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
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
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?
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.
Just wanted to give you more feedback — of which I’m sure you’re getting a lot — of how great your new website is! It’s awesome how much information you provide. It’s easy to find, well organized, and it’s totally free! You’ve provided many email responses to me over the years and continue to be an unmet mentor to me, not only in my personal fitness journey, but in my personal training business as well. I’m very grateful for your coaching expertise and inspiration. I most likely would not be in this business if it wasn’t for you. Thank you, Dave!
Mark Angelelli, NASM-CPT
Angelelli Fitness, LLC
I am a personal trainer and always tell clients that when going on holiday remember to pack a band. So I am in my 80th Year (train clients half my age) and also judo coach since my 20’s. Will continue to refer my pupils to this site.
RBT Enthusiasts and Coach
Dave’s 2-day visit to the Punahou Department of Athletics is the gift that keeps on giving! In addition to significantly impacting our student athletes and Athletic Performance program, our Physical Education faculty has made training with bands an integral part of their curriculum. While Dave’s knowledge and expertise is tops in the industry, it is his ability to connect with our coaches, teachers and students through a hands-on approach that leaves a lasting impression. RBT continues to help us train explosive athletes and contributes greatly to our long term athletic development plan. We can’t wait to have him back!
Thank you Dave.
Michelle Arnold Athletics Associate, CSCS
Punahou Academy - Honolulu HI
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
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.
Trish Van Gorden
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.
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
My son, who is in college, laughed at me when he saw that I was working out with the bands instead of the weights. I tried explaining to him that I could no longer lift those heavy weights at 51 like I could at 31, but he wasn’t convinced. Maybe he just doesn’t like the thought that I can’t lift those heavy weights like I used to.
No matter what I said I couldn’t convince him to give them a try. He does a lot of power lifting and thinks the bands are not for serious weight lifters. This past week we went on a family vacation down to Florida and he didn’t have easy access to a weight room. Out of desperation he agreed to workout with the bands so that he wouldn’t have to take time off from his routine. Fortunately I brought my full set of bands to include the green bands, handles and utility strap. He combined the green and purple bands in his squats since he squats around 280. Overall he was very surprised at what a workout he got from the bands.
After getting home from vacation, he played in a pickup game of basketball and later told me he couldn’t believe how explosive he could move and jump. He said he had hit the rim at mid forearm, which he said he has never done before. He is so convinced that it’s a result from working out with the bands that he wants me to order him the heavier bands for squatting. Since the green bands were not strong enough for him I thought I should get him the next ones up, which are the blue bands. He wants me to get him the blue and grey but I’m thinking the blue might challenge him enough based on the product description.
“As a punter, I rely heavily on explosion and flexibility. Which is exactly what Dave Schmitz was able to give me. His band exercises gave me a tremendous increase in flexibility and an increase in my leg speed. I still use these exercises today and they are a big part of my success as a football player”
Just wanted to say thanks for all the information and exercises that you have shared with me. I am starting to grow my workout business more now and my new clients are loving the resistance workouts. Many have been in gym situations where all they did was burpees and lift huge amounts of weights. They are enjoying the fact that they are getting a great workout and don’t have the joint issues that go along with 300# squats. Love the workouts myself also. It just amazes me that I can take a big rubber band and work out until I get the same burn that I could barely achieve with a ½ ton of weight on a machine or bar. Thanks again for all the goodies.
UnderGround Fitness LLC
I want to thank you for putting out such a great product!
I’m a 55-year-old ex-professional baseball player. I played 8 years for the Cleveland Indians & Minnesota Twins. Since my playing days, I’ve always tried to stay in shape. I have tried many different fitness options, from free weights to workout videos. Most were fine when I was younger, however, I found as I was getting older I was more prone to injury. I would often get hurt using weights and the high-intensity plyometric type training videos. It would limit me from training. I would have to miss workouts while I was injured.
Finally 4 years ago after never being seriously injured I tore the labrum in my left shoulder lifting weights. I haven’t had the surgery yet to repair it. Three months ago I started using your band work out and following the videos from your website. It changed the way I can work out. I was able to strengthen my shoulder by using the bands with assisted movements. Now I can perform many of your exercises with heavy resistance. I have gotten my entire upper body back into shape. I can do push-ups and many shoulder exercises with no pain. Best of all I can throw batting practice to my kids with no pain in my shoulder.
I just had to send you this note to thank you! Your band workouts not only helped my shoulder but gave me an overall fitness level that makes me feel great. Your workouts are fun and challenging. I look forward to going into my basement and working out every day.