UPDATE: Thanks for your support already. Let's reach our stretched goals together. See "stretched goals" at the bottom for detailed information!
With theFingerschinder project my goal is to produce training devices of highest quality and to support small traditional craftsmen in Austria at the same time. I want to help them connect with a worldwide audience that is interested in a fair and eco friendly produced training device. One that is capable of training your whole body, including your fingers.
The design concept behind the Fingerschinder pi r² is simple. It combines a hangboard used in rock climbing with one of the most effective whole body training devices - gymnastic rings. This way you get the best out of both worlds. I believe that good design does not waste space, instead it makes the most of it.
I started by testing how much space is needed for your wrist in all the classic ring exercises, also when done in the gymnasts false grip. This way I got an idea how much space I had left for the addition of the finger slots. After testing countless prototypes over a period of more than three years I finally came up with this layout. Let me show you its benefits..
At the bottom of the device you have the classic gym ring. If you turn it around you find an 18mm edge on the front and a 24mm and 12 mm edge at the back. Train three dimensional by adjusting the rings with the 4 meter adjustable straps and recreate the movements of the sport you are training for. Whether it be pushing or pulling, horizontal or vertical, everything is possible.
In contrast to a normal hangboard you can also tilt the edges sideways and work on your wrist stabilization as shown in the picture below. The more variants you can include in your training, the more well rounded your strength gains will be. This is what functional finger training looks like.
An unstable training device like the rings forces you to stabilize your in- and outward rotation of your hands as well. You can include this intentionally to your workout to balance your forearm strength and prevent elbow injuries like a golfer or tennis elbow.
With the fingerschinder pi r² you can train your body from your toes to your fingertips. Whether it is your classic core strength sling trainer program, your routine inspired by gymnasts or hangboard training for a new level of grip strength.
Due to the steplessly adjustable mounting straps all of the exercises can be adjusted to your fitness level. In the beginning you can have your feet on the ground and take off weight of your hands. The closer you get to the ground with most exercises, like for example the Fly shown below, the harder it gets. Grow with your fingerschinder pi r²
I've always been impressed by the work of skilled craftsmen. When I turned sixteen I did my first internship at the Tischlerei Fadenberger and got to know their work. I came back during my studies at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna for another internship. This time I already had a couple of ideas for own projects in the back of my head.
I was thinking about a way to connect the carpenters who preserve precious knowledge about woodworking with conscious consumers around the globe who care about the social and ecological footprint of the products they use. Only a few months later the "Fingerschinder" project was born. It's goal was to develop innovative functional training devices while supporting carpentries at the same time.
Since then the carpentry Hermann Deutscher is doing all the CnC work in this project. It has been more than inspiring witnessing his drive for bringing projects like this to live. He helped me a lot also with ideas on the design aspect, developing prototypes and ways of fitting the edges into the ring himself. This project would not be possible without the help of all of these awesome people.
Left to right - Tischlerei Fadenberger: Anni Leitner, Peter Leitner, Konrad Fadenberger, Franz Harrer
Left to right - Jakob Glasner visiting Andrea and Hermann Deutscher
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Good design takes time. We've built and tested more than 10 prototypes thoroughly over the last years. This way we learned a lot about the benefits of each layout and found a form that makes the most out the space inside the ring. Now it's time to connect with you and make this design a reality.
Please support us with your pledge an we will give our best to produce it as soon as possible. Our goal is to send them to you till Christmas.
Crowdfunding is not only about funding. A big reason which lead to this campaign was that we want to get in touch with you out there. We want to hear about your feedback and get to know your ways of training. Help us to see the world with your eyes for a moment.
Inspired by other Kickstarter campaigns we want to try stretched goals with a twist. Together we can unlock this list of achievements which will enable us to give back to the community by upgrading the Fingerschinder Rings pi r² or producing a series of training videos.
12 Achievements Unlocked - Video Series
If we can unlock 12 achievements together we will thank you by producing a video series together with sports scientists and certified trainers showing you the essential exercises on the rings as well as the edge variants in a progressive manner. Not another series of tutorials of someone showing off how strong they are. We want to make videos showing you variants for all strength levels which help you to train safely and and lead to functional strength gains.
16 Achievements Unlocked - Fingerschinder Spacers
The Fingerschinder pi r² has a lot of potential. We will upgrade every set of rings with two additional acrylic glass spacers, similar to the ones we used in our last training device, if we can complete all of our 16 achievements together. The spacers allow you to adjust the edge depth even further. With their help you can choose between a 24, 21, 18, 15, 12 and 9mm edge. The color decision is up to the community!
We would love to see you trying the "personal achievements". Think of them as challenges with the benefit of you getting stronger or learning something :) Please use the #fingerschinder on instagram and facebook to tag your videos and photos and post a link to the crowdfunding campaign in the caption or the post
*1 1000 Followers on Facebook
*2 100% of the funding goal reached - ACHIEVED
*3 300% of the funding goal reached - ACHIEVED
*4 500% of the funding goal reached - ACHIEVED
*5 1000 Instagram Followers - ACHIEVED
*6 We count all the pull ups posted in Videos on Instagram and Facebook with the #fingerschinder and a link to the campaign- let's reach 1000
*7 One hour of community deadhang time on hangboards, bars etc. from your videos on Instagram and Facebook with the #fingerschinder and a link to the campaign
*8 Create a Fingerschinder Wikipedia page - ACHIEVED
*9 Listen to the song "Bring Sally Up" and perform push ups accordingly to the singers commands of up and down
*10 Perform a one arm pull up
*11 Share a video of your climbing project or you trying a new exercise- ACHIEVED
*12 Try to perform one pull up in one minute. Use 30 seconds for the upward, and 30 seconds for the downward motion
*13 Listen to the song "Bring Sally Up" and perform pull ups accordingly to the singers commands of up and down
*14 Post a stylish picture of you in your retro climbing or training outfit
*15 Numerate the first 30 decimal places of pi while exercising, preferably while doing a one arm deadhang on a bar - ACHIEVED
*16 Find the dimensions of the fingerschinder pi r² and calculate the the area of the circle out of which the design idea evolved -ACHIEVED
Huge Thanks to:
Video Music | Broke for Free - Something Elated
Open Source Community | Blender, Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus, Darktable
Risks and challenges
We eliminated most of the risks for our backers as we already completed the design process of the Fingerschinder π r². The only thing missing to start serial production is one custom CNC mill drill head. With your support we can order it and start production right away. The campaign helps us to calculate your interest in the design and determine the first badge number.
Training in itself is a dangerous activity. Make sure it fits your age and fitness level. In case of any doubt consult a personal trainer or doctor. By using this product, you accept all risk and responsibility for any injury, damage or death that may result.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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