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Old 06-15-2012, 01:47 PM   #1
Mitch Medeiros
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Handstand on rings

Why are they so hard?

I can hold a non-moving handstand on the floor for 10 seconds easy (30+ on a good day) and yesterday I tried my first handstand on rings. To say that it didn't go well would be to say that the ocean is damp.

I dropped the rings to about 3 inches off the floor, grabbed hold and kicked my feet up. I immediately started to slowly spin while getting tangled in straps. The rest is kind of a blur but I am just glad that I didn't end up embarrassing myself too badly.

I figured it'd be tough, but I didn't expect to feel like a complete newbie. Especially considering the fact that I have some adequate basic skills on rings (100# weighted dips, strict muscle ups, skin the cat, etc).

If anyone has had this problem and worked through it I'd love to hear how. Any progressions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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Re: Handstand on rings

Like I said in the beyond muscle up thread....

Overcoming Gravity's charts

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...RaklJelE#gid=0

Grades out rings handstand around "level 7" type of strength.

Semi-corresponding pressing strength level is around 1.7x bodyweight dip which #100 lbs may be around, but it's really a different movement altogether.

Strict muscle up is around level 5ish in strength, so much easier. Regular freestanding handstand is around level 3-4.

So it's definitely a very tough move not only because of the balance but because of the strength required to stabilize the position.

OG has progressions in the book.

If you're looking for something online drillsandskills might have something on rings handstand. Haven't checked in a while though. Not sure about CF gymnastics or gymnasticswod or any other the other sites.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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Re: Handstand on rings

That Google Doc is ridiculously awesome
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: Handstand on rings

Links are wfs btw for the mods. Forgot to add that.

Yeah let me know if you have any specific questions.
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