Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Gymnast Rings

Thanks istockphoto for letting me snag your way artsy image of gymnast rings! I don't know what I'd do without you (even if I don't always pay; let's face it, for demonstration purposes here your little watermark doesn't really offend and, hey, we throw a little branding in the mix and you get a hyperlink and life is good, right?).

At my gym there are these gymnast rings that hang on a really long bar that suspends from the ceiling and that people use for pullups, etc.

I covet the gymnast rings because I always wanted to be a gymnast and, quite honestly, I think I'd have been quite good. Even at 22, after the Barcelona Olympics, I called a gym in my hometown and they were starting a "Gymnastics for Adults" class but I was in college and it was difficult with my schedule and I had to let that one go. Sometimes you just gotta let it go. Cue harmonica prepare for me to start belting out some gospel.

What I see most people doing with the rings are pushups, which really look to challenge core stability and provide additional opposition for completing the exercise. I really want to try them but am afraid I will fall down and bust my teeth on the floor. So after a few monthsweeks of seriously wanting to try, I asked a guy who works there last night if he'd show me. He was happy to oblige and now I'm off to the gym, 5:18 a.m., to see if this is going to work.

If it does, lookout Paul Hamm! I might be 37 but I'm way bendy and flexy and full of isometric goodness.

1 comment:

Jane said...

How's your teeth? Still in your head, I hope!