Below is a new video tutorial where I discuss how to create an inexpensive pair of gymnastic rings.
As mentioned within the tutorial, the rings were created from 1 inch PVC and flat nylon straps (each 15 feet in length). The straps were purchased from strapworks.com.
Each flat nylon strap has a moto cam buckle that allows for quick and easy length adjustments. The moto cam buckle is stronger than the standard cam buckle at strapworks.com. The upgrade will cost you less than a dollar each.
PVC handles are easy to make. The gymnastic ring handles are 23.5 inches long. I also created a smaller set of handles that can be used with a suspension trainer. Below are a few pictures that detail the process.
First, you will cut two even pieces of PVC. I then suggest sanding the ends to remove any rough edges.
Next, you will cap one end of the PVC with duct tape. You will then fill the PVC with sand.
You will then cap the remaining end with more duct tape to keep the sand in place while the PVC is heated.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You will then place one piece of PVC on a cookie sheet. Let the PVC heat for 10 minutes (the area should be well ventilated with fresh air).
Finally, remove the PVC with oven mitts and immediately shape the handles. You will need to hold the handles in the desired shape for a few minutes. I wrapped the full size ring handles around a paint can to achieve the circular shape.
Lastly, you will remove the duct tape and pour out the sand. Some of the duct tape may be stuck to the ends of your PVC but it will not interfere with the performance of the handles.
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