Introduction: DIY Suspension Training Equipment

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I looked on the web for suspension training ideas and saw many great DIY ideas out there.  However they seemed to be lacking what I thought was the correct material and hardware.  This "instructable" will teach you how to create your very own suspension training straps that are durable, safe and strong.  Similar to a TRX. 

I ordered my strap material from Strapworks (, who provided excellent customer service and great pricing. Carabiners (karabiner) were purchased from a local hardware store as well as the PVC pipe.  Total was approximately $45 for all pieces and material. 

Breaking strength of the polyester webbing is in the range of 1500 to 10,000 pounds. The webbing is professionally sewn together at strapworks per order with a strong box style stitching.

You can find many work out routines on Youtube or on the web for ideas on how to use suspension training equipment. 

Disclosure: Use at your own risk.  Consult a physician before attempt suspension training. 

Step 1: Assembling the Long Adjustable Straps

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Assemble the long 8 foot loop strap to the cam buckle work strap as shown.  Loop the strap back under the cam buckle and test the buckles ability to grab and hold the strap under weight.  Attach carabiner to the short loop strap for anchor attachment later. 

Step 2: Assemble Handles

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"Thread" the 2ft simple loop strap (without D Rings) though the 6" PVC pipe (I used 1" Pipe, you can cut is as desired to fit the size of your hands). Loop the 2ft loop strap with D Rings on either side of the strap that was threaded through the PVC pipe. Join the straps together at the top with a carabiner as shown.  (Not shown: I added bicycle foam handles on the PVC for comfort)

Step 3: Anchor Handles

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Anchor handles to the adjustable length loop strap (long section) with the cam buckle as shown.

Step 4: Bar Anchor

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Loop the 2ft simple strap with O rings to pull up bar or anchor point.  I am using my door mounted pull up bar until I create a permanent anchor point in the ceiling.  

Step 5: Connect Assembled Suspension Strap

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Use another carabiner to connect the short loop strap that is connected to the cam buckle to the anchor.

Step 6: Repeat Steps

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Repeat steps to build second suspension strap and attach to anchor.  


BarbaraW133 (author)2017-07-05

Hi, great post!!! Such a great idea! What are the widths of the straps? Should I choose lightweight or heavyweight straps? Would you recommend different length straps or any other adjustments for someone who is 5'2? Thank you so much!!!

twistedsense (author)2016-06-15

What are the strap widths? I see lengths but not widths.

rb2001 made it! (author)2015-09-01

Here it is. There are less expensive permutations of suspension trainers or TRX clones, but I thought yours offered the closest to the design that is sold for an exorbitant amount. Thank you for this. I took it on its maiden voyage this morning and found the exercises to be very challenging. This is exactly what I wanted. Also a big shout-out to for the quality, price and options. They will be on my radar in the future.

Things I did different:

1. I invested in the moto cams for the size adjustments. I wanted to make sure I had the best holding strength. (more money there).

2. I invested in their carbiners as well. I errored and only bought two when I should have bought four. The local Home Depot sold me the clips on the top.

3. The stronger caribiners and clips add more length so I knotted the loops to compensate. My next build (I expect to make four), will have much smaller sized loops than spec'd in this 'ible.

4. The top strap is only one long foot, not two. That was my error in ordering, but it seems to handle needs well, so I will keep it and buy longer if needed.

Cost including shipping: 70.00. Yes, I could make one for 10.00, but for the quality and feature matching of a TRX. This is worth the extra coin and still 1/3 the cost of a TRX.

alexmac131 (author)2014-01-19

please use biners rated for the load and not the one pictured

krwunlv (author)alexmac1312014-01-22

These are steel, load rated straight gate carabiners, they are not an issue. :0) But yes, make sure you are using load rated biners not the aluminum key chain style for .99 cents at the register.

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