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.
Accountability check-in/letting you know how Fit Camp is going for me.
1/3 of the way in already? Whoa.
Got a little more of a confidence boost this week. I didn’t meet any exercises that felt like they crushed me, and I even surprised myself by needing to go up to heavier bands with some exercises.
You may also have converted me to traditional splits. I used to think they were boring. Now I’ve come to appreciate waking up the next day with only some tired body parts instead of all of them.
I also want to tell you that I REALLY appreciate you coming at this from a physical therapist’s perspective, with stability and injury prevention as explicit goals.
45 Day Fit Camp Participant
I am a few days behind so I just did Week 1 – Workout 4. I LOVED IT! I haven’t had this much fun working out in ages.
I LOVE this whole thing and am only disappointed in that it took me so long to decide to join up. I am definitely joining The Band Gym after Camp.
45 Day Fit Camp Participant
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
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!
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
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
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 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.
I started training with you almost two years ago and want to tell you that it has completely transformed me physically. I am much stronger and flexible today than when I started training with resistance bands and I have you to thank for that.
Keep up the great work and keep those tips and new exercises coming. I truly do look forward to them!!!
Band Gym Member
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
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
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
I am a distance runner doing mostly long trail runs which require strong glutes, core and leg muscles and at 66 years old trails are not getting easier so I need to be stronger.
Worked in physical therapy for 21 years and we use resistance bands in our clinic and now that I’m retired I set up an area at home to maintain my strength and fitness and your bands are my primary means of doing so.
Thanks Dave for great videos and bands,
I am relatively new to using resistance bands for my workouts. Through the years, I have owned, and used, free weights, a Soloflex, and a Bowflex Ultimate. I always considered resistance bands as inferior, and never thought about using them. I now use them quite extensively, and I will have to say, the Quantum Resistance Bands are great. I personally like the way they feel through the entire range of motion when performing any exercise. For me, the feel is more rewarding. I would recommend doing the research, and if you like what you see about training with resistance bands, please give the Quantum Resistance Bands a chance, as the quality, in my view, is superior.
Thanks again Dave,
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.
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