I can remember it like it was yesterday even though it was about four years ago.
Had never paid all that much attention to the Olympics before but this year was different.
My good friend and I were watching the men’s individual all-around competition. Gymnasts are truly some of the worlds strongest athletes but the Olympic level is just ridiculous.
There was some amazing competition. Of course, I was rooting for the USA and I got to see one of the most amazing comebacks ever in the history of sports.
After a disastrous fall on the vault it looked like Paul Hamm was out of the running. But two near perfect routines on the parallel bars and horizontal bar put him back in front.
Not only did he win the Gold but he was the first American to ever to so at the Olympics in the all-around competition. We were going crazy with excitement.
Yes there was some controversy behind a scoring error, but watching that piece of history will forever be burned in my mind.
It’s amazing what these athletes can do. It’s unreal.
How do they build that kind of strength and skill? One its how they train, which is long hours every single day working on perfecting their routines.
But it is also what they train with. The tools and apparatus on which they train. A big key to build gymnastic strength is to train the same way.
One of the most basic tools for the gymnast, and the one that epitomizes all that is gymnastics, are the rings.
There is nothing quite like ‘em. If you’ve never mounted a pair you’d be surprised at just how much you body shakes as you try to support your bodyweight.
Forget the iron cross or maltese. Can you manage a few pullups or dips? What about the classic muscle-up?
Well, now you can answer those questions. Now you can get started training your way to building Olympic level strength with the Elite Gymnastic Rings.
Not only that but you can get instructed by another world champion and Olympic medalist in how to use them.
And if you want to really impress someone do a handstand on top of the rings. Now that’s balance!
Paul’s performance on the rings back in 2004 was before the fall and comeback (a decent 9.587) but you can be sure I’ll be watching the gymnastics this year, especially the rings.
The difference is this time I’ll be training right alongside him. Will you?
P.P.S. And yes, if you didn’t know, Paul Hamm will be back in Beijing. I’m rooting for a repeat.