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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

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