Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Carrying Case

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Discussion and Reviews on Reddit

Resistence bands - what qualities/keywords to look for. [R]

1 hour, 23 minutes agodrkcloud123 posted submission on Fitness.
May 29, 2020

Hi guys, I saw several posts about which bands to buy, but none of them discussed how to choose and what characteristics or keywords to look for. I've never bought or used them before, but they were recommended by my doctor when I mentioned to her I was going to start exercising, and I want to try and avoid wasting money buying bad ones or the wrong ones. I'd like to buy them online, which is why I need more info before diving in. Any feedback or advice welcome. Thanks!

16 minutes agodrkcloud123 posted comment on Fitness.
May 29, 2020

Are you specifically using this for strength training or more towards rehab? Size comes into play, you don't need a super big one, the ones with handles are also great for rehab since those tends to be shoulder girdle exercises and hip/glute exercises. Just don't forget to get one with a door anchor that way you can attach it to the back of a door, close the door and now you don't need a pole for back, bicep and shoulder exercises.

If you need to squat, get the big ones since you can wrap around your body completely. The ones with handles aren't all that great for squat since you're limited to what your arms can carry.

Resistance bands reccomendations [R]

1 year, 6 months agomachfredy posted submission on Fitness.
Nov. 9, 2018

Tips on switching things up at the gym without changing your program? [R]

1 year, 10 months agothats_my_buzz posted submission on xxfitness.
July 18, 2018

This might sound ridiculous but I've been doing PPL (push, pull, legs) ever since I found out about it 2 years ago. It personally works for me very well; I like how simplified it is, how easily I can switch out some exercises, and I like how I can put each of the 3 main lifts on separate days.

Anyways, lately I've been feeling a bit demotivated to get to the gym because I feel like I'm doing the same things. But also I don't know what to change. It's gotten to a point where I've trained for long enough that I know exactly which exercises I love the most (usually the most challenging ones that get me the best results) and which exercises just don't work with me. I do rotate between the exercises I love, but it's not a wide selection.

I'm mainly looking for other ways to change things up other than switching out exercises or switching programs. Looking for ideas like... switching up rep range, lower weight/higher rep and higher weight/lower rep days, etc.? I haven't tried any of these but looking to try them (not sure how effective they'll be in making me feel like things are different though). Any other ideas?

Or if you think doing PPL for 2 years or sticking to similar exercises is ridiculous then I don't mind that too, any feedback is welcome. I don't have any particular goals, I just do it for the love of training (although I do like looking good too of course).

1 year, 10 months agothats_my_buzz posted comment on xxfitness.
July 18, 2018

My routine is lower/upper/lower/upper, so similar to PPL I suppose. I swap out exercises in my routines, but essentially I'm doing similar things each time I'm in the gym. One thing I've tried recently is swapping out a normal barbell/dumbbell day to try things with resistance bands. It's pretty much like doing the same movements/working the same body parts, but slightly differently, so it feels like variety.

The reason I picked them up in the first place was so I have equipment that can travel easily. I'm studying for my trainer cert and wanted to test workouts that would be more accessible to folks who don't want to be in a gym environment.

Resistance glute bands [R]

2 years, 5 months agoskymelissaler posted submission on xxfitness.
Dec. 17, 2017

I’m looking into resistance bands. Are they worth it?

2 years agoskymelissaler posted comment on xxfitness.
May 16, 2018

Yes definitely they are. There are many resistance bands available in the market like:

  1. Black Mountain
  2. Rogue Fitness
  3. Booty Bands
  4. Walmart

You should try one of these. They are the best in the market.

Moronic Monday - Your weekly stupid questions thread [R]

2 years, 1 month agohe_could_get_it posted submission on Fitness.
April 30, 2018

Get your dunce hats out, Fittit, it's time for your weekly Stupid Questions Thread.

Post your question - stupid or otherwise - here to get an answer. Anyone can post a question and the community as a whole is invited and encouraged to provide an answer. Many questions get submitted late each week that don't get a lot of action, so if your question didn't get answered before, feel free to post it again.

As always, be sure to read the FAQ first.

Also, there's a handy-dandy search bar to your right, and if you didn't know, you can also use Google to search fittit by using the limiter "".

Be sure to check back often as questions get posted throughout the day. Lastly, it may be a good idea to sort comments by "new" to be sure the newer questions get some love as well. Click here to sort by new in this thread only.

So, what's rattling around in your brain this week, Fittit?

As per this thread, the community has asked that we keep jokes, trolling, and memes outside of the Moronic Monday thread. Please use the downvote / report button when necessary.

2 years agohe_could_get_it posted comment on Fitness.
May 1, 2018

Hi there... I'm handicapped and looking to do something for working out my arms and possibly my residual limb. Any advice is appreciated. I'm looking at purchasing this:

Which has a door anchor, in hopes that I can use it from my wheelchair. I also have a ten lb dumbbell to start off with.

Does the linked resistance band set seem legit?

Stretch Band Recommendations? [R]

2 years, 6 months agoNov. 17, 2017

Looking to buy a stretch band (or maybe a set?) for doing some stretches and mobility exercise, anyone have something to recommend? I was thinking about getting these:

I'm about 6 feet tall by the way and have really long arms if that helps lol.

2 years, 6 months agoadamantiumvibranium posted comment on flexibility.
Nov. 18, 2017

I personally like the ones with handles

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band

I want some shoulder strength, and so... what can I do? [R]

2 years, 7 months agolunchtimeninja posted submission on bodyweightfitness.
Oct. 28, 2017


2 years, 7 months agolunchtimeninja posted comment on bodyweightfitness.
Oct. 28, 2017

Handstand pushups, neutral grip pullup, behind the head pullups.

Highly recommend getting some bands though. These are the best I've had for just $20.00

Physique Phriday [R]

2 years, 9 months agoKr1ggs posted submission on Fitness.
Aug. 25, 2017

Welcome to the Physique Phriday thread

What's the point of having people guess your body fat? Nevermind that it's the most inaccurate method available, (read: most likely way wrong - see here) you're still just putting an arbitrary number to the body you have. Despite people's claim that they are shooting for a number, they're really shooting for look - like a six pack.

So let's stopping mucking around with trivialities and get to the heart of the matter. This thread shall serve two purposes:

  1. Physique critiques. Post some pics and ask about muscles or body parts you need to work on. Or specifically ask about a lagging body part and what exercises worked for others.
  2. An outlet for people that want to show off their efforts that would otherwise be removed due to Rule 4, and

Let's keep things civil, don't be a creep, and adhere to Rule 1. This isn't a thread to announce what you find attractive in a mate. Please use the report function for any comments that are out of line.

So phittit, what's your physique pheel like this phriday?

2 years, 9 months agoKr1ggs posted on Fitness.
Aug. 26, 2017

Elastic bands got me to a level where the people where complimenting me even when I had long sleeves, can work out while watching Youtube, or in the breaks of writing a paper.

For routines I started with this guide and kept looking on the other exercises with cables and dumbbell and adapting for the bands.

On an important side note, did you checked your spine for deviations? Your alignment seems a lot like the younger me, and I'm really glad I started tackling the spine curves problem when I was young.

So, r/twinks, what are your diet/exercise/beauty practices? [R]

2 years, 9 months agoAug. 22, 2017


2 years, 9 months agoVoyeurOfBliss posted on twinks.
Aug. 22, 2017

I gained a lot of weight at my last job (photo gallery from that time), so I had to drop 30 pounds of fat, and gained 10 pounds of muscle (current photo gallery). I cut back to two meals a day permanently, and every other day I have a fruit smoothie blended from frozen fresh fruit as my first meal. Only supplement I add is fiber. Maybe three times a week I'll splurge on a normal meal at dinner or lunch but otherwise I'll always order small or half portions of any typical American restaurant meal. I drink ridiculous amounts of water and always have a bottle with me now. I work in IT and am not really active, porn is only supplemental to my day job.

I used to work out every other day but now do almost every day by splitting my routine in half, each half a day. First is floor exercises which includes three types of push ups and three types of sit ups with a medicine ball. I do reps until I can't do them anymore due to hernia patch sensitivity.

Second day is elliptical on 10/12 setting, which I've worked up to from 1/10 a year ago. I do shoulder exercises with rubber cords while running, three different types. I'll do pull up type arm exercises with both feet on one pedal to rest my legs. Lastly I'll do reverse pull ups on one pedal to work my back.

I've fully upgraded to trimming all my body hair, bar cuter on the Bodygroom. I was very hesitant on the legs but now I'd never go back.

I only wear tight jeans in public, as well as muscle shirts and thin sport fitted tshirts. I also have a younger haircut, picked out by my wife (sorry guys 😞), also all clothes picked out or approved by my wife. Embrace the #TwinkLife

Travelling few days abroad, no gym, bringing dumbbells [R]

2 years, 10 months agoPeckerwood17 posted submission on Fitness.
July 14, 2017

I've got to stay abroad for a few days and I have no access to the gym. I am able to bring some free weights but the total weight will be few kilograms less than I usually do. How can I compensate this lack of weight since reaching hypertrophy would involve maybe doing 30 reps per set?

2 years, 10 months agoPeckerwood17 posted on Fitness.
July 14, 2017

If I'm abroad for a long period of time I prefer to take these. Great for getting a pre-beach pump in without being that guy who travels with dumbbells.

Alrighty need some help on some help with young, and tight budget workout. [R]

3 years agoMay 15, 2017


3 years agoKr1ggs posted on Fitness.
May 16, 2017

I'm a fan of elastic bands, it got me to the point where people were complementing on my phisique already, I mean complete strangers on night clubs. They costed me 25€ and I did on my room while browsing reddit, now I hitted a plateau so started the gym, but elastic bands can get you really good gainz and can be done anywhere, even in your room.

I bought this one, but don't recommend the door ankle (this would be ideal), everything else is top notch:

Blog with idea for exercices:

Got 60 Days [R]

3 years, 2 months agovoice_in_the_woods posted submission on P90X.
March 25, 2017

Hey guys, new to this and going to most likely start sometime tomorrow. Don't have money to get the pull up bar, balls, or well anything in the time I have. I had to ask my friend if he had any weights and he's looking for them now. Also doubt that they're heavier than 10 lb.

So I have 60 Days, and need to look slimmer. I don't need protection, but a look that would make me look good in a large shirt. I way 212.4, and my stomach has become a slightly bigger than slight gut. It's not like my shirts hug me, but if you looked you'd notice it. So, do you think this will help me?

Another thing, I rarely exorcise so this is gonna be new, will this play a factor besides tiring faster?

Lastly, if I could be recommended some substitutes for the equipment, that would be awesome!

True lastly, would it be OK to keep daily or weekly tabs, so I can motivate myself? And would it be OK if I post a picture of progress weekly?

Thank you!

3 years, 2 months agovoice_in_the_woods posted on P90X.
March 25, 2017

Calorie counting will be the most important thing for you. I'd get a kitchen scale before anything else. Check out /r/loseit.

If you're going to do P90X you can substitute in a set of exercise bands for weights. I have these ones from Amazon and they've held up great over the years.

Advice for 27M taking a job that will require a ton of time on the road? [R]

3 years, 2 months agoMarch 21, 2017


3 years, 2 months agoKr1ggs posted on Fitness.
March 21, 2017

I'm a huge fan of elastic bands:

Some example exercises:

Looking to buy a few things to work out at home on days I can't make it to the gym. Recommendations? [R]

3 years, 4 months agoarmchairingpro posted submission on xxfitness.
Jan. 30, 2017

Also - I have a pretty small bedroom with limited space available so something space saving would be preferable. I'd like to keep things low cost but I'd be willing to splurge a little bit depending on the item. At the gym I like a lot of HIIT workouts, if that helpe

3 years, 4 months agoarmchairingpro posted on xxfitness.
Jan. 30, 2017

I bought these bands from Amazon that let you stick them through various parts of your closed door for lat pull downs, face pulls, leg kick backs, etc.

I also have some adjustable dumbbells I've semi-permanently borrowed from my brother. That really seems enough. I also have a pull up bar that when not being used to air dry laundry, is used for negatives as I'm not able to do real pull ups.

Looking to help a Trucker live healthier. [R]

4 years agoMay 26, 2016

I am a behavioral health care manager and have come across a very difficult patient. One of the goals we have set is for him to lose weight and eat healthier. He was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes and is trying extremely hard to lose weight with little success. My father drove truck and buses and pretty much anything else that needed to get across the country and I remember the rigidity and demanding nature of his schedule. Any tips or tricks to best utilize the very small windows of down town would be greatly appreciated.

4 years agoEvilMrMe posted on Trucking.
May 26, 2016

I have resistance bands in my truck. Most vehicles have plenty of places you can attach them to. You can even set them up inside the tractor like attaching them to the seats for a light one arm at a time upper body work out. Way better than kettle bells or dumb bells.

Foolish Friday - Your biweekly stupid questions thread [R]

4 years agoCrazyFoFo posted submission on Fitness.
May 20, 2016

Get your dunce hats out, Fittit, it's time for your biweekly Stupid Questions Thread.

Post your question - stupid or otherwise - here to get an answer. Anyone can post a question and the community as a whole is invited and encouraged to provide an answer. Many questions get submitted late each week that don't get a lot of action, so if your question didn't get answered before, feel free to post it again.

As always, be sure to read the FAQ first.

Also, there's a handy-dandy search bar to your right, and if you didn't know, you can also use Google to search fittit by using the limiter "".

Be sure to check back often as questions get posted throughout the day. Lastly, it may be a good idea to sort comments by "new" to be sure the newer questions get some love as well.

So, what's rattling around in your brain this week, Fittit?

4 years agoCrazyFoFo posted on Fitness.
May 20, 2016

You're welcome.

Also, if you really want to do cable face pulls and if you're able to invest in some a set of bands, I've enjoyed these:

Which resistance bands to go for? [R]

4 years agoCrazyFoFo posted submission on bodyweightfitness.
May 19, 2016

I want to buy some resistance for the mobility exercises as part of the recommended routine. Any idea what resistance to go for? I take it as they are used as part of a warm up not to go for a high resistance?

4 years agoCrazyFoFo posted on bodyweightfitness.
May 19, 2016

I've had these for a while and like them a lot. If you don't want a full set, just go to your local sports store and buy one or two.

Question regarding hip abduction/adduction machines [R]

4 years, 2 months agopallo1234 posted submission on xxfitness.
March 15, 2016

I randomly stumbled upon an article that said that hip abduction/adduction machines should be avoided. Source:

I wanted to know what your ladies' personal experiences are from these machines!

4 years, 2 months agopallo1234 posted on xxfitness.
March 15, 2016

Oh that sucks! My gym has a velcro ankle wrap attachment (also good for cable kickbacks)... I think ankle attachments like that are cheap; maybe you could ask the manager to get one? Or maybe pick one up yourself and take it with you (if you think you'd get use out of it)? Resistance bands are a great substitute, imo - I have some for use at home for this and many, many other exercises. (I use them for donkey kicks, hip thrusts - for this I attach them to the feet of my bed, with shoulders on the bed.) For hip thrusts, in a month, I went through (this)[ and this (looping bands around twice for some things, and tying them), need a pullup band setup now. But I use the bands for a million things, they're worth the small investment, imo.

Tips for getting exercise when in debilitating pain and on pain meds all day? [R]

4 years, 2 months agocyber_dildonics posted submission on ChronicPain.
March 13, 2016

Anyone found methods that work? Like having a significant other help you do exercises in bed or w/e?

Trying to find a solution to help my girlfriend get some exercise that won't leave her agonizing for hours afterwards.

4 years, 2 months agocyber_dildonics posted on ChronicPain.
March 14, 2016

these are fantastic. I use them at my computer when ever I feel like it for arms and legs.

I've pulled the lat muscle on my right side and its taking ages to heal. Will a foam roller help? [R]

4 years, 2 months agoSteveesmuyguapo posted submission on kettlebell.
March 10, 2016

So I pushed too hard with my S&S work and ended up burning myself out for a few weeks. Lesson learned.

I had injured my lat muscle on my right at the same time and I've rested and rested it (five weeks almost) and I cannot get it to heal 100%. It gets to almost healed, then I managed to pull it again swinging with one arm. I've reduced the weight, swinging 12kg is far too light, but the 16kg just pulls the muscle again.

I'm getting pretty frustrated with it and wondered if foam rolling was supposed to help with this kind of thing? I've don't know much about foam rolling and don't want to make the situation worse.

Any experience or advice?

4 years, 2 months agoSteveesmuyguapo posted on kettlebell.
March 10, 2016

try some heat, epson salt may help and then try some mobility.

These things are pretty good for building some stability in the shoulders and getting a good stretch. They are a lot cheaper than then Crossover symmetry and does the same thing.

Just be careful smashing a beat up muscle to much.

Workouts for long term travel? [R]

4 years, 3 months agonochargeforawesome posted submission on bodyweightfitness.
Feb. 2, 2016

I'm going to be traveling for 3 months and will be changing cities often, so I have no access to a gym. I don't normally do body weight workouts other than push-ups, pull-ups and chin-ups. What kind of routine should I do? I want something that will take ~30minutes a day. It needs to be done in a relatively small space and I'll have no equipment (no bars, skipping rope, rings, etc). If there's a plan out there that fits this criteria feel free to point me in its direction.

4 years, 3 months agonochargeforawesome posted on bodyweightfitness.
Feb. 3, 2016

I used to travel 80% of the year for nearly 10 years for work and bought myself a set of bands very similar to this set on Amazon. I was able to do several workout routines I liked and helped me stay in decent shape when I couldn't get to a gym. The door block is nice too to get pull ups in. I would just use the bathroom door while I wait for the hot water to kick in.

Pull up Replacement [R]

4 years, 4 months agoiRedditalright posted submission on P90X.
Jan. 18, 2016

So I don't have room at my apartment for a pull up bar and the pull up bars that use the doors wrecked my last doorway. Any alternative so I can still get the muscle groups without destroying my apartment and losing my deposit?

4 years, 4 months agoiRedditalright posted on P90X.
Jan. 18, 2016

These work great and can offer you a whole new workout.

targeting hip flexors for "better" curves [R]

4 years, 4 months agosnowsilk posted submission on xxfitness.
Jan. 13, 2016

I'm pretty aware squats can build a butt, which is nice, but which exercises (or squat modifications) specifically target the hip flexors?

Am I correct in thinking that building these up will help the shape of my hips be more rounded and curvy, and less trapezoidal? Currently, they sort of drop in a flat/concave (depending on how I stand) line from my hipbone to my "saddlebag" area.

4 years, 4 months agosnowsilk posted on xxfitness.
Jan. 13, 2016

Found a cheaper version of the Black Mountain set:

Going on a family trip, no gym access, help?! [R]

4 years, 5 months agoQuanteriffic posted submission on StrongCurves.
Dec. 21, 2015

Hello! I'm on week 1-4 of bootyful beginnings and I need some advice/help finding substitutions for the exercises that involve free weights/machines. I'm going on a family trip and I have no access to a gym for a whole 12 days! :(

I need help finding subs for:

  • One arm db rows
  • Bb bench presses
  • Db deadlifts
  • Lat pulldowns
  • Db military presses
  • Bw 45 degree back extensions (can I just hang over the side of the bed and have someone hold my feet down for me?)
  • Seated row
  • Db incline press
  • Rope horizontal chops

Or would it be easier to just double up the sets for the bw exercises?

4 years, 5 months agoQuanteriffic posted on StrongCurves.
Dec. 21, 2015

I would use resistance bands. Either loops, or the kind with handles, you can attach them to a door and it's just like cable weights. I have this set and I love it.

You could easy do substitutes for all of those exercises with these. For extra weight, double or triple up the bands. Watch that little video on the Amazon page, they show how to use them.

Pilates as plus size girl [R]

4 years, 6 months agoNov. 7, 2015


4 years, 6 months agomatildaben posted on pilates.
Nov. 25, 2015

You can do a lot of exercises on the mat, but you can also kick it up a notch by getting a set of fitness bands with which you can emulate straps for some exercises. If you can afford a private session with your favorite trainer from the place you took classes, bring the bands with you and have her/him set you up with a routine you can do with the bands that includes a good range of exercises for different body parts.

Train at home [R]

4 years, 6 months agoNondeterministSystem posted submission on FITOTRON5000.
Nov. 18, 2015

Does anyone does exercises at home? I do aikido every week but would like to to some exercises at home as well but have no idea where to start. I also really easily hurt my neck while doing sit-ups and would like to find some kind of subsitute for that.

4 years, 6 months agoNondeterministSystem posted on FITOTRON5000.
Nov. 18, 2015

I started my fitness journey years ago with pushups and situps at home. It can be a great way to get fitter! (These days, though, home workouts are my backup plan. Say it with me: three is two, two is one, one is none.)

Rowing exercises with tension bands can strengthen accessory muscles in the back. This may make the neck harder to injure, but I'd recommend getting the okay from a physician before working too much on a sore neck. In any case, it's definitely how I keep sitting at a desk from murdering my posture.

Though I don't own this particular brand, these look to be well-made. I like bands where the end of the band doesn't directly attach to the handle, but instead attaches to a nylon mounting for a clip. This minimizes the risk of breakage.

How to minimize the damage of 6 weeks without a gym [R]

4 years, 6 months agoNov. 10, 2015


4 years, 6 months ago1r1d3sc3nt posted on Fitness.
Nov. 10, 2015

My brother uses these fitness bands when he travels for long periods of time. They are very lightweight. He just follows a workout on youtube.

working out routine at-home? [R]

4 years, 6 months agoNov. 3, 2015


4 years, 6 months agoYoungFolks posted on ftm.
Nov. 4, 2015

/r/bodyweightfitness likely gets this question pretty frequently, so searching or asking there will probably get you a lot more results, especially for substitute exercises.

For some of the stuff, you can substitute resistance bands for gym equipment.

For other stuff, you can see if your local park has one of those outdoor exercise stations.

Shoulder issues? Try the "Klokov stretch." [R]

4 years, 7 months agoarekhemepob posted submission on Fitness.
Oct. 7, 2015

A lot of people in this sub mention issues with their rotator cuffs. I recommend trying this stretch. Ever since I began doing this, I have zero issues with my shoulders. A couple of people I train with have also started doing it and swear by it as well. I suspect y'all have tight shoulders and need to loosen up...

4 years, 7 months agoarekhemepob posted on Fitness.
Oct. 7, 2015

get these:

its basically the same thing as but 1/10th the price.

i used to have terrible impingement issues with my shoulder and after a couple months of using that every day it made a world of difference

How do you optimize the use of bands? [R]

4 years, 9 months agoegobroniacal posted submission on homegym.
Aug. 15, 2015

I have a very basic home gym, a squat rack, a shitty bench and a pull up bar. I was looking into improving my puĺlups so i thought about getting resistance bands.

Since my bar is kind of low and i have to cross my legs to come to a dead hang, should i get a lighter or heavier band to compensate the fact that im not straight?

I couldnt find info on sizing and they all seen to be kind of one size fits all

I was also wondering if it would be safe to do cable work by attaching weights via a mcgivered pulley over the pullup bar.

4 years, 9 months agoegobroniacal posted on homegym.
Aug. 15, 2015

ah I feel your pain I am constantly dealing with a strained something or other. when one thing heals up I hurt another.

I have these bands and use them usually at the end of a workout to full exhaust a muscle, especially arms.

the pulley thing seems like a bad idea but you could toss a couple of these resistance bands over the bar instead of suspending weight from it to do tricep push-downs or band crunches.

How do you know what kind of resistance bands to buy? [R]

4 years, 9 months agoAug. 15, 2015


4 years, 9 months agodamanas posted on Fitness.
Aug. 15, 2015

you should probably buy a set that has different resistances. something like this is what you should start with

Cheap resistance bands? [R]

4 years, 9 months agoovirto posted submission on bjj.
Aug. 3, 2015

Anyone know where to get the circular type (like a rubber band)?

I have some but the are the other kind and it doesn't seem like I can do as many exercises with them. I want to be able to attach them to things. I have seem some on amazon that are quite expensive and am wondering if their are cheaper options.

4 years, 9 months agoovirto posted on bjj.
Aug. 4, 2015

I have the following. Good quality bands at a good price. Nice carabiner type clip system so I can attach it to a wall anchor or something.

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case

Required Equipment for P90X3 Base Kit? [R]

4 years, 11 months agokylegwyn posted submission on P90X.
June 21, 2015

I can only really afford the Base Kit for P90X3 and I was just wondering what extra equipment I'll need to complete the program. Is the pullup bar absolutely necessary? Will I also need to buy some free weights? Thanks!

4 years, 11 months agokylegwyn posted on P90X.
June 21, 2015

If you're planning to follow the plan exactly, you'll want a pull up bar. The Challenge workout is entirely pull-ups and push-ups, so that's one example of a workout you'd need a bar, or bands. The over the door kind of bar would be fine, but you could also purchase some bands that include a door attachment. I bought a set like this to use while on vacation. They worked out okay. If you can't do a pull-up right now, a set of bands might be the way to go. You can use them for all the workouts that require weights.

Oops. Another middle aged CrossFit noob with a shoulder impingement. Advice? [R]

5 years agoMay 20, 2015


5 years agophilodox posted on crossfit.
May 20, 2015

How is it any different from getting some resistance bands that you can mount in a door frame? Something like this:

Serious question, because that is an insane amount of money for something you can get for the equivalent of $35 -- unless I'm completely missing something here.

[Request] Inconspicuous Weights? [R]

5 years agomoar_distractions posted submission on lifehacks.
May 11, 2015

I'm looking for something that can be used at work or school. It doesn't have to be traditional, just something i can work my arms with, and something that would be expected in a office environment even better.

5 years agomoar_distractions posted on lifehacks.
May 12, 2015

You are getting terrible advice so far.

These can combine to get you 75 lbs of resistance for even compound lifts like presses or pull downs (use a door).

There are slightly more subtle resistance bands if you want, just do some searching.

Edit: Oops. Jimmies rustled. Sorry, I guess that dude is right, for MAD GAINZ you need the gym. If you want to do what you're describing and get some exercise and maybe some toning, try the bands.

Foolish Friday - Your biweekly stupid questions thread [R]

5 years, 2 months agoEdiblesDidmeDirty posted submission on Fitness.
March 20, 2015

Get your dunce hats out, Fittit, it's time for your biweekly Stupid Questions Thread.

Post your question - stupid or otherwise - here to get an answer. Anyone can post a question and the community as a whole is invited and encouraged to provide an answer. Many questions get submitted late each week that don't get a lot of action, so if your question didn't get answered before, feel free to post it again.

As always, be sure to read the FAQ first.

Also, there's a handy-dandy search bar to your right, and if you didn't know, you can also use Google to search fittit by using the limiter "".

Be sure to check back often as questions get posted throughout the day. Lastly, it may be a good idea to sort comments by "new" to be sure the newer questions get some love as well.

So, what's rattling around in your brain this week, Fittit?

5 years, 2 months agoEdiblesDidmeDirty posted on Fitness.
March 20, 2015

Where can I buy crossover symmetry cables? [R]

5 years, 4 months agobroscientologist posted submission on crossfit.
Jan. 7, 2015

I don't need all the guides and videos and what not.. Just looking for the cables.

5 years, 4 months agobroscientologist posted on crossfit.
Jan. 7, 2015

I just got these for Christmas. They are way sturdier and quality manufactured than i expected. And like $25

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart,...

Doing P90 -- Can't use door attachment resistance band due to loose door hinges. Any recommendations for replacement exercises? [R]

5 years, 4 months agoJan. 6, 2015


5 years, 4 months agobenmeyer78 posted on P90X.
Jan. 6, 2015

I use this one. It has an attachment that you close the door on and it works fantastic. As long as your door can latch close, loose hinges won't be a problem.

Some advice before I begin [R]

5 years, 5 months agoghoulmaster posted submission on P90X.
Dec. 15, 2014

Hey all,

I am about to begin the formidable p90x in a week's time. However, I have several questions before I take the plunge.

1) what macros should I be going for? I am 10 stone (140ish lb), 5 foot 7, 23 years old, male.

2) how many calories should I be intaking?

3) should I jump straight in or should I ease myself out of lazyfucker mode for say a week?

4) I work at a school which has a private gym for staff, which has everything, but they're not open over Xmas or on weekends. I am aware that day 6 is yoga, so I could presumably do this at home without buying any equipment? What equipment should I buy for when school gym isn't open and do you have any recommended eBay or Amazon links?

If you have any other recommendations then please!

Thanks in advance!

5 years, 5 months agoghoulmaster posted on P90X.
Dec. 15, 2014

I can't help much with 1 & 2 but I think the FAQ over at /r/fitness has some info on it

EDIT: Here is some info on macros and calories:

3) Jump right into it! some people repeat the first week so they can get accustomed to the workouts but I just kept going.

4) I workout in my dorm room for all of the workouts. I use these two products for everything:

I would have got a door hanging pullup bar but the doors at my college have no door frames so I wouldnt be able to use them!

Just stick with it! Flex your abs and arms while doing Kenpo X, do pushups every time during yoga (you will understand what I mean when you do it), do you best and forget the rest!

Best free standing punch bags? [R]

5 years, 5 months agothe_oogie_boogie_man posted submission on Fitness.
Dec. 7, 2014

So I was looking into getting a free standing punch bag and am willing to spend a reasonable amount of money. I just don't know which one is best, there seems to be a lot of poor quality punch bags around and I want to avoid that minefield.

5 years, 5 months agothe_oogie_boogie_man posted on Fitness.
Dec. 7, 2014

If possible, spend the extra to invest in one that you can hang from the ceiling, and if you aren't that handy have someone install it for you. Depending what you're doing, the free standing ones can be good, but if it's to increase the strength of your punches, a real heavy bag is pretty much where it's at.

A trick I learned from my old Sifu (Master) for if you don't have a punching bag, get yourself some cheap exercise bands, and stand on the middle just like you would for doing curls with it. Get into your fight stance and shadow box away! It pulls down as well as back so you get lots of extra resistance, it adds a lot of speed/strength to punches.

Starbucks hadn't unwrapped their "fresh baked" goods this morning. [R]

5 years, 9 months agoJonylve posted submission on mildlyinteresting.
Aug. 19, 2014
5 years, 9 months agoJonylve posted on mildlyinteresting.
Aug. 19, 2014

[Contest] Enabling your Obsession [R]

5 years, 9 months agoJunigole posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 8, 2014

This contest is closed I chose a winner and since the gift was under $30, I raffled another winner!

What is your obsession? Do you love Doctor Who? Do you only rock out to the best band ever, Journey? Are you living in the world of a book series? Do you live for Zumba? This contest is all about your obsession!

  • tell me about that one thing that you love so much, that you're always talking about it.

  • tell me about an item on your list that is $30 or less, including shipping that relates to your obsession. Some of you may have a whole list dedicated to it, which is fine too! This will be the item you win!! I do have Prime

  • Contest closes August 15 at 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome to enter so get on in here my overseas friends!

5 years, 9 months agoJunigole posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 11, 2014

I have a problem. I am OBSESSED with aerial arts. Here's yours truly doing some very basic tricks. I have never really trained or done anything to get in shape, so I have hit a wall and can't really spend more money on aerial lessons until I get myself a little more into shape. So, I am working really hard to get into shape, and I have a goal of being able to show off a bit by December.

These would REALLY enable my obsession, and probably get me back into lessons a month earlier.

Thanks for holding this very generous contest! You're awesome.

Beginner here- question on strength training for triathlons [R]

6 years agoFussyParts posted submission on triathlon.
May 20, 2014

I signed up for my first triathlon late September, and am excited to start training. I found training schedules online with equal focuses on running, swimming, and biking, but can't seem to find many schedules with strength training included. I tend to get injuries easily, and know that strength training can help mitigate problems especially when working toward something like a triathlon. So, I'm looking to you all for help, what are good add-ons for strength, and how do I work around running, swimming, and biking? Links are always appreciated!

6 years agoFussyParts posted on triathlon.
May 20, 2014

I completely agree, but at the same time strongly advice a novice weight lifter from trying heavy weights without a personal trainer or someone who knows what they're doing. One can build stabilizing muscles without using heavy weights, which could make a novice weight lifter injured.

For instance, if your main goal is injury prevention, resistance training is going to be a good bet.

Insanity workout and other paid-for workout programs [R]

6 years agoTheSmithMachine posted submission on Fitness.
May 17, 2014

I've lurked for a while now and I've noticed that workout programs like Insanity and P90X etc seem to hold quite the stigma. Other than the stupid price, what's the reason for this? I'm curious because I was handed a copy from a friend who used is and saw mediocre results but she only did one round of it. Personally I thought she did quite well from it as she lost ~12/13lbs which doesn't sound like much but it really tidied up her shape.

So yeah, anyone used these? What were the results like if so? If not, why is there such a stigma attached to them?

6 years agoTheSmithMachine posted on Fitness.
May 18, 2014

I absolutely love these types of resistance bands. I use them in my apartment all the time. You can do bicep curls and shoulder workouts by standing on them, and you can strap them to doors and use them for back exercises. They are nowhere close to the completeness of a gym, but you can get a great workout with them if you go online and do some research of different workouts with them, like this and this.

Whey protein shakes always help to replenish your muscles after a tough lift, unless you're already getting enough protein from other sources.

Stingy impact toys, that don't break the skin? [R]

6 years agoCool_Spot posted submission on BDSMcommunity.
April 29, 2014

I love being spanked but bf/Dom is a surgeon and can't always bang his hands up like that, especially if we're both getting into it =( I want that kind of sting-impact but we need to save his hands and not break my skin (cosmetic concerns...). What is your "perfect" toy? Extra points for high quality/prettiness =)

Edit: I love this sub. I feel like I'll be kept... Um, on my 'best' behavior after reading these. Thank you so much everyone!!

6 years agoCool_Spot posted on BDSMcommunity.
April 30, 2014

I'm a proponent of flexible rubber tubing - for example, exercise bands or pull up bands - very, very stingy, and they won't break the skin. Pretty colors, and you won't break them. Also, they multitask! Nothing more fun than some flagellation after a workout...especially a forced workout.

Can someone suggest a good brand of resistance bands? I want to sneak in some exercise at work and use them occasionally at home. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoKeithO posted submission on Fitness.
April 26, 2014

I've heard that some lose their elasticity more quickly than others so I'd love to find a brand that is known for longevity. I've also heardthat some allow you to combine resistance bands too and that is a good idea to find one that you can secure with a door. I am willing to pay more for a better quality product but I don't have the kind of money where I'd want to buy several products to see which one I like best. I'm finding all the choices out there overwhelming.

6 years, 1 month agoKeithO posted on Fitness.
April 26, 2014

Coincidentally I just started looking for some bands for travel. Amazon didn't have many brands but these were well reviewed. Thoughts?

After p90x- option without weights? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoApril 16, 2014

Hey r/p90x,

Today is day 45 of my first round of p90x classic. I'm in the best shape of my life. I love this program.

About two weeks after I finish, I will be spending 7 weeks abroad backpacking/hosteling in Asia. This was one of the motivations for me to do the program. However, now that I love this program (and my results), I don't want to take 50 days off. What can I do? I considered p90x Lean, but it requires weights, and also I don't think I can commit to an hour a day while traveling constantly, let alone find a pull up bar or a yoga mat. What should I do? I worry I'll lose some results if I rely on the day-to-day hiking/swimming I'll be doing. Conversely, I can't have achey legs 3 days a week like I do now.

tl;dr - Is there a manageable p90x maintenance plan?

I intend to try x3 when I get back.

6 years, 1 month agoCaveGiant posted on P90X.
April 16, 2014

Do p90x3 (30 minute workouts) with resistance bands.

I hate attractive people. [R]

6 years, 1 month agonmp12 posted submission on aspergers.
April 16, 2014

I know it's an incorrect observation, but all I see is these pretty girls and football guys and how they're popular, everyone likes them, and how I haven't even had my first kiss and I just get so....angry.

If I see people making out in the hallway, I get angry and am in a shitty mood until the school day's over. It certaibly doesn't help that I have issues with insecurities.

I'm 17 and a junior in HS, for reference.

Any ideas on help? I already am on meds and have a social worker and a psychologist.

6 years, 1 month agonmp12 posted on aspergers.
April 16, 2014

Ok, I'm 5'9" and 160, and I've been at 175. Are you calling me fat? Because I've not once considered myself fat.

I've considered myself a little overweight at times, but never fat.

That brings us to step one for every problem I've encountered in life: be honest with yourself. Don't hype up your problems so you can give yourself a pity party-- that's some bullshit that depression, social anxiety, and a host of other mental conditions use to thrive in your mind. Dig through the bullshit within your head to come to the truth: yeah, you're probably overweight, but the only thing keeping you that way is you. Is that depressing? A little.

Know what's more depressing? Not doing anything about it. You are capable of changing your physical appearance, quite dramatically in fact.

Summer is coming up. Set a date once school is out. Buy a calendar now and get hyped for it. Circle that date with a big red marker. What is that date? It's the date you start a new daily routine.

Invest $30 in a set of workout bands ( the set I use ) off of amazon. I'd also suggest buying a pull up bar, as bands are annoying for those kinds of exercises. Get yourself a solid pair of athletic shorts, some protein powder, some creatine powder, and a whole shitton of powdered gatorade.

I advise you to buy this because I'm someone who needs a routine to accomplish anything, and having the proper equipment and supplements is like lubricant for my resistance to change routines.

Now that you have everything, you're going to acquire the P90X videos, plans, and diet guide PDFs. Yes, you know how to do this without money because the internet is magical, though if you have the cash to buy them go for it. You don't even need P90X, there are plenty of amazing workout routines. Insanity is another popular set of instructions.

I don't care what stigma you've attached to people who do P90X or Insanity or whatever else. If you're posting on this forum, imma assume you score on the AS. If you score on the AS, chances are you like your routines, as do a lot of other people. Video workouts-- in my experience-- are outrageously useful because it's a prepackaged, professionally planned routine that you can follow or strive for. Follow the diet, too, ESPECIALLY for the first three weeks-- after that you can add in a little wiggle room. If it helps, get your parents in on it. Chances are they'll be your cheerleaders and buy you a bunch of awesomely delicious, but still healthy food.

So now we have the date marked on the calendar, we have all of our equipment, and we have a routine ready to be followed. The hardest part is holding yourself to it.

Wake up every morning, get yourself a good, light breakfast, and hit the routine. Follow the diet as closely as you can, counting calories and changing the kinds of meals you eat. If you can't do the day's full workout (god knows I couldn't) don't get down on yourself. Instead, put that energy towards making sure you do better the next day, even if it's just one more pushup. Record your results. Once you break past the three week barrier, you'll find your routine on auto-mode. You'll wake up looking forward to completing the workout, and getting to that beautiful last stretch in the cool down where a bead of well deserved sweat trickles off your nose, and you hit the shower.

Take a picture of yourself every fucking day. Get a full length mirror, mark where your feet go on the floor, and rest your camera in the same position each time. If you need motivation after the first two weeks, scroll throw those pictures and you can literally watch your body change. After the first month, you'll have enough pictures to see how quickly the change happens. After two months, you'll look forward to taking that fucking picture and comparing it with the one last week.

After the summer is over and you've completed whatever routine you stuck with, you'll notice some things: you won't feel uncomfortable when people are physically close to you. Smiling becomes easier. Most importantly, when you stand up straight, you'll realize what a confidence boost it really is to hold yourself high. Your teeshirt won't be poking out from a belly, but with newly minted pecs and abs.

And at the end, when all is said and done, you will realize what a huge effort those "attractive people" go through to keep looking that way. You'll also realize what a huge social advantage it is to take the time and effort to invest in your personal appears. Go to Goodwill and buy yourself a couple casual button downs and some tight tee shirts and you'll have more than you can handle.

Once you understand "them," your hate will start to dissolve. Additionally, you'll probably be a stud. So there's that.

[contest] help me get healthy [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMCubb posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 10, 2014

Contest is closed!! Winner will be talked and gifted shortly. Thank you everyone for the awesome tips!

Winner by random raffle is /u/megret!

I want to get healthy. This means quit smoking (I've tried to quit cold turkey, it never ends well), getting motivated to work out and cutting caffeine/pop out of my life (I drink far too much mountain dew). What I want from you guys is this :

Give me your tips and tricks for these. I want it all, stories of how you did it, work outs I can do to target the stomach specifically, things to occupy my mind while I quot smoking, etc. Keep in mind that I have a bad ankle, so I can't run, jog, jump rope, etc. I can walk, so even songs for a playlist and a way to get me to not make excuses works. Literally any trick. A phone app? Sure. A band to hold my phone? Clothes that are comfortable to exercise in? Yup. A way to stop myself from being insecure working out in public? Okay. How to avoid those pesky caffeine headaches? Definitely.

Winner will be raffled using the phrase "I don't think you have the willpower" because telling me that I can't do something makes me want to do it, lol. I'll choose the winner next week, probably on Wednesday, and I'll pick the gift.

And if you all motivate each other, even better!

6 years, 1 month agoMCubb posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 10, 2014

Oooo check out this set of exercise resistance bands! You can use em anywhere and they've got a bunch of great reviews!

I don't think you have the willpower

Chins problem [R]

6 years, 2 months agoColtonamos posted submission on Fitness.
March 24, 2014

Hey! First time posting here so be gentle..

I am 1.93m tall and my weight is 94kg. I recently started going to the gym (couple of months), which means I am weak in relation to my strength.

I want to do chins but I can't, I can't even do pullups. How do I get started?


6 years, 2 months agoColtonamos posted on Fitness.
March 24, 2014

I find it hard to believe that you weigh that much and have low body fat and can't do one chin up.

P90x is a workout program by Beachbody and Tony Horton

Workout bands

Affordable bands for assisted pull ups? [R]

6 years, 3 months agoFeb. 23, 2014

So I'm working on being able to do a pull up and I'd like to get a resistance band to do some assisted pull ups. I need at least 60- 70 lbs of resistance to start off. I'm female and weigh 130 lbs. All the bands I found online are about $35 per band. Seems like a lot. Anyone have any suggestions on where to buy a more affordable one? Thanks

6 years, 3 months agoeraserman posted on Fitness.
Feb. 23, 2014

My company's weight loss challenge... [R]

6 years, 3 months agotikitori posted submission on fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu.
Feb. 19, 2014
6 years, 3 months agotikitori posted on fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu.
Feb. 20, 2014

You can do weight training with strength bands instead of actual weights. I have a home set that was $30 and will go up to 80 pounds for a single arm.

They can snap if you pull too hard on the wrong color, but it's a great way to workout at home.

EDIT~ In case you don't know what I'm talking about

Pull up bar alternatives [R]

6 years, 3 months agoFeb. 1, 2014


6 years, 3 months agoTotallyNotKen posted on P90X.
Feb. 1, 2014

Get something like this:

It's got a thing which goes over a door to anchor the middle of the band in the air, and then you can kneel down and pull the handles down in a pull-up motion. If the heaviest band is too easy, you can just use two (or three or whatever) to make the resistance harder.

How do you stay in shape working 60+ hour weeks? [R]

6 years, 4 months agoJan. 18, 2014

I work on a tv show now which is 12+ hour days, 5-6 days a week. Also adding in at least 2 hours of commuting a day. I see a lot of people out of shape and do not want to fall down that path. I have a strict diet and am moving all day but would like to include some exercise. Anyone out there find a way to do this?

6 years, 4 months agomikeykelch posted on FilmIndustryLA.
Jan. 18, 2014

>I work on a tv show now which is 12+ hour days, 5-6 days a week


But maybe you can sneak away during lunch and get a pump in with some bands

Fitness equipment [R]

6 years, 4 months agoJoeDeluxe posted submission on Fitness.
Jan. 13, 2014

What is the best piece of fitness equipment that you have bought for around $30

6 years, 4 months agoJoeDeluxe posted on Fitness.
Jan. 13, 2014

I am now about 5-8lbs from my goal weight, still look like trash. [R]

6 years, 5 months agoUglyBody posted submission on keto.
Dec. 17, 2013

I am getting close to a good weight for my body, but since I have low muscle my arms look like sticks, legs like sticks and my stomach and chest look flabby and fat. In order for them to look good I'd have to be about 5'10 145lbs and while in clothes I will look like a rail and sickly. I can workout but you cant convert fat (On my belly and chest) into muscle, so what am I supposed to do? Lose more weight? Workout and still look like crap?

6 years, 5 months agoUglyBody posted on keto.
Dec. 17, 2013

I have these bands: would this work?

[Contest] New Year's Resolutions [R]

6 years, 5 months agoDec. 6, 2013

And the winner is...... bunnylebowski1

Inspired by the New year's resolution discussion, I've decided to run my first contest.

All you need to do is tell us your New Year's resolution and the item on your wish list which would most help you to achieve your goal. The winner will then receive their chosen item ($50.00 limit).

Contest will close on 20th December 2013

Good luck guys :)

6 years, 5 months agosuckinonmytitties posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Dec. 6, 2013

My new years resolution is to start exercising more and work my way up to running a 5k all the way through in 2014. I would really like these resistance bands to start working out again. I have a whole fitness wish list though and really anything from that would be amazing! Thank you for doing this contest!

How do you stop having the mindset of an overweight person? [R]

6 years, 6 months agosynn89 posted submission on loseit.
Nov. 20, 2013

I am 27/4/5'5" and when I started my diet, I was 161 pounds. I am now 142.5 with a total loss of 18.5 in about 6-7 weeks now. When I originally set out to lose the weight, my target was 130. It still is.

Problem is, I am nearly 20 pounds into it and I don't feel like my body has changed shape much. I still feel chubby, enough so that I feel like 130 will not be enough, that I need to extend it out to 120. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but my worry is this: what if I get down to 120, and I still am not happy with what I see?

I think I have felt like a chubby person for so long that my mind will never catch up to the results my body shows.

I'm curious how other people have coped with this, if they felt the same way, or if they still feel the same way. It's one thing to lose the weight and step on the scale and see a lower number, but what about your self esteem? Do you feel instantly on cloud 9 when you hit your goal, or are you afraid in the back of your mind you'll gain that weight back and return to being self-conscious and unhappy with your body?

Stories, opinions, experiences! Would love to hear any and all.

6 years, 6 months agosynn89 posted on loseit.
Nov. 20, 2013

As another option to a gym, you can do a lot at home with dumbbells or resistance bands. I picked up a set of these for $30 and they work really well:

There are a lot of home exercise programs that work around resistance bands too. I'm doing Power 90 which is just 30-35 minutes in the morning and the vids do a pretty good job working over the entire body.

Gyms are totally cool, just don't think you have to go there. Heck exercise programs like Insanity don't even use any weights. Push ups, pull ups, crunches, jumping jacks, etc can do a lot to shape your body all on their own.

hey guys! after posting i got told to post an [INTRO] post! but this is also a contest post! [R]

6 years, 6 months agoNov. 6, 2013


6 years, 6 months agokatzpe posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Nov. 6, 2013

Welcome! LaberDoddles are cool I hear.

What do you need help with? :)

Edit: If chosen, I would love this from my Gym & Fitness WL or this from my General Wish List but surprises are always welcome!

[Contest] - what do you need? [R]

6 years, 7 months agokatzpe posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Oct. 28, 2013

This contest is closed. Gifted post shortly.

Hi all,

Most of you know what this is about, but for the newbies, here's the deal.

I like helping people. I like it a lot! Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. So if you need help with something and I can provide you with that something then this contest is for you!

Everyone goes through rough times, or needs soothing that may be just out of their reach financially.

All you need to do is tell me what you need and why.

Contest closes this Friday - Nov 1st.

6 years, 6 months agokatzpe posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Nov. 1, 2013

I'm sure other people have a greater need than me, but if picked I'd love this resistance band kit. Sometimes I can't make it to the gym because of how late I work and I would really love to be able to work out at home on those days since I'm trying to lose weight.

Alternatively, these would also be great for walking to the gym now that it's getting cold.

[Discussion] If you could instantly have one item off your wishlist, what would it be and why? [R]

6 years, 7 months agoOct. 27, 2013


6 years, 7 months agokatzpe posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Oct. 27, 2013

This resistance band set for the days when I can't make it to the gym or a pair of good walking shoes because I've been doing a lot of walking around the city lately with shoes that don't have much support and it hurts :(

Looking for alternative dynamic stabilization equipment ideas. [R]

6 years, 7 months ago4-Serious posted submission on physicaltherapy.
Oct. 11, 2013

Hello! I'm looking for ideas on a piece of dynamic stabilization equipment for the shoulders, to be used only by yours truly. When I saw a PT, I used a band that weighed enough to do quick, yet controlled internal/external rotations. I've also used a bodyblade for the same effect. However, this equipment is pricey, and I'm wondering if there are cheaper alternatives, or if anyone has made something for personal use. I've even heard the shake weight mentioned (yes that shake weight), but I wanted to see if there were any other alternatives out there first. Thank you!

6 years, 7 months ago4-Serious posted on physicaltherapy.
Oct. 12, 2013

A quick search comes up with this:


Body blade alternative

Six months of mostly bodyweight fitness (progress post) [R]

6 years, 8 months agoHawkbit posted submission on bodyweightfitness.
Sept. 23, 2013


I found Starting Strength a few years ago and tried it a few times in the intervening period, but I never really stuck with the program. I found the routine boring, my diet was terrible, and I never made much progress.

My stats as of late 2012 were:

  • male, 27
  • Height: 6′2″ (~1.83 m)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (~70 kg)
  • Squat: 165 lbs (~75 kg) @ 3 x 5
  • Bench: 115 lbs (~52 kg) @ 3 x 5
  • Deadlift: 165 lbs (~75 kg) @ 1 x 5
  • Overhead Press: 80 lbs (~36 kg) @ 3 x 5
  • Pullups: 2x8

Around the end of 2012 I decided to start a simple bodyweight routine. I realized that learning bodyweight skills was much more rewarding than barbell work. I had to take some time off of fitness, but in early 2013 I found /r/bodyweightfitness. I bought a power rack and rings from amazon and some weights from craigslist and came up with a plan.


I follow the /r/bodyweightfitness FAQ routine for the most part. Vertical push, vertical pull, horizontal push, horizontal pull, legs three days a week. Every workout I try to increase reps, time, or move on to a more advanced position. Before every workout I do some stretching and some skill work (handstands, L sit). Afterwards I do one accessory or pre-hab lift followed by isometric stretching for splits. On off-days I usually do a few handstand sets. I have a bit of free time, and since I'm kind of lazy, my workouts usually take two to three hours—about half that time if I push myself.

I sedulously followed my routine for three months until almost all of my exercises started stalling. I thought it was time to move on to a more advanced routine so I tried a push/pull split for a month, and I started to make a small amount of progress again. About this time I bought Overcoming Gravity and realized that I needed to program in deload weeks—I had been increasing difficulty almost every workout and I had only missed two workout days since I had started four months ago. I had been pushing myself hard for a long time without breaks and didn't realize I was hurting my progress. I was also tired all the time. After taking a rest week I felt much better, using the time to make some modifications to my routine.

Now I'm doing eight week cycles, ending with a rest week (seven week cycles?), then I re-evaluate and set goals for the next eight weeks. The only thing that has really changed was moving to light/heavy programming for some of my movements, but that has made a large difference. With the exception of the push/pull split month, my routine hasn't changed much. Here's what I do every workout day, three times a week (M/W/F):


  • skill work: 60s handstand balance, L sit 20s, RTO 90° support hold 15s
  • wrist stretches + mobility
  • skill work: 60s handstand balance, hanging leg raise progression, RTO 90° support hold 15s
  • neck stretch, arm swings, shoulder dislocations, wall slides, side-to-side twist
  • skill work: 60s handstand balance, hanging leg raise progression, RTO 90° support hold 15s
  • kick/leg stretch (front, side, rear)
  • skill work: 60s handstand balance, hanging leg raise progression, RTO 90° support hold 15s
  • standing pike/hamstring stretch, pancake/straddle stretch


  • planche progression
  • weighted pullup progression
  • vertical push (OHP or HeSPU)
  • front lever progression
  • legs (squat or deadlift)


  • Accessory/prehab (choose one: bridge, deltoid row, reverse hyper extension, wrist extensor curl, shoulder mobility)
  • Isometric splits (side, front left, front right)

Notes on routine

  • Pullups were the first to stall and have seen very good success with heavy/light/medium days. I read a lot about madcow which is what I based my current pullup routine on. (Overcoming Gravity affirmed I made the right programming choice).
  • Handstand pushups (HaSPU) have been extremely frustrating. Something about parallettes and a short ceiling make these much more challenging than headstand pushups (HeSPU) on the floor. In fact, they are so annoying I've recently decided to drop them for OHP. I do HeSPU on light days.
  • Legs have never been a high priority for me; they are always at the end of the workout. After squats and deadlift stalled, I changed over to a compressed 5/3/1 routine: week 1 (w1) squats on Mon; w1 deadlift Wed; w2 squat Fri; w2 deadlift Mon; etc. It's worked out well so far, doing twelve "weeks" of 5/3/1 in eight weeks. I skipped a few times to focus on running two 5K's.
  • I only do one core-specific exercise for a few sets. I trained L-sit for a while, but after I got a 20s hold on the floor I started working on straight leg raise, feet-to-bar. I'm following this progression now, on straight arm L lift.
  • Around two months ago I felt like my wrists were finally strong enough to do increased handstand work. I try to spend 30 minutes a week on my hands now, and I've made a large amount of progress since I started practicing more. Average hold time is probably 6-10s, but sometimes I get lucky.
  • I rarely do anything on off days besides handstands.

A few things I've found that have helped me stay dedicated:

  • I found /r/90daysgoal soon after I started working out and giving weekly status updates really helped me start out (I no longer post there)
  • Working out with one or two friends
  • Writing everything down every workout, and making progress videos every four weeks for slow-to-improve movements (planche, front lever)


Weight: 165–170 lbs (~77 kg)

LiftMar 2013Sep 2013
handstand30s against wall27s free standing
headstand pushupnegative3x5 wall
overhead press †??115 lbs (~52 kg) @ 3x5
planche (floor)frog stand 60sknees behind arms/almost adv tuck 5s
bench (untrained)115 lbs (~52 kg) @ 3x5165 lbs (~75kg) @ 1x1
pullup3x5bw+65 lbs (~30kg) @ 1x5
front lever (bar)tuck 4x15sadv tuck 4x15s
squat135 lbs (~61 kg) @ 3x5240 lbs (~110 kg) @ 1x2
deadlift135 lbs (~61 kg) @ 3x5275 lbs (~125 kg) @ 1x3
L sittuck (chair) 4x10sL (floor) 1x20s
V sit (untrained)not possible45° @ 1 x 8s
†   I just recently started training OHP, but the HeSPU work had a large amount of carryover.  
1x failure (untrained)Sep 2013
headstand pushup1x9 wall
front leverstraddle attempt


My flexibility has improved a great deal. For the first time in my life I can lean forward and touch my forehead to my knees. I can almost put my palms flat on the ground with straight legs. I am perhaps six inches from front splits, and a little farther with side splits (though I'm currently recovering from over-stretching my right hip adductor). To give an idea of where I was previously, I could straddle a little more than 90°, and for my pike I could barely touch the top of my shoes on a good day.

As a side note, I have noticed increased hypertrophy even though every set is five reps or fewer. Not a large change, but enough that many people have noticed, including myself (progress pic, me). My abs are finally beginning to show as well.


My diet has improved, but it's still not ideal. I did notice a large difference once I started to consume more protein, usually 100-125g/day. I used to worry about not getting 1g/lb, but examine seems to indicate the protein I'm consuming now is acceptable—I have a single protein shake for breakfast every day. I'm not going to worry about my diet too much unless I stop making progress.

Moving forward

When I first started I was overly optimistic about how fast I could make progress, but I've now realized how challenging most of the bodyweight movements are. For instance, I'm going to consider the planche “mastered” when I can hold a straddle, and I'm shooting for that in another 3–5 years (hopefully master FL and OAC in the meantime).

That said, I've really been enjoying the bodyweight/gymnastics side of exercise and plan to stick with it. I don't plan on changing my routine (or diet) anytime soon unless I stop making progress. My goal is to keep practicing the current movements until I master one, then replace it with something new.

I encourage everyone to give bodyweight fitness a shot. Or at least, learn some of the easier skills; it's really fun to break out an elbow lever or a handstand when you are out with people.

6 years, 8 months agoHawkbit posted on bodyweightfitness.
Sept. 24, 2013

Different resistance weight for each band.

You can pick one up from any athletics store too

28 day treck in the Himalayas. How do I best prepare? [R]

6 years, 9 months agoCATS_ARE_FABULOUS posted submission on Fitness.
Aug. 3, 2013

Hello my friends!

I'm going to circumnavigating (circumambulating actually) around Mt. Manaslu for all of October. This trip will have a good 6-9 hours of hiking per day at varying altitudes, and eating few calories, and very little protein. I have been advised by the trip organizers to bring protein and snacks (and you better believe I will!) I will be doing a basic bodyweight training program every other day as well, to try and maintain as much muscle mass as possible (as I know protein intake and exercise are needed for that!)

My questions are:

  1. Would it be beneficial to my muscle mass to do a hard/dirty/extreme bulk for the next 2 months, put on as much bodyfat as I can (i'm currently around 9-10%), since I know I should expect to lose a lot of weight (im currently on a 3200cal/day bulk, and am expecting no more than 2000 cal/day for the duration of the treck, my current TDEE is ~2400 with my BMR ~1800-2000). Would this help minimize muscle loss?

  2. What are the MOST calorie/Protein dense things I can pack for this trip, as my #2 priority is conserving muscle mass.

  3. Any other advice?! Anything is much appreciated.

6 years, 9 months agoCATS_ARE_FABULOUS posted on Fitness.
Aug. 3, 2013

Elastic bands may be worth bringing to combine with your bodyweight training program. Elastic bands are very light and you can get a pretty good workout with them with any resistance and anywhere you want.

F/23/5'6" [161lbs > 125lbs = 36lbs] (3 months) Thank you everyone for giving me motivation. [R]

6 years, 10 months agoJuly 28, 2013


6 years, 10 months agoCrunchyGum posted on progresspics.
July 28, 2013

Congrats!! I also could not afford weights, so I went with the alternative bands and they are AMAZING!

Even better is that I can bring them anywhere, even when I'm traveling for business or vacation.

I'm bulking and won't have access to a gym in a week. What should I do? [R]

6 years, 10 months agoJuly 26, 2013


6 years, 10 months agoCATS_ARE_FABULOUS posted on Fitness.
July 26, 2013

Buy elastic bands.

I take them with me when I go out of town and they provide a pretty good workout. You vary the distance with the different type of bands or just put the band on greater stretch for greater resistance. You can do them anywhere and you can work out every part of your body in multiple ways (youtube will help).

The only downside to resistance bands is that the tension is not consistent with elastic bands. For instance if you were to bench 200lbs, you would feel that 200lb resistance the entire way in both eccentric and concentric phases. With elastic bands if you were to do a similar set up where you do the bench press motion with resistance bands pulling against your arms, you feel increases resistance the more you put the band on stretch (concentric phase) and less resistance as you let the band return to its desired normal length (eccentric phase).

Regardless, I think resistance bands are better than just doing a billion pushups. Combine this with your current equipment that you have and you are set.

Resistance Band Recommendations? [R]

6 years, 10 months agodleeming2 posted submission on P90X.
July 25, 2013

I'm going on vacation for the next 3 weeks and I really want to keep up w/ my P90X workout routine; so I am planning on buying a set of resistance bands to take the place of the weights and the pull up bar. Can anyone recommend a good set that they use regularly?

6 years, 10 months agodleeming2 posted on P90X.
July 26, 2013 cant be beat.

Post-season! How do I train without an erg? [R]

6 years, 12 months agorowinit posted submission on Rowing.
June 2, 2013

Hey /r/rowing, novice rower here, I need your guys' help. My crew doesn't really offer any summer rowing programs that would help me. Since I don't have an erg at home or a gym membership, what would you recommend for summer training (besides running)?

6 years, 12 months agorowinit posted on Rowing.
June 2, 2013

Agreed on the biking, swimming, and running for cardio (do be careful with running though, it's the one cardio activity I've ever gotten injured from).

Also though I'd throw in a good number of circuits to improve strength. Even without a gym there are TONS of bodyweight workouts you can do that will utterly kill you (jumpies, 8-counts, all sorts of ab exercises, pullups if you can find a place to hang from, pushups, and all sorts of variations/combinations of those). Google bodyweight workouts to find some, or if you have a bit of money you can buy some bands for resistance workouts.

edit: and by kill you I mean in a good way. In that you'll be exhausted afterward and get in great shape.