“Since early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has led many Americans to reconsider their wellness routines and invest in home gym fitness equipment to achieve their goals. Even with gyms reopened, data shows that many Americans prefer working out at home: Nine out of 10 Americans say they plan to keep working out in their home gym even after they feel fully comfortable returning to public spaces, according to a July 2020 survey of 1,000 adults across the U.S.
Select readers especially have tended toward exercise bikes and treadmills, as well as other, less gear-centric at-home workouts like yoga. Another method that has grown in popularity is suspension training. Notable brands like TRX and other resistance and suspension training systems provide a unique and flexible workout that challenges your strength against gravity or, like resistance bands, against itself. The instability that these systems create gives your body something to work against that is relatively personalized in contrast to traditional workout equipment.
When you hook the resistance bands to a door or wall — or, in some cases, to a bar or standing platform — you’ll be utilizing your body weight and gravity to burn fat, build muscle and tone the entire body. All of these exercises heavily rely on core engagement to help you with balance. They also hone and improve your coordination, joint stability and flexibility.
Joey Thurman, a certified personal trainer and celebrity host of the “Fad Or Future” podcast, agreed that suspension devices are extremely useful for improving overall body strength. “You can really get your posterior chain (backside), which is often lacking with most people,” he explained. Your back, hamstrings, glutes, and trunk can be targeted, too.”