You’re the best! Band workouts came at just the right time. My disease is progressing but the band’s give me confidence. I don’t have to fear throwing/dropping weights and the band’s move with me without the pull of gravity. Totally enjoying it! You need to market this to the handicapped
RBT Enthusiasts and MS Activist
I’m seventy-eight. I trained with weights for years. When I passed seventy, motivation reduced: I worried about lower back pain and injured joints. I gave my weights and power rack to a friend’s grandson, a keen bodybuilder.
I trained with Kettlebells for several years and enjoyed short, intense routines. However, when I passed seventy-five, I had the same concerns as when I trained with weights. Training with kettlebells, I discovered Dave Schmitz and Getting Better With Bands; a God Send. Bands gradually replaced Kettlebells. I’ve not trained with Kettlebells this past year.
Now I train only with bands three to four times a week for thirty to forty minutes. I feel the better for it. My Chiropractor confirmed that my back is in excellent condition and I’m in decent shape. These days there are no aches and pains.
Thanks, Dave for the great equipment and advice.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Appreciate the opportunity for the sneak peak into the new BAND GYM. Like to formal and layout. Simple to use and find things I was looking for.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting emails from you over the last five years, which got me to purchase a variety of band products that I’ve used and introduced to my sons as well. I’m not a spring chicken (53 yrs old), but have found RBT and the BANDs to be a more conducive way for me to train more dynamically over the years.
I’m an avid runner and just completed my 8th marathon last month so not interested in bulking up. Rather I’ve found the bands enable me to “lift” and strengthen my upper & lower body in a way to keep my posture strong late on long training runs and the marathons.
My two sons run XC in college as well and trying to direct them to use bands as well in addition to their weight & strength conditioning programs at school. For me, I like the simplicity of being able to bring my ‘gym’ equipment with me on the road and workout like I want to wherever I am.
Grateful for all of the details and workouts you’ve provided over the years. I’ve kept many of those emails as a way to go back and check what I’m doing and what other nuggets I may have missed the first time. Great new site and thanks again for making this information and yourself available to me and so many others. Appreciate your availability and more so interest in helping people. Take care and have a good day.
Dave, Since beginning resistance band training I have lost 12 pounds and I’m really seeing the difference. For the first time in 25 years, I am under 200 pounds. I have lost a total of 60 pounds and while most of the weight has been lost prior to beginning resistance band training, I am actually SEEING more of a difference since beginning RBT. Thanks again!
A Band Gym Club Member
Just completed my first full-fledged band workout a few minutes ago and it went very well. At 70, I have typical joint issues, but your core stabilization exercises (banded planks) helped my low back, and the hip work (push outs, etc) got those nice and loose. Got a good sweat over 60 minutes and, maybe best of all, I suspect bands are easier on the nervous system. (I can no longer work hard enough with weights to get a good sweat going.)
I’m very pleased with the early progress. I probably will need to have a bone spur in my right shoulder shaved, but with bands, I expect rehab to go better than my previous shoulder surgery.
My only regret is not getting to you sooner.
Senior RBT Enthusiasts
A Band Gym Club Member
I totally agree with using Bands Dave. I have been using them myself and instructing all our employees, staff and clients for 15 years here at Bellin on their benefits and I will continue to do my best to get people to make a better CHOICE. I have recently been tasked to fill in as a CSCS at one of our contracted schools and have introduced RBT to the athletes and they love them. I knew they would and its great watching young athletes enjoy their workouts with bands.
I should have replied a while back but I loved your response to the gentleman who asked about traditional strength training vs using bands. I have been send that information to every man I get a chance to, trying to convince them to make bands a major part of their workouts.
Keep up the great work. I love your emails.
Licensed Athletic Trainer
Just wanted you to know that I’ve had my bands for a couple of months now and love them. My shoulders elbows and knees feel great. They are my problem spots and feel better than they have in years. Thank you
I follow you on Instagram. I started the planks today. The videos are great.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Thanks for the update and reminder. This speaks to your integrity and I really appreciate it. I’ve lifted for 35+ years and know how to program my workouts in that realm. Having just turned 50 this month my goals have changed. I have mobility issues due to tightness and a bit of arthritis in my spine, not to mention some shoulder issues. I’ve been trying to incorporate some stretching and yoga into my week but I work 55 hours a week (literally. No exaggeration) and can only workout about a half hour a day. I travel for my job so my workout has to be mobile too. Prior to working so much and having 6 children I was an ultra runner too but that had to go by the wayside. I say all this to say bands and your philosophy of movement first and the flexibility of bands to be used anywhere fists my needs perfectly. I’ve been working out for 2+ weeks using the bands -stretching with them as well- and have felt some benefit in reduced pain in my low back and thoracic region as well. I need to keep learning so, I say all this to say I’m staying on with you for a bit. I’m loving the bands and am feeling better and feel confident that I can keep my fitness and rehab myself as well in the areas I need to. It’s interesting to have a coach who has their foundation in physical therapy and yet is an athlete as well. I feel like I get the best of both worlds, athleticism based in knowledge of kinesiology. I work with a lot of geriatrics so I see what happens when one stops moving and loses mobility (I’m a hospice care social worker) and muscle. I truly feel like I have found the system that I can use for the rest of my life to have total fitness in all parameters-strength, mobility, cardio, power, speed, etc… Prior to finding your info and products I was doing bodyweight stuff. That fits all my needs but I like being able to add resistance as well and the bands allow me to do that while staying still allowing me to work out when and where I need to. So, I’m staying on as a member so I can keep learning. Thanks so much.
Recently Celebrated 80th. 52 Band Stretches and Exercises Every Morning. Haven’t missed a day in 5 YEARS!! Tks Art
Senior RBT Enthusiasts
Hey I just wanted to check in. I’ve had my bands for two weeks now and am loving it. I’ve been active and athletic my whole life. Powerlifting has left my low back pretty torqued up and given me some arthritis in my lumbar spine. Two weeks of working out with the bands has already given me some relief while still allowing me to hit my body pretty hard. Just wanted to say thank you and I think I’ve finally found the workout solution for me that I can do for the rest of my life, anywhere, anytime. I’m 50 as of two weeks ago.
I am a manual physical therapist now going on 28 years. I use many perspectives to better treat my patient’s dysfunctions; movement and otherwise. I have used Theraband and now the CLX Theraband for assistance, resistance, postural facilitation, overflow, etc. Some years ago, I bought 2 sets of the 4 bands you had out at that time (red, black, purple and green). Now that I am 54, I personally use them as my knees and shoulders are wearing out. Thanks for all the videos and insights you provide. Band training provides a great adjunct and other new options for my patients, and in particular, some pretty complex/complex neurological and Orthopaedic cases. I often use various NDT based treatment techniques to assist patients in relearning proper movement patterns.
Again, thanks for all that you do.
Andrew C. Hillyer, MSPT
Hi Dave, Just finished Core Chaos. It was a great program and challenging at times, especially the elevated Bulgarian split squats. I feel my strength improved, the biggest improvement was in my balance. Working in the staggered stance really helps with the balance. I completed the RBT challenge ( squat row, chest press, NG lats row, BUP, curl, & triceps press) for time of 15:41 with black bands. I join Instagram to follow you and really enjoy the posts. I worked in one of the leg workouts, dynamic stabilizer workout, and old school Bicep/triceps workouts during the month for my extra weekly workout.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Dave, you’re great! I love watching you’re videos ( I put those workouts to use also lol), and even mix them up in my own routines.
I love how passionate you are about training, and in particular, resistance bands! I am a firm believer that you can totally transform your body and get in great shape using them.
You’ve inspired me to continue training and coming up with fun and creative exercises. I love bands, and I love training at home. So thanks again for all that you do and keep the resistance going haha!
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Love the bands–as a 62 year old they have a allowed me to keep a level of strength and athleticism (and even increase those things) well below my age. I think weights alone would have simply beat me up. I can still deadlift over 400 pound–and I rarely train the deadlift with weights.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Hey Dave! I’ve added way more band exercises in lately and am noticing less tightness and more elasticity in and around my joints. What an amazing tool! Thank you so much for all your information and great tips on the website and RBT Weekly newsletter!
Big celebration in my small little brain today. Today is my first day working with black band. I know it’s not much, but for me an middle aged guy trying to get into shape it been a long four months banging through the workouts.
Thank you for the great products, the great videos, and the great system. I’m carrying more muscle than I ever had in my life and am wearing clothes from when I got married 20 years ago. (I’m still learning the lesson of I’m putting on weight and getting smaller in the waist so the scale no longer counts, hahahaha.
RBT Success Story
Hey, Dave, I hope all is well!
As always, I want to thank you for all that you do in helping us get better with bands…much appreciated. As time goes on and I get a little older (42), I have noticed that heavy lifting not only produces a stiff, tight feeling, but also seems to retard my athleticism in a way; I actually feel as if I am less athletic when I lift heavy. Yes, I get better at lifting progressively heavier weight, but I do not honestly experience any real transfer in terms of athleticism. I do, however, notice a great deal more transfer when I use bands. I have a few friends, who have used pneumatic resistance and have enjoyed a large degree of transfer of training, but this type of equipment is more difficult to find where bands are super convenient.
I’ve been doing RBT for a couple of years and love it. I’m 74 and have been exercising all my life. I first started as a young Marine which led me into martial arts. Then came weights and gym machines. Only lately have I discovered resistance bands and with them I have seen more progress with less soreness and zero injuries than with other systems. I have even developed a band routine that replicates the motion of swimming with freediving long fins which improved my spear-fishing. Thanks Dave. I love your workouts.
I’m really enjoying the Band Gym, especially the exercise library. I’ve been using bands pretty much exclusively for about the last 3-4 years. I feel really comfortable with most of the exercises and their setup. I took your Band Certification a couple of years back. I’m kind of at the end of a 5-year ordeal which ended in my left hip being replaced. I had my hip replacement last December (anterior approach) and the recovery has been surprisingly great, but I worked extremely hard. Once I was able to get in the water, I did a lot of deep water and shallow water work which really helped. My insurance would only pay for 10 PT sessions, so I spread them out over a 3 month period. Your dynamic stabilizer exercises were my go-to exercises. I started them at 4-5 weeks post surgery. I also used the attached assisted lunge away with two linked purple bands, which really helped pop me back up. I also used two walking sticks to help with balance. We had twin boys 6 months prior to getting my diagnosis and my daughter was just 15 months older than the boys. I feel the bands really helped me manage my workout and helped put off the surgery until it was more convenient for the family. At this point, I feel I’m at about 90%. My goal is to take the next 6-9 months and get super fit. I’m finally able to work out hard for 3-4 days without any soreness. I’m really excited about working with you and getting your coaching input. I’ll probably check in with you every couple of weeks to let you know how things are going. On a side note, I pretty much feel your weekly newsletter is a must-read and out of all the internet sites I follow (get their emails), yours is my favorite. I just feel I’m going to learn something, pick up a useful tip. I watch all your videos and LOVE them! You’re pretty much a genius!!
I’ve been following you for over 15 years and my personal training practice now revolves around using Bands-thanks to your influence.
I can’t remember where I first saw you back in the early 2000’s at a conference or seminar, but I was really motivated by your enthusiasm and technical expertise in applying resistance bands to strength training and conditioning.
I train mostly men 50s through 80s and preach and teach how bands are easier on the joints, provide greater full body workouts, and many other benefits that you can’t get with machines or free weights.
Also, from a trainer’s perspective, they allow me to move through the gym more freely, and I train people in their homes where they set up the gym only using bands.
Being 58 years old, I also have a lot of ortho problems, and the bands allowed me to continue to work out and make adjustments so I can stay in the game myself. Do you ever come to the East Coast to do seminars?
I want to genuinely wish you a very Happy Father’s Day! You continually share the pride you have for your family in your RBT messages, and that’s an incredibly honorable and encouraging expression of a Father’s love! Congrats on being a great Dad!
Thanks again for helping me to be a better Dad to my kids… my daughter’s basketball team did so great with the bands that the club is considering them for all grade levels. And the fact that I can be a Dad again without pain (physically & without emotional embarrassment) by sharing simple things like throwing a football in the yard with my boy… I’m truly blessed, and beyond grateful.
Happy Father’s Day, Dave, it’s well-deserved!
My trainer (at One Fit Body) incorporated resistance band work into my weekly exercise routine almost three years ago. My balance, strength, and stability have improved, along with my overall fitness. I’m an avid golfer with a single digit handicap. I walk 18 holes 2 days a week, with no back pain – not bad for 63 years old. Thank you for your weekly exercise videos. I continue to expand my resistance band menu of options, which keeps my weekly program fresh and interesting. I take at least one band wherever I travel maintaining the discipline and staying fit. Thanks again!
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
My business model wouldn’t be possible without your bands. The simplicity and transportability of your bands makes any workout possible for any level client in any location.
From the inside of Morning Bird Studio, my business, to a hotel room in Tokyo, NYC or London, the same intensity is available, repeatable and sustainable, thus keeping my clients consistent with their fitness journey.
Thank you, Dave. You’ve helped make my career more rewarding with better results for my people and I appreciate it.
I purchased the Total Fitness Package and I must say, I am seriously impressed! Quantum bands are the highest quality I’ve ever used. I’ve been researching how to train around nagging joint injuries, and as a lifetime martial artist/weight trainer (30 plus years) and my career as a Firefighter/Paramedic, I’ve accumulated quite a few. At 42 years of age, I knew that certain exercises had to be replaced or even jettisoned from my routine. I tried other bands (tubular) and they were just “ok.” It wasn’t until I discovered your website that a whole new way of training was a real possibility for me!
I absolutely love band training with Quantum bands, and they’re 80-90% of how I stay strong and mobile. Combined with a few bodyweight and kettlebell movements, I feel better and stronger than I have in years, and I fully believe that band training will be embraced by most people as they age, especially the aging athlete. I really enjoy your videos and I use them often. Like contrast deadlifts and “big boy curls.” The single band overhead press in the scapular plane is a lifesaver, and I can actually do upright rows with bands and they feel AWESOME! I highly recommend your products and I’m so thankful that I’ve found a way to stay strong and save my joints. Truly AWESOME!
Thanks and God bless.
I wanted to share a little ‘progress report’. I’m the old guy that had a lot of shoulder pain after rotator cuff surgeries on both shoulders (my right shoulder twice). I have gained so much strength and mobility through full-body band workouts, with emphasis on shoulders, when nothing else produced results.
Prior to starting to workout with bands, I used to do a lot of pushups, but ended up having to stop due to shoulder pain. So, after having not done a single push-up in nearly a year, I decided to give them a try after my band workout yesterday. I rapidly and easily cranked out a set of 30 inclined (feet raised higher than head) push-ups without shoulder pain! I only stopped because I didn’t want to over-do it. I know this probably sounds silly, but it was a great metric for me to see the progress I’ve made using bands!
As always, thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work!
RBT Active Aging Fitness Enthusiasts
I have never been happier with any training equipment than I am with your bands!!
They are great, to be honest. I take them on every business trip I go on and I use them daily at home.
I also talk about them to all my friends or anyone who sees me in the park, airport, or anywhere I use them.
If you ever want or need someone to help sell them I think I am your guy. 🙂
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for delivering an excellent product. I will be ordering more bands to augment my training program soon. By the way, the training videos are top notch too.
Fitness and RBT Enthusiasts
Hi Dave! Just wanted to say that I am loving the content! I really thought I would miss traditional weight training, but I don’t! I am enjoying the variety that bands have added to my workouts and the fact that they can even complement and enhance my weight training! I don’t enjoy cardio, but your cardio videos have been a game changer there, too!
Just wanted to say I appreciate all that you do and have been sharing your training ideas with family and friends!
Thank you so much!
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
After 5 years of continued pain and “maintenance” exercises for my shoulder, I put my faith in you. Because of your one email explaining your rotator cuff issues and taking the leap to quit external rotations, etc. and focus on closed-chain exercises, I’m can proudly say I am able to complete a full series of push-ups (and even do high pulls, the worst pain previously) without any pain. You’ve really improved my everyday life and I am forever loyal to you & your system!
With heartfelt thanks and continued inspiration,
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
You’ve answered all my questions! I have to say that my band workouts have been more effective than I would have thought possible. My full-body routine takes about an hour to complete, every other day.
I’m 60, and play drums in two local bands. I’ve had rotator cuff repair surgeries on both shoulders – my left shoulder back in 2005, and twice on my right shoulder – first in 2012, and again in 2014. Since then, I’ve had so much pain and fatigue in my right shoulder when playing that I was afraid it was going permanently sideline me… The resistance band training I’ve been doing over the past few months have resulted in a remarkable improvement in flexibility and strength. Four-hour gigs, which used to leave me almost unable to lift my right arm, are now easy for me! No other strength training method I tried ever helped nearly as much…
So, thanks again for your efforts to get band training info to the masses – I’m sure you’ve had a positive effect on more folks than you know 🙂
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Exactly! Great article, Dave! It’s exactly what I have been preaching to my clients and weight-lifting buddies for years! We have all been there, especially if you are a “meathead”, pushing our bodies from workout to workout and keep adding weight to the bar, but unfortunately it catches up to you eventually, not necessarily at an older age, and when it does it is often too late … RBT system is definitely a way to keep going “hard” and feel those muscles working hard without overloading your joints … I have been using bands for years now, and as a coach and physical therapist I can say that bands have been a very important part of my programs for years, with great results!
Physical Therapist and Fitness Professional
I use your bands and guidance all the time. Honestly, when it comes to bands, your words are gospel. I will say that band training has changed my approach to a lot of things. I have gotten a lot of people at work to use the bands as well. We have a lunch time workout or a morning workout together. They love it.
Thanks and have a happy Thanksgiving.
Joseph M. Savoia, MS, ATC, CEIS
Thank you Dave. As a longtime free weight strength trainer, athlete and personal trainer, I have in the last five years experienced the great benefits of specifically designed, program based band training. I am a pretty fit 58-year-old, and a believer now that band training can and does as a singular tool, provide a path to both muscular strength and definition. I have trained just using bands, and they absolutely do provide positive results. Yes, there is sometimes a different feel, or “pump”, than that which one may feel using free weights, especially when going heavy, but band training works. Glad there are passionate, informed professionals like you that provide accurate, depth-based information.
I started bands about 4 years ago. I have recruited at least a dozen friends in Australia who now regularly work out with bands. If I wasn’t working in the coffee industry, I’d be a high school PE teacher, coaching basketball or some sort of football, and WITHOUT DOUBT, my classes would include bands and my players would be training with bands.
So, thank you for what you do. Your videos, emails, blogs, posts etc have revolutionized my exercise regime and my understanding of core-related functional strength.
You’re a game changer.
I now have core and lean muscle strength I didn’t have from well…up until I was 36 years old. My lower back was crap, I had to give up surfing and was in constant pain.
But not anymore! I was back on the board in April for the first time in 5 years and almost every day is pain-free for my back.
I do bands about 5-6 times a week. I should stretch more because it feels so good, but that’s about all I can improve.
Keep up the great work. Thanks for what you do.
I am working through bicep tendonitis. I was going to crossfit with my daughter. I loved the intensity, but my body didn’t so I am back to bands and only some weights. It is feeling much better. Thanks again and I will let you know about the workouts.
Band Gym Member
You turned me to the shoulder distraction stretching when I was going through physical therapy for strained RTC. My shoulders feel like new! I always do the combined distraction stretching with a pec minor stretch for posture. Thanks Dave!
IG comment from shoulder warm-up video
My friend is a trainer and she led me to your site and programs.
I recently purchased Core Chaos. This is a great workout! I just set my basement up with all the proper bands and links. You have done a great job-RBT it is a great way to train.
Thanks for getting me hooked on RBT!
Thank you for the quick response. I love the program – I had all your dvd’s about approx. 6 years ago and used them exclusively for about a year and a half and had great results. I was very fit/athletic. Then for variety sake, I did P90X3, Body Beast, TRX, etc. etc. But I always noticed that I had the best results from the bands. Anyway, after losing much of my strength and fitness over the period of several months – I knew I would only use bands from here on. And I feel like it has been an excellent decision. I bought Tom Brady’s book for the fun of it and it’s good it confirms my decision. But for workouts – your programs are the greatest – the best. I appreciate that it is a Mom and Pop shop and you put your best efforts in every day.
BTW, your response is what I thought and it looks like I need to pump up the volume.
Just started week 5 of the BandSTRONG program and man you’re killing me . No seriously it’s one of the best programs I’ve tried.
Thanks for creating it.
Man getting old does suck. My goal was always to stay as strong as possible, unfortunately as you know lifting in the older years can become a chore especially on our joints. At a very young age of 52, I had bilateral knee replacements which lead to several more surgeries due to major complication. 3 year later, several surgeries and 50 lbs heavier, I thought my workout days were over. Then I stumbled upon your site. I saw my chance that just maybe I can do this even though most people with my complications could hardly move, much less exercise. Fast forward 2 years, I think I have just about purchased every one of your programs and now I have joined The Band Gym. It’s great to now have you as my personal coach all the time!! Since starting RBT, I am down 40 lbs with 28 more to go. I may not be able to hit rock bottom on the overhead squat but for me and where I came from, just squatting is awesome. I still have some post pain issues but RBT makes me feel great and I can see progress every week!! I just had x rays taken last month and the replacement looked awesome! RBT is the freaking bomb!! Dave, Thanks for doing what you do, it has been a life-changer for me in so many ways!!!
Ret. Special Ops Firefighter II/Paramedic, Lieutenant Detective Supervisor CID Unit.
RBT Life-Long Fan
Thanks for your tireless effort to improve my strength, conditioning and mobility using RBT. Your knowledge, experience, instruction and products continue to improve the quality of my life. Although I will continue to support your important work through product purchases, please also accept my heartfelt thanks for acting upon your desire to help people enjoy their lives more fully.