Gymnast Rings: Why You Need to Try Them
Everyone’s entitled to his or her opinion. My opinion is that traditional, static gym exercises don’t cut it. Gymnast rings provide an extra dimension to your workouts and better results.
Becoming used to unstable surfaces and exercises, ideal for surfing, build balance and stabilizing muscles that can’t be reached with static workout surfaces. Surfing is a 3-dimensional, dynamic sport that requires a wide range of movement and bodyweight coordination. That’s where becoming accustomed to and coordinated with unstable bodyweight workouts make a huge difference.
I have a post about some lower-body stability training that can be done on an indo board. Today I’m hitting unstable upper body exercises, specifically gymnast rings, which really help with stabilizing your pop up, as well as paddling strength.
Head straight to the exercises: Gymnast Ring Exercises
Backwash or wind chop sometimes knock you off a potential wave? Work out on unstable surfaces to become as familiar as possible with unstable conditions, get stronger stability muscles, and improve balance (bodyweight coordination) and you won’t be affected as much.
Gymnast rings are perfect to keep your upper body in shape out of water and they’re unstable. They have endless amounts of potential to help add variety to your workouts and ensure you get the most out of your surf sessions. There are so many types of workouts that you can do with them to mimic surfing because they allow you to move naturally with a free range of motion.
Don’t have gymnast rings? Grab some HERE.
Few Reasons to Give Gymnast Rings a Go:
1.They’re cheap. Gymnast rings are about $30 and there are tens (if not hundreds) of exercises you can use with them. They beat the hell out of paying for a gym membership, that’s for sure. (order a pair off Amazon)
2. They’re mobile. You can take them with you anywhere to workout whether it’s your bedroom, garage, backyard, or the park.
3. Quick set up. You really don’t need much prep or set up to start a workout. I hang my gymnast rings from the ceiling in my apartment using I-bolts. You can also hang them from a tree or really anything that will hold your weight. Note: You can only do certain exercises with the rings if you don’t hang them high enough, like an over the door pull up bar. Ideally you want to hang them from an object about 10 ft. high in order to do all ring exercises. Trees always work well.
4. They’re unstable. You can’t get the same benefit working out on a stable object or surface. The instability of gymnast rings works your muscles in a way you just don’t get with traditional gym exercises and equipment. Surfing is unstable. Make your workouts unstable to increase stability and coordination. Don’t complicate it.
The real benefit with gymnast rings is that you will gain a huge amount of control over your own body weight with regular use. And in the process you’ll become much stronger in proportion to your body weight. It’s all about being strong relative to your individual body weight. Your goal shouldn’t be to be the biggest macho dude on the beach.