Posted on 22 August 2008 by admin
By Guest Blogger: Logan Christopher of www.lostartofhandbalancing.com
Did you catch the Men’s Gymnastics Rings final the other night? For anyone who has never mounted a pair of rings its hard to comprehend the difficulty of even basic moves.
But when you have, no matter your skill level or lack there of, you’ll have a greater understanding of what these Olympic athletes are going through.
It’s not just one move they do, but to string several highly difficult strength moves together flawlessly for close to a minute straight. Whew! Gets me tired just thinking about it.
But this Olympics saw something new. (Not 100% sure on this but I believe it was a first for the Olympics.)
That is the Victorian. Also known as an Inverted Maltese Cross.
Once thought to be an impossible move. Essentially it’s lying back so that you’re horizontal to the floor. You hold the rings near your waist with the arms not contacting the body. Kind of like a front lever except that your arms are to your sides instead of out front.
I have to give it to the French here. Their Danny Rodrigues performed the Victorian not once but twice in his routine. It wasn’t perfect but pretty close. Click here to watch Danny’s rings routine at the 2008 Doha World Cup.
My guess is that in 12 to 20 years it will become a common move in the Men’s Rings event at the Olympics.
Danny didn’t score too high overall but it was fun to watch. I’m glad he went for it.
We also had Jordan Jovtchev up once again most likely for his final Olympics. Unfortunately a couple mistakes put him out of the run for any medals.
That’s how it goes in the Olympics. To win you have to be close to flawless.
To get to that level takes years of practice. Hours and hours in the gym training for a few minutes in the spotlight. You probably don’t have aspirations of Olympic Gold but what’s important is to train to get better.
Fortunately for you, you can still have Jordan teach you how to build up the strength and skill in the Ring Strength DVD.
Mastering the Victorian isn’t important. Improving from where you are is. Learning from the best is a big step in the right direction.
If you want crazy bodyweight strength than you should be on the rings. If you don’t have a pair you can get them at