Ring rows are to pull-ups, as push-ups are to dips. Though great exercises in their own right, they become necessary stepping stones when strength and/or flexibility are lacking for the bigger movements.
Workout of the Day
For max load:
Forward grip pull-ups, 5-5-5 reps
Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes:
9 cleans, using two 50 lb dumbbells
9 ring dips*
* Get extra BMF points when you muscle-up to the dips.