The 7 Best Suspension Trainers of 2020

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"Using the adjustable training straps with rotating foam handles, you can get full-body workouts doing seven basic foundational moves."
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TRX Fit System at Dick's
"This system from TRX makes it easy for beginners to get up and running, and comes with a workout guide."
"Tested to withstand heavy loads, it’s durable, rugged, and can handle intense exercises in varied positions."
"Its non-slip, comfortable rubber handles and adjustable, durable straps work well for seniors and beginners."
"It's a multi-purpose 2-in-1 trainer, with options for both resistance cable training and bodyweight training."
"The training straps, made of high-quality webbing, can support bodyweight over 600 pounds, and are adjustable."

A simple and convenient way to exercise at home, suspension training works by challenging your body in conditions of instability to improve your strength, flexibility, balance, and more. As long as you have access to a door, beam, tree, or some kind of strong support, you can use the equipment to work all your muscle groups.

When choosing a suspension trainer, look for one that’s durable and well-constructed. You’ll also want strong, smooth straps that come in varying lengths or are adjustable (so you can really vary your exercises) and comfortable handles to avoid blisters and other issues.

Whether you’re new to suspension training or you’re looking to replicate your gym workouts at home, this round-up of the best suspension trainers for home use has something for every need and level.

Best Overall: TRX Strong System

A category leader of suspension training systems, TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) offers a versatile, high-quality product with its popular Strong Suspension Training System. It comes with two types of anchors that you can easily use to anchor it to doors, beams, poles, or trees.

Using the adjustable training straps with rotating foam handles, you can get full-body workouts doing seven basic foundational moves—lunges, squats, planks, and pulling, pushing, hinging, and rotational movements.

The system comes with a workout guide, moves chart, workout poster, as well as a free code to access online TRX workouts to tone your upper body, lower body, and core. Compact and light, the whole system weighs only one pound, so it’s easy to pack up and use outside.

Best for Beginners: TRX Fit System

While the idea of suspension training may seem a bit intimidating to try on your own at home, this system from TRX makes it easy for beginners to get up and running.

With two types of anchoring systems, it’s a cinch to set up in your home, backyard, at the park, or when you’re on vacation. To help you get started, it comes with a workout guide, moves poster, and chart, and a free code to download two introductory workouts.

Best Advanced: TRX Elite System

This TRX system is for those who want to take their suspension training to the next level. Tested to withstand 700-pound loads, it’s durable, rugged, and can handle intense exercises. The adjustable straps and equalizer loop help you vary your positions, allowing for a wide range of strengthening and balancing moves.

The sturdy, rubbery grips are comfortable, even during long workout sessions. Also included are a set of four resistance bands and a mesh carrying bag, so you can easily store it or pack it all up and take it on the road. You won’t run out of exercises to do, as the set comes with an eight-week workout guide and online access to advanced exercises for full-body workouts.

Best for Seniors: Costway Bodyweight Fitness Resistance Straps

While suspension training is suitable for all fitness levels, it does have a bit of a learning curve and total newbies may want to consult a trainer or work on weight lifting skills in a stable environment before starting. Once they’re ready to start at home on their own, this system from Costway is an excellent choice for seniors or beginners.

Using non-slip, comfortable rubber handles and adjustable, durable straps, they can do basic moves such as chest presses, bicep curls, and squats. The set comes with a fitness instruction manual to get you started, as well as a net bag for storage and carrying.

Best for Small Spaces: Lifeline Jungle Gym XT

Like other suspension training systems, the Lifeline Jungle Gym XT Suspension Trainer System is ideal for home use, especially for those with limited space to exercise. This well-made, durable system is a multi-purpose 2-in-1 trainer, with options for both resistance cable training and bodyweight training.

It easily attaches to a door, ceiling, pull-up bar, or tree limb, and the flexible, split anchor design and adjustable strap widths allow you to work more muscle groups. The handles and foot cradles are sturdy and, like the entire system, are easy to wipe down and sanitize.

You can increase or decrease resistance by just changing your position, so this system is suitable for all fitness levels. To help you get started, it comes with a large, full-color workout wall chart and downloadable instruction video.

Best Weight Capacity: Clothink Bodyweight Resistance Straps Training Kit

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty, durable system, this one from Clothink is a solid choice that’s more affordable than some comparable sets. Easy to install, it comes with a door anchor and a wall mount, and also includes adjustable ankle rings for different foot shapes.

The training straps, made of high-quality webbing, can support bodyweight over 600 pounds and are adjustable to accommodate different movements. The system also comes with an exercise book and get started guide, as well as a drawstring travel bag to pack it up.

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