Ring push-ups are a slight variation on the traditional bodyweight push-up, introducing gymnastics rings to the exercise to add an element of instability.
How to do Ring Push-ups:
- Adjust the height of the rings appropriate for your fitness level (the lower the rings the more difficult the exercise).
- Grip the rings, keep your body straight and your legs fully extended behind you.
- Slowly lower yourself down towards the floor.
- Pause at the bottom of the exercise then push yourself back up to the starting position.
- Do not lock out your elbows to maintain tension throughout the muscles during the exercise.
The push-up is a staple body weight exercise that almost everyone is familiar with. Adding gymnastic rings into the mix suspends your hands above ground and the independent movement of the rings makes the exercise much more difficult to control, adding an injection of intensity to the exercise. As a result you recruit more stabiliser muscles and maximise the benefits from the exercise. Ring push-ups are a great way to develop the chest and shoulder muscles and by altering the height of the rings you can control the exercise difficulty. Gymnastics rings are not simply about adding intensity however, and ring push-ups allow you to move through a much greater range of motion than static floor push-ups which is beneficial for your mobility and flexibilty skills. The joints are also able to track naturally and there's great carry over into your grip strength.