I’ve been training with bands for about seven years. I wish I was introduced to bands at a younger age. Today at 60 I’m beating kids on the tennis court half my age. I know that things can change in a heartbeat so I’m grateful to God everyday that I can still have fun. Regular training with bands has been an integral part of my exercise program and ability to keep playing at a level I could not have imagined. Thank you!
Band Gym Member
The Band Gym has helped me so much in the COVID era. From taking some bands to the park in good weather, to stretching or having a workout at home in winter, it’s improved my body and mood.
I recently rejoined my local gym to swim and take a few classes, and am amazed at how well I’m moving in the classes. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without all those RBT workouts. Thank you, and keep those workouts coming!
Band Gym Member since 2019
It is hard to believe that COVID has been with us a full year. I believe that bad events often make us better– and there’s no finer example of that than my own experience with RBT. Like many of your Band Gym members, I found your site out of desperation when my gym closed. I had no idea what bands were all about. I always associated them with click-bait articles showing buff supermodels claiming amazing results using cheap tube bands. I’ve never been happier to be wrong!
Your Band Gym has provided a year of learning. Before, I could not imagine training without my gym. Now, I cannot imagine training without my bands. They have not replaced weights or other forms of exercise in my routine. But they have really enhanced my enjoyment of them. They are also preparing my body for years of joyous mobility as I age– something no other form of strength training does as effectively.
I look forward to continuing to learn from your emails and videos. It took something as bad as COVID lockdowns for me to find you. But I’m confident I’ll be enjoying RBT long after COVID is gone.
Band Gym Member
I have been using the quantum bands and following your band training advice since 2012. Lately, due to the pandemic there have been a lot of other coaches promoting band usage and training techniques. Although I am happy that they are using bands, people need to know that “Dave Schmitz resistancebandtraining.com” has been doing this long before anyone else. Dave did it first, he does it safe, and he does it the best.
Keep it up,
Joseph S, MS, ATC
It’s great going with the resistance bands! I’m really enjoying them.
Exactly as you say, I can feel them helping me maintain a high level of fitness and strength. I decided to work exclusively with the bands over a two-week period, keeping the dumbbells idle. I’m amazed how I’m able to move from exercise to exercise with the bands and how quickly the time passes. I’m delighted with the way my muscles feel after band workouts, especially how different they feel compared to after lifting weights. After strenuous workouts with the dumbbells, whatever muscle group I focus on often feels sore for a full day or two. With the resistance bands, I am able to work shoulders and chest one day, biceps another, legs another, with muscles feeling taut afterward, not sore. This week I did band workouts Monday through Friday, some days moderate effort, some days full-on, then today, Saturday, went for a speed walk with my hiking poles. (I keep the poles short length and swing them around in different movements while I’m walking, stretching my arms as I go. It feels therapeutic and adds to my effort while walking.) After two weeks, I can feel the beneficial effects of the resistance bands.
I appreciate your note about how it seems the young guys want to build bulk while the older guys are looking for overall fitness and strength. At 72 I’m certainly not looking to gain huge muscle mass, but rather to stay fit, strong and agile. That said, now, after a couple of weeks with band-only workouts, I may slowly incorporate dumbbells into the workout after I’ve warmed up and done a number of exercises with the bands.
Perhaps most important though, is that as I workout with the bands, feeling my body going through the moves, I can sense that this is something I can do over the long haul without injuring myself. I’ve endured plenty of sports injuries through the decades, and beyond the pain aspect, they’ve taken me out of my game. Injury recovery periods are time lost, and at my age, that’s something I feel I cannot afford.
Thank you for reaching out for providing a great product,
RBT Enthusiasts and Customer
The new store setup looks great. The gloves I bought from you are fantastic! One of your competitors prices his gloves at $34.95. Your design (with the velcro closure under the wrist) is superior, so you could definitely up your price a bit. I’m a soon-to-be 65-year-old ‘farm boy’ from Iowa – who has lived in metro Atlanta since 1989. I love your band routines and will reward myself on my 65th birthday in April by joining your ‘Band Gym‘.
I just finished one of your Core Chaos workouts, and I just wanted to express my gratitude for all you do: the workout programs you’ve created, the emails you send, the products you sell, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have been a great help to me.
A progress report: I added bands to my workout regimen right after my gym closed for lockdown last spring. My initial goals were modest: I was not overweight. I just wanted to not lose strength until my gym reopened. But once I got started with bands, I was hooked. I never went back to my gym. I’m now 20 pounds lighter and noticeably stronger. More importantly, I have not had any of the soreness that used to be a regular part of gym life. That’s enabled me to train longer and harder. There’s just no better feeling than the metabolic “pump” I get after an RBT workout. I hope I’ll be able to have that feeling for years to come.
Band Gym Member and RBT Fan
What a great way to serve your customers. I was all about dumbbells in the past. But once I hit 40 my body really started to feel it.
I am a firm believer in RBT. I have at least 10 dumbbell sets at home. I also have a TRX, Lebert bars, a pull-up bar, several kettlebells, slam balls, medicine ball, Swiss ball, sliders, tube bands, therabands, a jump box, and I’m probably missing a couple of other equipment pieces that I invested in but it’s somewhere in storage and out of sight because I don’t use it. My quantum bands are so useful for all kinds of fitness workouts and it is also so great that we can strengthen different body systems.
So blessed to have discovered you, Dave! RBT (with you) has really shifted my perspective about fitness. Now, I can’t live without it and I wouldn’t recommend any other bands besides yours. I plan on investing in a green thunderband really soon! It’s my way of celebrating something great that happened to me in my work.
I bought your bands about two years ago and to be honest didn’t use them for about a year (I’m more of a gym rat), but then COVID hit and I gave them a try. Wow, I was so amazed at the workout I got. Even though the gyms are back open, I still split my training between bands and then gym. In fact, I just won a Men’s Physique (50+) competition and I attribute most of that to the bands. Last year I also started a fitness group on FB. I’ve never recommended any products before because I promised myself I would have to be a firm believer and user of anything I recommended. Do you have any affiliate type of program that I can recommend your bands? If not, that’s fine…just asking. Thanks for your time.
New RBT Enthusiasts
Just following up on our correspondence about my knee replacements causing some problems during my training sessions. I turned 60 last month, and I am so grateful for your experience as a coach and inventor of RBT.
I was a power lifter in my earlier years that caused most of my injuries and issues.
After emailing you about them and you advising me about several stabilizer band movements that would help me with my glutes which in turn would help with my knee issues did exactly that. My glutes are stronger and my knee issues are gone!
This my friend is very exciting to me, feeling good and being able to train daily is something I thought was gone. I do some contrast training, no more heavy weights. You have made a product that even extremely injured people can use, anywhere at anytime without a high price tag and a coach that answers every email. Unheard of in these days of outsourcing to foreign entities to answer emails.
Thanks for all of your dedication and commitment to your clients. I will be a RBT gym member for life.
At 6’ 8” I was painfully thin growing up. I was introduced to weights in my early 20’s and quickly my goal was to have a bigger, more muscular frame. With age and hard work, I found that 245 pounds felt good as I was muscular and a far cry from the skinny high schooler of decades past…
In early May I cancelled my gym membership and started to incorporate a daily resistance band workout coupled with 4 – 5 days of cardio + a healthy diet. I found that 3000 calories a day broken down to 45% fat, 40% protein and 15% carbs plus keeping sugars below 25 grams a day was perfect for my middle-aged frame. My goal was to lose 25 pounds and get back to the magical number of 245 (lbs.).
About two months into the process, I decided to forego focusing on the scale and instead let my body find its natural weight. Six months later, at age 54, I’m in the best shape of my life. The benefits of resistance band training supersede weight training, especially as I get older. I feel stronger, leaner, more energetic and can’t wait for the next workout to start. The ability to train indoors or outside is a huge plus and I’ve discovered you need very little space to maximize your workouts when using resistance bands. All of these factors plus minimal soreness contributed to my new mindset and I am having FUN…
Back to the scale… I started to notice my body taking shape in a way it never has before. I could see more symmetry and discovered I was leaning up in a whole new way while holding onto muscle mass. When I dipped into the 230’s I thought I would plateau, my waist was approaching 33” and for a brief period my mindset went back to the skinny teenager and being “too thin.” Instead, what I discovered was my body had more room to lean out. My mind began to push away the fear of being too thin and began to welcome the next chapter of Me…
I was pleasantly surprised this part of my journey brought up some old memories that were locked deep inside. I realize mentally and emotionally I still had some work to do. Our scars may run deep but life has a funny way of having them resurface when we’re ready to deal with the past. These moments also free us inside. For the first time I feel really good about my own body and find self-acceptance to be the most important acceptance.
Currently I sit at 228 pounds and begin to think more about how I make this sustainable as I approach my 55th birthday early next year… There’s no shortcut for hard work and I feel grateful to have the tools and desire to continue this part of my journey.
I hope by sharing each of you will also be opened to discovering your own next chapter and self-acceptance plays a big part of your overall well-being. As we approach Thanksgiving I’d like to offer thanks to Dave Schmitz for leading the resistant band movement and for all of his content!!
I highly appreciate that the newsletter is positive without blowing smoke. There’s no negging, there’s no macho BS, there’s no doomsaying about what’s going to happen if you don’t do the program or buy the stuff. But there are also no grandiose claims of instant success for everyone — just steady encouragement to keep working. All of this is truly, genuinely rare in any corner of fitness culture. Plus, knowing that you actually DO read and respond to emails means that we all know that everything you write is sincere.
RBT Enthusiasts and Band Gym Member
My RBT journey began when I visited a trainer for an assessment when I turned 50 in 2012. I have always exercised, and was looking for information on how to train more effectively as I age.
The trainer used resistance bands, which I had never seen before. He mentioned RBT, and I ordered a starter set. I have used your bands ever since. I am decidedly stronger, but better yet, I move with less pain (I had an ACL repair in 1985 which hasn’t held me back, but the bands helped me full strengthen and lengthen muscles so that my movement is essentially the same on both sides of my body), and I am leaner. My back doesn’t bother me anymore – I think this is due to better core strength which comes from working with bands!
I look forward to new exercises in your weekly emails. I am really impressed with how accessible you are via email. My husband recently retired, and he is now a member of the Band Gym.
Thanks for all you do to teach us and help us be strong and healthy as we age.
Congrats on 11 years!
I am 71 and have found your band gym an excellent resource, both for finding exercises to work on whatever I need at the moment and for motivation. I also love the videos you send out each week that address some new moves, or compile existing exercises into an interesting or innovative workout, or that identify some issue many of us may be dealing with, and then you give us solutions to consider.
Your video presentations are clear and easy to follow. You maintain a focus on using good form through every exercise. Over the year and a half that I have been a member, I find I can consistently trust in the safety and effectiveness of what you are teaching.
14 months ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I’ve found that exercising with bands has been a boon to my workouts, from both utility and safety aspects. As a recent example, I love the locomotion training from your Nov. 8th email. I’ve started with two black bands and currently do it 4-5 times a week, right after my dynamic stretching warm up. After completing the locomotion segment, my lower back and hips feel great and I know that over time it will help my stability as well.
So Dave, good job and thank you!
Band Gym Fitness Pro
I’m grateful I came upon RBT several years ago. I think it was via BJ Gaddour.
I’m 64, and my wife and I live full time on our sailboat in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Training with bands is something we can do on the boat and onshore. RBT has been a blessing for this aging athlete.
RBT Customer & Enthusiasts
In light of the email of gratitude, I wanted to take the time to say thank you to you for all the work you put in. I’m 27 years old and I am so grateful that I have found RBT. I spent a couple years in a group training facility hitting the free weights and those crazy workouts. It was great and I lost a bunch of weight doing it. But eventually when my schedule changed and I started working, I could no longer keep up with that. I felt that I needed to find some other method of training that I could do at home and that was challenging and sustainable. Not to mention my goals shifted to building eating and exercise habits that I could maintain for the rest of my life. I started using bands about 8 months ago following whatever I could learn online. But then my nutrition coach turned me on to your content and it completely changed the way I look at bands. I’ve learned so much from your content and I find myself truly excited to workout every week and build workouts that work towards my goal of functional strength and longevity. The best part is I feel like I can keep training with bands for the next 50 or 60 plus years.
Thank you so much for your content Dave,
RBT Customer & Enthusiasts
Congratulations on 11 successful years! I am grateful for you and all that you’ve taught me. You’re the only coach I know, who uses the word “vectors” in your explanations. That word really helped me to visualize and understand that there is more to training than lifting weight – the vertical force vector. Various angles of pull allow the body to train all real life movements. So thank you for making me a better coach!
ACE Personal Trainer and RBT Fit Pro
Just wanted to thank you for always responding both by email and phone. Your advice has been spot on with both my own children (son’s back surgery/Seahawks & daughter’s ACL/Central Arkansas Sand vb) to my NFL, D-1, high school, and probably most impactful the last 5 years of my special needs population. Flying out from Az to your summer seminar and then meeting you for breakfast the next day meant a lot and changed the way I looked at my programming from both a strength and speed aspect. I still share the RBT methods with our high school PE and strength coaches each year and appreciate your passion and willingness to share both professionally and personally how using BANDS is a GAME CHANGER!!!!
Kevin in Az
HS Strength & Conditioning / Adapted PE
While it’s great that so many testimonials on your site are about “quitting the gym and weights,” there are some of us who still enjoy the challenge of hoisting plates and DBs. For me, bands don’t replace that. But they sure make it BETTER.
1. Bands give me a safer way to do a lot of things I used to do with weights. For example, I worry a lot less doing tricep extensions with my Thunder Band. It beats the risk of crushing my skull while lifting a barbell over my head!
2. Contrast training gives me much more stability on those heavy compound lifts. In the six months I’ve been using bands with weights, I’ve hit more PRs than ever without any morning-after joint pain. Please do more contrast training videos!
3. Finally… and this is a big one… Bands let me work out in more places and in more ways than would be possible with weights. My basement “gym” has a great setup that includes weights. But during COVID, getting out of the house has been an important part of my mental well-being. Whether my getaways have just been workouts in the park or weekend trips to the beach, bands have kept me fit and optimistic. I always get back to my weights feeling stronger and more invigorated after an RBT day or two.
Anyway, I’m writing all of this because I’m glad to see you explaining that bands are not just for the “quit weights forever” crowd. If anything, they’ve helped me enjoy weights even more. Keep up the great work and keep those contrast training videos coming.
I hope we all can, as you say, “kick COVID’s butt.” At least so far for me, it’s been “bands-1… COVID-zero.”
Glad I purchased the thunder band set… You are the man!! So glad I joined “The Band Gym” and that you are my coach and if I have a question you answer directly! That is unheard of, most of these so called self proclaimed experts have a foreign base for their customer support and that makes the waters muddy when asking for advice. That’s why I will be a Band Gym member for life 🙂 Thanks Dave and Karen for your devotion and hard work.
I wanted to thank you for all you do. As a bivocational pastor for over 30 years, I have ministered to many people with only a modicum of feedback. The occasional text, note, or email means much. Hence, I wanted to express my gratitude for you and for RBT.
It has been a huge help in my quest for improved fitness. RBT has been the perfect fit for me. Keep up the good work.
Love this! You guys are the best. I am so glad I found you as you have already had a huge impact on my life and changed my entire thought process as far as working out. Everything you provide to your customer is Top Notch so just keep doing what you’re doing. It is beyond fantastic in my book. You explain things better than just about every trainer I have had and your knowledge is so helpful. I feel better already. Thanks for everything you do and have a fantastic weekend.
My goals with RBT… maintain strength and flexibility.
Covid-19 led me to you. The gyms closed which led me to Now What? A swim coach buddy of mine suggested I check the web for resistance band trainers and routines, which led me to you and believe me I checked all the trainers out.
Been working your routines for a few weeks now and my joints remain strong, supple and pain free. Better shoulder ROM.
You have a positive get it done attitude which I like.
Love the challenge and the core work mixed in with your routines.
The camp has been transformative for me. After trying many other forms of traditional gym based exercises, the physical changes I have seen in my body after buying a set of bands and completing this camp have been far superior with no injuries or sore joints. I feel like I have found a regime with bands that will stick with me for life. Thank you for your positive energy and I look forward to telling all my friends and family about RBT.
-Love the pdfs. Great to print out and have for the future once you have learned the exercises.
-Really enjoyed the full length videos. I found your on-going commentary on form and technique a great reminder, particularly when you hit the point of fatigue.
-I hope RBT becomes world famous and puts gym equipment manufacturers out of business. Seriously it is silly thinking about all the time I have wasted over the years in traditional gyms.
RBT Camp Participant and RBT Enthusiasts
Finding RBT and Dave Schmitz during these locked-down times has been just what I needed. Dave’s focus on physical health, his enthusiasm, and his inventive and interactive coaching, not to mention Zoom meetings Q & A. All this in the 45 Day Fit Camp fit the bill for my future RBT workouts.
Band Fit Camp Participant
Exceeded my expectations and had me looking forward to the next workout. Here are some of my thoughts:
1- Trust. That’s right . I knew that there would be a great plan ready to go that I never questioned. If I did the work I would get better. Stronger, fitter, more flexible.
2- Your commitment to my fitness helped me commit to the workouts. Your enthusiasm made me show up and get it done. Some days it would have been easy to take off or do something less challenging but I had a plan. Thanks for that.
3- It felt good to be part of something bigger than myself. We were all working out in our basements or spare rooms online but I know I felt like I was a part of the group. I was in Fit Camp.
4- Education. It was great learning from you.
Camp was fantastic and I am looking forward to your next program.
Band Fit Camp Participant
Dave, thank you for sharing your decades of experience having converted me from a 3 X a week gym rat using the same routines to a diverse and complete program of 5 X a week. Being a house quarantined 75 yr. old with COPD you have made a HUGE difference as your knowledge, style and passion have made my conversion fun and successful. I am a Band Fan!!!
Band Fit Camp Participant
As an RBT teacher and enthusiast, it’s always great to learn from the Band Man himself and to interact with others who love bands. I would recommend Fit Camp to anyone looking to get better with bands.
Fit Camp Participant
Learning how to train with resistance bands has been the silver lining of quarantine! In addition to improving my strength and stability, the workouts gave me a sense of freedom in that I don’t have to rely on a gym or a bunch of heavy equipment.
My favorite workouts were those in which we worked out “together” (i.e., you filmed yourself completing the entire workout and I could follow along with the video). I found your cues – and jokes – to be helpful and motivating and I felt like it was more efficient than me watching the instructional video, writing down the workout, setting up the timer on my phone, etc.
Also, I wanted to thank you for providing this opportunity at such a reasonable cost.
Band Fit Camp Participant
Nice to gradually get back into the “routine”. Verbal cues and pictures helpful. Will start another 6 weeks. Round #2 more amped up this time through. Thanks Dave!
Local Band Bootcamp Member
One Heck of Camp.
Learned so much. I’m already putting it to use. I’m building next week’s schedule and I already modified this week’s schedule with confidence.
RBT is awesome
Camp Participant and Band Gym Member
I am half way through the 28 Day Challenge and absolutely love it. I should have switched to band training years ago. I love your energy and passion you bring to the table. I do not miss going to the gym at all and love having the flexibility to workout where I want to. I will keep you posted before I finish up this challenge.
Have a great day.
RBT Challenge Participant
Great workout yesterday to finish off the 6 weeks! Every workout, somewhere near the end, I tell my wife “Dave is trying to kill me again!” but somehow I’m still here.
The camp has really been excellent. I already knew from the BandGym workouts and exercise vault that you had a fantastic range of exercises built up, but having them laid out in a progression as you’ve done over the past 6 weeks has really been valuable.
Both my wife and I have worked with excellent personal trainers in the past and they have also discovered some of the same innovations as you have. But the additional things you’ve brought in are really fantastic. The resistance added to the rotator cuff exercises and the (stealth) incorporation of core stability into every workout are standout features. As is the cardio component. I’ve never had such a boost from resistance training in a gym, with or without a trainer. You should get a medal.
I’m very interested to see what you have lined up for the last three days!
Band Gym Member and Fit Camp Participant
Your Chest Contrast Training Workout is a game changer! Just wanted to tell you how valuable I found it.
I’ve injured my rotator cuff too many times in the past. I’ve made the mistake of trying to go heavier and heavier with my dumbbell loads. The only limit was my inability to buy anything heavier than 45 lbs during the pandemic.
Your workout really opened my eyes (and chest) to a better way. It’s made my weight training more challenging while making it safer at the same time. That’s a real win. Keep the good stuff coming!
Band Gym Member
Just finished the Zoom rerun. Your explanation of balance & how it was constantly being involved during our RBT workouts was very helpful. The RBT workouts (in the 45 Day Band Fit Camp) have been very beneficial for me. I really like how you include the different degrees of difficulties in each workout. I also like how I can use the same exercise, but vary the speed, work & rest time & create an entirely different program for myself. Personally, I would commit to future camps because I find myself much more dedicated when I sign up & pay for something. I additionally enjoy the 4 day/week schedule. Finally, I find the RBT experience to be the perfect fit for me & wish I had incorporated the program years ago. Because of listening to you, I have included balance, flexibility & strength into my daily life. I’ve done all three things just by making RBT a big part of my life in some capacity. I’m confident that RBT will allow me to help live my golden years to the fullest with the least amount of restrictions.
45 Day Band Fit Camp Success
A little backstory for you; my wife and I retired to the central highlands of Mexico 3 years ago. Previously, we had lived in Texas for 22 years. When we lived in Texas my wife had a private trainer and I was just a long-distance runner. After moving to Mexico, we retained her private trainer to send us monthly workout programs and videos via youtube. I started working out with her in our little neighborhood gym and kept on running 3-4 days per week. When COVID hit, the neighborhood gym closed. I started looking for body-weight only workouts online. After more exploring I stumbled upon resistance band training videos on youtube. Of course, yours were among those I found. We, luckily, had a couple of bands that we previously had used exclusively for stretching and warming up. After trying several different workout routines, we decided we liked yours the best.
We began using just those two resistance bands and your youtube videos to piece together full-body workouts done on our mirador (rooftop terrace). Not wanting to take a chance with buying off-brand bands here in Mexico we have been waiting patiently for when we can return to the states to visit family. Our intention is to then purchase some of your Quantum bands after which we can sign up for the Band Gym and begin your full program in earnest.
The most important factor in us deciding to follow you is that you’re pretty close to us in age (we’re both 58) and your workouts are designed with folks like us in mind. Mobility is important! We’re very much looking forward to getting started in your full program once we’ve had a chance to buy a wider variety of higher quality bands.
Troy & Kelly M
I have a 6×20 space leading into my bedroom where I train. I can use the utility strap on all sides of the door, to change angles and the line of pull. There is enough space to do my locomotion type exercises, shuffles, turn and go’s skaters, and crawls.
I live in an apartment complex where there is a gym equipped with dumbbells and machines. It has been closed since March because of covid-19. And when it reopens there will be a lot of restrictions, wearing masks, staying 10 ft apart from the others, wiping down machines, 40% of capacity. No thanks!
I don’t have to worry about all the above because I can do band alone training, horizontal vector training, I can add dumbbells if I want, all without leaving my apartment.
If I want to train outdoors there are soccer fields, and parks with chain link fences within a 1/2 mile where I live and I just use my band utility strap and I am ready to go, get some Vitamin D.
The versatility of the bands and the convenience it provides within just a small space for me, makes it a no brainer. I use my smart phone for intervals and tabata training, to get metabolic type conditioning. And at 70 years old, reaction time, mobility is very important to me. The bands allow me to train fast twitch muscle fibers more efficiently.
Dave, thanks for all the wonderful content you provide.
Just wanted to say your bands are great. I was doing bodyweight workouts last year and injured my shoulder. Then I got sick, I was getting overworked and my health went really downhill.
When I started physical therapy this year, they introduced me to bands with some basic rehab movements.
I looked up some different bands to use at home. 90% of the bands on the market are all the same. They’re not made to last. Sometimes they break right away. In other words, the other guys aren’t invested in my health and aren’t invested in their product. They just want to make a quick sale and move on.
I’m making a long term investment in my health. I’m taking care of myself and getting in shape. My health isn’t about a fad, a gimmick, or instant gratification.
What I like best about RBT is your own commitment, your own investment, in your health, and in your product. These bands are made to last, made to do real work, and made to support my program as long as I need. Your videos, all the information and support, and the products are all great.
These bands make a great upgrade to my regular routine and really help my progress in weaker spots where I need just a little help.
RBT is awesome. Keep up the good work.
RBT Enthusiasts and Customer