It’s been pretty strongly established on this blog that I love to run, but I’m not good about doing anything that resembles cross training. I’ll take a class here and there and I’ve done some sessions with a trainer, but when push comes to shove and time gets tight, running wins every time. So, I was pretty excited to be given the FE Strong Home Gym suspension system to review.
I’ve used a suspension system both at the gym with my trainer and at Orangetheory, I knew how to use one. The FE Strong Home Gym works just like any other suspension system. You anchor it to a door or some overhead option like a jungle gym or a really sturdy tree branch. Then you use the system with your body weight to do a workout. There are TONS of videos out there to get ideas.
Here’s a simple video I like because it just gets you familiar with some of the things you can do. (And you won’t be catching me out at Shoo’s soccer practice using the goal LOL)
Setting up the system is super simple, especially on a doorway. You simply put the anchor piece on the opposite side of the door you are using and then pull the door shut before attaching the system. It’s recommended that you use it on a door that opens away from the side you are working on. This is particularly important in my old house where the doors don’t always latch securely. Conveniently I was able to attach it to the door of my fitness room, which meant I could basically always leave it up. If you can’t though, it takes seconds to do.
I also tried it outside on the kids’ playset. It’s not difficult to attach, but you need to make sure you wrap it securely and then adjust the system as needed. I read somewhere that it’s recommended that the strap where you hook the actual system should be at about 6′. I was able to accomplish that and it was fun to try it out in the fresh air.
I love that the FE Strong Home Gym takes up very little storage space but offers a ton of workout options. Living in a smallish urban home, this allows me to get some great workouts in without needed to store a lot of weights. The system itself is very well made and sturdy, and I found the handles were well cushioned and comfortable to use.
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Have you ever used a suspension system? What’s your favorite workout? (Be forewarned that the system does not really come with directions, but a little googling will get you everything you need to know.)