Everybody nowadays has a pull-up bar but how many of your friends have rings in their homes? How many of your friends have rings in their rooms? How many of them live in a small apartment? For most of my exercising years I lived across the street from a very big gymnastics’ hall. Literally [...]
Everybody nowadays has a pull-up bar but how many of your friends have rings in their homes? How many of your friends have rings in their rooms? How many of them live in a small apartment?
For most of my exercising years I lived across the street from a very big gymnastics’ hall. Literally ten minutes after I would feel an urge for a workout I would already be warming up in the gym. Being very determined, curious and studious about everything training related, I slowly became close friends with the president of the club. And at one point she invited me to become a co-founder there. Thus I made a very tight relationship with that place, I was always welcome there, for as much as I wanted and never had to pay for anything. That’s how my carefree teenage years went – I would spend most of my time in the gym, it was my second home and people there were my family.
I first felt the need to exercise at home when I moved to my current place 2 years ago. Two hours would be needed for a trip to the gym and back to my place if I decide to visit. That’s why I arrived at the conclusion that it would be much easier to just start working out at home. After all what did I really need? A pull-up bar and rubber bands. I had already replaced weights with rubber bands earlier before. So I had that solved but I had no pull-up bar. I spend a whole week trying to find the best place for it. However I realised a pull-up bar is that limited and there would be still rings’ moves that I would be unable to practise on it such as iron cross, maltese, inverted cross, even a handstand. That’s why a very strong desire to place rings in my apartment appeared and so I did.
So before we begin – this tutorial will explain to you how to mount still rings in a home environment. Everything costed me less than $100 and took less than an hour to mount. It’s been over 2 years since I have been using my pair of rings, almost everyday and never experienced any problems with the installation.
1. What do you need?
1.1 Still Rings
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1.2. Anchоr bolts
The anchor bolts are the most important part in the whole setup. They are the attachment and what holds the rings to the ceiling. I chose the most expensive anchor bolts which I could find over here. As you can see on the photo the manufacturers name is “Black & Decker”. They can hold up to 500kgs(~1100lbs.) of static weight.
Another thing worth pointing out here is that you MUST find anchor bolts with a hook, not just regular bolts. The bolt must end up with a hook so that you can attach the climbing buckles to it. On the photo above you can see how the climbing buckle is already attached to the anchor bolt.
1.3. Climbing buckles
On this photo you can see the anchor bolt and the climbing buckle separated. The climbing buckle is the bottom element in the picture.
The climbing buckle is the link that connects the rings to the anchor bolts. The hooks of the bolts are a bit tiny so that’s why I added buckles in order to save the straps of the rings. Again I bought the most expensive buckles that I could find in my area. They can hold up to 230kgs(~507lbs.) of weight.
2. Choosing a spot
Before you begin with the installation process you must ask yourself a couple questions. 1) Is my ceiling strong enough to hold to my weight? In the general case the answer will be yes. However this setup won’t work for suspended ceilings unless you cut a serious hole around the anchor bolts so that you can attach the climbing buckles to the hooks of the bolts. 2) Is there enough space in that area for me to exercise? All on all you won’t need that much space. My room(not the one on the photo above) is extremely small with a single corridor between my desk and my bed. That’s where I placed my rings. How did I choose – think of all the moves that you might ever want to train on your rings. The pull-ups and chin-ups are obvious, think of the front and back levers, the iron cross and the inverted cross. For the levers you will need enough space in front of the rings(for your legs) and behind them(for your upper torso). For the iron cross you will need space on both sides(around the height of your head) so that your arms can spread freely in the air. For the inverted cross, again, you will need space on the sides but however this time at feet height(you will lower the rings almost to the ground to exercise this move). Also last but not least you will need height in general to attach your rings. My rings are at a height where I need to step on my finger toes in order to grab them. That works perfectly for me so that I don’t have to bend my knees when I do pull-ups/chin-ups and I can get into an iron cross without touching the ground with my feet(consider that you will have to lower the rings to your shoulder height so that you have enough height above you and below you for the cross).
3. Mounting everything
Find a driller which is powerful enough to go through concrete. Keep in mind that there are steel bars and cables(for the lights in your room) in your ceiling. Try figuring out the path of the cable considering where the switch and the lamp are and try avoiding drilling on that side of the ceiling. For the steel bars there’s nothing you can do. Drill and pray you don’t hit any. In my case you can see that on my second attempt I hit a steel bar and was unable to go through it. Usually steel bars are situated every 20cm(~8 inches) so if you hit one just move the drilling machine by an inch to the side.
You don’t have to drill a very deep hole, just make sure it is deep enough so that the body of the anchor bolt can fit in up to its head. The distance between the two points where you will hang the rings should be 50cm(~20 inches). This is the Olympic standard.
3.2. Placing the anchor bolts
This is a very simple process but very important at the same time. Put the anchor bolts inside up to the loop and then start screwing the loop for as much as you can! As you are screwing it the legs of the bolt will open up to the sides and thus attach themselves to the inside of the ceiling. The harder you screw it the better! Don’t worry you will not damage the ceiling nor the anchor bolt.
3.3. Attaching the climbing buckles and rings
As I said above the climbing buckles are needed so that the straps of the rings can go easier through them. The hooks of the anchor bolts are just too tight for the straps to go well through them which might wear them off easily.
After you have attached the buckles hang the rings from them. And voilà you are done!
Check out the video below where I am showing a better view of the setup in my room. You can see how seriously small my room really is. Yet it never stopped the progress in my training.