I’ve been making my own suspension trainers since I first got into calisthenics and bodyweight training almost a decade ago. I’ve spent far too much time and money on one design after the next. Each new model was an improvement in some ways, but was lacking in others.
Finally, after many years (and far too many attempts) I’ve come up with this design that satisfies the long list of requirements I look for in a suspension trainer. These include:
- Full vertical adjustment from the floor to overhead.
- Dual attachments for full horizontal adjustment.
- Quick and easy adjustment without the need to have to constantly readjust buckles.
- Ergonomic design that doesn’t cause any rub or pinch points.
- Low weight for easy portability.
- Compact so it’s easy to stuff into a backpack.
- Super durable and won’t wear out.
- Simple and cost efficient.
- Adjustments on the handles themselves so you can adjust the height of the handle and know where the handles are at the same time.
- Quick and easy to build.
- Low swing weight on the hanging strap.
- No metal hardware to add weight, bulk and cost to the design.
- Materials that stand the test of time.
- Handles that easily rotate and tilt without a lot of friction on the straps.
- Custom length and sizes to suit user preferences.
As you can see, I’ve built up a lot of standards and this is the only DIY trainer that satisfies them all. Check out how to make yours in this video: