Over the couple of weeks before this was written I put together a few video clips of me using some suspension straps I made to add a new level of exercise to my workouts. They are made from two tie down straps purchased at Lowes. Total price of the straps, clips, 3/4″ pvc was around $20.00. The result was a pair of 14 foot straps with ratchets that is versatile to say the least.
Best of all this DIY version is rated for 1000 pounds work load, 3000 lbs break strength. That gives me a lot of confidence that I am not going to break loose from anything these are attached to. Considering the way they’re used, nothing is more important than that consideration.
The video shows some brief examples of some of the simpler exercises outdoors and one indoors. At the end, I show the straps and how they are put together.
Don’t mistake these workout wonders for guy stuff.
Before going any further, women watching this, the way I’m dressed and where I’m using it, can come to the conclusion this is for guys. Not so. This is as much for women as for men. The benefits are for either and will work equally for either.
Just before I started this article I went out back and showed my 21 year old daughter, who is a martial artist, how to go through a full upper body workout with the straps. While she showed considerable strain, she went through it smoothly and successfully.
Satisfaction For Those Needing Exercise Efficiency
One of the great features of a pair of simple homemade suspension straps is their versatility. A full body workout can be accomplished by attaching the straps to a tree once and not moving them. All you have to do is change positions.
The first several exercises shown out in the woods were me using the suspension straps without ever changing or reattaching them. I just changed the position of my feet or my direction in relation to the straps. From that, I was able to do pushups at 3 different angles, angled rows pulling my body up toward the tree, curls with a full range of motion, triceps extensions, again with a full range of motion.
All suspended between the straps attached to one spot on the tree.
At home I showed one set of rows pulling myself up and toward the door the straps were inserted through. That setup was the straps attached to a 2×4 that was placed on the opposite side of the door. The board was driven between the door facing and the door closed.
That results in a solid, secure attachment for the straps to workout indoors.
Workout at any level of difficulty and extremity.
Finally, I showed a couple of exercises of a more extreme nature with my feet off the ground, planted on the side of the tree. You have to be real confident of your straps to do that, and it is suggested that you get used to them fully before trying exercises where you are suspended with your feet off the ground.
Check out the video to see how the straps are put together.
You can be sure, suspension strap exercises will be a steadfast part of my strength and muscle building efforts well into the future.