Body Leverage Training can be done without any equipment at all but there are tools that make it easy to modify exercises to suit any fitness level (see exercises here).
Inexpensive and time-tested: Gymnastics Rings
Over the years, I’ve come across several great options. The oldest, cheapest, and simplest choice is gymnastics rings.
A straight handle might be more comfortable but this two-anchor option allows for advanced exercises that most suspension trainers can’t accommodate such as pull-ups, dips, and muscle-ups. Look for a set with a door anchor or two for easy set-up and take down at home.
Straight Handle Options: TRX Go and Jungle Gym Lifeline
The TRX is a lightweight Suspension Trainer™ by trxtraining.com. Formerly Fitness Anywhere, that “TM” probably tells you what you need to know: this was the first company to popularize a single-anchor alternative to gymnastics rings. Their design allows for quick transitions from pulling to pushing exercises (no need to let go of the handles between sets). Their cradles offer increased comfort for foot-suspended exercises.
For a two-anchor option that also offers straight handles, consider the less expensive but well-reviewed Lifeline Jungle Gym.
The DIY option: The Strength Training Rig (STR)
For those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, you can also assemble your own “Strength Training Rig” from off-the-shelf parts in about five minutes:
Remember, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link! I would highly recommend upgrading the components shown in the video to the following:
- 1 x Perfect Band Set (handles no longer sold separately) • $43 shipped
- 2 x 6′ Rollercam Loop Ends • $26 shipped
• Slim but strong components–webbing break strength of 1100+ pounds (working load limit: 350lbs each) and this is exceeded by the cam buckles.
• Cams with rollers improve ease of use and reduce wear on the webbing
• Handles that can come completely off the straps for fast setup and take down and for use with pull-up bars and stretches.
All components before assembly
Affix to a door using the included anchor
Loop over any sturdy horizontal beam (6-9 ft, or even higher with an extender)
Anchors can be set at shoulder width for advanced exercises like dips, pull-ups, muscle-ups, or inversions
Minimalist but full-featured : slide handles out of the way to use the integrated slings for foot-suspended exercises.