I just received a set of EXF gymnastics rings (thanks, Team Chaos!) and I have a smorgasbord of individual exercises that I'd like to try. However, I don't want to do just a collection of random exercises or individual progressions. I'm looking for guidance on programming a strength routine using rings.
I am currently evaluating books, DVDs and in-depth websites (specifically not just individual YouTube tutorials) that have information on putting together a complete ring training regimen. So far I've found:
- Building the Gymnastic Body, which doesn't focus on programming but does include it. (Review here.) Is this what I need? Is there a similar book/DVD that is closer to my needs?
- GMB Rings One program, the promotion of which gives me a yucky infomercial feeling.
- Various online guides, like this one from CrossFit London (PDF) or this survey of beginner techniques. The ones I've found are heavy on "try this! and this! and this!" but light on describing how to arrange a workout, training schedule, or the reasoning behind the exercises.
- Snippets of truth, like Coach Sommer noting that beginners would do best to spend their time solely on "support holds, front levers, and back levers". The biggest issue I have is that there's no clear time to move on from that (unless one has a coach). This is also just not substantial enough for me to design a training schedule around.
What are the best resources I should consult (and buy) regarding how to structure my ring training? The best answers will be those that involve references and personal experience.