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Suspension Trainer Exercise Ideas

Following the recent homemade suspension trainer post, I’ve received several requests for additional exercise ideas.  I’ve only had the DIY model for a week now, so I haven’t had too much time to experiment with it.  I did however come across the following videos.  You can find several exercise ideas within each.  The homemade suspension trainer could be used for almost every one of the exercises.

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26 Comments so far

  1. John January 26th, 2010 7:01 am

    I have to make ome myself I think.
    Gonna pick up some materials this week.

  2. [...] Get creative with your suspension trainer! Test out some of these [...]

  3. Andrew January 26th, 2010 2:24 pm

    I like the supported one leg squats (from vid 1)…I have been using a chair for support, but I think this would allow me to get all the way down to the ground so I can get the full range of motion instead of just going half way down. Thanks!

  4. Mario January 27th, 2010 5:51 pm

    Question? Why endorse the TRX when you can do all the same movement on Olympic rings for 1/3 of the price?

  5. Administrator January 27th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Mario, no one is endorsing a piece of equipment. If you read the entire entry, you’ll find a $20 DIY alternative (the only tool that has been “endorsed”).

  6. T Vitiello January 28th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Those v-ups are impressive. Have you ever tried them on an exercise ball?

  7. T Vitiello February 9th, 2010 12:37 pm

    The creativity behind this is incredible.

  8. [...] two recent blog entries on suspension training (Homemade Suspension Trainer and Suspension Training Exercises), I’ve received several follow ups regarding the origin of these tools and inquiries [...]

  9. R Velazquez June 5th, 2010 1:31 am

    These straps are the missing link in all workouts. Make them! I just did. It cost about 18 bucks in Home D her in LA. Thank you guys for the awesome info!

  10. Dave K July 2nd, 2010 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the vids! Not alot of resources out there for suspension training. Unless you pay of course.

  11. mik September 12th, 2010 5:21 am

    Thanks for the resources you have shared. I know I’m piping in late, but just wanted to express my appreciation.

    Following the basic format of your instructions, it’s costing me less than $10 to make my trainer since I already had the PVC, a bunch of carabiners and 50 feet of 1 inch tubular webbing on hand. I just needed to purchase 3 cam buckles online.

  12. Carrie November 12th, 2010 6:45 pm

    When you make them on your own how long do they last? I was thinking of getting the Jungle Gym XT I found for cheaper than TRX. It looks more durable than TRX, I liked the price. Thanks for your help!

  13. Administrator November 12th, 2010 10:10 pm

    I’ve had mine for 11 months and it is still as good as new. No problems at all.

  14. Peter November 28th, 2010 9:02 pm

    I made a suspension trainer the other night – took me about 45 minutes and it’s awesome. Cost me about $30 AUD. So easy and definitely much cheaper than buying one.

  15. Kevin November 29th, 2010 6:08 pm

    It was awesome to find others making suspension trainers.

    I made my own using about 12′ of 6mm cord and 2 lengths 3mm cord for prusik knots. I cut some pvc for the handles. And I used some 2″ webbing to make a door stop. Along with the coriander it cost me nothing because I already had the climbing gear. But you could buy all of the gear for about $20 from REI or a comparable outdoor store.

    Keep innovating. Keep working.


  16. Blog January 7th, 2011 12:35 pm

    [...] Suspension Trainer Exercises [...]

  17. Peter September 28th, 2011 6:36 pm

    Does anyone have any tips on how to make a door stop for this?

  18. admin September 29th, 2011 4:15 am
  19. tom September 29th, 2011 5:41 am

    these devices are mind boggling in their simplicity, i made my own today but a quick Google search has revealed that training resources such as exercise movements are very scarce

  20. Roger October 9th, 2011 6:56 pm

    I made my own with climbing grade cord (REI), webbing and 1/2 inch schedule 40 pvc pipe. I added a pulley so the handles can be pulled back and forth against the tension of each other. This allows a whole other array of exercises, and you can simply use a carabiner or knot to tie them off if you don’t want them to move through the pulley.

  21. Dennis December 2nd, 2011 10:58 am

    Music is terrible, had to shut you off! Terrible noise.

  22. Dennis December 2nd, 2011 10:58 am

    terrible noise…I mean music

  23. admin December 3rd, 2011 6:42 am

    The mute button shouldn’t be too difficult to find

  24. Charlene April 9th, 2012 7:21 pm

    I don’t have the TRX system I have the GFLEX the difference is that there is a pully system so more instability. I’m familiar with this because I own a Total Gym which also has the handles on a pulley system. I would like to know if you’ve used anything that has a pulley system that you’d have exercises for?

  25. Charlene April 9th, 2012 7:24 pm

    Don’t like counting reps aim for time and the GYM BOSS is $20 and worth every penny. Concentrate on your form and exertion instead of counting reps. Hope this helps!

  26. BedInABox May 23rd, 2012 10:54 am

    I just made some of these the past weekend! I can’t wait to start working out with them!

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