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Keeping Fit and Strong While Working From Home

Gymnastic rings training, like weight training just a lot harder

So, I’ve not been able to do any form of weight training for a while now.

For years I have enjoyed going to the gym and doing some form of weight training. Not that it is any good for you. My right shoulder is pretty beat up and my back is now made of glass.

Anyway, with the lockdown is on, I still want to do some form of weight-based exercise and just felt that press-ups and squats seemed to be a bit lacking. They can get a bit boring too.

We had already hung a punch bag in the garage to start build our own ‘home gym’. I considered getting hold of a squat rack, bench and some weights. However, was worried about the cost of it all. I didn’t really want to go and spend an excessive amount of money with the way things are. We may need the cash in the future for more essential items.

I decided to price things up anyway. Just to give me an idea of the costs, for future reference if nothing else.


I could not get a squat rack on Amazon, Sport Direct, Decathlon. I even found a website that specializes in selling only squat racks, they had zero stock. After dropping them a quick email, using Outflash’s tracking system to see if anyone is working and picking up emails. They got back to me a day later and had no idea when any stock will be coming in.

Keeping Fit and Strong – Alternative to weight training

Right, I need to find an alternative.

Remembering that I had read a couple of articles about gymnastic strength training, more specifically using gymnastic rings. I decided to see if I could get hold of a pair. Luckily Amazon Prime had a few in stock and I got them the next day.

I hung the rings up on the other end of the beam in the garage that our punch bag is on. Excited to start the workout plan I had knocked together after a bit of online research. The workout was surprisingly hard.

At the gym, I’m able to do loads of dips and press-ups. Trying to perform these exercises using rings is a different matter. I managed 4 sets of 1 and half reps of dips and 4 sets of 5 press-ups.

Don’t even get me started on pull-ups and chin-ups. I had to get an old step ladder to rest my feet on to make it easier.

I’m a few weeks into training regularly using gymnastic rings, coupled with a bit of running. My strength seems to be improving as I’m gradually doing more reps.

What sort’s of exercise are you doing to keep fit at the moment?

If you want to know which rings and punch bag I got, let me know. Will send you a link.

Do you sell a range of fitness/health products online? Or have you any products you are looking to promote using email?

Okay, I’m off to see how many pull-ups I can do without using that rickety old step ladder.



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