Monday, December 7, 2009

Create Your Own Suspension Trainer!

I'm finally putting this up. I hope it is easy to follow and if you have any questions feel free to email me. A few pointers:
  • You can buy the straps online (Amazon) or at a local department store (Home Depot). They're usually found under "lashing straps" or "utility straps"
  • Be sure the strength (usually it will say "working load/limit" on the package) of the lashing/utility strap is greater than the weight of yourself or anyone that uses it
  • As you make the handles, be sure to position the straps (as you slide them through the buckles) so that as you hang from it, the strap won't slide through the buckle (if you mess it up, you'll notice quickly but it won't be tough to redo it)
  • In the video, I used just normal rope for the foot-loops, but I find that climbing rope works a bit better (the knot stays put easier)
  • Here is a link (I mentioned in the video) on how to tie a bowline will be a bit easier to see how it's done here. Again, you don't have to use it, but I find it the most practical for this particular scenario: Bowline Knot
All-in-all, I think this is one of the best tools you can use for travel or spur-of-the-moment workouts where you may not have access to a gym. All you need to do is find a playground (pullup bars or monkey bars often work well), or a tree with a horizontal branch high enough for you to attach it to. You can also take it into a gym and use it for core training at the end of your routine, or incorporate some suspended exercises into a metabolic conditioning circuit.

I can post some videos on sample routines you can do with it as well so you can grasp a better picture of how to actually utilize it. The TRX website also lists a lot of great exercises you can use it for: Fitness Anywhere