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 Enthusiasts and MS Activist
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 Enthusiasts
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.
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 Enthusiasts 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 Enthusiasts
Recently Celebrated 80th. 52 Band Stretches and Exercises Every Morning. Haven’t missed a day in 5 YEARS!! Tks Art
Senior RBT Enthusiasts
Hey I just wanted to check in. I’ve had my bands for two weeks now and am loving it. I’ve been active and athletic my whole life. Powerlifting has left my low back pretty torqued up and given me some arthritis in my lumbar spine. Two weeks of working out with the bands has already given me some relief while still allowing me to hit my body pretty hard. Just wanted to say thank you and I think I’ve finally found the workout solution for me that I can do for the rest of my life, anywhere, anytime. I’m 50 as of two weeks ago.
I am a manual physical therapist now going on 28 years. I use many perspectives to better treat my patient’s dysfunctions; movement and otherwise. I have used Theraband and now the CLX Theraband for assistance, resistance, postural facilitation, overflow, etc. Some years ago, I bought 2 sets of the 4 bands you had out at that time (red, black, purple and green). Now that I am 54, I personally use them as my knees and shoulders are wearing out. Thanks for all the videos and insights you provide. Band training provides a great adjunct and other new options for my patients, and in particular, some pretty complex/complex neurological and Orthopaedic cases. I often use various NDT based treatment techniques to assist patients in relearning proper movement patterns.
Again, thanks for all that you do.
Andrew C. Hillyer, MSPT
Hi Dave, Just finished Core Chaos. It was a great program and challenging at times, especially the elevated Bulgarian split squats. I feel my strength improved, the biggest improvement was in my balance. Working in the staggered stance really helps with the balance. I completed the RBT challenge ( squat row, chest press, NG lats row, BUP, curl, & triceps press) for time of 15:41 with black bands. I join Instagram to follow you and really enjoy the posts. I worked in one of the leg workouts, dynamic stabilizer workout, and old school Bicep/triceps workouts during the month for my extra weekly workout.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Dave, you’re great! I love watching you’re 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!
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Thanks again for being so generous with your time and merchandise discounts!
Your session with John was wonderful. It was so fun to see you seamlessly move from evaluation/screening to coaching and programming. John really enjoyed it.
It was really just a wonderful experience for me to see you work with John and I know it really made an impact on John.
When I was 15, I sent in my application and was selected to be a student of Charles Atlas J what fun to get the course in the mail. For me meeting you is kind of like meeting the modern version of Charles Atlas. Your personal fitness level is obvious immediately and more importantly I think is your encouraging way and earnest desire to help people. Especially young athletes. Watching your videos and meeting you before it’s pretty clear what kind of guy you are, but seeing you work with a young athlete in person, takes it to a new level. Your positive energy and goodwill just fill up the room. You are very gifted.
When I was a little older, of course I heard about Joe Weider. I’m sure you know him. He was such a “brand guy”. I remember multiple sets, became the “Weider multiple set principle”, doing what you felt like became the “Wieder Instinctive principle” etc. He really claimed ownership of certain ideas.
Watching you, kind of reminded me of that. I think Joe Weider, was a corny, money grab kind of guy…. I don’t think you are that at all. However, I certainly think you can lay claim to ownership of some very unique ideas/methods. I wish you well in all your endeavors to grow your businesses. You really have put John and me on a new and better path. Our lives will be forever better because of it.
I’ll look forward to seeing you sometime this fall if possible.
Good luck to you and your whole family.
Paul W.Voigt, P.E
Hey Dave! I’ve added way more band exercises in lately and am noticing less tightness and more elasticity in and around my joints. What an amazing tool! Thank you so much for all your information and great tips on the website and RBT Weekly newsletter!
Big celebration in my small little brain today. Today is my first day working with black band. I know it’s not much, but for me an middle aged guy trying to get into shape it been a long four months banging through the workouts.
Thank you for the great products, the great videos, and the great system. I’m carrying more muscle than I ever had in my life and am wearing clothes from when I got married 20 years ago. (I’m still learning the lesson of I’m putting on weight and getting smaller in the waist so the scale no longer counts, hahahaha.
RBT Success Story
I’m really enjoying the Band Gym, especially the exercise library. I’ve been using bands pretty much exclusively for about the last 3-4 years. I feel really comfortable with most of the exercises and their setup. I took your Band Certification a couple of years back. I’m kind of at the end of a 5-year ordeal which ended in my left hip being replaced. I had my hip replacement last December (anterior approach) and the recovery has been surprisingly great, but I worked extremely hard. Once I was able to get in the water, I did a lot of deep water and shallow water work which really helped. My insurance would only pay for 10 PT sessions, so I spread them out over a 3 month period. Your dynamic stabilizer exercises were my go-to exercises. I started them at 4-5 weeks post surgery. I also used the attached assisted lunge away with two linked purple bands, which really helped pop me back up. I also used two walking sticks to help with balance. We had twin boys 6 months prior to getting my diagnosis and my daughter was just 15 months older than the boys. I feel the bands really helped me manage my workout and helped put off the surgery until it was more convenient for the family. At this point, I feel I’m at about 90%. My goal is to take the next 6-9 months and get super fit. I’m finally able to work out hard for 3-4 days without any soreness. I’m really excited about working with you and getting your coaching input. I’ll probably check in with you every couple of weeks to let you know how things are going. On a side note, I pretty much feel your weekly newsletter is a must-read and out of all the internet sites I follow (get their emails), yours is my favorite. I just feel I’m going to learn something, pick up a useful tip. I watch all your videos and LOVE them! You’re pretty much a genius!!
Great products and excellent support.
A continuous flow of knowledge and how to use your bands from “the” recognized expert in the field, Dave.
No reason to purchase bands anywhere else.
Thank you again Dave for all you do!
Manasota Beach Yoga FB
Nokomis Beach Yoga FB
The Total Fitness Package is actually quite impressive, and I’ve already got my first workout in. I have a worked out on and off for my whole adult life. I have power blocks, Lifeline Gym bands, kettlebells, and various workout options. Years ago I was a Golds Gym kind of guy, had Olympic weights and power rack at home, etc. But, you know how it is…you get bored, or lose interest, pressed for time, or get older and start to get injured every time you jump back in and start working out. For all those reasons, I was really intrigued when I found some videos of people using the flat loop bands. After researching many options I was most impressed by the fact that you are “all-in” when it comes to bands, as opposed to just offering another one of hundreds of fitness related products, AND, the information you share online is pretty extensive. So, I am really glad I found your site on the web and super pleased with my initial purchase from RBT. Your bands are no joke! Ha, and I was worried that the bands would be too weak in the package I bought and figured I’d have to immediately buy some heavier ones. I’ll be okay with these for a little while!
NICE JOB, and THANK YOU!
I have never been happier with any training equipment than I am with your bands!!
They are great, to be honest. I take them on every business trip I go on and I use them daily at home.
I also talk about them to all my friends or anyone who sees me in the park, airport, or anywhere I use them.
If you ever want or need someone to help sell them I think I am your guy. 🙂
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for delivering an excellent product. I will be ordering more bands to augment my training program soon. By the way, the training videos are top notch too.
Fitness and RBT Enthusiasts
I wanted to take a minute and tell you thanks, I have been following you for about 10 years now. I have the advanced band set that is serving me well still, all my bands are from you and I have recommended you to all my friends, family, and others. I have even given single band sets as presents. You have been an incredible resource for me over the years while working in the fitness arena. You are also one of the reasons I decided to to go back to school and get my DPT. It has not been easy I needed to fight for every pre-requisite course just to be able to apply. I’ve got to say I am super excited I made in, it’s the perfect fit for me. I am now in my second year of my DPT program and I am getting ready for my second internship and I’m still benefiting from the knowledge that I gained from you over the years
University of Utah
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
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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.
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.
Trish Van Gorden
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 every one 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
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
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!
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 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