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Gymnastic Rings

By Gary F. Zeolla

I did dips on Bench Assistance day in my last two routines, so I wanted an alternative for my new routine. I had remembered before about doing dips on gymnastics rings back in the day. But I also remembered how tough they were, so I didn’t think I’d be able to do them. But with using 75 pounds for regular dips at the end of my previous routine, I figured I was ready to handle them, so I ordered a set from Amazon (#ad).

I got them last week and put them up on Thanksgiving. I was actually late for my family’s dinner because of doing so, missing the pre-dinner prayer. I tried them out yesterday during my workout. It took a good bit of fiddling to get them adjusted, and I still did not get them quite right. Watching the video afterwards, I didn’t have them high enough and thus wasn’t going deep enough.  I want them set so that my toes just tap the floor at the bottom; that way I am sure I am hitting the same depth each rep. That is how I set up my dip bars.

In any case, to be sure I didn’t get hurt, I warmed up with a couple of sets of dip on dip bars, then tried the rings. My memory was right—they were tough! I only got three reps and was shaking all over the place. I feared I wasn’t ready to use them. But then on my second set, I did five reps and wasn’t shaking quite as much. But then on my third set I was getting the hang of it and did eight reps with little shaking. I repeated that for a final set. My chest, shoulders, and arms were really pumped afterwards, and later I had significant DOMS throughout my upper body, so I think they will be a great exercise, especially once I adjust them to get a little more depth.

On a minor note, the rings I got were supposed to be red, but the picture on Amazon looked orange. I even posted a message and asked what the color was, and a representative from the company responded and assured me they were red. But when I got them, they look orange to me.

In any case, below are pics and a video of my two sets of eight. The final pic is how I plan of storing them between workouts. But this time I caught a clothesline in my basement in the straps. I realized that later when I tried hanging up some clothes. It took me several minutes to untangle the mess. I just have to be more careful next time. Click a pic for a a larger image.




The rings I got are: Yes4All Olympic Crossfit Gymnastic Rings with Flexible Buckles (Red) #ad).

Gymnastic Rings. Copyright 2015 By Gary F. Zeolla.

Nutrition and the Bible

    These three books look in-depth at what God give to human beings for food and what the Bible teaches about diet and nutrition. They also compare these Biblical teachings to scientific research on nutrition and degenerative disease like heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

God-given Foods Eating Plan: For Lifelong Health, Optimization of Hormones, Improved Athletic Performance

Creationist Diet: Second Edition; A Comprehensive Guide to Bible and Science Based Nutrition

Creationist Diet: Nutrition and God-given Foods According to the Bible

See also this series on Amazon (#ad).

The above article was posted on this site on November 30, 2015.

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