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I know this wasn't the most thorough instructable, but it's also not the most complicated. It may take some trial-and-error, but if you do finish a set and end up using them, please upload your results.

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If you're looking for exercises check out gymnasticbodies.com, they also have a youtube account with tons of creative ways to workout.
I made a second set on a wood lathe, which I have ot say, if you have the tools, is much easier
definitely, that's the way to go. post pictures if you have them.
 How do you attach these? can a ceiling stud take the weight?  I am training planches and want to train them at home.
Ceilings don't have studs. They have joists or trusses. They will probably will take the weight but they will flex from the force of your movements and will probably crack the sheetrock or plaster ceiling.
&nbsp;i haven't attached these to anything yet. i use truck cargo straps to hang them from football goal posts at the local high school.<br /> <br /> as far as mounting them to the ceiling, i can't say for sure if that will hold the weight, but i would guess it wouldn't be a problem. it just comes down to how well it's mounted. i would guess screwing one of those pull-up cars to your ceiling stud and then wrapping the ring straps around the bar would do the trick.<br /> <br /> post pics and some instructions if you can. i'd like to hear how you worked it out.<br />
Ok, could these take a back uprise? For training a swing to strength, like back uprise planche? &nbsp;Oh, i'll post a picture of a planche once i get it, right now i have a ok straddle planche
when i mount my rings to the goal posts i'm able to do kip-to-supports and back uprises without any worries, but like i mentioned earlier, i'm just wrapping cargo straps around goal posts so all of the weight is taken by the straps. they hold 300+ pounds.<br /> <br /> if you're going to permanently mount the rings to the ceiling constant movement doing uprises may or may not loosen the hardware depending on how well it's fastened.<br /> <br /> however you choose to mount them i would just make sure they're double reinforced if possible and then start off slow for the first week doing basic exercises to test their strength before jumping into uprises and planches.<br /> <br /> good luck!<br />
&nbsp;i'd like to post the official depth for gymnastics rings is 1 1/8 inch
&nbsp;thanks, where did you find the official dimensions?
i forgot, i made mine too thick, so i looked for it, but i forgot where i found it
thanks! I made these a few months back, with 2x 1/2&quot; plywood i think. I liked the idea of a permanent ring place, but the only out-of-the-way place had dinky trees, so I had to make my own branch :D<br /> <br /> I was stuck on how to make these for a long time till i saw your instructable, so simple :P i had some poly on them as well but sanded everything that didn't rub off, the wood is way better. btw, mine have been outside all this time and they are still strong as ever, the more they weather, the smoother they get, and if they rot through in 3 years, i'll just make some new ones.<br />
&nbsp;oh man, thanks for posting pics they look incredible! i love how they've aged, and i'm definitely with you on the natural smoothness of the wood over the urethane coating. i still haven't gotten around to making a permanent place for them and now that the winter's here i won't until the spring, but i'll definitely keep your rig in mind. what kind/thickness of rope did you use? did you do anything fancy to secure it to the pieces of wood at the top? from the angle of the picture it looks like your crossbar is only fastened to the tree on one side and the other is free floating...?<br /> <br /> <br />
Those are 4x 20' 2x4s painted thick with old brown rustoleum.&nbsp; it's bigger and higher than it seems. I just screwed everything together, the tip is just a bunch of 2x4 scrap pieces with LOTS of screws, as this has to be the strongest part. There's a blue, 4&quot;, something-thousand pound working load strap that wraps around the tip (making the screws redundant), and two lines secure higher up the tree, about 25' with figure-8 loops (you cant clearly see the blue line, imagine a big right-angle triangle attached to a tree)<br /> <br /> The thing would stay in place on its own as it's jammed in branches and the weight &quot;pushes&quot; it toward the trees, but if you look close, i drilled some holes in the arms around where they touch the tree and use about 8 pieces of cheap yellow rope (now painted black) to make sure they don't slip out.<br /> <br /> The rings are about 8' high but they should be higher for pull ups. i still cant get all the way up into that &quot;support&quot; pose without jumping from something, guess i need more practice |:&lt;
&nbsp;wow, i'd say that's pretty damn secure. well, with your schnazzy setup it'll only be a matter of time before you master a clean muscle up to support.<br /> <br /> there's another way you can play around getting up there. start out in a pike hang (see exercise picture posted), and then you snap open by swinging your legs forward. the key is getting your hips as high as possible so that when your chest follows it's above the rings by the time it reaches your hands. you should be in a position that resembles the bottom of a dip, since you're now above the rings from there you press up to a support. this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0RaWELmU98" rel="nofollow">video</a> should be easier to understand.<br />
ooH! i was looking for something like that.<br />
Yeah, the videos on there are great. I just found one on youtube of a guy doing a victorian cross. hard to wrap my head around that kind of strength.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAHS2YfRlso">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAHS2YfRlso</a><br/>
haven't tried making these beauts yet, but I must say, the Bulgarin Dips on gymnasticbodies.com are truly excruciating. ;)
you could've coated the whole rings in epoxy for super strength
That's something I tried originally to weather-proof them, but didn't like the feel. I used Minwax indoor/outdoor Helmsman spar urethane and coated each ring twice. Afterwards they lost their smooth touch and felt slightly sticky. I resanded them with 1000 grit sand paper and then restained them. I figured since they're so portable there's no reason to leave them outside, especially in bad weather and without the polyurethane they take better if I ever want to use chalk.
Very neat instructable - such a simple thing but rather specific if you want the real deal! For those with routers, 'rounding' the rings with rollerbearing supported quarter outside round bits would be a cinch and save lots of filing time...Perhaps if making more than one set.
Wow. Those look great!

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