Finally—Here’s How to Protect Your Engagement Ring When You Work Out

We don’t blame you if you haven’t wanted to take off that stunning engagement ring of yours since the day you got it—but it can get tricky when it comes time to work out.

You don’t want to leave it at home, you don’t trust it in the locker room at your local gym and you definitely don’t want to damage it while hitting the weight machine. (After all, the pressure of a weight’s bars is likely to bend it, which is especially troublesome for a pavé band because the stones can fall out of their setting.) So, what’s a bling-bearing girl to do?

We found the answer: All you have to do is slip on a band from new brand Buffr—it’s basically a soft, rubber guard that covers and protects your ring (or rings) from damage while you work out. So whether you’re lifting weights or jumping rope, your ring can stay put and stay intact.

They come in various sizes and they’re only $25. But the best part? You can work out with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your ring is safe and sound on your finger instead of in a questionably secure locker.

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When I first got engaged, I realized I had a new challenge: For the first time, I owned not only my first piece of fine jewelry, but one that I would wear every single day. I’ve never seen my mom take off her wedding band, but Kelly, who worked for a jewelry company before Cupcakes and Cashmere, cautioned me to not follow her example. I could risk chipping or scratching the diamonds, thinning the band to the point of breaking, or even causing a diamond to fall completely out. While I’ve ignored most of the advice—to take it off when showering, sleeping, or washing my hands—because a damaged ring is better than a lost ring, I only wore it a few times to the gym before realizing the risk.

I’m incredibly clumsy, and not the cute kind. At the gym, where I quickly maneuvered between a bike, weights, and floor exercises, I often hit my ring against equipment and braced myself each time for a cracked diamond or broken band. When I Googled options for protecting engagement rings, several products came up but no definitive lists, so I turned to the Facebook Community! You responded in droves—including one woman who posted a photo of her band completely worn down from using weights!—with your strategies for protecting rings at the gym (clearly, I wasn’t the first to encounter this issue!). Below are the three best options I found for protecting fine rings at the gym:

What It Is: A sweatband made from odor-controlling yarn that fits on your wrist, and holds a small zipper pocket for your rings or heirloom jewelry.

The Story Behind It: RingHero was created by three women, Jess, Jessie, and Niki, who met while their husbands were attending business school together. They’re all incredibly active (when I asked them to list their favorite workouts, they rattled off CorePower Yoga, Barry’s Bootcamp, SoulCycle, hiking, and Peloton), and couldn’t find a solution for protecting their wedding and engagement rings. They launched RingHero as the solution in 2017, via Kickstarter, and it’s taken off ever since! In their own words, “We are a bootstrapped, debt-free, profitable, patent-pending, woman-owned business with 8 kids between the 3 of us, oh yeah, who also hold down full-time jobs!”

Pros: This was easily my favorite product I found. Because I didn’t want to put my ring in an unlocked cubby or, really, anywhere (what if my car gets broken into while I’m at the gym?), the only place I felt safe having it was on my body. This band gave me the confidence of having my ring close while saving me the discomfort of actually wearing one while lifting weights.

Cons: It’s a tiny bit tight on the wrist, so it isn’t perfectly comfortable (you can see the small mark my ring made against my forearm through the band in the photo below). As a result, I had to move it around as I worked out, but it wasn’t so annoying that it outweighed the pros.

Perfect if you… don’t like wearing jewelry when you work out, but want to keep your rings closeby.

Similar option for keeping your jewelry on you… A ring holder necklace

What It Is: A silicone band that protects the band of your ring from being worn out, while still showing it off.

The Story Behind It: Emily Bonadies launched Buffr shortly after getting engaged. She wrote to me via email, “I am always on the go and very active so I didn’t have time to stop at home in between the gym and work, and I didn’t want to leave in the locker room.” The resulting band is made from silicone to create a soft barrier between your ring and weights.

Pros: This is easily the sleekest design I saw. I love the look of it and was stopped by two girls during my class, who wanted to know where I’d purchased it from. It also comes in other colors!

Cons: One of my main concerns in working out is that I could hit the top of the ring against a weight or machine, which this ring doesn’t guard against—it only protects the band. Of course, it’s much better than wearing nothing, but I’d only be comfortable wearing this to something low-impact like a barre class. The “buffr” on the bottom also felt uncomfortable on my hand and left me with a small hotspot on my palm by the end of class. If your hands are extra sensitive, I could see it leaving a blister.

Perfect if you… want to show off your pretty ring, but don’t want it to get hurt, and aren’t frequenting intense boot camp classes.

Similar option for wearing your ring… Ring Care Cover, which covers the top but isn’t nearly as cute!

What It Is: A workout-friendly wedding band replacement.

My Take On It: This is clearly the most popular option out there. I see these almost every time I go to the gym, and it was highly recommended in the Facebook thread. I didn’t personally test it for two reasons: I don’t feel comfortable working out without my real ring closeby, because I may lose it, and even if I had a safe place to put it, I wouldn’t feel the need to replace it with a silicone band. Maybe I just look that scary at the gym, but I’ve never been approached by someone who wants to flirt with me—ring or no ring 🙂 That being said, I can totally see why you’d want to wear them if you’re extremely active and want to wear this instead of your wedding band for a longer period of time—or if you’re a fitness trainer! I’ve heard Qalo is the best silicone gym band, and I’d consider this sleek white option if I ever want to leave my ring at home for something like travel.

Pros: You can go hard at the gym, while still wearing a ring.

Cons: You still have to find a place to secure your actual ring—this keychain jewelry box is the best I’ve found!

Perfect if you… workout often, but don’t want to do it ringless.

Ring Fit Adventure

This software requires detached Joy-Cons to play on Nintendo Switch Lite (sold separately)

Embark on an epic quest using real-life exercise

In Ring Fit Adventure, you will explore an expansive world, battling enemies along the way using real-life fitness exercises. The new Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories included with the game detect and measure your real-world movements and turn them into in-game actions, like jogging in place to move your character through the world using the attached Leg Strap, or squeezing the Ring-Con and turning that strength exercise into a powerful attack. By playing the game daily, you can regularly work out various parts of your body. With additional mini-games and workout routines, Ring Fit Adventure is a fun experience for players of various skill levels and lifestyles.

Ring Fit Adventure turns a typical adventure game on its head as you squat, press and flex your way through challenges designed for a wide range of body types and levels of fitness experience. Simply attach the Joy-Con controllers from your Nintendo Switch system to the included accessories – one to the Ring-Con and one to the Leg Strap. The Leg Strap attaches to your upper left leg, while the Ring-Con is held in both hands. The Ring-Con is a flexible electronic device that provides resistance and features a sensor that detects exertion and reacts to changes. Ring Fit Adventure can be tailored to the player’s level of skill, so even if you don’t have experience with fitness, you can adjust the exercise intensity to suit your ability. This will let you continue every day at an activity level that’s comfortable for you.

The Adventure mode featured in Ring Fit Adventure takes place in a colourful world where adventure meets fitness. To travel through more than 20 different worlds in the game, jog in place to move forward, and use the Ring-Con accessory to perform different in-game actions, like jumping, hovering in mid-air, or steering a raft on a river. Along the way, enemies will appear, ready for battle. Attack and defend using more than 40 Fit Skills, which are exercise moves divided into arms, abs, legs and yoga categories. The game guides you through how to perform the exercise correctly, with proper form and posture dealing more damage to enemies. Every action that you perform in-game will earn experience for your in-game character, with level-ups boosting stats and unlocking new Fit Skills that can be used in battle. Adventure mode is designed as a natural way to motivate players to keep playing and exercising regularly, progressing through the game world while also levelling up their real-world fitness.

Outside of the main adventure, Quick Play mode is a great way to enjoy Ring Fit Adventure in shorter bursts, allowing you to jump in and out of play. This lets everyone enjoy a quick workout in different ways, like taking turns with friends and family in mini-games to compete for high scores. Mini-games cover a wide range of activities, from breaking boxes with gusts of air triggered by the Ring-Con to shaping pottery by performing squats.

Other modes like Simple and Sets offer additional ways to work out. ‘Simple’ lets players choose exercises they want to work on, and perform them individually. High scores are recorded so everyone can challenge their personal bests. ‘Sets’ provide linked sequences of different exercises designed around a theme or a particular body part. This mode is a great way to target a muscle group the player wants to improve, like legs, shoulders, lower body or core. The game even includes a ‘Silent’ mode for people who live in an upstairs apartment or don’t want to make a lot of noise. By activating this mode, jogging-style exercises are swapped out for ones that are a little quieter, allowing players to keep their legs active without a heavy impact on the floor.

Includes:

  • Ring Fit Adventure Game Card
  • Ring-Con accessory
  • Leg Strap accessory

Amphibia Ring Protector

Description

Ring protector for use during sports and other activities
Uniquely designed ‘flaps’ secure ring on finger during swimming and watersports
Cushioned silicone absorbs impact and prevents damage to ring
Ring can be kept on finger, reducing chance of loss or damage
Also great for a range of leisure activities and gardening, DIY, workplace etc.

Details

The Amphibia Ring Protector helps to protect your ring on your finger during sport and other activities. Rather than taking your ring off and potentially losing or damaging it you can keep it on with added security. The Ring Protector is a stretchy silicone ring that wraps around your ring leaving it secure and sheltered on your finger. No need to take off your ring, you can keep the ring where you can see it and it wont effect your performance. Our new uniquely designed ring ‘flaps’ help to secure the ring on your finger and restrict movement.

There are 2 size options available – large and small, with large fitting about 75% of adults and small for those with smaller/skinnier fingers, or children. Perfect for a wide variety of sports and other activities therefore you dont have to take off your ring. The ‘SMALL’ ring protector fits up to UK ring size K / US ring size 5 1/2, and ‘LARGE’ fits bigger sizes, though it can depend on the size of ring and any diamonds! We can exchange sizes if required.

If you’d like to see more details on the Ring Protector and its uses check out our blog here.

Testimonial

Gwen Jorgensen

“Being recently engaged i was delighted to discover the Amphibia Ring Protector which allows me to keep my ring on during training and swimming. It’s now my favourite racing accessory!”

Gwen Jorgensen – ITU World Champion triathlete 2014 & 2015, Rio Olympic Gold 2016

Editor’s note: Readers have told us that SafeRingz rings they’ve purchased come inscribed with the phrase “YESJ” on the inside, which, according to the company, has religious significance. If you’d rather avoid that, please consider a different brand of silicone ring.

Marriages are held together by strong bonds, but wedding rings can be remarkably fragile. Two of the smaller heirloom diamonds on my wife’s ring have popped out of their prongs at the gym in the past couple of years—one inside a boxing glove, one during CrossFit. My own simple white-gold band picked up some dents and scratches from weightlifting, while also causing serious calluses on my palms.

We could have bought new diamonds and changed our behavior, taking off our rings when working out and either leaving them at home or in a locker, but then we’d feel anxious about losing them at the gym (and about forgetting to put them back on at home). But one of us heard about silicone wedding bands from a fellow gym-goer—and the other one works for Wirecutter.

The author’s favorite silicone band, the SafeRingz Wedding Ring, in platinum metallic. Photo: Kevin Purdy

Silicone rings are not new—SafeRingz alone has been making them since 1996—but new brands have arisen to appeal to people engaged in strength training, CrossFit, boxing, and other workout activities. Before the fitness crowd came along, companies sold rubberized rings primarily to people who worked in factories, kitchens, labs, construction jobs, or other roles where getting a ring caught in something could be severely dangerous; they were also of interest to mothers of newborns concerned about scratching their child with a sharp stone.

I casually tested rubber-like rings from a half-dozen brands by wearing a handful of them for at least a week each over a two-month period. I also traded tweets and emails with a dozen people who mostly or permanently switched from precious metal to silicone rings, and I briefly chatted with a workplace-safety engineer about the benefits (and maybe overselling) of silicone rings’ safety.

After I mentioned I was writing about silicone wedding bands, a few people told me about injuries they’d seen or heard about involving metal rings, or mentioned Jimmy Fallon’s ring avulsion. One co-worker said he remembered a book titled Ring Injuries in the office of his father, an emergency-room doctor. Jeff Toberman, a 20-year veteran of electrical construction who has taught OSHA compliance and first aid for the past 10 years, said of silicone rings: “Safer, yes. Totally safe, no.” Silicone rings are nonconductive, eliminating shock and burning during electrical contact. But they can still catch on tools and equipment, bringing hands into contact with moving parts before breaking.

Rings from the six retailers I checked out typically cost from $13 for four to $40 for a single ring. Most brands offer a discount for buying more than one ring. Some offer discounts for military and first responders, while others donate a portion of the proceeds from certain bands to related charities.

After wearing silicone rings and showing them to friends, gym-mates, and co-workers, my wife and I thought bands from SafeRingz, specifically the precious metals variety, felt the best to wear, looked the most like a traditional metal wedding band (viewed at a distance, at least), and didn’t collect visible dust or slip around on our fingers. They cost less than newer, heavily marketed brands, but they look and feel markedly better than the cheapest rings you can find on Amazon or Alibaba. My wife also liked the more matte look and feel of Groove rings and their more snug-fitting design. In our experience, Groove rings’ matte surfaces tended to attract more dust and lint than competitors, but we saw it only when looking closely.

The SafeRingz Platinum Metallic Silicone Wedding Ring, on the author’s ring finger. Photo: Kevin Purdy

None of the silicone rings we tested will fool anyone looking at them closely into thinking they’re traditional metal rings. My wife and I have white-gold metal rings, and when we tested silver-tone silicone rings, the best the silicone rings could do was look indistinguishable from the white gold at a typical human-to-human distance. Gold rings seemed to be harder to imitate with silicone, judging from the silicone ring makers’ photos; rose gold might be a little easier to imitate. If you don’t care about having a facsimile of a metal ring, you have a lot more color options with any silicone ring.

This may say more about society than silicone rings, but nobody said anything about my men’s rings unless I asked them about it. My wife picked up a couple of “I didn’t even know it was rubber” compliments but got just as many quiet “oh”s (and one eyeroll). Obviously, a mostly flat silicone ring is no substitute for an engagement ring with a pronounced gem, and it makes for a very different look. The two of us sometimes switch back to our metal bands for formal occasions.

Some of the silicone wedding bands we tested, in stacks. From left: Roq, Enso Elements, SafeRingz, Groove, Qalo, and ThunderFit. Photo: Kevin Purdy

We tested rings from a few other companies that we didn’t like as much as the SafeRingz. Enso’s Elements rings offered an interesting no-slip inner texture and lots of metal-like color options but had a bit too much sheen and an odd lip on the edges. The rings from Qalo weren’t impressive for their $30-to-$40 price; one of them arrived with an uneven outer seam, and two rings showed nicks or fractures on the inside edges after just a few days’ wearing. The ThunderFit and Roq rings both had an unnatural, glitter-like sheen, looking like something you’d find in a 25¢ plastic-egg machine. My wife said they felt like wearing a rubber band. Roq also sent the wrong rings in an Amazon order.

Tastes vary, of course. You may wear a silicone ring only occasionally for certain work tasks, or want your ring to look entirely different from a traditional metal band.

As a couple who works out often, my wife and I now wear silicone bands consistently. We’ve found that we don’t necessarily need to wear expensive, potentially injury-inducing tokens to honor our commitment to each other. Plus, it’s nice to have the option of trading them out when the occasion calls for that. And if anyone wants to question my decision to use a silicone ring, I’ll ask them if they could just quickly image-search “ring avulsion” for me.

Should You Wear Jewelry to the Gym?

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It’s a question every newly-engaged fitness fanatic runs into: What am I supposed to do with my ring when I’m at the gym? After all, suddenly you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of hardware on your finger. Leaving it in your car or the locker room seems risky. But is it really safe to keep jewelry on when you’re sweating it out?

“Many women have certain pieces of jewelry that never come off,” acknowledges Franci Cohen, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist based in New York. (Add these 10 workout hair accessories that actually work to your fitness wardrobe-you won’t want to take them off!) “But it can definitely pose as a dangerous weapon during workouts.” Cohen learned this first hand as a teen, when she left a ring on while kickboxing-and ended up with cuts and bruises not just on her ring finger, but on the two surrounding it.

What you do with your ring might depend on what you’re doing. Weights while wearing a ring is another easy way to hurt your hand-and the band to boot, says Jenny Skoog, a personal trainer in New York City. She’s seen precious stones get knocked out of their settings, and the band itself can get banged up during weight workouts. Plus, a ring can affect your grip, which might pose a safety risk.

And while many women wear their engagement and wedding rings on chains around their neck while they work out, necklaces are a no-no, says Cohen. “One summer, a friend of mine scratched her cornea while jogging, as her gold necklace-which had sharp edges-flew up at her face and nicked her eye.” (How to Untangle the Mess in Your Jewelry Box.)

Skoog also recommends against bracelets, watches, and earrings, all of which can get caught on your clothing or equipment during exercise and cause you to injure yourself. (Fashionable Fitness Trackers probably don’t count.)

Ultimately, what you do with your ring is up to you. But if you’re worried, get in the habit of taking off your jewelry before leaving the house for a sweat session. Or try this clever idea: Make a two-inch slit in a tennis ball with a box cutter, then stash in your gym bag. To store valuables, squeeze the ball and pop money or jewelry inside.

  • By Mirel Ketchiff

Be Brave: The Fitness Rings That Tell Our Story

Year of “Brave”

I began 2016 less than thrilled with my body and overall health. Every new year, instead of resolutions, I have a word of the year. For 2016 my word was “brave.” Being brave for me meant putting myself out there, becoming active, and learning to love my body in the process.

My partner and I met a few years ago and I quickly fell for his passion for life and work ethic. We began dating and I realized that he lead a very active and fit lifestyle, while I did not. To his excitement, I told him I was ready to join the gym and we got started together. When I began this journey I had no idea, not only how rewarding it was going to be, but how much closer it would bring the two of us.

We began working out and rock climbing together and I was loving it! I was working hard, and the best part is I was doing it with my favorite person by my side. He makes working out fun and something I genuinely look forward going to do.

What are Fitness Rings?

We have Claddagh rings that symbolize our commitment, but they were always a pain to take off and remember to put back on when we lifted weights or climbed. His birthday came along and he asked for a weight-lifting ring. I had never heard of or seen one before. I started researching different fitness rings and discovered Enso Rings.

As I read more about them, I fell in love. I loved their variety of styles and colors, and I loved the meaning behind the company name. In Buddhism an Enso is used to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. It is absolute enlightenment, strength, and elegance. It reminded me of my newfound fitness goals that my partner helped me discover.

How cool is it to have a ring that shows our commitment to not only our health, but to each other? So naturally, I had to get one for myself, too. While I liked the idea behind the Infinity Rings and the slim design of the Stackables, we decided to get the Ultralite Rings, which are super thin and lightweight and perfect for our active lifestyle.

Rings that Tell Our Story

The rings turned out to make our lives easier than we thought. I ended up wearing it more day-to-day than my other ring. I get compliments and questions about it constantly. It’s great to have something nice like our Claddagh rings when we go out, but also something sturdy and versatile for our daily routines that I don’t have to worry about losing or damaging.

I am so proud of how far we’ve come as a couple, and how hard I have worked for the body I have today. I am extremely grateful to have such a supportive and strong man by my side through it all.

It has been a challenging process we have endured together, and I am so honored to have a ring that is able to tell our story.

Maddie McMurry is a 21-year-old student pursuing a career in nursing. She and her partner love to rock climb, lift weights, and play tennis. She is a professional photographer and has been taking photographs for seven years! Follow her on Instagram at @maddiemcmurry22 or check out her website: velovisuals.com

Wearing your wedding ring to the gym won’t just alert others you’re off the market, it could potentially cost you a finger!
Recently in a conversation about a new brand we carry, QALO (they sell silicone rings) our team posed the question “but why tho?”
I wear my metal rings to the gym all the time. When I’m strength training, doing yoga, and all of the above gymness.
Social media manager, Derek, said that he takes his off when working out because of the fear of “ring avulsion,” and so takes us to a great conversation about “WHY” and “WHAT.”

What is ring avulsion?


Without showing you what it looks like and allowing your Google search to take you to where it may, I’ll describe it with this red “ouchie” finger photo.
Ring avulsion is an injury caused by a ring getting caught on an object which applies tension force on the finger. Since traditional rings made of precious metals can handle more weight than the human skin can, the ring can easily puncture the skin with as little as 20 pounds of force.
Most recently, when Jimmy Fallon slipped on his rug, fell and caught his ring finger on a table, his weight (probably over 150 pounds) was distributed directly to that ring and ended in ring avulsion. He explains here.

What does this mean for our fingers in our workouts?

Well, if we think of the Fallon story, all he did was slip on a rug in his home and it happened, so imagine what could happen surrounded by all of the metal, weights, machinery, sweaty floors, etc…
Your precious metal bands, unlike a silicone ring, will, instead of breaking or slipping off to release your finger, stay on, potentially cutting into the finger itself and stripping it of its flesh and muscle tissue. Amputation is a very likely scenario for those with ring avulsion accidents.
It’s honestly as terrifying as it sounds, and creates that weird, stuffy throat feeling and minor headache thinking about it. The photos are worse, but we’ll spare you.
“Even outside of immediate injury, just lifting with a metal ring on leads to a big callus on your hand that is pretty uncomfortable,” says Dustin, Holabird’s videographer.

So what’s the alternative? QALO rings?

They’re not the only alternative. The other alternative is not wearing your ring, but if you like to keep the symbolism or be reminded of those beautiful things called love and partnership during your workouts, we suggest saving yourself and choosing a silicone ring. We’d like for your ring fingers to stick around!
And even if you stumbled upon this article and are not betrothed, the same applies!

QALO rings keep you safe.

These bands are made of premium silicone material, some Q2X™ material and some, their standard silicone, that will withstand the wear of tough workouts, BUT break with force.
QALO’s standard silicone rings stand up to between 11-17 pounds of pressure, depending on the ring. The Q2X line takes it further, withstanding up to 22 pounds of force before giving away.
These rings are less rigid than other silicone rings, giving them the ability to flex and move on your hands like a second skin.
Shop QALO rings to keep your hands safe or shop for someone you care about, and keep their hands protected! Maybe you two can match 😉

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