Who is Getting BETTER with BANDS!!
I have a handful of my favorite Coach Dave workouts that I rotate through and all are fun and challenging but the Crunch-20 Workouts are the jewels in the crown.
My name is Thomas Williams and I have been an RBT devotee probably for at least 4 years now (have been using resistance bands in general for a longer period). I have the basic fitness set of your bands and other than one incident when I snapped a red band, they have performed admirably. (I am tallish at 6’2” so I’m definitely pushing the bands when I’m doing squat overhead presses)
I’m a professional musician and travel close to a third of the year performing in A John Denver trib band (we play Wisconsin a lot). I needed a portable and flexible means of working out and your concepts and the build quality of the bands you carry fit the bill perfectly. Anyway, the main reason for my email is to send you kudos for the Crunch 20 program you recently posted in the band gym (I’m also a member of this ).
I am going on 60 and have been active and athletic most of my life between taekwondo through inline skating. I have a handful of my favorite Coach Dave workouts that I rotate through and all are fun and challenging. But the Crunch 20s are the jewels in the crown. I consider myself strong and in good physical shape and they look deceptively easy. My first inclination was to start with black band as this and the purple are my go tos for most exercises. After going through a few sets, I found I fell back to the red. And at the end of the 1st exercise group, I was heaving on the floor 🤪. the squat groups are particularly exhausting. Especially as they are just 20 min in length, they are perfect for catching a quick, intense workout in the morning before I pile into the van to travel to next show. I just finished creating Seconds Pro timers for all ten of the workouts ( that was tedious but worth it). Sorry to ramble on but just wanted to give you some detailed feedback and return some positive energy for all the hard work you do.
Thanks for listening and keep up the good work.
A Band Gym Member
RBT Resistance bands are SOOOO much better than any others I’ve used
RBT Resistance bands are SOOOO much better than any others I’ve used! You can feel the difference in quality the min you pick them up, and they are so durable. And I also love them way more than resistance tubes.
I also love your training programs and there is so much variety that you can always switch it up. In addition, It’s great to leave a resistance band laying around and just pick it up for a quick set any time and in-between. Your accessories have also been a huge help to expand even further, although I love just using the bands on their own.
I only use RBT Bands and your programs now, No weights etc.
Thank you so much for your quality products and trainings. Ooh and your support, whether a training question or anything is outstanding!!
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Bands allow me to continue to get a great workout while protecting/strengthening my shoulder and knee joint.
Thanks for all the quality content. I have been using bands for over 2 years after having shoulder surgery for a bone spur and two knee surgeries. Bands allow me to continue to get a great workout while protecting/strengthening my shoulder and knee joint.
I recently purchased dynamic stabilizer bands, I must say they have been a game changer. I’m using them for my cardio & leg routine with great results including no knee pain.
Just wanted to say thank you!!
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
You and RBT have been a blessing in my life and the life of my family.
You and RBT have been a blessing in my life and the life of my family. I believe that you are on the right track.
I still have a year on you, though, you serve as inspiration to me.
I am sure you hear it all the time, but, I will say it anyway – “you look great” my friend! I still have a year on you, though, you serve as inspiration to me. Isn’t it great to show people that age is irrelevant, that you can still look, feel and perform well, regardless?
I am back in the gym after two years of in-home training, and, though I enjoy the deadlifts and squats I still incorporate bands in different ways and have been doing so since I ‘discovered’ you and your site.
So, a big thanks and make it a great Birthday!
I am about to turn 53 on Friday and can tell you the bands with your weekly videos have changed my life
Hey, Dave!! It’s Doug Harrell from Fairhope Alabama. I am a band man fanatic! I am about to turn 53 on Friday and can tell you the bands with your videos have changed my life and the way I work out. I train with a trainer two days a week and bands three days. I have had back problems for years but no more. Please keep the RBT information coming and I hope to meet you again.
Sincerely, Doug Harrell
Since I started with Quantum bands my rotator cuff is much improved and I am able to do things I could not do three years ago.
Dave you definitely are the Band Man! I started training with high quality tubes when I turned 50 and about two years ago discovered your bands. It has made a difference for me. I have trained all my life and have the usual shoulder, hip ankle problems. But I must say since I started with Quantum bands my rotator cuff is much improved and I am able to do things I could not do three years ago. I do lots of body weight stuff and lots of different vector training. Functionally I think I am stronger than ever even if I can’t bench as much as I did 20 years ago. I squatted with two green bands today and had no pain… and I may need to pick up the blue bands! Thanks for all the info Dave, I was a trainer for several years and I learned more from your videos than I ever did at any Idea summit. Looking forward to the training over 60. Keep it strong.
I find the band workouts way more enjoyable than weights, much more interesting & way more dynamic.
I just want to say how much I love your workouts – I can no longer do weights as they make my glute/hip problem worse & I also have a pelvic weakness (after 3 children!) so heavy lifting isn’t great for me. I was so relieved to find your website & such an exciting alternative. I actually find the band workouts way more enjoyable than weights, much more interesting & way more dynamic. I always enjoy getting your emails & finding out more.
Thanks for everything you do Dave & keep up the great work!
With very best wishes,
I would often get hurt using weights and doing high intensity plyometric type training. Your workouts are fun and challenging. I look forward to going into my basement and working out every day.
I want to thank you for putting out such a great product!
I’m a 55-year-old ex-professional baseball player. I played 8 years for the Cleveland Indians & Minnesota Twins. Since my playing days, I’ve always tried to stay in shape. I have tried many different fitness options, from free weights to workout videos. Most were fine when I was younger, however, I found as I was getting older I was more prone to injury. I would often get hurt using weights and the high-intensity plyometric type training videos. It would limit me from training. I would have to miss workouts while I was injured.
Finally 4 years ago after never being seriously injured I tore the labrum in my left shoulder lifting weights. I haven’t had the surgery yet to repair it. Three months ago I started using your band work out and following the videos from your website. It changed the way I can work out. I was able to strengthen my shoulder by using the bands with assisted movements. Now I can perform many of your exercises with heavy resistance. I have gotten my entire upper body back into shape. I can do push-ups and many shoulder exercises with no pain. Best of all I can throw batting practice to my kids with no pain in my shoulder.
I just had to send you this note to thank you! Your band workouts not only helped my shoulder but gave me an overall fitness level that makes me feel great. Your workouts are fun and challenging. I look forward to going into my basement and working out every day.
I found that a band complex is an awesome way to get a great workout without the injury risks of a barbell complex
As a fan of band training, I just had to send you a shout out about using band exercises for complexes. As you know, barbell complexes are a popular training protocol that provides a combined strength and cardio challenge. They also are very efficient in terms of getting a good workout in a short period of time. The problem for me, and I suspect for a lot of older trainees, is that barbell training can easily lead to low back or shoulder injuries. Power cleans, snatches, bent over rows, upright or shoulder rows, even with just an empty Olympic bar, can create a high risk of injury for a lot of people. Adding load in the lifting phase of a barbell complex also requires dealing with slowing down movements in the eccentric phase to avoid putting undue strain on muscle attachments.
I found that a band complex is an awesome way to get a great workout without the injury risks of a barbell complex. Also, because bands de-load in the eccentric phase, they are a great way to train when I’m feeling sore. And as you know, bands allow me to train explosively (with fast movements) to train for power. I train these for 5-minute intervals (going through the circuit as many times as I can in that 5-minute period, no rest between exercises), resting about 2 minutes, and then repeating or doing another circuit. Here are two circuits I’ve used recently.
Single band, unattached
- SLD x 6
- Hammer curl x 6
- High pull x 6
- Front Squat x 6
- Press x 6
- Pull apart with reverse lunge x 6
Single band attached
- Standing Row x 6 each side
- Incline press x 6
- Halo or overhead band hold with step back x 6
- Lateral lunge or shuffle x 6 (each side)
- Lunge (stepping toward attachment point) x 6 each leg
Thanks for all that you do.
For the first time in a long time I believe that I can get fit and strong without worrying about my knees and ankles
I have to tell you that my first week of using the bands has been absolutely amazing. My legs feel totally different and my knees are feeling better already. The dynamic stabilizer band is tough but definitely can feel results from using it. My favorite exercises are the back pedals and shuffle–they feel amazing. For the first time in a long time I believe that I can get fit and strong without worrying about my knees and ankles–that’s saying a lot from a 58-year old who is 50 pounds overweight. Thank you so much for your help in picking the right bands and workout for my current level of fitness and areas of weakness.
All the best,
Cindy S., Northern Colorado, 58-years-old.
It just amazes me that I can take a big rubber band and work out until I get the same burn that I could barely achieve with a ½ ton of weight on a machine or bar.
Just wanted to say thanks for all the information and exercises that you have shared with me. I am starting to grow my workout business more now and my new clients are loving the resistance workouts. Many have been in gym situations where all they did was burpees and lift huge amounts of weights. They are enjoying the fact that they are getting a great workout and don’t have the joint issues that go along with 300# squats. Love the workouts myself also. It just amazes me that I can take a big rubber band and work out until I get the same burn that I could barely achieve with a ½ ton of weight on a machine or bar. Thanks again for all the goodies.
UnderGround Fitness LLC
I still use these exercises today and they are a big part of my success as a football player” – University of Iowa Football
“As a punter, I rely heavily on explosion and flexibility. Which is exactly what Dave Schmitz was able to give me. His band exercises gave me a tremendous increase in flexibility and an increase in my leg speed. I still use these exercises today and they are a big part of my success as a football player”
I started with tube shaped bands, which were ok, but once I discovered your Quantum Bands , I gave my Tubes away.
I’ve been using your bands exclusively for the past 2 years since a major shoulder surgery. At the time I feared lifting days were done. I was 61 years old and just assume that I’d waste away, like most my age do. They were, but your product is, at least for me, way superior to lifting. At that time, the PT was rehabbing it with bands and I decided to use bands for everything as well. I started with tube shaped bands, which were ok, but once I discovered your product, I gave them away.
I’m currently age 63 and workout with your bands 45 minutes every other day. I do sprints on a schwinn airdyne on the alternate days, never miss a workout. Today I look and feel better than I have since my late 30s.
I’m attaching some pictures to show you progress. Thanks for creating a simple, honest, no bullshit way for older people to stay in great shape.
Unlike several other programs I’ve tried over the years and didn’t finish, this one kept me motivated, injury free and progressing every week
I thought I would send you a quick update on my progress. I am finishing up week 5 of the 12 week BandStrong program and it’s going very well. I am glad you suggested that I continue on and not repeat the first week. Since then I have been able to complete all of the rounds as required, although not easily, and have made great improvements overall. I was going to ask you about how to handle the sore knees I have experienced over the last year, but the training has improved the strength of my knees that I no longer have the pain.
I have also been tracking my resting heart rate with my Fitbit over the last 7 months. Since starting the RBT training, my resting heart rate has gone down on average by 5 BPM. That’s an unexpected surprise that I’m really happy about as well.
My wife started this week with the “4 Week Band Starter Program” since she doesn’t feel she is ready for the Band Strong Program. I am wondering if I should order the orange bands for her since she struggles a little with the overhead press type exercises with the red.
I am also considering ordering a pair of the green bands for me. The bands I have are certainly enough for me as I go through the BandStrong program, but I thought I could start incorporating the green as I improve over the coming weeks.
My initial concerns going into this program were my joints and excessive soreness and that still has not been an issue.
Your coaching videos and PDFs have been awesome and really appreciated! I look forward to progressing further!
My son, who is in college, laughed at me when he saw that I was working out with the bands instead of the weights. (After training with Bands for 6 weeks) .. He said he hit the rim at mid forearm, which he said he has never done before. He is so convinced that it’s a result from working out with the bands during our Family vacation
My son, who is in college, laughed at me when he saw that I was working out with the bands instead of the weights. I tried explaining to him that I could no longer lift those heavy weights at 51 like I could at 31, but he wasn’t convinced. Maybe he just doesn’t like the thought that I can’t lift those heavy weights like I used to.
No matter what I said I couldn’t convince him to give them a try. He does a lot of power lifting and thinks the bands are not for serious weight lifters. This past week we went on a family vacation down to Florida and he didn’t have easy access to a weight room. Out of desperation he agreed to workout with the bands so that he wouldn’t have to take time off from his routine. Fortunately I brought my full set of bands to include the green bands, handles and utility strap. He combined the green and purple bands in his squats since he squats around 280. Overall he was very surprised at what a workout he got from the bands.
After getting home from vacation, he played in a pickup game of basketball and later told me he couldn’t believe how explosive he could move and jump. He said he had hit the rim at mid forearm, which he said he has never done before. He is so convinced that it’s a result from working out with the bands that he wants me to order him the heavier bands for squatting. Since the green bands were not strong enough for him I thought I should get him the next ones up, which are the blue bands. He wants me to get him the blue and grey but I’m thinking the blue might challenge him enough based on the product description.
(At 74), I feel resistance band training with your Quantum Bands have absolutely changed my way of working out.
Just wanted to share with you my Band Gym . I will be turning 74 next month and thanks to you I feel, look and move great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and guidance.I feel resistance band training with your Quantum Bands have absolutely changed my way of working out. I totally love it. Thanks again.
A Band Gym Owner
Your knowledge, experience, instruction and products continue to improve the quality of my life. thanks for acting upon your desire to help people enjoy their lives more fully.
Thanks for your tireless effort to improve my strength, conditioning and mobility using RBT. Your knowledge, experience, instruction and products continue to improve the quality of my life. Although I will continue to support your important work through product purchases, please also accept my heartfelt thanks for acting upon your desire to help people enjoy their lives more fully.
Since starting RBT, I am down 40 lbs with 28 more to go. RBT makes me feel great and I can see progress every week!
Man getting old does suck. My goal was always to stay as strong as possible, unfortunately as you know lifting in the older years can become a chore especially on our joints. At a very young age of 52, I had bilateral knee replacements which lead to several more surgeries due to major complication. 3 year later, several surgeries and 50 lbs heavier, I thought my workout days were over. Then I stumbled upon your site. I saw my chance that just maybe I can do this even though most people with my complications could hardly move, much less exercise. Fast forward 2 years, I think I have just about purchased everyone of your programs and now I have joined The Band Gym. It’s great to now have you as my personal coach all the time!! Since starting RBT, I am down 40 lbs with 28 more to go. I may not be able to hit rock bottom on the overhead squat but for me and where I came from, just squatting is awesome. I still have some post pain issues but RBT makes me feel great and I can see progress every week!! I just had x rays taken last month and the replacement looked awesome! RBT is the freaking bomb!! Dave, Thanks for doing what you do, it has been a life-changer for me in so many ways!!!
Ret. Special Ops Firefighter II/Paramedic, Lieutenant Detective Supervisor CID Unit.
RBT Life-Long Fan
The BandSTRONG program it’s one of the best programs I’ve tried
Just started week 5 of the BandSTRONG program and man you’re killing me . No seriously it’s one of the best programs I’ve tried.
Thanks for creating it.
I did P90X3, Body Beast, TRX, etc. etc. But I always noticed that I had the best results from the bands.
Thank you for the quick response. I love the program – I had all your dvd’s about approx. 6 years ago and used them exclusively for about a year and a half and had great results. I was very fit/athletic. Then for variety sake, I did P90X3, Body Beast, TRX, etc. etc. But I always noticed that I had the best results from the bands. Anyway, after losing much of my strength and fitness over the period of several months – I knew I would only use bands from here on. And I feel like it has been an excellent decision. I bought Tom Brady’s book for the fun of it and it’s good it confirms my decision. But for workouts – your programs are the greatest – the best. I appreciate that it is a Mom and Pop shop and you put your best efforts in every day.
BTW, your response is what I thought and it looks like I need to pump up the volume.
Thanks for getting me hooked on RBT!
My friend is a trainer and she led me to your site and programs.
I recently purchased Core Chaos. This is a great workout ! I just set my basement up with all the proper bands and links. You have done a great job-RBT it is a great way to train.
Thanks for getting me hooked on RBT!
Always GOOD stuff! Thank you. I bought your bands years ago and they are STILL serving me well.
Trish Van Gorden
My shoulders feel like new
You turned me to the shoulder distraction stretching when I was going through physical therapy for strained RTC. My shoulders feel like new! I always do the combined distraction stretching with a pec minor stretch for posture. Thanks Dave!
IG comment from shoulder warm up video
I was going to crossfit with my daughter. I loved the intensity, but my body didn’t…..back to bands … feeling much better. Thank You
I am working through bicep tendonitis. I was going to crossfit with my daughter. I loved the intensity, but my body didn’t so I am back to bands and only some weights. It is feeling much better. Thanks again and I will let you know about the workouts.
Band Gym Member
Before RBT… My back was crap, I had to give up surfing and was in constant pain, but not anymore. I was back on the board in April and almost every day is now pain-free…..You’re a game changer.
I started bands about 4 years ago. I have recruited at least a dozen friends in Australia who now regularly work out with bands. If I wasn’t working in the coffee industry, I’d be a high school PE teacher, coaching basketball or some sort of football, and WITHOUT DOUBT, my classes would include bands and my players would be training with bands.
So, thank you for what you do. Your videos, emails, blogs, posts etc have revolutionized my exercise regime and my understanding of core-related functional strength.
You’re a game changer.
I now have core and lean muscle strength I didn’t have from well…up until I was 36 years old. My lower back was crap, I had to give up surfing and was in constant pain.
But not anymore! I was back on the board in April for the first time in 5 years and almost every day is pain-free for my back.
I do bands about 5-6 times a week. I should stretch more because it feels so good, but that’s about all I can improve.
Keep up the great work. Thanks for what you do.
I am a pretty fit 58-year-old, and a believer now that band training can and does as a singular tool, provide a path to both muscular strength and definition
Thank you Dave. As a longtime free weight strength trainer, athlete and personal trainer, I have in the last five years experienced the great benefits of specifically designed, program based band training. I am a pretty fit 58-year-old, and a believer now that band training can and does as a singular tool, provide a path to both muscular strength and definition. I have trained just using bands, and they absolutely do provide positive results. Yes, there is sometimes a different feel, or “pump”, than that which one may feel using free weights, especially when going heavy, but band training works. Glad there are passionate, informed professionals like you that provide accurate, depth-based information.
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Honestly, when it comes to bands, your words are gospel. I will say that band training has changed my approach to a lot of things.
I use your bands and guidance all the time. Honestly, when it comes to bands, your words are gospel. I will say that band training has changed my approach to a lot of things. I have gotten a lot of people at work to use the bands as well. We have a lunch time workout or a morning workout together. They love it.
Thanks and have a happy Thanksgiving.
Joseph M. Savoia, MS, ATC, CEIS
RBT system is definitely a way to keep going “hard” and feel those muscles working hard without overloading your joints
Exactly! Great article, Dave! It’s exactly what I have been preaching to my clients and weight-lifting buddies for years! We have all been there, especially if you are a “meathead”, pushing our bodies from workout to workout and keep adding weight to the bar, but unfortunately it catches up to you eventually, not necessarily at an older age, and when it does it is often too late … RBT system is definitely a way to keep going “hard” and feel those muscles working hard without overloading your joints … I have been using bands for years now, and as a coach and physical therapist I can say that bands have been a very important part of my programs for years, with great results!
Physical Therapist and Fitness Professional
I had Bodylastics before Quantum Bands. These bands are much better.
I had bodylastics before Quantum Bands. These bands are much better. Once you get used to not having the handles you realize that you can get a much better workout without stopping to clip handles on and off. You can work out much harder and faster without stopping to transition.