Recently, I shared a suspension training video where I demonstrated some of my favorite variations on an inexpensive home model. Since the video was published last month, I received many questions about my suspension trainer and how it compares to commercial models. With this in mind, I will use this entry to discuss some of the differences, as I do not always prefer home equipment. It just so happens that I have a home coach for over 10 years, so I'm used to it.
Before discussing the features, you will find the video below. As you will see, there are many exercises that can be performed with a suspension trainer.
Homemade Suspension Trainer
Discussing homemade equipment, it is worth noting that I am a habit by habit. When I have something that works, I'm not looking for additional options. It was definitely true with my old suspension trainer. I created it because commercial models (at the time) seemed to me to be overpriced. When I had a working version, I never looked back.
As for specifics, my suspension trainer consists of a sturdy belt set with a cam buckle and a pair of handles for rings on the playground. After all, I also added leg straps with a set of Husky Hang-Alls,
Old School Suspension Training
My suspension trainer is very similar to one of the original old school models. The image below is taken from the 1866 text (Sports for Boys).
It may be strange for me to say this, but I think that working with a device similar to what athletes used 150+ years ago is great. It was not easy then and today remains a difficult matter. Very little has changed in this regard.
One thing that has changed is the availability of suspension coaches. Currently, there are many suppliers, which led to lower prices. Amazon also developed. You can order something today and get it tomorrow. There was no such convenience when I first made a suspension trainer.
Therefore, if I had to do it again in 2019, I would probably buy a commercial model online. If you scan the link below, you will find several options in the $ 50 price range that have positive feedback.
Amazon – Suspension Trainers
An additional advantage is that you do not need to buy separate handles and straps for the legs, as it would be with a homemade model. All inclusive.
Ultimately, if you choose a self-made or commercial suspension trainer, there are a lot of exercises you can do. And this is the real reason I created this post (and the video above). I am not here to direct you to a particular brand, but I can show you what is possible with a tool.
I have been using the simulator for suspension from classes for more than 10 years, and it is still difficult and useful for me. This is not something that anyone ever outgrow. As with most bodyweight movements, there are always options for increasing complexity. Thus, if you are interested in a suspension training, find a model that fits your budget and try some of the above exercises. I am sure you will enjoy them.
“Do not judge every day by the harvest that you harvest, but by the seed that you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson