A Guide To Choosing The Right Suspension Trainer For You!

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With an ever increasing range of Suspension Trainers hitting the market (which all claim to be amazing) , finding the right Suspension Trainer for you or your gym can, for many, end in mass confusion.

The first thing to keep in mind is that  not all Suspension Trainers are equal and this is certainly proven in the huge price range of training straps available today. On the cheaper end you can find Suspension Trainers advertised for as little as $15 and all the way up to nearly $300 at the top end.

So what things should you really consider when choosing the right trainer for you?

1.    Who will be using it and how often? 
If you are a big, solid, heavy person or you are looking to use it within a gym or with clients, you obviously want to ensure that the trainer you use is of a high, commercial grade quality that is built to be durable, endure long term repetitive use and can support heavier users. All quality, commercial grade trainers should advertise or be able to advise you of the maximum user weight capacity.

2.    Where would you like to use it?
Suspension Trainers can be set up every and anywhere. This is one of their great benefits but not all kits will come with the full range of anchoring solutions available so it important to think about where you are likely to use it. 

Common anchoring options include: 
  • A standard door frame: this is a great option if it is just for personal use, allowing you to quickly set up and pack away after each session. Further more, it is easy to take away with you on holidays or business trips so that you can keep up your exercise whilst on the road. Tip: Make sure you choose one that has a Door Anchor made from a non-marking material. The last thing you want is black marks all over your home or hotel doors.
  • A wall / ceiling anchor: another great option if you are wanting to use it on a regular basis, have heavy users or simply want more stability and peace of mind when training. A range of X or D Mount Wall / Ceiling anchors can be purchased separately but if you shop around they can often be found as an inclusion when you buy your Suspension Training straps either for free or at a discounted price.
  • Around a tree, pole, pillar or hook. Really you can anchor to any sturdy structure that will support your weight. To allow this you will need an Anchor Strap that wraps around your structure and clips onto your Suspension Trainer’s main carabineer. If you are using a high anchor point, you may also need an Extension Strap however this would mostly be in gym or commercial building where you are anchoring to a roof fixture that is quite high.

3.    Do you need help with what kind of exercises you can and should perform on your Suspension Trainer and if yes, what medium will work best for you?
Wether you are just starting to exercise for the first time, are new to using Suspension Trainers or even if you aren’t but want inspiration for the large range of exercises you can perform, it is worth looking for a kit that provides you information or a program covering is. Some kits include books, charts, DVD’s or access to apps ect. when you purchase your Suspension straps, whilst others don’t. 

Consider wether this inclusion is important to you and also what is the most convenient and beneficial type for you to use. As an example, if you are provided with a book or chart showing exercises that is great and certainly better than not having it however you are relying on pictures and your interpretation of the instructions to perform the exercises correctly compared to say a DVD that actually shows you the exercises performed in full. Using a DVD however relies on you setting up to train near a TV. A few places these days provide you with access to specific Suspension Training workout apps which are a great option as your phone or tablet is obviously portable and can be with you wherever you choose to set up and often allows the user to filter exercises by difficulty/experience, to target certain areas or muscles, shows videos of exercises and some even have timers for you to use when training.

4.    What is the overall quality and durability? 
This is probably the most important of all four points because at the end of the day you want to stay safe and have peace of mind when training. You want to be able to  trust your Suspension Trainer and train as hard and as vigorously as you want, knowing it has you covered.

As the old saying goes ‘you get what you pay for’ and in most instances this rings true and is certainly something to keep in mind when choosing the right Suspension Trainer for you. 

Features of a high quality Suspension Trainer include: 
  • straps made from double thickening material and extra strength stitching to keep it strong and durable
  • rubber handles for extra grip and comfort
  • hardware made from high grade, strong alloy materials again for strength and durability 
  • anti theft locks on carabineers which are important if you plan to leave it set up in an unsecure location

Fortunately there are some brands that although they are less well known, give the big guns a run for their money in terms of quality and extras but at far more affordable prices.  Check out our NXT Suspension Trainer!

Well there it is. We have laid it all out for you. Suspension Trainers are a fantastic, effective fitness tool, worthy of all the praise they receive.

All that’s left it so boil the kettle, put up your feet and take a few minutes thinking about the 4 questions we have covered to ensure you choose a great Suspension Trainer that will work the way you want it to and where possible come with all the extra’s you need to get the most out of your investment and achieve your goals.

Good luck and happy training!

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