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
Great workout yesterday to finish off the 6 weeks! Every workout, somewhere near the end, I tell my wife “Dave is trying to kill me again!” but somehow I’m still here.
The camp has really been excellent. I already knew from the BandGym workouts and exercise vault that you had a fantastic range of exercises built up, but having them laid out in a progression as you’ve done over the past 6 weeks has really been valuable.
Both my wife and I have worked with excellent personal trainers in the past and they have also discovered some of the same innovations as you have. But the additional things you’ve brought in are really fantastic. The resistance added to the rotator cuff exercises and the (stealth) incorporation of core stability into every workout are standout features. As is the cardio component. I’ve never had such a boost from resistance training in a gym, with or without a trainer. You should get a medal.
I’m very interested to see what you have lined up for the last three days!
Band Gym Member and Fit Camp Participant
Your Chest Contrast Training Workout is a game changer! Just wanted to tell you how valuable I found it.
I’ve injured my rotator cuff too many times in the past. I’ve made the mistake of trying to go heavier and heavier with my dumbbell loads. The only limit was my inability to buy anything heavier than 45 lbs during the pandemic.
Your workout really opened my eyes (and chest) to a better way. It’s made my weight training more challenging while making it safer at the same time. That’s a real win. Keep the good stuff coming!
Band Gym Member
Just finished the Zoom rerun. Your explanation of balance & how it was constantly being involved during our RBT workouts was very helpful. The RBT workouts (in the 45 Day Band Fit Camp) have been very beneficial for me. I really like how you include the different degrees of difficulties in each workout. I also like how I can use the same exercise, but vary the speed, work & rest time & create an entirely different program for myself. Personally, I would commit to future camps because I find myself much more dedicated when I sign up & pay for something. I additionally enjoy the 4 day/week schedule. Finally, I find the RBT experience to be the perfect fit for me & wish I had incorporated the program years ago. Because of listening to you, I have included balance, flexibility & strength into my daily life. I’ve done all three things just by making RBT a big part of my life in some capacity. I’m confident that RBT will allow me to help live my golden years to the fullest with the least amount of restrictions.
45 Day Band Fit Camp Success
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.
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
Appreciate your philosophies and your efforts and your wife’s efforts. I have been sold on your training philosophies for 15 years or so on and off and recently I’d allowed work and stress to take over my physical well being and knew I needed a kickstart. I own lots of your products and have purchased several programs over the years. So while I could do it on my own, there’s something helpful and accountable by signing up again and following the RBT camp program so thank you for giving me the needed push from a trusted reliable source!!
45 Day Band Fit Camp Athlete
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
The 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 You and your bands is on a whole different level. You’re a great coach who is very passionate, motivated, and innovative. You walk me through each workout step by step and provide 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 your 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
Dave what a difference a few months will make. I have gone from 155 pounds to about 172 and very lean with your programs about to start a new one today and I’m very excited for the future. Built my band gym once the pandemic started it’s strong enough for all my pushing and pulling exercises to be attached. I work out in about a 12 by 14 room that doubles as my office. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a regular gym. I’m more athletic and stronger than I’ve been in a long time even when I was in the military lifting weights all the time. I just felt big and slow (190 pounds back then) . Now I just feel strong and athletic.
Band Gym Owner
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
My wife and I just finished week one of the Jump Start Program. This is much more doable than free weights that are difficult to control and strain the joints. The first two days I didn’t think we were getting much of a workout, but at least I felt energized. Then we hit day four. Ouch, I’m feeling it. That’s more about my core and glutes being pathetically weak than the program. While doing workout four I didn’t feel it so I pushed hard. Maybe too hard. The rest day and the total body workout helped to work through that soreness. Great plan. The best part is my wife and I are able to work out together. She is fairly petite and we have a significant strength difference so we could never work out together in a traditional gym. This is a lot better.
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
Absolutely! You know it when you see it, and you’re it! In addition to great bands, the never ending array of quality exercises and routines are fantastic. Your positive teaching and encouragement is the topper.
I’m 66 and started in mid-February and am enjoying the gains in strength and flexibility. An old iliopsoas injury/condition has dramatically improved. My golf game is thanking you.
My wife Kathy, 65, taught Phys. Ed. For 37 years, retired 2 years ago and was ready to have a knee replacement April 1. Fortunately, Covid-19 delayed that operation. She started the bands in March, not being able to spin and body pump at the gym, and is now an avid fan. Squats and lunges were a killer to start (for us both). Her knee is no longer bothering her, and if this continues, will not need the replacement. I think strength, mobility and stabilization are big factors.
We walk 18 holes of golf in CT (not flat) twice each week. And, this week bicycled 26 miles on a rail trail for our first ride of the season. Enjoying the activity and still feeling great when done is our proof!
Steve & Kathy Miller
Major RBT Community Enthusiasts
I started training with “round” bands a number of years ago, when I found myself on the road. I always trained at home, if I trained at all. Mostly, I jogged. As much as I tried, I never “took to” weights. I have a small barbell/dumbbell weight set but when I tried to train with them I’d get too fatigued after a couple of months. Also, I just didn’t enjoy them. When I got older, I couldn’t even do a number of basic lifts without pain. When I discovered you, Dave, and tried flat rubber bands, along with your workout programs, I finally learned what training is supposed to be like. And, I like it. Thanks, so much. I am a healthy 70 year old non-athlete who’s just trying to stay in shape for life.
Man, I can’t tell you how working out with the bands makes me feel. I am extremely overweight and was totally humiliated by the comments and look of contempt that I received from those jocks who thought they were better than me. I could never find anyone willing to spot for me. Needless to say that gym membership didn’t last long. I decided to look for weight systems online when I came across the rubberband man. Not only were they less expensive, but I could do far more positions than free weights allowed. They are truly a life saver! I thank God that I came across these bands of freedom.
Hi Dave, I wanted to thank you for doing this challenge for us. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it! I reached out to you a couple of years ago with a knee injury. I purchased a starter package with the attachments, 2 red and 2 black bands and the green 13″ stabilizer (which really helped my knee regain some strength).
This challenge has finally given me the motivation to truly get started with some real training. I definitely like it better than free weights and I can feel myself getting stronger.
Thank you for the detailed demonstration and explanations you have provided. That’s what I needed to get going.
Many thanks and stay well!
RBT 28 Day Challenge Participant and Enthusiasts
I want to say WOW on your creativity in bands. I have spent my life finding creative ways to stay in shape either being underwater on submarines or in the Desert in Afghanistan.
I have been teaching TRX and kettlebells for over 10 yrs and have gotten into using bands through NSPA and IYCA while playing a little here and there.
I work with a lot of kids and love the idea of the bands and how creative you have come up with ways to do it!
Damon Mathis, a trainer out of Ohio, told me about how creative you are.
I am hoping when things calm down with this I can buy in bulk. I see you’re getting low, but red is all I really need for now and you got those ahah.
Thanks again for the awesome training ideas. I am looking to get some of my military friends who are fitness instructors to look into it since I got them into trx and other ideas to help them.
Chris Windbigler (USN RETIRED)
Bare Fitness Owner/Trainer
I am sending you a quick “hello” via email because I no longer am on Facebook. I also wanted to say thanks. You’ve given me hope and something to work towards in these uncertain times.
I’m in my 50s. Going to the gym six days a week was something I loved and looked forward to even when it was a grind. Progressive overloads and hitting new PRs gave me a sense of pride and progress. Then the quarantine lockdown happened. It became clear to me that my gym days would be over for the foreseeable future.
My home setup is limited. I have a couple of kettlebells, a bench, two 30 lb dumbells, a TRX, and a couple of light bands. There isn’t an adjustable dumbbell to be had on this planet.
I tried all the body weight exercises the internet “gurus” were talking about. But getting true progressive overload using body weight or a TRX is difficult at best. I was also getting sore and pulling muscles. I hurt too much to go near the TRX. So I picked up one of my light bands in order to do something… anything at all.
Then I found one of your videos on YouTube. Now I know that progressive overload is very doable with bands. I’m excited about the new challenge and have already started using the few bands I have. The two bands I ordered from you should be a big help.
I know it’s a long email. In these times, I think it’s important to let people who make a difference know it.
New RBT Fitness Enthusiasts
Once again Dave. Thanks for putting an old farm boy back together. Yes it takes work but with your bands I’m back running. Working out. I feel so much better.
RBT Fitness Enthusiasts and Fellow Farm Boy
Dave – I just wanted to shoot you a quick note to say “Thank you!”.
In the midst of the chaos and quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, many of my friends are stressing because they are scared to go to their local gyms to workout. This fear has not once entered my mind because of RBT. You have prepared me and so many others for being able to workout wherever we are. I won’t miss a workout due to not being able to go somewhere. This situation has also allowed the opportunity for me to share about you & RBT without falling on deaf ears or being dismissed as a fantastic workout option.
Thank you, Dave, for leading the charge!!
See you in the Band Gym, quarantined or not!
Proud Band Gym Member
Of all the certifications I’ve worked on since becoming a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer last year, this Resistance Band Training certification from Dave Schmitz & Resistance Band Training will probably be my favorite & most cherished.
When I became I trainer I wanted to figure out how to make exercise easy & portable because I knew working at a gym wouldn’t fit with my current 9-5 & family life. At that point I came across flat looped resistance bands & immediately fell in love. It’s been a joy learning how to use bands the last few months & I’ve already noticed how they’ve impacted my own workouts.
Not only that, but Dave has been very kind & willing to share his knowledge beyond the certification. He’s a great teacher & mentor that I hope to continue learning from for years to come!
I look forward to sharing this knowledge with others as I help them achieve their fitness goals!
Lately all I have been doing is contrast training, except for 1 or two days a week that I do just strictly a band only metabolic workout. For me and all my incurred injuries over time, at 59 yrs old, it has been a game changer for me!! I can now do things that I thought were done and gone forever. Thanks so much for enlightening me on contrast training.
It’s in my wheelhouse forever now and I have never felt better both physically and mentally. Keep up the good work!! God Bless.
Band Gym Member
The February Challenge has been terrific, and I have just signed up for 12 months of access to The Band Gym.
Thank you SO much for all of your hard work and thoughtful, simple instruction and training.
A game changer for me has been the split squats, which have activated my glutes, helped my knees and even improved my pelvic floor coordination and function! Can’t say enough about that benefit, as a woman over 50!
I had been training with bands on my own before I found you, because I had discovered their usefulness while I was rehabbing a knee. The extra support of a band setup allowed me to complete difficult range of motion exercises while I came back. I did supported pushups, supported squats and shoulder mobilizations, just from fooling around on my own. Your systems and accessories are really taking me far beyond what I had been able to do.
As you know, most people just don’t get how amazing band work is, for low impact strength and flexibility applications. It can be endlessly adapted, and I love that! I’m thrilled to have found you and your body of work. Fantastic job, Dave.
I’m a fan for life!
Band Gym Member
My goals with RBT are to maintain muscle and muscle tone and to keep flexible and fit. I’ve been using bands for the last 3 or 4 years. Before that I’ve trained with weights for 30+ years. My focus has changed as I get older, as yours probably has Dave. At my age of 50 my aim isn’t the same as it was when I was 16 when I first started training. I’m finding that I enjoy training with bands more (than with traditional weights) with the variety and ease of use, also the fact that they are so portable (I take them with me even when I go on vacation).
Anyway, Dave can I take a moment to say that you are an inspiration and a very genuine person, I watch every single video you upload on your YouTube channel for ideas. Thank you for taking the time to read my email, keep up the good work, from one of your fans in the U.K
U.K. RBT Enthusiasts
Good morning Dave,
I hope this email finds you well. After the IYCA summit almost 8 years ago when you introduced me to adding bands into my program I still have and use most of the original bands at my center everyday. A big thank you! If they broke more often I would be buying more or I guess if they broke too much I might need to go somewhere else. So thanks for creating and promoting a great product. I continually revisit your educational materials I have gotten like the IYCA resistance band instructors course, flexibility, and quick kids camp. As you know they are great for everyone. I feel I do a pretty good job keeping them healthy although a couple knucklehead coaches/student athletes don’t follow rules and they wear down faster as you know. I am about to put in another small order in and more before the summer to run larger groups. As always, the growing strength coaches are on a budget. Thank you again for bringing a great product to the industry.
I am looking forward to hearing from you,
RBT Youth Coach Enthusiasts
Hi Dave, I am a new band gym member, but have been training most of my life. I have really valued your teaching videos over recent years and acquired an assortment of your quantum bands. Up to now, I have been using bands in a somewhat supplementary fashion to other training I was doing. Early on, I found your recommendations on horizontal vector work and standing core work as particularly enlightening. I decided to join the band gym to go deeper. As I have gotten older, I have been exploring how to train vigorously in ways that build me up – not tear me down…..and bands definitely seem to have a place in that. I am 65 and fit and very active. I just wanted to share that I am quite impressed with all the information and direction you are providing in the band gym site. The resource is well worth the membership price! Thanks for putting it all together for us!
Band Gym Member
I am doing 5-6 sessions a week with the bands. My 74 year old body is changing and I am looking a lot more youthful. I don’t see any 74 year olds around here that look as good as I do.
Many years ago I was a track cyclist. When I was 46 I had a very bad accident on my track bike and I lost the use of my right arm for 7 months. I severely damaged the brachial plexus. I lost a tremendous amount of muscle in my right arm and shoulder and upper back. I rehabbed myself but was never the same. My bicep was about the diameter of a pencil. Over the years I’ve gained a lot back but never got above about 80%.
Since I got bands I have been concentrating a lot of effort to bring myself back to 100% on my right side. Dave, I am almost there. I have had significant muscle growth in arm, shoulder and upper back and traps. The bands make it easy to reach into hard to work old muscles. My right bicep is nearly as large as my left and I am sure I will equalize my right and left sides.
This is great stuff. A 74 year old CAN gain muscle. My waist is smaller now as well. I am down two pants sizes but am up 3 pounds from my lowest. That can only mean I have gained muscle. BTW, the instructions in the band gym are very helpful.
RBT Enthusiasts and a Band Gym Member