If you had to name which athlete has the best all-round physique, a ring gymnast would almost certainly be high on your list. Bodyweight training suspended off the floor is perfect for building a functional, aesthetically impressive body.
“Most ring exercises are compound moves,” says PT Rory Allen. “They employ multiple muscle groups and joints. Even a basic ring workout will increase the demands on your muscles, as they’ll have to work constantly to stabilise you.” You’ll also be moving your joints through a complete range of movement, improving your mobility and strengthening them against injury.
Though Olympic rings may be the most comprehensive piece of bodyweight training kit, they’re cheap and easy to set up: sling them over a branch of a tree and you’re all set. Perform the following circuit two to three times, spending one minute on each exercise (if time is tight, do 10-15 reps) and ring in the changes on your new physique.
Olympic Rings and Gymnastic Workout
Use them to turn everyday strength moves into a test of balance and coordination, hitting the tiny stabiliser muscles barbells ignore. Perform twice a week and stop going round in circles.
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