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). For the least expense and smallest form factor, consider building it yourself with off-the-shelf parts. No tools required!
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 if you plan to use them for exercises like push-ups or inverted rows.
Straight Handle Options: TRX Go and RitFit
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 RitFit Suspension Straps. The door anchors are built right into the strap, which may lead to some wear and tear over time. On the bright side, this offers three different door-anchoring options. You can align the door anchors at shoulder’s width for better ergonomics or connect them to the extension strap for easy set-up and takedown.
The DIY option: The Strength Training Rig (STR)
Create your own body leverage trainer with off-the-shelf parts in about ten minutes. Even these premium components cost less than $50 total, far less than the TRX or RitFit trainers. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 x handle set: Lights Mountain (Amazon link) ~ $25 shipped
- 2 x 6′ Rollercam Loop Ends (Rollercam.com) ~ $25 shipped
Note: The “Rollercams” are sold separately, so you’ll want to get two.
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- Optional Accessories:
- Add foot cradles using two-foot lengths of webbing
- Over-the-door anchor (Amazon) or ceiling/wall mounts (Amazon)
• Versatility of gymnastics rings (e. g. separate anchor points) meets ergonomic straight handles
• Slim but strong components
• Rollercam + webbing break strength: 1100 pounds
• Lights Mountain handles working load limit of 300 lbs (per handle)
• Handles that can come completely off the straps for fast setup and take down and for use with pull-up bars and flexibility training.
Wondering about other possibilities? There are hundreds out there but here are a couple more you might consider: