My goals with RBT are to maintain muscle and muscle tone and to keep flexible and fit. I’ve been using bands for the last 3 or 4 years. Before that I’ve trained with weights for 30+ years. My focus has changed as I get older, as yours probably has Dave. At my age of 50 my aim isn’t the same as it was when I was 16 when I first started training. I’m finding that I enjoy training with bands more (than with traditional weights) with the variety and ease of use, also the fact that they are so portable (I take them with me even when I go on vacation).
Anyway, Dave can I take a moment to say that you are an inspiration and a very genuine person, I watch every single video you upload on your YouTube channel for ideas. Thank you for taking the time to read my email, keep up the good work, from one of your fans in the U.K
U.K. RBT Enthusiasts
Good morning Dave,
I hope this email finds you well. After the IYCA summit almost 8 years ago when you introduced me to adding bands into my program I still have and use most of the original bands at my center everyday. A big thank you! If they broke more often I would be buying more or I guess if they broke too much I might need to go somewhere else. So thanks for creating and promoting a great product. I continually revisit your educational materials I have gotten like the IYCA resistance band instructors course, flexibility, and quick kids camp. As you know they are great for everyone. I feel I do a pretty good job keeping them healthy although a couple knucklehead coaches/student athletes don’t follow rules and they wear down faster as you know. I am about to put in another small order in and more before the summer to run larger groups. As always, the growing strength coaches are on a budget. Thank you again for bringing a great product to the industry.
I am looking forward to hearing from you,
RBT Youth Coach Enthusiasts
Thank you so much, Dave! What a pleasure to have found a reliable and wonderful method of exercising by an equally amazing instructor! You are just what I need to get motivated. Looking forward to 2020 and having a fit body like yours with your band workouts. Thank you for your detailed workouts… I can tell you take much pride in teaching and informing…what I greatly admire in you! [10 stars!]
Band Gym Member
Hi Dave, I am a new band gym member, but have been training most of my life. I have really valued your teaching videos over recent years and acquired an assortment of your quantum bands. Up to now, I have been using bands in a somewhat supplementary fashion to other training I was doing. Early on, I found your recommendations on horizontal vector work and standing core work as particularly enlightening. I decided to join the band gym to go deeper. As I have gotten older, I have been exploring how to train vigorously in ways that build me up – not tear me down…..and bands definitely seem to have a place in that. I am 65 and fit and very active. I just wanted to share that I am quite impressed with all the information and direction you are providing in the band gym site. The resource is well worth the membership price! Thanks for putting it all together for us!
Band Gym Member
I am doing 5-6 sessions a week with the bands. My 74 year old body is changing and I am looking a lot more youthful. I don’t see any 74 year olds around here that look as good as I do.
Many years ago I was a track cyclist. When I was 46 I had a very bad accident on my track bike and I lost the use of my right arm for 7 months. I severely damaged the brachial plexus. I lost a tremendous amount of muscle in my right arm and shoulder and upper back. I rehabbed myself but was never the same. My bicep was about the diameter of a pencil. Over the years I’ve gained a lot back but never got above about 80%.
Since I got bands I have been concentrating a lot of effort to bring myself back to 100% on my right side. Dave, I am almost there. I have had significant muscle growth in arm, shoulder and upper back and traps. The bands make it easy to reach into hard to work old muscles. My right bicep is nearly as large as my left and I am sure I will equalize my right and left sides.
This is great stuff. A 74 year old CAN gain muscle. My waist is smaller now as well. I am down two pants sizes but am up 3 pounds from my lowest. That can only mean I have gained muscle. BTW, the instructions in the band gym are very helpful.
RBT Enthusiasts and a Band Gym Member
I can’t express enough what a wonderful and inspiring service you are providing for all of us out here in email land. These bands are a paradigm shift to my years of working out!
The Band Gym is more than I could have asked for. I’m enjoying the timed workouts instead of the standard reps scheme.
This is very well laid out & it works for me. I am on the 28 Day JumpStart & surprising had pretty good DOMS in my adductors after the leg work.
Thank you for your excellent work!
Thank you so much… I’m sorry I seem to be your problem child every time I order haha!
Thank you for being so great and understanding. I’m getting my kids and their boyfriends all hooked on resistance bands!!!
I own a studio in VA and I have tried other bands and these are BY FAR the best in the business. SO THANK YOU and keep up the good work with the products, videos, information and most of all the customer service!
I know what it takes to run a small business and you guys are spot on!!!
Owner of Oxygenandiron.com
RBT Fitness Professional
I’m a huge fan of all you do! I’m a personal trainer and online coach and I’ve been using your bands in my own training and with clients, as well as recommending them to everyone I know, for the last five years. I believe your bands are the best on the market; they’re the most durable and are almost infinitely useful. Thanks for making a great product as well as all the fantastic content you put out!
Thanks for everything,
RBT Enthusiasts and Fitness Professional
I’m a 28-Day Challenge grad, now in the middle of my 3rd week of the 28-Day Momentum Builder. I’m happy with my Band Gym membership and have completed the checkboxes. I’m 72 and in reasonably good shape despite an artificial knee implanted 6 months ago. I’m coming off 5 years of Bodylastics/Eternity Warrior tube training, and before that about 5 years with a Total Gym. I have a set of loop bands purchased before I discovered RBT and have supplemented them with purchases of RBT bands and accessories. I plan to completely transition to Quantum over time.
As a veteran home exerciser, I wanted you to know how impressed I am with RBT. I like the versatility of the loop bands, your short instructional videos, well-balanced programs, and opportunities for personal coaching.
Thanks and keep up the good work.
Band Gym Member
I LOVE this workout! Almost as much as I have loved this challenge!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and passion with us. Working out with bands has been a game-changer for me. I enjoy them so much, that I look forward to working out now. In the past, I have struggled with consistency in working out. This was mostly for 2 reasons: I hadn’t found something that I truly enjoyed and I didn’t have clear instructions. With RBT, both of these reasons have been eliminated. Thank you!
Thanks again for helping me get better with bands!
RBT Enthusiasts & Challenge Participant
Just wanted to let you know I’ve been using the band system to rehab a partial shoulder/bi tear from a year ago while trying to lift atlas stones (ridiculous), I’m a 52-year-old chiropractor and need my shoulders to be healthy, I love how I have learned how to move and control my shoulder girdle using the bands, thanks again for all your hard work, if people would put in the time to learn to use the bands properly there’d be a lot more functional people in a lot less pain.
Have a good weekend,
Band Gym Member
Dave Here are my goals with RBT…
Being Functional and mobile
After having a lot of serious health issues that I’m addressing now, I want to live and do the everyday physical tasks well. After using free weights for 4 years of this phase of my journey. I’m beginning to realize that bands have a lot more to offer me to achieve a fully functional and mobile body
My last goal is to enjoy my workouts and have fun while working towards my goals. Having now dabbled into the world of bands, I can see already that bands offer a better and healthier variety of exercises across so many different planes of motion and moves. While free weights have helped my body, I think the mundane workouts and the same “up and down” movement patterns of free weights have stagnated my brain more than anything else. It is invigorating to think that I can use these in a park on a sunny day or that I can integrate my whole body with a combination of moves all into one exercise unlike with free weights.
Thanks and regards,
Cork City – Ireland
This is Marco from Mexico city. I have followed your advice and workouts for 2 years, and I feel awesome using RBT but I still using free weights, but less than I used too, because three years ago I was diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy, in that moment I was very sad because I could not practice at the level I love all the sports that I have been doing my whole life (volleyball, football, martial arts, among others).
When I found you I feel very lucky and enthusiastic, I feel that I have found a complete solution to continue my fitness journey and fitness longevity with joy.
Thanks Dave! You are awesome!
Dave… I am not on Facebook, but I wanted to let you know that the RBT 28 Day Challenge has been such a help to me. I so appreciate all the labor you put into it and all the other videos and articles I receive from you. You’ve given me hope that at 57 years of age there are ways to workout besides free weights that at my age have only proven to beat up my body.
Hey Dave, I am a Band Gym member. As you requested, I absolutely LOVE the Band Gym. I am 54, have been into fitness most of my life but as time has gone on, my joints are tired. I am really trying to pay attention to form, ergonomics, and technique to avoid injury, but time is having its way, so I must change too. A new series MA40 inspired me to tweak my workout regimen for my age and here I am. The way the content (in The Band Gym) is presented is just fine and I have already felt the immense pump in working with bands.
My work is very physical. I am a home improvement guy and have a small handyman shop in Boston, MA area but more importantly, I am a professional drummer in a number of bands and musical combos. I cannot afford to become overly tight or stiff in my joints and working with weights all the time creates a lot of added, non-joint friendly tension. The bands seem to allow a range of both resistance and control during the movements. This creates a more joint-friendly scenario. I worked hard the first three days with you and had a gig last night with NO issues whatsoever. Let’s see how it keeps ongoing. I’ll let you in on more as it unfolds, but I can plainly see RBT is where I need to be able to keep doing the things I want to as I age. After mastering many of the programs (which I will), I may decide to help train other (old) musician friends of mine here in Boston.
Thank you for doing what you do
Band Gym Member
Hey, brother just wanted to drop you a line and say how grateful I am to you for putting out your videos. I am in shape and have been an athlete all my life yet now at 46 my body is changing and due to your advice through videos-I’m realizing I must change with the times. I have been implementing your band strategies to my workouts: CrossFit, Martial Arts, and Surf Lifeguarding and the results are top-notch.
Keep up the great work…all of us will be watching…
Sensei Kirk A’Gard
First off I want to say that I love your products and your workout videos! They have changed my life infinitely for the better. I am fifty-four years old and I am getting stronger by leaps and bounds. My shoulders, back, knees, neck and various other injured body parts have all healed. My athleticism has returned to stellar levels. It’s almost unbelievable how much I have changed in the last two years. I have always had exceptionally fast hand & foot movement, and coordination but to my surprise, I have gotten even quicker. I have patiently done your exercises starting with your smallest orange band and gradually worked my way up as l healed. They work your body WAY HARDER than weights. My abs have gotten as hard as they were as a teenager. I walk around feeling like a coiled up steel spring. Thank you so much for all your efforts in helping people like me! I appreciate you, Dave!!!!
P.S., I don’t know if you have heard but there is a guy on YouTube named James Grage stealing your material. He says “Welcome to RBT, Resistance Band Training. He claims that he couldn’t find any quality band training on YouTube, so he started his channel. B.S.! A quick search shows both your channels with tons of videos. I am sorry about having to tell you this. I just really respect you and couldn’t let it slide. Thanks again for all your help. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
Sincerely, Todd Owen
Can’t tell you how much you have influenced what we do in our weight room-and certainly the message I try to reinforce with my students concerning bands! You changed the whole game years ago with your ideas with bands and we have continued to embrace them.
I feel like I have compiled an endless list of ideas from you that has helped our athletes-however if you have 101 more ideas….I’ll take those too!!!
You the man Dave!!!!!
Thanks so much!!!!!!
RBT Coach and Fitness Enthusiasts
Dave, you’re the man.
Thank you so much for your reply! It means a lot to me how you treat people, how you run RBT with integrity and your way of training is absolutely THE BEST. Hands down. At the Fire Dept, I use my “bag of bands” every shift and the guys that try them prefer them to free weights! Thanks for putting me at ease. Time to hit back and biceps…..
RBT Enthusiasts and Loyal Follower
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for your great programs and bands. I have joined the Band Gym and I am finding the programs fantastic. I am a wife and mother of 12 children so I am always working on improving my core strength. Your workouts always incorporate some core work which I have found very beneficial.
I will certainly be recommending your programs to everyone.
Thank you once again
Band Gym Member
I will be 61 next March. I had surgery in early June on my right elbow for a staph infection. I was released on July 10th to start strength and rehab “on my own”.
I am doing full 60-minute band tabata workouts for the past 2 weeks and ramped up to that from July 10th when I started with light bands. I never could have done that progress with my free weight routines of years past. I also use bands to stretch every day.
– Mark Mattingly
I am 2 weeks into the SeniorSTRONG program. Here are my impressions after the second week.
1. The stabilizer band has allowed me to do more squats than I thought I’d be able to do without aggravating my knees, maybe even improving them. The stabilizer bands looked sort of phony to me, but I think they’re great. I would have never thought exercises like that could be so beneficial.
2. I’ve begun to use my core more consciously. In my practice of aikido, I’ve always had a hard time being able to “connect” my upper and lower body, to use my body as a unit as opposed to a disjointed connection of parts. I found training with bands, at least in this SeniorSTRONG program, to have helped me have a better sense of moving/working the body as a unit.
3. It’s been more intense than I thought it would be. I’d like to thank you for presenting a real road to fitness and not some “well, anything is better than nothing”. When I’ve finished a workout, I KNOW I’ve finished a workout. The first week I started “late”, i.e., on a Wednesday instead of a Monday. I did 4 days in a row and started “week two” on a Monday. I needed more recovery time that first week. Week 2 has gone better in that I feel I’m recovering better. I’ve been doing workouts 1 and 2 on consecutive days, then a day off, then 3 and 4 on consecutive days, then 2 days off. (And, I have aikido classes Monday-Thursday) The intensity/recovery issue may be the result of my lightest bands being the red ones.
Band Gym Member
I wanted to thank you for all your time, energy, and expertise. I recently joined the Band Gym because I got such great results hardly doing anything. Just 2-3 attachment-free band workouts a week, with some dynamic stabilizer. I would work out in 20/10 and do anywhere from 2 to 10 sets depending on my energy. Over several months, I lost weight, my balance improved, and I felt more athletic. So I thought why not go all in and join the gym. And I’m so glad I did.
As a 61-year-old man, I am focusing on your flexibility program for a few more weeks before moving onto aggressive workouts.
I’ll be in touch as I progress. But again, thank you for all you do.
Band Gym Member
You’re a gentleman Dave many thanks.
Have to say your YouTube channel has been an inspiration, I’ve suffered some bad injuries in the last few years (left rotator cuff repair and right wrist fusion) and I really thought my strength training days were over.
But you’ve taught me a different (safer) way.
Mr. Schmitz –
My name is Joey Escamilla, I am 30 years old and I live in Hollister California (a small country town, but, sadly, growing too fast). Anyways, I wanted to say – thank you – for providing your products and information. I have been on-and-off weight for about 8 years now, I have always felt that bands were the way to build strength, and that is how I found your site… through research. I have been a subscriber of yours for many years now, probably for about 6-7 years. I purchased the Muscle Maximizer about a month ago, and, although I am not able to complete some of the workouts to their entirety, I am still training and feeling good.
I appreciate how you organize and explain your workouts, and how they are also accessible to people, for whom, are intimidated by weights. The weight training community needs you. You are a great coach, and I value your liveliness (for which is not very common these days). Thank you, again. I support the Band Man 100%.
Thank you so much for the login info- it’s great to be able to access my programmes again, I love the look of your new website. I’ve been away from training after a few difficult years but I’ve started up again with Bandstrong & I’m absolutely loving using bands again. Your workouts are never boring & are so well put together.
Thanks for all you do Dave, bands remain my favorite way to exercise & make me feel fantastic!
All the very best,
Since joining the Band Gym earlier this week, I’ve been watching your videos, including your Resources tab. There’s such a wealth of information and you are making it easy for me to learn and succeed.
My set of bands will arrive today and I look forward to getting started!
Band Gym Member
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