Have you ever wanted to own a pair of gymnastic rings? Its no secret the benefits the rings provided for your training goals.But have you tried shopping for a pair?
Gymnastic rings can be priced anywhere between $49.95 to well over $90 and although I believe that investing in our personal training is great. I also believe in efficiency and if there’s an economical option to acquire/create a product of similar quality, then I will surely take advantage of it.
So without further or do, I present to you a step by step guide on how to make your own gymnastic rings:
Step 1: Acquisition of Materials & Tools
1 x4ft in length/ 1-1.5inches diameter (Can be found at local Lowe’s or Home Depot Stores, typically under $3)
2 x 8ft Lashing Leashes. (Can be found at Amazon.com, $15)
Duck Tape or Gorilla Tape
Play Sand (Can be found @ Lowe’s or Home Depot Stores $3.50)
Hack Saw or Small Cutting Tool
Oven and Oven pan or Sheet
Circular Object (eg; Bowl.*circumference of object = length of pipe)
Step 2: What size should I make my rings?
The length of the pipes when cut are dictated by the circumference of the circular object of your choice. I personally used an x-large role of ducktape that measured in at 23.5 inches. Use a tape measure to measure and mark the length of the pipe. *[I wanted my rings to be pretty big because I wanted my paws to have a proportionate sized tool(I'm 6'4) and that could work my grip strength while performing movements hence the 1.5in diameter. I would recommend no less than 1in diameter, you can always add medical tape to make the diameter of the pipe thicker.]
Step 3: Cutting
Once you have decided the desired length for your rings, your are going to want to find a stable surface to cut your pvc pipe. I cut it over a table with my brother assisting as a human vice/anchor for the pipe. I used a hand-held hack saw to do the job.
Step 4: Tape & Sand
For this step you are going to want to cover one end of each PVC pipe with duck tape or gorilla tape and then pour Play Sand into the pipe.I used a make shift paper funnel to pour the sand into pipe. Once the sand is filled to the top of each pipe, tape the remaining side to enclose the sand. *[The sand will help maintain the integrity of the pipe during the heating process as the pipe will become very malleable and run the risk of losing its smooth circular shape. Sand will also help prevent air bubbles from occurring during the heating process.]
Step 5: Heating
For this next step you are going to want to pre-heat your oven for 15min @ 350 degrees and then heat the pipes for 10minutes at the same temperature. You will be heating each pipe separately as it can get a little hectic between the removal of the pipe from the oven and the molding process. An important observation is to place each pipe on a oven sheet or pan. If you do not do this your pvc pipes will mold to the oven railings and completely ruin your rings! *[Make sure you use mittens or towels to remove the pipes they will be HOT!]
Step 6: Molding
*This is the most important part of the process. You will want to have your circular object near by on a stable surface for this step because after the 10 minutes of pvc cooking you are going to quickly remove your pipe from the oven and begin the molding process. Molding the pipe will require you to simply wrap the now malleable pipe around your circular object. Continue to do so for about 5 to 10 minutes. As the object cools down it will start to solidify and shape into the circular object.
A little trick I used to speed up the cool down process was to run the now semi-cooled pvc pipe under cold water to speed up the process.
*Note that the pvc pipe is not completely circular as I purposely flared out the end of the pipe so my lashing leashes would be easier to thread and no extra sawing of pvc would be required.
Step 7: Sand Removal & Threading
The final step is to remove the tapes from the ends of the pipes and remove all of the sand. (*I saved the sand for the creation of my own sandbag, killing 2 birds with 1 stone baby!). After the removal of the sand you can now thread the lashing leashes through the pipe!
And thats it! You can hang these lashing leashes anywhere with an elevate bar. Pull-up bars are great, basketball hoops, and even tree branches! You can also use it for some sled work and attach it to a tire or sled.Gymnastic rings are an incredible & versatile tool that has helped me tremendously in my training. Here’s a quick video of the rings in action! I am confident that it will also help you reach your training goals as well.