -

WHAT TYPE OF RINGS SHOULD I GET?

Wood is most com­fort­able on the wrists and easy to grip, but ex­pen­sive. Plas­tic is cheaper, and you can hang them out in any weather. Metal is ul­tra­durable but not friendly on your wrists. If it fits your bud­get, wood’s the best bet – it also ab­sorbs sweat, mean­ing you’ll be able to hold on bet­ter when things get tricky.

WHERE SHOULD I HANG THEM?

A tree branch or out­door pullup bar is ideal, if it’s sturdy enough. At home, you can use rafters in your garage, a door-mounted pull-up bar – though not for “in­verted” moves – or eye­lets bolted to your ceil­ing, if you’re the DIY type. Al­ter­na­tively, take them to the gym. Just ask be­fore you hang them up.

HOW HIGH SHOULD THEY BE?

It de­pends on your train­ing. Gen­er­ally, you’ll train abovethe-ring and below-the-ring moves sep­a­rately, so there’s no problem with ad­just­ing their height be­tween rounds. Un­til you can do the ba­sics un­der con­trol, it’s al­ways a good idea to be able to touch the ground at any point dur­ing a move­ment, so you can dis­mount un­der con­trol if your strength fails you.

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