I need to tell you, in addition to how well the latex free bands are working, you offer me so much inspiration when it comes to programming for my clients.
As I’m sure you’ve experienced, a programming block occurs occasionally when trying to create new workouts to keep things fresh for my clients. You help break that block on a regular basis!
Again, thank-you for your help and keep those videos coming!
RBT Fitness Professional
Your latest email on Peloton was one of your best. I hope you do more articles like this one: Real talk, no-holds-barred. Too many in the so-called fitness industry prey on people who have the best of intentions. It’s easy to fall for one-size-fits all “workout at home” pitches. People want to get started but are intimidated by their lack of knowledge and experience. I know because I was once one of them.
RBT and the Band Gym have been the exact opposite of the typical one-size-fits all “workout at home.” It has helped me learn to develop workouts tailored to my own needs. Those workouts have complimented my maximum intensity weight training sessions, helped me recover from surgery, and increased my enjoyment of fitness. They’ve given me the freedom and joy to work out on playgrounds, beaches, and all over the great outdoors. And they’ve liberated me from depending on mediocre hotel gyms, many of which are still closed or in disrepair “because Covid.”
Best and most important of all, there has been the “Dave factor.” Having a genuine human to answer my questions has been invaluable. You clearly have no agenda other than sharing the joy of getting better with bands. Sincerity cannot be faked or marketed. Even though I’ve never met you, I consider you a trusted coach who wants nothing but the best for me. I may just have to add traveling to Wisconsin and working out with you on a playground to my bucket list!
Please do keep sharing your thoughts on fitness trends… the good, the bad, and the ugly. It makes for great reading.
Dave, Thank you for your input. My body feels great since I’ve been working out with bands. I love your products and videos. I try to spread the word about RBT. It’s great for any age and any fitness level.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Congrats on your Anniversary! You have changed my life with RBT and can’t thank you enough. I changed my whole attitude on working out and love the versatility of RBT. Love the updated Band Gym. I truly appreciate all your hard work and knowledge.
Have a great day.
Just a note to thank you both for your product and what you offer and do. I found ResistanceBandTraining in a NY Times article that recommended you among others in evaluating resistance bands. It’s a new type of training for me. I’ve been a gym rat, off and on, since the mid-1990s, and have used a variety of trainers to educate me. Over the years, I’ve put together my own workout regimens. But the pandemic sidelined me, and I sat idle (I used the time to write a historical novel but that’s another story). A dear friend and former trainer of mine recommended resistance bands. So I tried them out, buying a $15 pair on Ebay. On the first workout, one snapped. I got what I paid for. Then I found you, bought one of your sets and now I’m into it. To get the feel of them, I’ve followed your workout schedule and your flow of exercises. I have changed up the routines a bit to fit my own system. But you’ve changed me, at the somewhat stubborn age of 73. I’m using my home office for workouts. It will be a rare day when I enter a fitness center again. Thanks again.
My very best,
RBT Enthusiasts and Customer
Thank you, Dave, for these emails and the Boot Camp that I participated in this summer. At age 70, your videos and resistance bands are helping me to stay motivated to exercise as I integrate them into my regular exercise routine. Just wanted you to know you are making a difference.
The bands arrived right on time and I wanted to get several workouts in before responding. First of all, I am ABSOLUTELY AMAZED at the amount of information and instruction I have received and continue to receive for my minimal investment. I am 67 years old and in reasonably good health but have never been able to stick with any free weight or weight machine program. I feel confident at this point that band training is the best way for me to try to maintain tone and strength through the aging process. Thank you for everything you have provided so far.
RBT Customer and Enthusiasts
I started with bands back in May 2020, and followed other youtube videos and ended up injured. I found your fantastic site around March of this year and am stronger and fitter and have had no injuries (touch wood) that have prevented me from exercising. That to me is amazing and indirect evidence that your systems are based on actual physiological and mechanical knowledge and experience.
I would also like to say that the service received from Karen when ordering my bands from abroad, was second to none. You and your team appreciate the value of communication!
Please also keep the regular emails with workouts coming. I am also spreading the word of your systems and ethos, starting with my parents who are very keen to stay active in their 70’s.
Keep up the great work!
I just wanted to reach out and thank you again for the support and helping me figure out what band and programs to start with.
I did my first work out with the 28 day jumpstart program, and I feel great! As someone who used to play ice hockey in my younger days and being accustomed to strength training in the gym, I can see that using even the yellow resistance bands from my first workout gave me the same feeling after a hard workout using weights back in gym days. And it feels great.
I can tell it’s going to take a Short time to adjust to using the bands, changing them up between exercises and progressing in the resistance level during each exercise.
But, I’m super excited and much less anxious than I was when I initially purchased this. You make it so easy to just follow along and learn from you and give all the information needed to be successful, and I just wanted to thank you again for doing that. I thought you would appreciate the positive feedback. As a teacher, I realize how important that kind of feedback is.
Having just finished a six week body-weight only training program through an app, The personalization Of your program and in-depth information you give is second to none and makes the body weight program feel a little empty in actual instruction.
Can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate this “old school” way of doing business and how much benefit you’ve provided to me as well as my son Stephen as he starts band training for his elite high school swimmers. Additionally, your products, bands, accessories etc are all excellent. You will continue to see regular business from us!
RBT Enthusiasts and Band Gym Member
I really enjoyed the Golf Strength 360 workout program! The program gives its athletes the flexibility to challenge themselves as much as they see fit. I noticed a huge difference in my flexibility as it relates to my golf in just a few short weeks! The program is fit for all ages and athletic levels and Carter has the in depth knowledge you want from a trainer. Highly recommend it!
Golf Strength 360 Challenge Participant
Just wanted to give you a follow up email – absolutely LOVE the training programs you had me order. It has changed my life! I can move again! My shoulders are almost back to normal and I have lost weight and muscles are showing through! Flexibility is coming but still a little stiff in the hamstrings as my job is to sit all day! But working on it.
RBT Customer and Enthusiasts
Thank you for helping me with my Visa Gift Card. I presented you with an unusual transaction and you immediately went to work on it. You are a man of your word. On your website you state that you handle many customer issues personally and I was so pleased to hear you answer your phone when I called. That is GREAT customer service that I appreciate and admire. I’ll certainly be purchasing more equipment from you!
I joined your phenomenal RBT Program in April of 2018 and it was the best decision I have ever made regarding exercise strategies. I am about to turn 68 years of age in August and I was really bored with the standard weight lifting protocols. I was not improving myself, but instead recovering from small, irritating injuries. My mobility and flexibility were lessening. Then one day, my brother and I were discussing how best to exercise at our advanced age and he mentioned a man by the name of Dave Schmitz, the Band Man, out of Wisconsin. I went to the RBT website that day, read your explanation of the program and immediately ordered a band package.
Not only are the bands amazingly effective, but they are flat out FUN to use. I always look forward to my workouts, they can be done almost anywhere and I can exhaust myself thoroughly. I am done with “going to the gym”. I always look forward to seeing your latest video in my email, it’s one of the highlights of my day. The videos are thorough and entertaining. I am a Head Custodian at an elementary school and I demonstrated the bands to the gym teacher. He was so impressed by your program, that he incorporated some of your basic band fundamentals into his curriculum. The Principal of the school was fascinated by how the students were so eager to use the bands, to them it was fun and not something they dreaded.
Thank you again Dave!
After 4+ years, it finally happened, a red band had a cut in it – almost halfway through it. So it had to be retired. Even so, I tried pulling it to break the band but I couldn’t do it. Your quantum bands are no joke. Best out there hands down. After cutting it with a knife, I could definitely see the quality of your bands and the way they are layered. Just ordered another red band.
Have a great day Dave!
Band Gym Member
Dave’s Band Gym has been a game changer for me. I am 35 years old and have had 3 shoulder surgeries from football and baseball with the last one being 15 years ago. I have completed 2 Band Gym training programs and my shoulder has never felt better! I have been to physical therapy countless times over the years. Nothing has worked for my shoulder pain and tightness like the Band Gym. Of course, I have done “bands” before given this is a staple in physical therapy. However, training with Dave and his bands is on a whole different level. Dave is a great coach who is very passionate, motivated, and innovative. Dave walks you through each workout step by step and provides helpful tips for every exercise. My overall physique, muscle tone, and stability have changed significantly and I feel better and look better. So much that my wife wants to start training with bands! I am a believer because I am getting results. Prior to the Band Gym, I was playing competitive basketball 3X per week and attending fitness classes at my Health Club. No doubt I will continue to get better and stay better with bands by continuing to train with Dave’s training programs both new and old while still having fun at the Club. I can’t wait to get back on the hardwood. I know I am bigger, stronger, and faster than I was 3 months ago! Thanks Dave!!!
Band Gym Member and RBT Success
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.
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!
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.
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.
Before we all get busy with reopening and life trying to return to a new normal I just wanted to thank you. Thank you for all the things you did over the last few months. The videos are great. They keep me wanting more. The calm way you approach what’s happening is wonderful. It really helped when I had dark moments early on.
Once again. Thank you. You are one of my essential services. Please you and yours be safe.
RBT Enthusiasts and Loyal Customer
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
I’m blessed to have Resistance Band Training a part of my life. Thank you, thank you for all that you provide for me, my family and my friends. Your bands and your educational programs have been a life changer.
RBT Enthusiast and Loyal Customer
I lead a Boot Camp group that moved to Zoom after COVID hit. I delivered bands from my gym to those who didn’t have their own. Bands have allowed a lot of variety for the workouts I have my group do at home. I watch your videos and incorporate many into my group’s workouts (appreciate the regression and progression on the exercises too). Big thanks to you and Karen for all you have done and keep doing!!
RBT Fitness Pro Enthusiasts
I just wanted to say that I’m an intermittent correspondent, and your willingness to engage with your customers was exceptional before coronavirus, let alone with it. It’s one of the reasons that when I decided to try to get my brother hooked, I came to you for recommendations on a good package, and you gave me a thoughtful, personalized answer. You’ve also answered random questions where there was no immediate financial payoff: alternate exercises when one didn’t work for me, problems understanding one of your workout videos, etc. My orders ship promptly, the product is high quality, and the support is first rate.
Be proud, stay healthy, and hats off to your wife. Great to see the teamwork.
RBT Enthusiasts & Repeat Customer
Your interview with GetUWired was fantastic! I learned so many things about you and your business.
In addition to all of the beginners you’ve helped, there are probably a lot of people like me: Folks who were very into fitness and found themselves lost when Covid hit. We were locked out of our pricey gyms. Dumbbells were harder to get than toilet paper. We didn’t have the acrobatic skills to do body weight exercises without getting hurt. But you were right there for people like me– providing the education and equipment we needed to continue getting better.
One of the points you made in the interview is that people want a “one stop” package that does it all for them. One of the best things about your site and business is that you DON’T do this or claim to. Giving me the information to design my own workouts that fit my needs has been much more valuable. And, of course, being able to email you with questions has been uniquely awesome.
I wish you continued success!
Just wanted to say that I received my bands quickly and just did my first full workout with them. They are great! So much better than the cheap versions I had been using. And thanks again for the training guide. I don’t think I’ll be going back into a gym any time soon.
RBT Customer and Enthusiasts
Dave, the bands are working great. They have filled in perfectly while gyms have been closed down. I have found that I get an excellent workout and I will continue to use the bands when gyms eventually open again. Your company really came through. I have referred RBT to several people.
RBT First Time Customer
Good morning Dave,
I wanted to tell you thank you for a couple of different things. Firstly, thank you so much for your help in our ordering and shipping during this COVID shutdown. You and your wife did a phenomenal job. We had some different types of requests for shipping to all of our various athletes scattered around the country and you took care of it wonderfully. Secondly, thank you for all your hard work that you do in developing and posting exercises. I have implemented many of them with our teams. Your passion, drive, quality of bands, and customer service are fantastic. I really appreciate you taking time to talk to me over the phone, giving me some ideas, and how best to use the Activator band. Thank you, again.
Director of Olympic Sports, Vanderbilt University
I wanted to reach out to thank you. As we began the Stay at Home order and challenging times back in March, we realized we were going to have to transition everything that we offer in person at Edge Fitness and Sports Performance to an online model. Many of our members and clients had little to no equipment. In order for us to continue to help them to be successful and working towards their goals, we would need to do something more. We reached out to you and were able to connect all who were interested with band packages. With your help we have been able to keep our members active, healthy, and happy. Thank you Dave, we appreciate you!
Kerri Grall, CPT, OTC
Just want to second that email. You were the one that really opened my eyes as far as what bands can do for someone, and I have been training my clients with bands for about 5 years now. Watching your videos has taught me a lot, and I am constantly trying to think of new ways to incorporate bands into workouts. And your bands are definitely the best out there. We have had some other brands at our facility (along with yours), and they constantly break while yours stand the test of time. The stretch quality of your bands is also much better. Keep doing what you’re doing. I really appreciate your dedication to your craft.
RBT Enthusiasts and Community Member
My order was placed last night.
I have to say… being totally honest… that I saw many options (Amazon) and I found cheaper options; however I have doubts about the quality of the cheap ones… I am sure your bands are much much better quality since you have been doing this x yrs… another factor that helped me to proceed with you was that you really care about your potential clients… you responded to all my emails very fast and clarified all my doubts. Highly impressed with your customer service!! Good job my friend.
I’m super excited to start to use them… Can’t wait to start!
New RBT Community Member
Thanks for your email support!
We’re doing great with our new home workout schedule and your bands are a big part of that. Coupled along with our dumb bells and a bench, we’ve been able to stay fit without our normal gym!
Thanks for reaching out, and we definitely have been telling our friends about, not only your bands, but the great customer service!
Excited RBT Customer
Have Your Bands Arrived??
Yes! They are the best bands I own! I have bands from almost all the major companies. I will be buying the rest of your 41 inch bands in the very near future.
Excited and Happy RBT Customer
Quick note: some people might say “Dave your emails are killing me. Too many emails. Too often”.
Not me. Keep them coming.
Each email I get from you is a motivational trigger I can use to get off my butt [working from home] and begin new habit formation using my bands [and spin bike, fit ball, bosu, etc.]. With bands being the axel that everything else spins around.
Any ideas you have on ‘integrating’ bands with fit ball & bosu are welcomed.
I LOVE your dedication to your work.
What a great PURPOSE… helping folks like me be their best so I can do more Good in the World.
Band Gym Member