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Homemade Suspension Trainer – Part II

(Please refer to Part I as well)

It has been over six months since I wrote about the homemade suspension trainer.  The original unit has been used regularly since January and is still as good as new.  It has certainly proved to be a useful DIY project.  I also appreciate all of the comments posted to the original entry.  Several readers shared ideas and modifications when constructing their own units.

Within this follow up entry, I will discuss a few of the more commonly asked about modifications.  To begin, several readers have asked about single vs. double point attachments.  In the original entry, I demonstrated a single point attachment model.  The unit therefore resembles an upside down Y (similar to: ⅄).  Perhaps the greatest advantage of the single point model is that it is faster to make height adjustments, as you only need to adjust the top strap.  One disadvantage is that the straps tend to be a bit rough on the arms when performing exercises such as dips. The single point also isn’t as convenient when performing unilateral exercises (discussed later in this entry).

Fortunately, it is quite easy and inexpensive to construct a double point attachment model.  All that you’ll need are lashing straps and handles.  The final product is similar to commercial products such as gymnastic rings and blast straps.

If you need straps for your suspension trainer, strapworks.com offers an inexpensive, yet durable option (as mentioned here).

As you can see above, the straps are independent of each other.   These straps are therefore much more useful for exercises such as dips and muscle-ups.

The double attachment also makes these straps more useful for unilateral exercises.  Simply slide the second strap out of the way.

Below you can see how I perform a single arm rollout without any interference from the second strap.  Once again, each strap is independent, so one does not connect or interfere with another.

Single arm body rows are just one of many more unilateral options.

Handles

Another commonly asked question about the original entry was in regards to the homemade handles.  Many readers were interested in other handle options.  For this entry, I’ve used triangular playground rings.

I’ve had these handles for over 5 years now.  They are easy to find at playground equipment suppliers.  The tape that’s been added to my handles was added a few years ago to increase thickness.  It certainly isn’t necessary to add the tape.

Knots and Foot Straps

Another common question following the first entry was in regards to knot tying for the homemade handles and foot straps.  By using triangular rings, you won’t need to tie any knots.  The handles attach to the lashing straps via a spring link and quick-link connector (another option for handles would be DIY rings).

As for the foot straps seen within the original entry, I came across a useful alternative by accident.  I was hanging something in my garage from a Husky Hang-All and realized that it would work well as a foot strap.  I returned to Home Depot to purchase another and paid approximately $6.50.  Each Hang-All includes a spring link connector so they can attach directly to each lashing strap.

You can quickly adjust the velcro for a custom fit foot strap.  DIY foot straps should be easy to make as well (ex. using your own velcro strips).

Summary

Although this entry is new, I’m actually more familiar with double point attachment straps.  I first built something similar several years ago.  It is difficult for me to say which style (single vs. double) is better however, as both have pros and cons.  Personally, I’m glad to have built both.  Each project is fairly inexpensive and I get plenty of use with each version.

Therefore, if you plan to build only one, consider which exercises you wish to perform and where you wish to attach the straps.  Make your decision accordingly.  Either way, you should have a long lasting piece of equipment that can be quite challenging and beneficial.

For more homemade equipment ideas, please refer to the link below:

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20 comments

20 Comments so far

  1. marquito76r July 26th, 2010 3:27 am

    totally awesome piece of equipment, Ross!

  2. Aria July 26th, 2010 6:29 am

    Thanks Ross! This was exactly what I was looking for recently.

  3. Gil July 27th, 2010 1:27 pm

    Nice set-up, Ross. The garage in our new home is small, so this design is perfect. I got my handles from Lowes or Home Depot years ago for next to nothing, and they are still intact.

    Gil

  4. Paladin July 27th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been so close to rigging one up myself, and your pictures helped me put it together how I can do this from a tree in my back yard.

  5. roberto July 28th, 2010 2:23 am

    este tipo es genial……great conditioning tool

  6. Jeff Stevenson July 28th, 2010 8:06 pm

    Hey Ross – I debated whether or not to even post this, since it is my first comment and might be construed as self-promotion, but this is just to good a coincidence for me to pass on.

    You and I must be on the same wave length or something, because I just posted a YouTube video a few days ago about why I consider TRX straps as nothing more than extremely overpriced, adjustable canvas straps. And how I use mover’s straps (Used by professional movers) to get the job dome a lot cheaper.

    Your blog is in my RSS feed, but I must have missed your first post about this idea. Anyways, good post…and here’s my take on home-made straps.

    http://wp.me/pYIlj-AN

    I will be sure to add an addendum to my post pointing out your excellent take on this as well. (<:

    Keep up the good work!

  7. John Hall August 3rd, 2010 12:22 am

    I built the single hookup right after I saw your post. I’ve been having some great workouts. I plan to make this one too. These straps and your “Never Gymless” book are all the gym I need. Thanks Ross

  8. Don August 21st, 2010 6:12 pm

    Thanks for the posting. It’s amazing how a little creativity and sweat equity can save about $160 lol.

  9. MMA August 24th, 2010 1:40 am

    awsome

  10. Keith J. August 29th, 2010 2:59 pm

    There is a lot to be said for using equipment you probably already have. Save some $$

    Most of my workouts are equipment free. I will definitely take some advice from this article and share it.
    Thanks.

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  12. Jennifer January 15th, 2011 10:27 pm

    Just bought all my supplies after seeing your DIY suspension trainer video and reading this follow up – thanks for making this REALLY easy to do :)

  13. bill December 9th, 2011 9:59 pm

    I’m trying to figure out the best way to either hang my homemade suspension trainer from a rafter in the garage (easiest) or is there a way to make a portable stand I can hook it up to that can be diassembled after a workout? Anything permanent will drive the wife crazy so I’m kind of in stealth mode. Does anyone know of a way to make a metal (pipe?) stand I can workout on? thanks, bill

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  17. jingle September 17th, 2012 6:17 pm

    great stuff. how would you modify the design using the same cam straps you recommend for a single aka balance/instability set-up? would the same straps work? you should do a video on the modification too

  18. Aaron April 19th, 2013 9:29 am

    What length of strap do you usually buy?

  19. Majik May 15th, 2013 9:54 am

    Hi Ross, I tried to find your solution to the suspension strap that comes with the trx… So that you can wrap it around a tree or whatnot, but couldn’t find it. Any suggestions?
    Thanks again for such a great site! Your passion is obvious!

  20. admin May 15th, 2013 10:06 am

    You can purchase straps from a site such as strapworks.com. I demoed them in the DIY gymnastic ring video.

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