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Old 10-21-2006, 08:35 PM   #1
Ahmik Jones
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We got the chance to try out the new prototype rings from Gill Athletics at Weekend Warriors today.

http://www.gillathletics.com/GillIte...px?FSID=TA1598

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/31792.jpg

The rings are almost identical to the AAI rings at CrossFit Santa Cruz, and the straps are like the ones on the competition set that I put up at work.

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/31793.jpg

They come with a D-ring so that you could attach them to eye bolts or bars with a carabiner, or you can loop the straps right over a bar. The length is adjustable at both ends.

The wide straps are really comfortable when doing dips and muscle ups. Of the around 20 people who tried them at Weekend Warriors, about ¾ of them really liked the raised texture on the rings and several people got more muscle-ups than they had in the past because they were able to maintain their false grip. A few people, however, felt that the texture was a little too sharp.

Overall, I really like them and I am very impressed with the price. I did some searching for something similar on the internet (textured plastic rings and wide competition style straps and buckles) and the best I could find was $135 plus shipping by buying the rings and straps from two different websites.

Here are some pictures of Tim playing around with them.

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/31794.jpg

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Old 10-21-2006, 09:36 PM   #2
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Ahmik,
very cool.

Karl looks like I was at least a bit helpful.
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
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The biggest props need to go to Shawn McGrath from Crossfit San Jose. He is the one who put us on the right path with the strap and buckle design. Personally, I think I like the slightly textured rings, but I do need to get them hung high enough to properly execute a muscle up.

The big shipment will come in late December/early January. I am pushing management to bring in as many as possible to meet the needs of the community.

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Old 10-22-2006, 06:14 PM   #4
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:24 PM   #5
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Ahmik you beat me to the post, and you have better pics.

We tried them out this weekend as well and then used them under a fairly stressful workout.

5 rounds
Hill sprint
Bdyweight Deadlift X 10
Broad jump X 10
Ring Dips X 10

Everyone who used them liked them. By mid workout people were looking for them to open up so that they could use them. Big praise for the wide webbing and buckle placement. The comments on the texture was that it helped in maintaining the grip during the workout. Monday we are doing muscle ups. Will report back again.
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:45 PM   #6
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I agree with Jeff and Karl that the texture definitely helps maintain grip, it certainly helped me get extra muscle ups. I think that the few people who felt it was a little too sharp, were being nitpicky, because I asked them to be. Several other people wanted to buy some right there because they were having an easier time maintaining the false grip.
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:44 AM   #7
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Just ordered me some. thanks for the link. Someday, my 260lb phata** will do a muscle up. Can do everything but.

All the best,
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Old 10-23-2006, 12:03 PM   #8
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I have Nylabone rings now and webbing but I can't figure out what kind of straps to use, etc... The straps I bought look like they will break under pressure, so I was thinking of just using square knots. But I'd rather just rig up my straps better/easier, any suggestions?
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:44 AM   #9
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Yael -- don't use a square knot -- it will progressively slip and you may die if it unthreads at the wrong moment. Either use a water knot or (better) source a pair of Ancra buckles and 1" straps. Russ Walling at http://www.fishproducts.com/ may be able to assist you with the latter.

Good luck! Rings rule, as if you didn't know.
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:34 AM   #10
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Yeah, I meant a water knot. :-) I'm just doing b-rows for now so I probably won't die but thanks for the heads up and the URL!!!
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