6 reasons to add Rings & Stallbars to your routine

Ready to take your fitness journey to new heights? Dive into the world of Rings and Stallbars training – where fun meets functionality!

Most of our members had never tried a single Rings and Stallbars exercise before stepping onto our Blue Floor.

But our classes fill out, and the laughter and cheers of encouragement can be heard right across the gym.

What makes these classes so special? From sculpting muscles to boosting agility, mental resilience and simply having FUN, these classes offer a complete mind-body workout. Here’s how:


1. Mastery of Bodyweight Control

Unlike traditional gym equipment that provides stability and support, rings and bars require a high degree of strength, coordination, and proprioception to perform exercises effectively whilst you move your body through space.

Maneuvering on the rings demands precise control of body positioning and muscle activation, whilst navigating the various grips and holds on stallbars challenges grip strength and upper body stability.

Overcoming these challenges fosters a deeper connection with your body and enhances your overall body awareness.


2. Functional Strength Development

Olympic rings and stallbars exercises emphasise functional movements that translate directly to real-life activities.

The dynamic nature of exercises performed on rings and bars engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously, promoting balanced strength development and improved stability.

From pulling movements like muscle-ups and inverted rows on rings to stretching and core strengthening exercises on stall bars, you’ll experience a full-body workout that enhances functional strength and resilience.

As a result, everyday tasks become easier, and the risk of injury can diminish.


3. Enhanced Flexibility and Joint Mobility

The stretching exercises facilitated by stall bars target key muscle groups, such as the hamstrings, hips, and shoulders, promoting greater range of motion and reducing stiffness.

Additionally, the dynamic movements performed on rings require flexibility and mobility in various planes of motion, contributing to overall joint health and longevity.


4. Improved mental focus and concentration

Navigating exercises on Olympic rings and stall bars demands unwavering mental focus and concentration.

Whether you’re attempting to maintain balance on the rings or execute precise movements on the bars, every action requires full engagement of the mind.

The challenge of staying present and focused amidst physical exertion strengthens mental resilience and cultivates mindfulness.

As you overcome mental barriers and achieve new milestones in your practice, you’ll develop a greater sense of confidence and self-awareness that extends beyond the gym.


5. Overcoming fear and self-doubt

Embracing Olympic rings and stall bars exercises often involves confronting fears and self-doubt head-on.

The prospect of suspending yourself from rings or attempting challenging movements on stall bars can be intimidating, especially for beginners.

However, as you gradually acclimate to the equipment and build confidence in your abilities, you’ll discover a newfound sense of courage and empowerment.

Each small victory over fear reinforces your belief in yourself and fuels your desire to push further outside your comfort zone, both in fitness and in life.


6. Adaptability and Problem-Solving

Whether you’re adjusting your grip on the rings to maintain stability or modifying your technique on the bars to overcome a plateau, each session offers an opportunity to refine your approach and overcome obstacles.

By embracing the process of experimentation and adaptation, you’ll develop resilience, creativity, and resourcefulness that serve you well both in and out of the gym.



SEE WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

We asked our members to tell us how they benefit from hanging about at Movement HQ. Watch this video to see what they say.

 

Ready to give it a go? Check out the schedule here:

SEPTEMBER 2022 – NICK

From MHQ: Nick, our softly spoken giant is the perfect example of ‘do the the work, the right work and things will improve’ Nick was open to our advice from day 1 and it has paid off significantly.

He’s gone from focusing purely on mobility and Bodyweight Strength to our Bodyweight skills classes, our Movement Strength, Yoga and Reformer Pilates classes.

Nick has hugely improved in strength (notably his chin-ups!), greater mobility and less pain which are all due to following a more global approach to his training.

This is exactly what we try to promote with all our MHQ members. Congrats Nicko, well deserved mate.

From Nick: My favourite class is Functional mobility, I always like the way I feel after this class, I feel like a lot of tension and stiffness gets released.

I did try a Yin Yoga class last week which was amazing and could be a strong contender for my favourite class. I also feel I’m getting a lot of benefit from the Reformer Pilates class.

I chose MHQ as the classes are smaller, well designed and adaptable from complete beginner to expert. I had a significant back injury in my early 20s which ended up with two surgeries to fuse my lower spine and since then I have been dealing with chronic back pain and sciatica.

I have tried multiple gyms and physio guided exercise and it was all quite repetitive and boring, meaning I often lost interest and let everything slide. 

After meeting with Mark and discussing my issues he recommended a program of which classes to attend and after the trial period I felt this was right for me. Having skills to work towards with many levels of progression helps keep it interesting with goals to aim for.

My favourite exercise is chin ups. I haven’t been able to do chin ups for a long time. After many months of training I just grabbed the bar one day and was able to do 5 chin ups in a row which was a big surprise for me.

IT HAS BEEN A BIG BOOST TO MY MOTIVATION AS I CAN NOW SEE THAT IF I KEEP TURNING UP I WILL BE ABLE TO PUSH MY BODY TO DO THINGS I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO. SINCE STARTING AT MHQ MY BODY IN GENERAL FEELS STRONGER, MORE STABLE AND MY MOOD HAS IMPROVED. 

My base line pain levels are now lower and I have learnt techniques to relive the pain when I get flair ups. I have two young daughters and my pain was affecting my ability to play with them, now I’m getting close to keeping up with them and hopefully they will have to try and keep up with me.

I am also teaching them some of the exercises I do at MHQ to help them with their fitness development.