How and Where To Hang Your Gymnastic Rings

I really want to start working out with gymnastic rings! But where the hell can I hang them?

We hear this question about a hundred times a day – Okay maybe not that much, but trust me, we hear it A LOT. And many people shy away from the rings for this reason. They just have no clue where to hang them.

 

Where to Hang Rings

 

It’s a completely valid concern. After all, it’s not always so easy to find just the right tree branch or goal post from which to hang your rings.

But we’re going to answer this burning question once and for all.

 

Rings Setup Option #1 – DIY Gymnastic Rings Setups

 

If you’re at all handy, this may be the best route to take, as it opens up your options tremendously.

 

Build a Frame for your Rings

Rings Frame

This frame is sturdy and putting it together can be a fun Sunday activity.

A while back, Jarlo, who loves building things, put together a very cool rings frame in his backyard.

Obviously, for this method, you’ll need space, patience, and permission to dig up the yard (if you don’t own it), but if you have those three things, you won’t regret doing it this way.

Check out Jarlo’s post on how he built his rings frame.

When Jarlo moved, he couldn’t take his rings frame with him, but he found another solution (more information below).

 

Create a Counterweight System

An even more creative approach is one shared with us by Dan on our Facebook page, accompanied by the following description:

Rings Counterweight System

Don’t be intimidated by Dan’s creativity here – but don’t limit yourself either!

18 ft ceiling. 4 x6 beam lagged into roof rafters. Can hold 3000 lbs. (at least!) Rings attached to beam with ceiling cleat. Using straps from EXF Rings, but prefer wooden rings. S-Buckles are against ceiling cleat. Adjustment buckles are 15′ high. Rings can go from dead hang to floor.

Also showing my counterweight system. Like a dream machine, but much more versatile. The counterweight provides assistance, so I can work on muscle ups and crosses (which I can’t do!) Getting close to the muscle-up. Using 25 lbs of counterweight provides 50 lbs of assistance, and I can go from 50 lbs to zero in 5 lb increments. I use a rock climbing harness and paracord, with some swivels and carabiners, and pulleys. Great for working on muscle up transitions and negative reps.

 

Give Your Rings a Permanent (and sturdy!) Home

After traveling on a boat with his rings for half the year, Mikey's pretty stoked to have a permanent place to hang his rings.

After traveling on a boat with his rings for half the year, Mikey’s pretty stoked to have a permanent place to hang his rings.

Mikey Killingback, one of our founding Alpha Posse members, is the best example of someone who won’t let anything get in the way of his rings workout.

He lives on a boat for a month at a time and still makes it work! (You can read more about his crazy life here.)

Mikey recently put up a permanent rings structure in his home and shared his tips on building your own:

it’s a M12 threaded steel rod. Goes right through to the topside of the roof trusses above the plaster ceiling. A big fat double nut and washer securing it from above, and a lifting nut and delta link down below. Probably strong enough to hang my car from, but I think engineering overkill is important when it’s the only thing saving me from the concrete floor.

 

Rings Setup Option #2 - Find Other Structures to Hang Your Rings From

 

This is probably the easiest option for most people. Almost all parks will have some sort of structure that’s sturdy enough and tall enough to allow you to do just about anything on the rings. Look around for monkey bars, swing sets, or other tall, sturdy structures.

 

Note: Where I live all city parks have a strict rule forbidding adults unaccompanied by children, which prevented me from using the park option for hanging my rings. (Unfortunately, such rules are necessary these days…)

Be sure to check signs so you don’t get fined or anything.

 

Find Another Use for Your Kids’ Swingset

Joe Francis

“Move over kids!”

Joe, another one of our fans on Facebook, shared this photo of his rings setup.

He makes good use of his kids’ backyard swingset for his rings workout.

(He actually won a copy of Rings One with this photo in a recent Facebook photo contest we had. Be sure to like us on Facebook to hear about all our upcoming contests)

Pretty cool, huh?

 

Find a Place to Hang Your Rings, Wherever You Go

Yard Time

Jennifer found a place to hang her rings in Afghanistan. You can find a place too.

This photo is a personal favorite of mine.

Jennifer is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, and has been working with gymnastic rings for awhile, even while on active duty.

Stationed in Kabul Afghanistan our team loves a good workout.

One of the group introduced Rings to the workout.  A good weather afternoon, our J5 shop went out and did some group Yard Time together bringing out a few more with us to enjoy sets of rings, pull ups, push ups and ab lifts.

 

Rings Setup Option #3 – Get Back to Nature

 

If you feel like there’s nowhere to hang your rings, chances are you haven’t paid close enough attention to your surroundings. There are tons of optimal places all around in nature to hang rings.

 

Look for a Sturdy Tree

Golden Gate Park

I sure wouldn’t mind working out in this setting.

Jason found this great spot in Golden Gate Park to hang his rings.

Not only is he working out on a sturdy foundation (big trees are generally strong enough to hold one’s bodyweight), but he also gets to do his badass rings workout in an unbelievably beautiful setting.

 

Don’t Let a Little Snow Stop You

Sami Rings

Snowing outside? Cuddle up with your rings for warmth.

Training outdoors can definitely be challenging, especially if you live in a cold climate, but that doesn’t have to stop you.

Sami, one of our seasoned, devoted Alpha Posse members, found a place to hang his rings even in what looks like quite a bit of snow.

(Did I mention he’s pretty devoted?)

He used this great rings setup to go through Rings One and Rings Two.

We wouldn’t recommend training in the snow for the faint of heart, but then again, rings aren’t really a piece of cake either, so we think you can probably handle it ;)

 

Rings Setup Option #4 – Keep it Simple

 

Of course, many people either live in harsh climates (not that that’s stopping Sami!) or simply prefer to exercise indoors. And those people are in luck because there are many ways to hang your rings indoors.

 

Make Use of Your Gym Membership

Gym Rings

Don’t worry about looking weird in the gym – have you seen some of the weirdos who frequent gyms?

If you already have a gym membership you may as well use it – just stay away from the treadmill!

Instead, take advantage of the high ceilings and abundance of pull-up bars and other strong, metal structures to have a ball with your rings. Now, I know a lot of people feel self-conscious about doing their rings workout in the gym. What will people think?

Well, for one thing, they’ll probably think you’re pretty awesome (because you are!), and for another, to quote one of our members:

 If your gym is anything like the one I go to then it will be full of people doing free weights/machines with terrible form. You will be far better off doing your ‘strange’ workout!

 

Hang from the Rafters

Gymnastic RingsWhen Jarlo moved not too long ago, he bid a sad farewell to the awesome rings frame pictured above.

But, fear not. Jarlo’s ingenuity struck again, and he found the perfect solution right in his own garage – by hanging his rings from the rafters.

As you can see from the picture, his kids love this setup too, and it’s nice and sturdy so Jarlo doesn’t have to worry about the rings coming tumbling down on him or his boys.

 

Spatial Requirements for Gymnastic Rings

 

What about the metrics of it all?

Well, we recommend finding a space where you can hang your rings 3 or 4 meters (10-13 feet) high.

You’ll want to give yourself enough room (both height and width) to really nail the movements (especially the straight body movements). Also, you’ll want to make sure your straps are long enough to let your rings hang low (when you need them to) so that you can do the pushups, planks, mountain climbers, etc.

For width, 1.5 meters (5 feet) is great, and then you’ll want to set your rings about shoulder width apart, or a bit wider.

You can probably get through Phase 1 and part of Phase 2 of Rings One with a limited amount of space for your rings, but in order to really benefit from the training (and be able to do full body movements on the rings) you’ll want to be sure to find a space that has the space metrics mentioned above.

 

Safety is Priority Number One

 

Ring Training L-Sit

Find a place to hang your rings, and everything else will fall into place.

If you get only one thing out of this post, it should be an understanding that there are endless possibilities for where and how to hang your rings.

You may need to be a bit creative or willing to step outside your comfort zone, but if you have been wanting to get started with gymnastic rings, the excuse of “I don’t know where to hang my rings” should definitely not stand in your way.

No matter where you hang your rings, your number one priority should be to hang them safely and securely.

Don’t just look around for something tall enough to hold your rings – make sure you look for something strong enough to hold your bodyweight safely. The last thing you (or we) want is for the structure you are using to break or move while you are mid-air.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with this video Ryan made about why it’s not such a great idea to hang your rings using a door mounted pull-up bar:

 

 

While some people opt to hang their gymnastic rings on a door frame or pull-up bar, we don’t recommend doing so unless the bar is bolted into the door frame, as some are designed to be. When you work with moveable parts, you increase your risk for injury or bad form (which often leads to injury).

So, stay safe and have fun!

 

Get to Work!
UGRingsNow that your excuse about having nowhere to hang your rings is out of the way, it’s time to take the first step on your rings journey.

Get started with our Ultimate Guide to Gymnastic Ring Training for Beginners and then make your way to Rings One and Rings Two. You’ll be amazed by the amount of strength you’ll build.

 

Rachel Honeyman

Marketing Assistant - Almost five feet tall, Rachel is responsible for all kinds of writing tasks around GMB HQ and also manages our charity and press relationships. She likes chocolate way too much.

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  • OldManRabbi

    Thank you! I was Just considering how to move my rings inside for the winter….This post gave me the validation I needed… Home Deopt, here I Come.

    • JarloIlano

      That’s great! Plus home projects are so satisfying!

      • rhoneyman

        i thought that was only if they’re on the wife’s to-do list. :7)

  • Khaled Allen

    I’ve hung rings from exposed rafters in the garage, eye bolts screwed into the floor joists in my basement, pullups bars in doorways, and balcony railings, but my favorite place is a good tall tree. Plus, setting them up involves some tree climbing, which is always a plus.

    • http://www.goldmedalbodies.com/ Andy Fossett

      Any excuse to climb a tree is a good one.

  • Burtchellr

    I go to the local football field and hang them from the goal posts when the kids aren’t out using it. =)

    • RyanHurst

      Nice. One of our trainers Daniel Spencer does that too. :)

      • Burtchellr

        I’m also in the process of making a PVC box that will work to hang rings and double as p-bars/pull-up bars for other bodyweight exercises. It’s about 9ft tall, with one side being a PVC ladder to get up and down. I also plan to use that as stall bars. :P

        • RyanHurst

          Great idea.

  • Julian Camastra

    I have a great place in my apartment to hang my rings from the beams on the ceiling, but I am looking to install swivels along the straps somewhere so I can perform rolls without getting all wound up, does anyone have any suggestions as to what hardware I should buy?

  • DaVinci

    Has anybody left their rings outside for extended periods of time (days/weeks at a time)?

    • http://www.goldmedalbodies.com/ Andy Fossett

      I’m sure many people have.

    • RyanHurst

      Yeah, and if you do, be sure to check for rust along with wear and tear on the straps. That’s good to do every now and then no matter where you hang them.