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Old 07-20-2009, 05:38 AM   #1
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Why is correct ring support "open"?

I've seen this in numerous places, from Steven Low's posts to the Drillsandskills pages, and I'm trying my best (it certainly is harder--and curiously, hits my forearms more than parallel).

But I started wondering--why is the "correct" ring support position open (ie "turned out between 15 and 45 degrees so that the insides of your elbows are facing forward")?

Is it a "because it's harder and thus more of a gradeable gymnastics challenge" thing, a "purely aesthetic" thing, a "most people hit their forearms on the straps if they don't do it right" thing, or some physiological thing I haven't figured out yet?
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:00 AM   #2
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Re: Why is correct ring support "open"?

In general I think it translates to performing other skills and transitioning to other skills better.

I could be wrong though.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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Re: Why is correct ring support "open"?

You have more control of advanced skills, and it's deduction to let your forearms touch the cables (which you may have noticed occurs a lot if you do muscle ups with the rings turned in -- strap burns)

For example, if you try to press to handstand with the rings turned in (1) your forearms contact the cables which is a deduction, and (2) if you overbalance just slightly you fall over. If they're turned out or parallel you can easily balance your handstand with your forearms shifting back and forth.

I believe we have discussed this on this forum a couple times before (although not recently).
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:39 AM   #4
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Re: Why is correct ring support "open"?

Probably so, but it's one of those things that for whatever reason I couldn't come up with the right search terms.

Hm, though--I get much more forearm contact with rings turned out a little bit than with them parallel. Something for me to analyze and figure out.
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Re: Why is correct ring support "open"?

How far apart are your rings set? Seems like most CF'ers put them too close together, Steven isn't regulation like 20"?

OK, yeah, googled it, from the still ring wiki page - distance apart is 50cm (= 19.7").
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Re: Why is correct ring support "open"?

Yeah, it's 50cm. The majority of people don't have shoulders that wide so they'll be at least even or a bit further out than your shoulder girdle unless you're probably like > 6'2"
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