Why Don’t More People Use Suspension Training?
A Suspension Trainer is the single best piece of fitness equipment available to anyone not wanting to spend thousands of dollars on a gym room. It is affordable, compact, functional, and adjustable to a variety of fitness levels. Why are more people not making use of the best fitness equipment out here? The question has led me to my comments for today, and I REALLY would like to figure it out. But basically, the most common answers I have heard in reply include:
“Never heard of it…”
“I Don’t know enough about it…”
“I don’t know how to use a Suspension Training System, or I don’t feel comfortable using one.”
These are all legitimate answers, and are not at all surprising replies for those who have never tried a Suspended Trainer as a tool.
What about Fitness Professionals?
What does surprise me are the large number of Fitness Professionals that don’t have one of the best fitness tools in their arsenal. I would truly like to know why.
Here is just one example. A few days ago, I received a link to an article from a popular endurance training platform that I use for some of my coaching clients. The article was titled Strength Training for Road Cycling Success: A Beginner’s Guide. It was good timing, as I am just finishing up my own “Suspension Fitness for Cycling” book. The article briefly hit on many of the concepts I included in the book, which I thought was good. However, I was disappointed that Suspension Training was not even mentioned. Instead the article mentioned these items for “Basic” equipment….
Now, there is nothing wrong with any of this equipment. Everything mentioned here provides a good toolset for resistance training, cardio-vascular training, stretching, and recovery. However, if an individual reading the article felt compelled to purchase all of this equipment…. well, most of it is expensive and it also takes up a lot of space. This is an article targeted at beginning strength trainers who are also cyclists. There are two issues here.
Beginners: Requiring such a large investment is a true barrier of entry. The author and site are basically telling the novice: “go buy a barbell/kettlebell/dumbbell set, a treadmill, etc. or get a gym membership.”
This is not giving anyone an easy start to their strength training journey.
Cyclists: I know a lot of cyclist and triathletes, and I am one myself. In my experience, strength training is NOT their first priority, or their first love. Any extra money in the fun jar means new bikes, race or rally/Gran Fondo entries, power meters, new kits, or bike repairs. Cycling is not a cheap sport. It also requires a lot of training time to be competitive. Extra room in the house is most likely to be made into “pain caves” or for bike storage. Some of you may have enough resources for both this and a strength training room, but I would be willing to bet most of you don’t.
So my question is…..
WHY WAS A SUSPENSION TRAINER NOT EVEN MENTIONED AS A SOLUTION TO STRENGTH TRAINING FOR CYCLING?
I am not asking this because I am trying to knock the article or the author. But am genuinely interested in the honest answer. Is the author not familiar with Suspension Training? Are Suspension Trainers not popping up on Search Engines? Could it be that the trainers and coaches are not comfortable using suspension systems, or instructing others to use it? Or that top cycling coaches and trainers don’t believe Suspension Resistance training is effective? Do they believe the technique is more difficult to learn than the technique required in using free weights or kettle bells? Or are they just…. ignoring the system, dismissing it as a toy or a tool for lightweights?
When trying to break down the barriers to entry into something I feel is such an effective solution on so many levels, it’s helpful for me to know exactly what those barriers are.
Your input is really appreciated.
Please comment below or on the facebook group if you have any insights or knowledge on this concept, or your own reasons for not using Suspension Training in your fitness program. And as always, thanks for your time.
You can find the full article referenced HERE.
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