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