I am definitely for bands. I am now 53 years old and have been training for about 40 years.
I have done almost anything you can think of: barbells and dumbbells, sandbags, kegs, tires, kettlebells, clubbells, bodyweight, and finally bands.
I have competed in powerlifting and bodybuilding, but it was a long time ago 🙂
I was doing bodyweight only workouts already for about 5 years. Lots of pushups, pull-ups, and lunges. I had bought a set of bands to help me progress with pull-ups.
The volume of training had become so high (500 push-ups, 150 pull-ups, and 20 minutes of lunges) that it was very time consuming and the elbows were beginning to ache more and more until I could not do pull-ups without pain.
I thought I could use those bands I had to work out differently, and it worked tremendously. The contraction I get with bands is not matched by anything else.
Workouts are short, very intense, and fun. My condition improved very much, I lost some body fat, I do not feel “beaten” after a workout anymore, and most importantly, the pains are gone.
I train now exclusively with bands for about 4 months, and I love it. Workouts every other day for about 20 minutes. The bands I use the most are the 50, 80 and 100 lbs.
The videos you post in your weekly newsletter are very helpful to set up routines with effective exercises.
Have a great day,
I’m an avid runner, I’ve run several marathons including the Boston Marathon.
Last year I kept getting injured because I was just running and not strengthening my body enough to handle the load. I found RBT on YouTube and ordered bands and Stabilizers.
The BANDS are fantastic and so portable. BUT The BAND GYM is even better as I can now train with a directed purpose. However, the BEST part of The BAND GYM is having access to DAVE and having him guide you through your training. In the short time I’ve had the bands and especially the Dynamic Stabilizers the long-standing issues I’ve had with my knees, hips and glutes have diminished.
Thank You RBT and Dave, I can’t recommend the Bands, the Band Gym, and Dave any stronger. My only regret is that I had not come across RBT and Dave sooner.
Band Gym MemberChattanooga, TN
Hi Dave! I really need to share this with you and shoutout a big THANK YOU for your videos and your passion with your bands. My husband and I live in Hawaii and we are avid surfers. I’m a surf instructor as well. Our goal is to be in the best shape possible for what we do. We recently took a trip to New Jersey to visit family and we stayed a month. I was concerned that I was going to lose my surf fitness, but we took our bands with us and every day, we did our workout. It was 99% bands plus the addition of a TRX trainer. We just got back and went for a surf. Usually, after a month of not surfing, I’m a bit off and out of shape. Not this time!! In fact, I have never felt stronger. My paddling and balance were all on point thanks to the bands! On top of that, my husband has been using the bands for a year now to alleviate his lower back pain. Not only does he have a 6 pack at 45 years old, best of all, the bands are the antidote for his pain. Amazing and awesome. I can’t live without them and neither can he. Again, thank you, thank you for your product and the knowledge you put on YouTube!!!!
RBT Fan and Enthusiast
I gotta tell you, for being in the fitness industry, you are hands down the nicest most helpful and most accessible guy I have ever come across…… so much appreciation coming your way!
Band Gym Owner
It would seem others are now starting to see the benefits of bands you’ve been preaching for years. Think I’ve said before, but I’ve got to say it again – you’ve really nailed it with the band gym & the best value is you teach fitness lessons that last a life-time – I’m not a personal trainer, but with the knowledge you’ve armed me with, I’m pretty sure I could get results if I was hired as one! My heart rate is in an athlete range & my metabolic age is way younger than my natural one – around 15 years less, last time I was tested!
Thanks again for all you do, I’m sure you have a bigger impact than you realize, look forward to hearing from you soon
Band Gym Member
I’ve been using bands for over 3 years. I turn 65 in August. Work out 5 times per week. Two days of bands, 2 days of walking 18 holes of golf (6 miles per round), and add in a short Wog (walk-jog combo). I’m fanatical about my band routine, mixing in some yoga and stretching. Lots of core stuff helps my lower back. Wonderful not to be laid up several times a year in pain.
I take my bands when traveling – ie Maui by the beach is my favorite setting!
Many thanks for your frequent emails with new exercises. Love to work in new routines.
Dave… I have trained with bands for about 2 years now. Before I trained with free weights for about 10 years. But I will say the pump you get on band training is absolutely CRAZY! It beats any arm curls you can do 🙂
Former Free Weight Guy turned RBT Enthusiast
I want to thank you, Dave! For the first time in 15 years, I participated in our school’s staff/student softball game. It’s been a long time since I felt like participating. I actually got two hits which for me is quite an accomplishment, and I was able to run the bases with ease, another accomplishment. I give a lot of credit to the workouts you have designed. I am more athletic now at 56, then when I was in high school. And that’s no exaggeration. My next goal is to train for a half marathon. I’m also enjoying the new cardio shred.
Dcn. Ron Christolear
Band Gym Member
I continue to learn through your content – it’s truly second to none!!
Band Gym Member
I have used your bands with my clients/athletes and my own workouts for I believe around 12 years from when you first introduced them to us here at Bellin and today I love them more than ever. What I like best is your workout, I don’t have to do all the planning of workout any more thanks to your designed programs, thanks so much for sharing. It is so nice to just workout and follow for once rather than having to plan.
James “Beve” Beversdorf,
RBT Trainer, Coach, and Fitness Enthusiast
Keep on providing us with great ideas!
I agree with you…you can definitely train hard with bands… if they are the right bands. A few years ago I began training with tubular bands… before discovering your Quantum Bands… totally a better experience.
And are very portable on the road!
I love old dumbbells and kettlebells, but my body feels that bands add something to complete a better training experience.
I think you are giving great education, which is much more important than mere workouts… if you understand the “why” of what you are doing it’s just much more useful!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Thanks for the swift response. I do all my training with bands. They are perfect for protecting joints, promoting mobility, and fitness. I gave away all my weights a couple of years ago. I’d taken on board your information about injury and damage to the body. In my late 70’s, I find that bands are ideal. I have abandoned the notion of testing my strength with weights, and instead, make full use of the full range I have of your excellent bands.
Your points about timed routines are well taken, but I like sets and reps. I guess it is as simple as that. EG: drop sets; sets to failure with thunder bands: chest presses, squat rows – a great exercise. The sheer variety is remarkable.
Overall, I am feeling good and fit using bands. That is the best test.
The Gym is a great institution. Thanks for all the support.
Member of The Band Gym
100% agree Dave. I’ve switched to 95% band training and I feel much better and have put on some muscle in my arms. I’m more powerful and quicker in my karate training. I believe in bands big time…. but you have to get the right ones. Like Quantum bands!
First I have to apologize for my bad English, I try my best. I wanna thank you for your great work and your great bands. Your bands are in my opinion still the best on the market and the money that I spend for Shipping the bands to Germany was totally worth it. Keep up your great work!
All the best from Germany to the beautiful Wisconsin!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
I am OK today. I just wanted to thank you for the videos and the Quantum bands that have been a key part of my stroke recovery. Have recommended your site to fellow veterans at the VA (rehab) and to a therapist I encounter. You don’t know me but you helped me beyond measure. Words cannot express how grateful I am to you. All The Best and Thank You
RBT Enthusiast and Hero
Fmr Sgt. 7th Special Forces Group ABN USA
I have experienced shoulder issues, pinched nerve in the neck, and knee pain all in the last couple of years. I had stopped going to the gym and was sick of doing only PT exercises. I found you through online searches and loved your message. I watched a ton of the FREE resources you provide, and slowly but surely built strength, stamina, and flexibility using your band exercises and program. I particularly appreciate how responsive you have been by email even before I was a paid member! I am a true believer and appreciate how you continue to provide new material every week. I have a full-fledged “band gym” in my basement, and I can now do overhead exercises I never thought possible again. I am even starting to feel that running might be in my future again! Thanks for all you do!
Thank you so much for your timely response, Karen and Dave… Your entire operation is first class, and your products and instructional materials are exemplary. Your resistance band concepts are truly revolutionary; I am so pleased to have discovered your work, although I wish I had done so even earlier!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
I just wanted you to know that I did receive my order today! THANK YOU so much for helping to get this out to me in a timely fashion. Most importantly, my client will be able to sport their bands on their trip abroad.
I appreciate you and Dave and your fantastic products!
I’ve been using your bands and programs for about 8 months. I can say that I am stronger and more flexible than I thought possible. I stayed fit for decades through running and free weights. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, my body started to show some wear and tear a couple of years ago at age 56. Because of lower back issues, I’ve had to cut back on running and workouts with free weights that caused unfamiliar achiness and soreness. I almost resigned myself to limited workouts and a marginal fitness level. Fortunately, a local physical therapist recommended your training systems. The results have been amazing. I’ve successfully completed some beginner and intermediate level programs and I look forward to stepping it up a bit.
Thank you for any support you can provide.
Hey Dave! I just wanted to share with you how much I love working out with these bands. Today I went hiking up a steep incline and scaled it like a Ram! I’m 53 years old and went through a back fusion 2.5 years ago that left me with radiculopathy. These bands are helping me strengthen my core better than anything I have tried. My overall strength and stamina is remarkable! I appreciate your knowledge and teachings of these bands. Thank you!
Band Gym Member and RBT Enthusiast
I have improved my shoulder health greatly by using the bands 3 times per week for 30 minutes with exercises you’ve shown me. The pain is all but gone. I owe you a lot for getting rid of my pain, that alone was worth 10 times the price of the bands.
Thank you for getting me onto bands helping my joints feel amazing!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
I have received all of my recent purchases. The quality of the products are fantastic, and the Boot Camp DVD is very informative. I have logged into my RBT customer portal account as well. Thanks for everything, and I will continue to purchase your fine products.
New RBT Customer
Coach Dave – Where you been all my life? Best $100 ever spent. The Dynamic Stabilizer book alone is a life saver.
Band Gym Member
Take a Tour of The Band Gym
Trainers at the gym have started incorporating bands with their clients after watching me do “silly rubber band moves”. One trainer said, “Since I started here 2 months ago, you’ve gone from slowly limping around the gym to ballistic training with straps.” My physician, who I see weekly, asked what my secret weapon was, RBT!!!!! I can only hope you make this much difference in many many lives as you have mine. I am forever grateful for your “computer savvy” sharing your knowledge across all platforms of social media.
RBT Enthusiast for Life
Hey Dave! Sharing my update. One week in with RBT & I have religiously done the Double Vector Butt Buster every day for at least 1-2 rounds of 30s on/15s rest of those 8 exercises. I feel amazing!!!! A lot of my hip pain from a prior labral tear surgery is feeling better as well!!! Thank you thank you!
RBT Biking Enthusiast
I just want to say thank you again for a great RBT class. The material was exactly what we were looking for, and it was a perfect fit with what we are already doing. Your knowledge and excellent teaching techniques will help us further our Milwaukee Fire Department Health Program. It will serve our frontline Firefighters very well. Our MFD Peer Fitness Trainers in attendance were all so appreciative the prehab/rehab, flexibility/mobility, work-hardening, and performance aspects that you covered so well. The better we train our members, the more likely they will all go home safely. You are a part of that.
Milwaukee Fire Department
Lead Peer Fitness Trainer
You do an incredible job of educating your customers and marketing your bands. I am a 49 yr old trainer and neuromuscular therapist. I have systemic Lupus(which includes rheumatoid arthritis). These bands have changed my life and my body. The fact that I can have the bands wrap around my wrists is not only great for my hands but really allows me to sculpt the muscle rather than overuse my hands and forearms.
Thank you for providing a quality product.
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Dave, you’re great! I love watching your videos ( I put those workouts to use also lol), and even mix them up in my own routines. I love how passionate you are about training, and in particular, resistance bands! I am a firm believer that you can totally transform your body and get in great shape using them.
You’ve inspired me to continue training and coming up with fun and creative exercises. I love bands, and I love training at home. So thanks again for all that you do and keep the resistance going haha!
Dave is “The Authority” on band training and Dave’s article “Movement Vs Muscle” is spot on.
I am turning 72 this month. I am not as strong as I was in my 50’s but I am stronger than most men 20 years my junior. My balance and flexibility is better than ever. That is because I have moved from almost entirely weight training to Resistance Bands, Yoga and some moderate weight training. Any time I lift weights more than moderately, I feel it in my joints far more than in my muscles and that is not a good thing. I have a variety of resistance band types and brands. I have tried other resistance band training programs. Dave’s bands and his training programs are the best I have found anywhere.
Band Gym Member
You’re the best! Band workouts came at just the right time. My disease is progressing but the band’s give me confidence. I don’t have to fear throwing/dropping weights and the band’s move with me without the pull of gravity. Totally enjoying it! You need to market this to the handicapped
RBT Enthusiast and MS Activist
Thanks Dave! Been loving your bands and it’s easy to see the difference in quality. I have some similar other brands that start shredding up pretty quickly when I attached them together. Yours have been issue free and strong as hell.
Camp Gladiator Trainer
I am a recovering heart attack patient of 2 years ago. I have been receiving your emails and studying your work through your website for the past year. Limited space at home and not wanting to deal with heavy weights has prompted me to ramp up the work I have already begun using bands. Your explanation of flat bands over what I am currently using has convinced me to switch. I want to primarily continue the cardio workouts I do at rehab and at home, but I realize that the strength training segments, although somewhat limited, have significantly increased my endurance factor while doing the cardio. Increased strength training using the stretch bands is now my immediate goal. I have assimilated about 12 exercises which I have seen you demonstrate over the past year which I am beginning to incorporate in my home routine.
I would appreciate your thoughts (on exercises) and also my thanks for all the information and guidance you have been for me over the last year.
I’m seventy-eight. I trained with weights for years. When I passed seventy, motivation reduced: I worried about lower back pain and injured joints. I gave my weights and power rack to a friend’s grandson, a keen bodybuilder.
I trained with Kettlebells for several years and enjoyed short, intense routines. However, when I passed seventy-five, I had the same concerns as when I trained with weights. Training with kettlebells, I discovered Dave Schmitz and Getting Better With Bands; a God Send. Bands gradually replaced Kettlebells. I’ve not trained with Kettlebells this past year.
Now I train only with bands three to four times a week for thirty to forty minutes. I feel the better for it. My Chiropractor confirmed that my back is in excellent condition and I’m in decent shape. These days there are no aches and pains.
Thanks, Dave for the great equipment and advice.
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Appreciate the opportunity for the sneak peak into the new BAND GYM. Like to formal and layout. Simple to use and find things I was looking for.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting emails from you over the last five years, which got me to purchase a variety of band products that I’ve used and introduced to my sons as well. I’m not a spring chicken (53 yrs old), but have found RBT and the BANDs to be a more conducive way for me to train more dynamically over the years.
I’m an avid runner and just completed my 8th marathon last month so not interested in bulking up. Rather I’ve found the bands enable me to “lift” and strengthen my upper & lower body in a way to keep my posture strong late on long training runs and the marathons.
My two sons run XC in college as well and trying to direct them to use bands as well in addition to their weight & strength conditioning programs at school. For me, I like the simplicity of being able to bring my ‘gym’ equipment with me on the road and workout like I want to wherever I am.
Grateful for all of the details and workouts you’ve provided over the years. I’ve kept many of those emails as a way to go back and check what I’m doing and what other nuggets I may have missed the first time. Great new site and thanks again for making this information and yourself available to me and so many others. Appreciate your availability and more so interest in helping people. Take care and have a good day.
Dave, Since beginning resistance band training I have lost 12 pounds and I’m really seeing the difference. For the first time in 25 years, I am under 200 pounds. I have lost a total of 60 pounds and while most of the weight has been lost prior to beginning resistance band training, I am actually SEEING more of a difference since beginning RBT. Thanks again!
A Band Gym Club Member
Just completed my first full-fledged band workout a few minutes ago and it went very well. At 70, I have typical joint issues, but your core stabilization exercises (banded planks) helped my low back, and the hip work (push outs, etc) got those nice and loose. Got a good sweat over 60 minutes and, maybe best of all, I suspect bands are easier on the nervous system. (I can no longer work hard enough with weights to get a good sweat going.)
I’m very pleased with the early progress. I probably will need to have a bone spur in my right shoulder shaved, but with bands, I expect rehab to go better than my previous shoulder surgery.
My only regret is not getting to you sooner.
Senior RBT Enthusiast
A Band Gym Club Member
I do trust the bands and your workouts. I even have my son (10 years ) using the bands for his sport (Judo) and it has made a world of difference in his progress. He is more advanced than other students because they train with heavy weights and he is training with the bands. I am always waiting for your emails on new training ideas with the bands. Keep them coming.
RBT Enthusiast and Dad
I totally agree with using Bands Dave. I have been using them myself and instructing all our employees, staff and clients for 15 years here at Bellin on their benefits and I will continue to do my best to get people to make a better CHOICE. I have recently been tasked to fill in as a CSCS at one of our contracted schools and have introduced RBT to the athletes and they love them. I knew they would and its great watching young athletes enjoy their workouts with bands.
I should have replied a while back but I loved your response to the gentleman who asked about traditional strength training vs using bands. I have been send that information to every man I get a chance to, trying to convince them to make bands a major part of their workouts.
Keep up the great work. I love your emails.
Licensed Athletic Trainer
Just wanted you to know that I’ve had my bands for a couple of months now and love them. My shoulders elbows and knees feel great. They are my problem spots and feel better than they have in years. Thank you
I follow you on Instagram. I started the planks today. The videos are great.
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Thanks for the update and reminder. This speaks to your integrity and I really appreciate it. I’ve lifted for 35+ years and know how to program my workouts in that realm. Having just turned 50 this month my goals have changed. I have mobility issues due to tightness and a bit of arthritis in my spine, not to mention some shoulder issues. I’ve been trying to incorporate some stretching and yoga into my week but I work 55 hours a week (literally. No exaggeration) and can only workout about a half hour a day. I travel for my job so my workout has to be mobile too. Prior to working so much and having 6 children I was an ultra runner too but that had to go by the wayside. I say all this to say bands and your philosophy of movement first and the flexibility of bands to be used anywhere fists my needs perfectly. I’ve been working out for 2+ weeks using the bands -stretching with them as well- and have felt some benefit in reduced pain in my low back and thoracic region as well. I need to keep learning so, I say all this to say I’m staying on with you for a bit. I’m loving the bands and am feeling better and feel confident that I can keep my fitness and rehab myself as well in the areas I need to. It’s interesting to have a coach who has their foundation in physical therapy and yet is an athlete as well. I feel like I get the best of both worlds, athleticism based in knowledge of kinesiology. I work with a lot of geriatrics so I see what happens when one stops moving and loses mobility (I’m a hospice care social worker) and muscle. I truly feel like I have found the system that I can use for the rest of my life to have total fitness in all parameters-strength, mobility, cardio, power, speed, etc… Prior to finding your info and products I was doing bodyweight stuff. That fits all my needs but I like being able to add resistance as well and the bands allow me to do that while staying still allowing me to work out when and where I need to. So, I’m staying on as a member so I can keep learning. Thanks so much.