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Old 04-04-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
Josh E Lundgaard
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How far apart do you hang rings? I'm getting nice strap burns on both forearms every time I use mine, and I'm wondering if they may be to close together. I hang them just wider than shoulder width.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:05 AM   #2
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Josh,

Unverified by anything but my memory, I want to say 50 centimeters is standard width (19-20").

When you see the elite guys cranking on the rings, they often hold them out fairly far from their bodies, which has the side effect of preventing contact.

You could always cover them in velvet...

I'm sure the guys at battalion would love that.

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Old 04-04-2007, 11:11 AM   #3
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Me too! Just wider than shoulder width seems like what they should be. I'm convinced I just suck on rings (which is also true), though I would love to get further opinion on how far apart they should be.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:18 AM   #4
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For me I hang them about shoulder width. I am no gymnast obviously, but that works for me. Too far apart and you get instability, too close and they get in your own way. If you have them mounted in such a way where they can be moved easily then readjust the width until you find what works for you. You can also try and do a search on the CF site for rings to see if that would help. You could try this link also: http://ringtraining.com/ (work/family safe). I have been to this site before but for some reason it is down right now. Or it could be on my side of the network to the server. Other Google searches might help.
Good luck anyway.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:40 AM   #5
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Nice thought on the velvet, Jon. I guess as long as I choose the appropriate battalion color they might not mind...
I think might have hit on the real problem in your post - I need to work more on support strength so that my arms move a bit farther away from me before I start trying to get funky with my rings.
I did a message board search prior to this post, but didn't really dig anything up, except the fact that an amazing amount of words on this board include the letters "r i n g".
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Old 04-04-2007, 02:21 PM   #6
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With mine, I decided to hang them the distance that I was told dip/parallel bars should be space apart--with a bent elbow, the distance from the tip of the middle finger to the back end of the elbow (I think it was called a "cubit"?).

It's worked well for me so far, and it's customized to each person...
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:08 PM   #7
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Cubit? Hey wasn't that the measuring unit that Noah used for his boat?:g::lol:
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:13 AM   #8
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Thanks for the tip, Garrett, I'll give the Cubit a try!
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:33 AM   #9
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I went with shoulder-width which seems to work pretty well, but I did get some nasty strap burns on my arms. Pretty sure some of this has to do with the fact I'm not strong enough to hold the rings out far enough. I just bought a couple of elbow braces to wear while doing ring push-ups/dips to see how that works.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:08 AM   #10
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Per Tyler Haas, 50 cm (= about 20.8"), or slightly outside shoulder width.
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