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Rings of Power

The Secrets of Successful Suspension Training—A Simple, Proven System for Building Sustainable Strength

By Mike Gillette

Paperback 116 pages

Read Foreword by Dan John

Rings can have a redemptive—and almost magical—impact on your long-term strength training… Why? Because ring work replicates natural, multi-dimensional, functional, self-correcting movement. Rings reduce the destructive stress on the joints often caused by traditional weight lifting—with its repetitive, forced, linear “grinding of the gears”. With ring work, the adaptive, strength-enhancing stress goes to the muscles—where it belongs…

The rings are strength saviors for the over-forties—and in many cases represent a wiser, safer choice for younger athletes seeking to push their physical capabilities to ever-greater heights.

The forgiving, user-friendly rings have the power to:

  • Restore former strength lost to joint pain
  • Rekindle your passion for intense, results-producing exercise
  • Reengineer your body into a sleeker, tougher vehicle that continues to get stronger and stronger and stronger—pain-free
  • Reverse the damage and imbalance wrought by an over-reliance on machine-based exercise
  • Release you from the strength plateaus in your training—by introducing an infinite variability of adaptive challenge into your workouts
  • Reclaim your full physical capabilities—and then help you exceed those capabilities
  • Rejuvenate your system—through a newfound freedom from pain and a newfound ease of movement

And the glory of it is that—in his inspirational Rings of Power—Mike Gillette gives you a super-simple yet immensely powerful plan to immediately transform yourself physically with rings alone. Follow Gillette’s clear-cut guide—and your severely-enhanced athletic capability is a foregone conclusion…

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How to Train and Gain Without Pain

Ex-paratrooper, ex-cop, bodyguard to some of the wealthiest men on the planet, martial artist, performance coach for tactical operators, competitive fighters and D1 athletes—Mike Gillette is one of the toughest and pound-for pound strongest men you could meet.

However, by his forties—due to a multitude of injuries—it looked like Mike was doomed to a crippled half-life of creeping weakness. Determined to avoid this fate, Mike researched his rehab and strength building options for the future—with the same drive, intelligence and intensity with which he approaches everything he does… His search led to the rings—and to a miraculous turn-around. A "salvation of the rings", if you will…

Mike Gillette experienced a physical rebirth—a second chapter of life—when he turned to rings to save himself from his crippling injuries and joint pain. In Rings of Power, the now-legendary strongman has distilled the absolute essence of his discoveries about the "therapeutic strength" benefits of these wonder tools into a commanding guide to getting safely stronger over the long haul.

"If you care about getting strong, staying strong, and remaining injury free, Rings of Power is essential reading. I incorporated rings into my own training program a couple of years ago and am glad I did. At 45 years old, I am able to continue my strength pursuits unhindered by the joint and tendon injuries that plague many in the over-40 athletic community.

I wish I had Mike Gillette’s book when I started with rings. The crystal clear instruction on techniques and progressions in this book would have saved me the countless hours of often-fruitless experimentation.

Rings of Power will help you harness the power of your entire body in optimal synergy with your nervous system to greatly surpass the strength results seen with traditional isolation training, while bullet-proofing your joints and tendons against injury. The result is true, useable strength that translates to both your most demanding athletic pursuits and your daily life. This is a fantastic book for all ages, but absolutely essential for the aging athlete."—DR. CHRIS HARDY, author of Strong Medicine

"Finally—one of the great modern strength experts has taken the most powerful mass and power-building tool from pro gymnasts and ‘liberated’ this tool for the rest of us... Ring work is a very old method of total-body training, while being cutting-edge at the same time, and Gillette is clearly a master of this art. The finest book on this topic ever published.

When a legendary powerhouse like Mike Gillette dumps the bench presses and preacher curls for bodyweight methods, it's probably time to put the usual junk techniques on hold and listen up... and when Gillette tells you that he actually gained strength and mass with his new methods while healing his old joint problems, you'd be crazy not to want to hear what he has to say.

Possibly the best aspect of this book is that Gillette takes the athlete all the way from weak and shaky to insanely badass-strong with just a few technical modifications, and using a single training tool. Five stars from Paul!"—PAUL WADE, author of Convict Conditioning

"Mike Gillette is one of the strongest men I've ever met in my life. I've seen him break bricks with his hands and bend iron with his neck. It thrills me to see that he's applied his training principles, both physical and mental, to the common man, using some of the most old-school, minimalist equipment available: suspension rings. Hell Yeah, Mike! Mr. Gillette can teach more about strength training and body mechanics in one hour than many could teach in a lifetime."—DANNY KAVADLO, author of Diamond-Cut Abs

"Rings of Power is simple and to the point. No fluff or gimmicks here. Commitment to the Basics AND Technique is the theme. If you follow through on these workouts and methods provided by Mike, you WILL build impressive strength from top to bottom."—ZACH EVEN-ESH, author of The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning

Table of Contents

Section 1 - Ring Philosophy

  • Foreword... 3
  • Introduction... 5
  • The Way of the Rings... 9

Section 2 - Ring Principles

  • Principle 1 – Gravity... 13
  • Principle 2 – Ergonomics... 17
  • Principle 3 – Planes of Movement... 19
  • Principle 4 – Leverage & Loading... 25
  • Principle 5 – Tension as Technique... 27

Section 3 - Ring Progressions

  • Setting Up the Rings... 31
  • Horizontal Pushing... 35
  • Horizontal Pulling... 43
  • Vertical Pulling.... 47
  • Vertical Pushing... 51
  • Lower-Limb Pushing... 55
  • Trunk Extension... 59
  • Trunk Flexion... 63

Section 4 – Advanced Ring Concepts

  • Finessing Form with the PRT... 69
  • Inverted Ring Progressions... 81
  • External Loading... 85
  • Ring Workouts... 97

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Read Reviews For: Rings of Power (paperback)
9 out of 10 (4 reviews)
Rated 10/10 The Rings are a Mainstream Strength Tool!
By Michael Krivka, Senior RKC / Gaithersburg, MD, United States

Mike Gillette is truly a man to be reckoned with. His background in the military, law enforcement, and martial arts are incredibly impressive. As are his amazing feats of strength that have put him into the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe it or Not. So when someone who has such an amazing pedigree comes along and writes a book about training, I'm going to listen very carefully to what he says.

Mike is very honest about how his years of martial arts and bodybuilding-like workouts took a toll on his body. I can wholeheartedly relate with Mike's struggle to find things (after the age of 40) that didn't add to the damage that he had already done. His discovery of Rings allowed him to eventually be pain free and retain, if not gain, additional strength and mobility. If you are entering your third or fourth decade of physical training then you might want to take Mike's lead on this one?

Rings of Power takes an in-depth look at the various planes of movement and the exercises that will best address them. While some of the skills are pretty advanced for your average athlete, Mike provides progressions and next steps to get you there (given the right application of time, sweat and effort).

If you need a tool that will add some depth to your training, as well as add some much needed challenge to movements that you are already familiar with, then I suggest that you look at picking up a copy of Mike's Rings of Power and a pair of Rings. Enjoy the ride!

Rated 8/10 A Typical Dragon Door Book, Thanks Mr. Gillette
By Brian Gill / New York, NY, USA

Mike Gillette's book on ring training possesses a number of features that have become the hallmark of Dragon Door publications. Though 'typical' may appear derogatory, the review should justify the term and, it should be noted, I have a lot of Dragon Door books!

As usual, one should not expect an abundance of material to be presented. The information is typically concise, or sparse if you prefer. Following a brief introduction and some essential principles, the author provides the basis of the system. A couple of pushes and pulls, a squat, and some stabilization work, provide a nearly comprehensive strength training regimen... Don't worry, you won't have to go far into the Dragon Door catalog to find a suitable hip hinge movement.

The presentation of the material is good. Dragon Door has certainly improved its publication skills. Large, clear, color photographs appear throughout the book, replacing any superfluous, or even potentially important, text/information. Fortunately, the text that does appear is clean and, unlike some earlier books, the vanishing and/or phantom sentences do not appear (or disappear)... Of course, I wouldn't recommend relying completely upon the 'Table of Contents,' though it will get you in the general area.

Brief reviews are provided by Dragon Door's 'new regime' of authors/contributors. As usual, these reviews follow several pages of advertisements and order forms for the aforementioned's various texts? At least, in this case, the texts of Paul Wade and the Kavadlo brothers.

The forward is written by Dan John, a member of the RKC 'old guard.' The material presented seems to jibe with that of 'Easy Strength' and the strength sections of 'Never Let Go,' and 'Intervention,' as well as Mr. John's information available online? Tolkien humor aside, I wouldn't miss an opportunity to read something, no matter how brief, from Dan John.

Another feature, typical of other Dragon Door texts, is the introduction of some equipment, necessary to employ all of the movements from the book. Fortunately, we don't approach the three new products required for 'NeuroMass,' but we probably don't have long to wait for Dragon Door's sale of the wobble bar shown in 'Rings of Power' ? Though painful to admit, whatever adjectives may be applied to the product, whether 'military grade' or not, I'd like to check one out!

Hopefully, this information will assist in the decision of purchasing the text.

Rated 8/10 Photos: hooray! Explanatory text: largely missing
By Patrick Garner / Northborough, MA, USA

This book is a tremendous photo resource. My critique though is that if you still in an early learning curve, this book will not be as helpful as you might hope.

As an aspirational resource it sings. As a step by step guide to moves it is almost silent. A picture if worth a 1,000 words? I would have preferred far more text. Still, an inspirational book by two great trainers.

Rated 10/10 Rings of Power Very effective and practical
By Dominic Harvey / Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

I set up the rings in my living room using two I hooks and two
carabiner clips. After only 4 workouts I'm already gaining a lot of strength and ability.
Working with the rings is lots of fun which makes it easy to want to work out even if you don?t feel like it.
Definitely one of the best additions to my living room gym.
I highly recommend rings of power to anybody that wants to get or stay in amazing physical condition.

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