If I was stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one thing… it would be a Super Nintendo.
But if I could bring TWO things, the second would be a pair gymnastic rings.
(Apparently both food and water don’t rank high on my list; I’m cool with that.)
In this nerd’s humble opinion, there’s no greater piece of equipment for building strength, adding muscle, and gaining mastery over your own body than having the ability to do some basic moves on gymnastic rings. And the best part? ANYONE can learn how to use gymnastic rings to get in great shape.
(Yes, even you.)
In fact, it’s our opinion here at Nerd Fitness that building a great-looking, great-performing, great-everything body comes easiest as the result of three major training philosophies:
- Barbell training with things like squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses
- Bodyweight training with core movements like pushups and pullups, and rings training training with muscle ups, dips, push-ups, and pull-ups.
- Fun “cardio” – walks, dancing, ultimate frisbee, whatever you actually enjoy.
Show me somebody, male or female, who trains with their bodyweight, with rings and with barbells, and I’ll show you one healthy, bad-ass individual!
I used to think rings were only for gymnasts. But much like other bodyweight exercises, rings are great tools for beginners, too.
Young or old, male or female, big or small, you can start simply by spending a few bucks on a set of gymnastic rings and working on some very basic movements.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or a super-advanced fancy person (and it certainly doesn’t matter if you’re “skinny” or “stocky”, male or female, Gungan or Wookie): Anyone at any experience-level can train successfully — and safely — with rings.
“BUT STEVE I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TRAIN WITH RINGS, HALP” you’re probably saying to your computer right now.
Don’t worry boo, I got you covered.