Intro: Finding the best suspension trainer shouldn’t be hard – that’s why we put together this review article to save you time, and money to get you training faster.
During the last few years, suspension training has become huge. Introduced by TRX founder Randy Hettrick in 2005, suspension training systems are a standard feature in gyms the world over. The home gym suspension market has also flourished. Suspension trainers will activate your core, challenge every muscle in your body and provide the most functional workout humanly possible. In this article, we nail down on the Top 10 home fitness suspension training systems on earth.
Best Suspension Trainer Table
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Overview of Suspension Trainer Options
The best suspension trainer on the market is the EX1 Emerge system, offering the best combination of strength, versatility, functionality and after sales service you’ll find anywhere – at an unbeatable price. We were also impressed with the WOSS Attack trainer, featuring a unique D-Ring to increase instability to make the workout more effective. Our third favorite is the GoFit Gravity Bar, which provides a top end door system along with a pull up bar.
If you’re new to suspension trainers you might want to take a look at this guide to mounting and setting up a suspension trainer before getting into it!
To make it easy for you to compare and contrast the best suspension training equipment on the market, we’ve rated the Top 10 on the basis of their price and durability and then given an overall score out of 5. In the following section, we provide a detailed review of each product.
The Top 10 Suspension Trainers Up Close
Emerge Fitness EX1 Suspension Trainer Review
The Emerge EX1 Suspension Trainer features military grade heavy duty nylon webbing that is second to none. The straps have been tested to withstand more than a thousand pounds of resistance. The suspension training straps feature cross stitching to make them virtually indestructible. All of the other components, including the solid steel buckles, carabiners and cams are of the highest quality.
The EX1 features an innovative anti-slip stabilizer ring to guarantee that the suspension straps will not slip while in use. Throw in the indoor / outdoor extensions, the sturdy door anchor, and a cool mesh carry bag and you have got a great product. The best thing is that you get all of this – and a lifetime warranty – at an incredibly low price!
- High end military grade webbing
- Anti-slip stabilizer ring
- Fantastic value
- Overall best suspension trainer
- Not an established brand name
WOSS Attack Trainer Review
The WOSS Attack Trainer provides an innovative design with a D-Ring that the center workout straps pass through. The result is that the strap is not a stable as most systems. However, that’s not a bad thing; less stability means more core and stabilizer involvement. You are also able to do more exercises due to the D-Ring addition.
The WOSS Trainer is made of military grade heavy duty webbing. The 5/16 cord handles are soft, sweat resistant and comfortable. The foot strap is made of one and a half inch wide soft cord. Rubber sleeves are a nice addition, something rarely seen at this price point. The WOSS suspension trainer system comes with a complete DVD training program and two exercise posters.
- Innovative D-Ring System
- Heavy duty military grade webbing
- Training DVD
- Rubber sleeves
- Carabiners are too small
GoFit Gravity Bar System Review
The GoFit Gravity Bar Body System is specifically created for use on doorways. That makes the GoFit an ideal solution for people who don’t have access to an overhead mounting bar. The GoFit will work with any door and can handle bodyweights up to 300 pounds. An innovative strap adjustment system allows you to feed out the length with a push of a button.
The GoFit system provides you with all of the quality webbing, buckling, straps that you’d expect in a high end suspension trainer. With this system, however, you also get a door mounted pull up bar. The set also comes with a comprehensive DVD and an instruction booklet. This is a solid, well built system that will not mark your door surrounds.
- Specifically for doorway use
- Push button strap release
- Pull Up Bar
- Not able to be used as a ceiling mount system
TRX Suspension Trainer Review
The TRX Trainer, first and most popular suspension training system, provides a very easy to use strapping system. Heavy duty webbing in TRX’s distinctive yellow, robust buckling, cradles, straps and quick release carabiners are high quality. The handles are of soft webbing material, providing a secure, comfortable grip. The TRX training system comes with a door attachment and an extension strap, extending your exercise range. You also get a workout DVD and an instruction manual.
While TRX equipment is a very good system, it is also a very expensive one. It is, in fact more than 4 times what you’d pay for our top rated system, the Emerge Suspension Trainer. That is a high price to pay for a brand name.
- Brand recognition
- Durable construction
- Comfortable handles
CrossCore 180 Suspension Trainer Review
The Crosscore 180 provides all of the features you’d expect from a high end suspension system and then adds a little more. It has an innovative pulley system that improves the instability you feel on every exercise. This makes everything you do harder, meaning that your core muscles are getting an extra dose of work. It also features a unique pulley design which provides a fuller range of motion on virtually every move that perform.
The Crosscore 180 can also be used as a conventional (i.e. less demanding) system. You simply insert a locking pin to neutralize the extra features. The system is made of quality materials, with high grade webbing, and componentry made from solid steel. However, it is also rather pricey.
- Innovative Pulley Design
- Allows more range of motion
- Core centric
- Comparatively heavy
Kylin Sport Heavy Duty Pro Review
The Kylin Sport Heavy Duty Pro system is a no frills suspension trainer that provides you with a reliable multi use workout at a very good price point. It comes with two suspension straps, an extender strap, a door anchor, and a convenient travel carry case. The training straps are made from military grade heavy duty webbing and the foot and hand loops are constructed from strong nylon material and feature soft foam padding.
The Kylin system features a button controlled strap lengthener. This makes it very easy to set up and change between exercises. The Kylin trainer can be used as a both an overhead and door mounted system. The door attachment is secure and will not leave any marks on your door surrounds.
- Quality construction
- Easy to set up
- Travel case
- No DVD
Lifeline Jungle Gym XT Review
The LifeLine Jungle Gym XT is a high quality system that features carbon fiber buckles, heavy duty strapping, comfortable nylon hand and foot grips and secure door mounts. With this system you are able to spread the workout suspension straps apart more effectively than most systems. This allows you to do exercises such as dips more efficiently.
The Lifeline system is extremely portable and easy to set up. In the absence of an overhead mount it can be used with any standard door as the anchor point, without marking your door surrounds. It comes with quality support material, including a DVD and manual and the lifeline company have an established reputation of top class customer support.
- High grade materials
- Established brand
- Straps are spreadable
- DVD and instruction manual
- Foot straps are not wide enough
FITMYFAVO Suspension Trainer Review
The FITMYFAVO system is designed to handle the most rugged workouts imaginable. The manufacturer’s claim that their suspension straps are the strongest on the market, able to support up to 1000 pounds. The handle grips are also very comfortable, with soft padding over the palm area. Unlike many systems, the FITMY FAVO system straps can be ordered in a range of colors. The system is impressively lightweight and comes with a convenient carry case.
The system comes with a door anchor to allow for use when you travel or just don’t have access to an overhead mount. The high density straps are 1.5 inches wide and hang to a length of 65 inches. The product comes with a 3-year warranty.
- Extra strong straps
- Range of colors
- Very lightweight and portable
- Door anchor not as secure as it needs to be
GymStuff G-Strap Trainer Review
The Gymstuff G-Strap provides very high tensile 1.5 inch wide strapping, solid metal brackets and carabiners and metal spring loaded cams. It features strap holders and foot loops on both sides to allow you to effectively work your core, abs and legs. A safe, robust door anchor is included for using on the road or when you don’t have an overhead mounting system. You also get a handy drawstring carry bag.
The Gymstuff system is made in the USA by a company who provide suspension trainers to universities, gyms and clinics all over the world. They provide an excellent back-up service and offer a 3 year warranty on this product. The system comes with an instruction manual but no DVD.
- High grade strapping
- Made in the USA
- 3 year warranty
- No DVD
Dynamite Power Training System Review
The Dynamite Power Training system gives you extremely robust strapping, tested to over 1000 pounds. The adjustable cam straps allow you to very quickly adjust the resistance to increase or increase the difficulty of the exercise. The thick rubber hand grips offer a high degree of comfort while providing solid, non slip grip. You also get a door anchor which has been tested to be both strong and not to mark your door surrounds.
The trainer comes with an extension in that allows you to train down at the local park or just outside under a tree. When you purchase the Dynamite Power Training system, you get access to an instructional and a complete e-book workout book that features more than 15 complete workouts.
- Heavy duty straps
- Thick rubber hand grips
- Free workout e-book
- No DVD
Suspension Trainer Conclusion
Our favorite and the best suspension trainer by far is the Emerge EX1 system. The EX1 provides superb quality strapping, solid metal buckles and carabiners and a unique anti-slip stabilizer ring at an absolutely unbeatable price. The WOSS Attack trainer is our second choice, with it’s unique instability system and high end componentry. Rounding out our top three is the GoFit Gravity Bar, which gives you a reliable door system with a quality pull up bar thrown in.