Build a wrestling ring yourself and save time and money. Maybe you're setting one up for your kids (assuming you've got the time and the know-how to supervise their use of it), or, more than likely, you're building one for your gym or recreation facility. As it will need to endure wear and tear and hold any number of pounds, it is essential that the wrestling ring be built right and built sturdy.
Building a Wrestling Ring
The hardest part of putting your ring together might be finding the steel support material. Steel is essential, as will prevent the ring from collapsing. Other necessary materials include the ring canvas, a matt with coil spring, ropes or cables, turn buckles, wood planking and padding. If you plan on full-grown wrestlers competing inside the ring, it would behoove you to use a cable type rope system. However, if the wrestling ring is for children, you can just use regular ropes.
Building a Foundation
You should raise your ring two to three feet off the ground. If you are building the ring in your back yard, you should sink in some footings to keep the ring stationary. Make your ring carcass using the steel and plywood planking, measuring the wood to make sure it matches the square foundation. Cut out plywood that matches the measurement of the wrestling ring.
Laying the Groundwork
Get some foam and cut it to the desired measurement for the shape and size of the ring. Experts suggest cushions be at least two inches thick to break the fall of the participants. Now, glue the foam to the plywood. Put a nice clean sheet or piece of canvas above it that will eventually cover the exposed foam underneath the structure. Make four holes on the mat, with one on each side where the poles of the ring will pass through.
Setting Up the Corners
Dig four holes in the ground before cementing the posts right into them until all the poles are solid and consistent enough to withstand sudden impacts. The corner posts should lead straight into the ground, where all the forces will be focused, with the ropes coming through the turnbuckles. In every corner, place at least three to five hooks depending on the number of ropes. Next, surround the ring with ropes using the hooks and turnbuckles.
Topping It Off
A coil-spring mat is what is used by the pros, but this will create a bit of pain or discomfort when you're slammed. If you're trying to build a ring just to fool around and have fun, and don't mind being bouncy, then it's a wise choice to use a bouncier material like you'd find on a trampoline.
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