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    Anyone else do these? I have a set of Xtreme Rings from Coach Sommer (why does everything fitness have to be 'extreme'? let's all just stop with that). Elite Rings are also popular. More or less the same product, from what I can see.


    I have to say, they give me by far the greatest bang for the buck when it comes to home work outs. I can comfortably hit 10 full range dips with 70 lbs attached on a weight belt on a dip stand, but can barely punch out 8 with 20 lbs on rings. Push up variations are endless (and brutal) and learning to planche is a killer.


    If anyone else uses rings, I'd love to hear your work out and happy to share some of mine. If you haven't tried them, I seriously recommend them. Ring pull ups, push ups, dips, and many other exercises are crazy challenging, but also super fun. It's like jungle gyms for grown ups.


    For those interested:


    http://www.trainingrings.com/?gclid=CObo1Kz0uZsCFQRkswodbx2PAQ


    http://gymnasticbodies.com/catalog/


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    Yep, I have the elite rings...agree, it about halved the amount of pushups I can do, but it is a blast and I would think more in line with primal philosophy.

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      Love my rings too, although I don't use them all the time. I have a ton of other toys (tires, sandbags, rocks, etc.) to use, but could use exclusively rings if I had to. Dips and pushups are great, I also do a lot of pullups. Ever heard of muscle-ups? Very tough.

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        A current favorite workout, though it's maybe a bit less Primal due to it's duration and number of sets than some others. A killer, though:


        http://www.ringtraining.com/articles/workouts/100-pushups-workout.html


        Sadly, an otherwise kinda crappy site. Lots of potential, very little meat.

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          I SO WANT to get a set of rings! But I have no where to hang them.

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            This is how I did it...quite a few different ways...you could even go to a local park and just loop them through some bars or a chin up bar is you have one


            http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...vanp/rings.jpg

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              I actually hang them from this guy in my bedroom door, which requires no hardware:


              http://www.daybreakfitness.com/3_in_1_Door_Gym.html

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                I bought some Elite Rings (gave these to my dad) and have started making rings from plywood for myself and friends. I love doing exercises on rings. For the first week, the dips and pushups were more difficult. After the stabilizer muscles/ neuro stuff happened, they are easier to do. You have to think that whatever happens to stabilize your bodyweight on these rings is improving your body.


                I use the rings for pushups with my legs on a three foot tall stool, tricep pushups (let the rings out in front of you and push yourself up using your triceps), inverted rows, than dips and legs raises in the extended dip position. Due to a low basement ceiling, I do pullups on a bar I made. I do all these exercises in a row without rest- three times. Then I do deadlifts or squats with weights.


                By the time I am done, my arms and chest are on fire, and my heart is pounding. I love ring training, and it has help me really tone up and lose some stubborn weight.

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                  I love the tricep extensions on these...takes lots of balance and you definitely feel a burn...my first time doing pushups I was shaking like crazy...I agree once those stabilizer muscles and core get adjusted it can get real fun!

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                    Would working out with rings be the same as with suspension straps? http://www.suspensionexercise.com

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                      essentially...you could do the same moves...the rings are a bit more rugged IMO

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                        I got the idea of rings after my trainer suggested I do the TRX suspension training. I started researching suspension training, and saw some gym rings. You can do pretty much everything they do in the youtube TRX videos with rings. I am pretty sure they are cheaper too. Especially if you can make your own. TRX is expensive. Of course you could make your own TRX style system.

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