It’s very hard to find a good place to hook up the trainer. That is my chief complaint. I am very limited where I can work out. Most of the trees in the park had their branches cut very high up (20 feet?). The children swing-sets are just as high as the branches, and the toddler playground area can be embarrassing to work out in, plus dangerous for the children who play there?
What is a suspension training enthusiast to do? The solution isn’t easy, if there really is one. Many people have to simply limit their workout areas to very few areas. This can be very demotivating to be forced to go to the same area all the time when you feel like working out. You may find yourself not working out as much as you really want to.
From my experience with suspension, it has been loaded with a lot of frustration for finding anchor points in the city. Let me give a little background history as to why my frustration may be a little higher than others. I am a little older and have seen a lot of the changes occur within the city. I was old enough to see some of the equipment that was erected from the 1970s fitness movement. All the stuff has been long torn down and replaced with frisbee golf.
Maybe the fitness course was hardly used and the city removed it for valid reasons. I don’t know. But I would think by the evidence of the poorer health people are in, it may not have been the best idea. There was one part of the fitness course that I really loved as a kid: the pullup bars. I loved to the area, stopping to do a few pull ups and continuing on my way. I was very motivating to get a little blood flow to my arms as a balance to all the leg work I was doing. I never knek about suspension training as a kid, but i know I would have loved to play with the idea at an early age. I enjoyed weightlifting, and suspension training can be just as challenging.
The pullup bars are designed for bodyweight and hard wrenching on the bar. That is an easy choice for using the suspension trainer on. Everything, you have to question its fortitude. For those people who have access to many kinds of pullup bars, I am very jealous. I would be very interested in moving to their area.
Here is a list where I found anchor points throughout my couple of years of doing it.
1. garage rafters
the ceiling needs to be unfinished, but you can generally throw a 10 foot straps over a 2 by 4 and hook up your suspension trainer to it. You are limited in some exericses because of its design, but it works for basic exercises such as the rows and pushups. You don’t want to do much sisde to side swinging on the board as it can comprimise it’s integrity. If you can feel the board bend even a little bit, you are straining it beyond normal wear and tear.
2. Doorway pullup bar.
These are fairly transportable in the house. You are even more severely limited in range of motion. Plus the pullup bar itself has about a 225 pound weight limit. You need to go easy on it if you are heavier. You can do some lightweight exercises. The doorway blocks wide range of movements unfortunately.
Working out inside can mostly be better with the controlled environment, but in an average house you are very limited in the movement you can perform.
3. Under the stadium bleachers:
I noticed a lot of stadiums have some nice open areas underneath them with strong bars that are high enough to attach an anchor point to. Your range of movement is excellent. They are generally dry even while it is raining, since water doesn’t reach the ground as easily. However, you must watch the ground closely, since it can be dirty from the crowd throwing their garbage below.
4. Tree branches of hardwood varieties:
Be careful of the branches, sometimes you can get the strap stuck in the tree nook. Unfortunately, most park trees have very high branches to make clearance for the lawnmowers. Sometimes, you can find a low branch that was left alone. For a while in Eau Claire,WI I was using a nice pine tree branch that was quite low, but I think it was left alone because no grass grew underneath.
If you choose a tree branch, be careful of woodticks. They get really bad in the spring. I worked out in a very little used park that never got mowed. i had a little private area to exercise with suspension training that was nice. I had deer visit me as I exercised.
5. Overhead beams:
There are a lot of shelters at parks that have unfinished ceilings that are over 4 inches thick. this can make for a nice anchor point for setting up your suspension trainer. Unfortunately, these can be high traffic areas that prevent you from being able to use them. But if you choose the right day and time, you can get a nice little private workout in.
Working out around the city can look a little weird to the locals who don’t normally witness it. It seems like only 5% of any city are true workout enthusiasts. This kind of lack of motivation has led to little to no funding for adult workout areas in parks. It’s a shame when people need more open encouragement to make exercise more acceptable in public.
6. Using my own car as an anchor point:
The gym walls the fitness buffs off from the public. This creates a divide between what is fit and healthy. This will cause you to see people are very fit and others who are very unfit. There develops a lack of middle-ground between the two.
Here is a video I made showing 2 points to set up:
Another park with a decent spot to exercise: