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
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 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
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
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 want to thank you, Dave! For the first time in 15 years, I participated in our school’s staff/student softball game. It’s been a long time since I felt like participating. I actually got two hits which for me is quite an accomplishment, and I was able to run the bases with ease, another accomplishment. I give a lot of credit to the workouts you have designed. I am more athletic now at 56, then when I was in high school. And that’s no exaggeration. My next goal is to train for a half marathon. I’m also enjoying the new cardio shred.
Dcn. Ron Christolear
Band Gym Member
I continue to learn through your content – it’s truly second to none!!
Band Gym Member
I have used your bands with my clients/athletes and my own workouts for I believe around 12 years from when you first introduced them to us here at Bellin and today I love them more than ever. What I like best is your workout, I don’t have to do all the planning of workout any more thanks to your designed programs, thanks so much for sharing. It is so nice to just workout and follow for once rather than having to plan.
James “Beve” Beversdorf,
RBT Trainer, Coach, and Fitness Enthusiast
Keep on providing us with great ideas!
I agree with you…you can definitely train hard with bands… if they are the right bands. A few years ago I began training with tubular bands… before discovering your Quantum Bands… totally a better experience.
And are very portable on the road!
I love old dumbbells and kettlebells, but my body feels that bands add something to complete a better training experience.
I think you are giving great education, which is much more important than mere workouts… if you understand the “why” of what you are doing it’s just much more useful!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Thanks for the swift response. I do all my training with bands. They are perfect for protecting joints, promoting mobility, and fitness. I gave away all my weights a couple of years ago. I’d taken on board your information about injury and damage to the body. In my late 70’s, I find that bands are ideal. I have abandoned the notion of testing my strength with weights, and instead, make full use of the full range I have of your excellent bands.
Your points about timed routines are well taken, but I like sets and reps. I guess it is as simple as that. EG: drop sets; sets to failure with thunder bands: chest presses, squat rows – a great exercise. The sheer variety is remarkable.
Overall, I am feeling good and fit using bands. That is the best test.
The Gym is a great institution. Thanks for all the support.
Member of The Band Gym
100% agree Dave. I’ve switched to 95% band training and I feel much better and have put on some muscle in my arms. I’m more powerful and quicker in my karate training. I believe in bands big time…. but you have to get the right ones. Like Quantum bands!
I am OK today. I just wanted to thank you for the videos and the Quantum bands that have been a key part of my stroke recovery. Have recommended your site to fellow veterans at the VA (rehab) and to a therapist I encounter. You don’t know me but you helped me beyond measure. Words cannot express how grateful I am to you. All The Best and Thank You
RBT Enthusiast and Hero
Fmr Sgt. 7th Special Forces Group ABN USA
I have experienced shoulder issues, pinched nerve in the neck, and knee pain all in the last couple of years. I had stopped going to the gym and was sick of doing only PT exercises. I found you through online searches and loved your message. I watched a ton of the FREE resources you provide, and slowly but surely built strength, stamina, and flexibility using your band exercises and program. I particularly appreciate how responsive you have been by email even before I was a paid member! I am a true believer and appreciate how you continue to provide new material every week. I have a full-fledged “band gym” in my basement, and I can now do overhead exercises I never thought possible again. I am even starting to feel that running might be in my future again! Thanks for all you do!
Thank you so much for your timely response, Karen and Dave… Your entire operation is first class, and your products and instructional materials are exemplary. Your resistance band concepts are truly revolutionary; I am so pleased to have discovered your work, although I wish I had done so even earlier!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Hey Dave! I just wanted to share with you how much I love working out with these bands. Today I went hiking up a steep incline and scaled it like a Ram! I’m 53 years old and went through a back fusion 2.5 years ago that left me with radiculopathy. These bands are helping me strengthen my core better than anything I have tried. My overall strength and stamina is remarkable! I appreciate your knowledge and teachings of these bands. Thank you!
Band Gym Member and RBT Enthusiast
I have improved my shoulder health greatly by using the bands 3 times per week for 30 minutes with exercises you’ve shown me. The pain is all but gone. I owe you a lot for getting rid of my pain, that alone was worth 10 times the price of the bands.
Thank you for getting me onto bands helping my joints feel amazing!
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Coach Dave – Where you been all my life? Best $100 ever spent. The Dynamic Stabilizer book alone is a life saver.
Band Gym Member
Take a Tour of The Band Gym
Trainers at the gym have started incorporating bands with their clients after watching me do “silly rubber band moves”. One trainer said, “Since I started here 2 months ago, you’ve gone from slowly limping around the gym to ballistic training with straps.” My physician, who I see weekly, asked what my secret weapon was, RBT!!!!! I can only hope you make this much difference in many many lives as you have mine. I am forever grateful for your “computer savvy” sharing your knowledge across all platforms of social media.
RBT Enthusiast for Life
Hey Dave! Sharing my update. One week in with RBT & I have religiously done the Double Vector Butt Buster every day for at least 1-2 rounds of 30s on/15s rest of those 8 exercises. I feel amazing!!!! A lot of my hip pain from a prior labral tear surgery is feeling better as well!!! Thank you thank you!
RBT Biking Enthusiast
Dave, you’re great! I love watching your videos ( I put those workouts to use also lol), and even mix them up in my own routines. I love how passionate you are about training, and in particular, resistance bands! I am a firm believer that you can totally transform your body and get in great shape using them.
You’ve inspired me to continue training and coming up with fun and creative exercises. I love bands, and I love training at home. So thanks again for all that you do and keep the resistance going haha!
Dave is “The Authority” on band training and Dave’s article “Movement Vs Muscle” is spot on.
I am turning 72 this month. I am not as strong as I was in my 50’s but I am stronger than most men 20 years my junior. My balance and flexibility is better than ever. That is because I have moved from almost entirely weight training to Resistance Bands, Yoga and some moderate weight training. Any time I lift weights more than moderately, I feel it in my joints far more than in my muscles and that is not a good thing. I have a variety of resistance band types and brands. I have tried other resistance band training programs. Dave’s bands and his training programs are the best I have found anywhere.
Band Gym Member
You’re the best! Band workouts came at just the right time. My disease is progressing but the band’s give me confidence. I don’t have to fear throwing/dropping weights and the band’s move with me without the pull of gravity. Totally enjoying it! You need to market this to the handicapped
RBT Enthusiast and MS Activist
I am a recovering heart attack patient of 2 years ago. I have been receiving your emails and studying your work through your website for the past year. Limited space at home and not wanting to deal with heavy weights has prompted me to ramp up the work I have already begun using bands. Your explanation of flat bands over what I am currently using has convinced me to switch. I want to primarily continue the cardio workouts I do at rehab and at home, but I realize that the strength training segments, although somewhat limited, have significantly increased my endurance factor while doing the cardio. Increased strength training using the stretch bands is now my immediate goal. I have assimilated about 12 exercises which I have seen you demonstrate over the past year which I am beginning to incorporate in my home routine.
I would appreciate your thoughts (on exercises) and also my thanks for all the information and guidance you have been for me over the last year.
I’m seventy-eight. I trained with weights for years. When I passed seventy, motivation reduced: I worried about lower back pain and injured joints. I gave my weights and power rack to a friend’s grandson, a keen bodybuilder.
I trained with Kettlebells for several years and enjoyed short, intense routines. However, when I passed seventy-five, I had the same concerns as when I trained with weights. Training with kettlebells, I discovered Dave Schmitz and Getting Better With Bands; a God Send. Bands gradually replaced Kettlebells. I’ve not trained with Kettlebells this past year.
Now I train only with bands three to four times a week for thirty to forty minutes. I feel the better for it. My Chiropractor confirmed that my back is in excellent condition and I’m in decent shape. These days there are no aches and pains.
Thanks, Dave for the great equipment and advice.
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
Appreciate the opportunity for the sneak peak into the new BAND GYM. Like to formal and layout. Simple to use and find things I was looking for.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting emails from you over the last five years, which got me to purchase a variety of band products that I’ve used and introduced to my sons as well. I’m not a spring chicken (53 yrs old), but have found RBT and the BANDs to be a more conducive way for me to train more dynamically over the years.
I’m an avid runner and just completed my 8th marathon last month so not interested in bulking up. Rather I’ve found the bands enable me to “lift” and strengthen my upper & lower body in a way to keep my posture strong late on long training runs and the marathons.
My two sons run XC in college as well and trying to direct them to use bands as well in addition to their weight & strength conditioning programs at school. For me, I like the simplicity of being able to bring my ‘gym’ equipment with me on the road and workout like I want to wherever I am.
Grateful for all of the details and workouts you’ve provided over the years. I’ve kept many of those emails as a way to go back and check what I’m doing and what other nuggets I may have missed the first time. Great new site and thanks again for making this information and yourself available to me and so many others. Appreciate your availability and more so interest in helping people. Take care and have a good day.
I do trust the bands and your workouts. I even have my son (10 years ) using the bands for his sport (Judo) and it has made a world of difference in his progress. He is more advanced than other students because they train with heavy weights and he is training with the bands. I am always waiting for your emails on new training ideas with the bands. Keep them coming.
RBT Enthusiast and Dad
I totally agree with using Bands Dave. I have been using them myself and instructing all our employees, staff and clients for 15 years here at Bellin on their benefits and I will continue to do my best to get people to make a better CHOICE. I have recently been tasked to fill in as a CSCS at one of our contracted schools and have introduced RBT to the athletes and they love them. I knew they would and its great watching young athletes enjoy their workouts with bands.
I should have replied a while back but I loved your response to the gentleman who asked about traditional strength training vs using bands. I have been send that information to every man I get a chance to, trying to convince them to make bands a major part of their workouts.
Keep up the great work. I love your emails.
Licensed Athletic Trainer
Just wanted you to know that I’ve had my bands for a couple of months now and love them. My shoulders elbows and knees feel great. They are my problem spots and feel better than they have in years. Thank you
I follow you on Instagram. I started the planks today. The videos are great.
RBT Fitness Enthusiast
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