Jackie Wright: The benefits of training with anchors

Jackie Wright
The Fitness Trail

Training with anchors refers to any fitness tool that will allow you to anchor it to a stable support and push and pull that tool. Examples are various types of resistive tubing, battling ropes, TRX Suspension Systems, Pull Up/Push Up Pro and RIP Trainers.

The type of anchor you will require will depend upon how you intend to utilize it. This week we will highlight a few guidelines. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

• A well-designed and well maintained fitness tool such as resistive tubing, etc., and a solid anchor point and anchor tool are required for anchor training. For example, if you have a pull up or chin up bar installed properly in your home, or a stable, well built and maintained multi-gym or Smith Machine with horizontal bars, then you have an elevated, high-level anchor point.

• Ballet barres, properly installed, also serve as terrific anchor points, although these are primarily conducive to mid-range anchor needs. The RIP Trainer may be anchored mid-range due to the tool design. Consequently, as long as the ballet barre is solidly constructed and installed, it may serve as an acceptable anchor point. However, if you require a high anchor point, a ballet barre will not provide the vertical placement that you require.

• If you have purchased an anchor strap that may be placed into a door hinge (avoid door handles), you have the flexibility to anchor resistive tubing all along the hinge of the door providing you with multiple anchor points. I would not recommend attempting to anchor heavier tools such as the TRX Suspension System or a RIP Trainer from this type of anchor as it is not substantial enough to hold body weight.

• You may own a TRX Suspension System and this is anchored via the attached carabineer to a strong, immovable anchor point, usually 6-8 feet from the floor. TRX sells anchors specifically designed to anchor a TRX tool, which may be affixed to a ceiling beam or the wall stud and this is an excellent choice from a safety and effectiveness perspective. The beauty of this type of anchor is that you may also anchor resistive tubing and RIP Trainers to this device as well so it provides versatility.

• Of course, battling ropes tend to be anchored high enough off the floor so that you are able to train properly with the rope, and there are anchors specifically designed to handle the rigors of rope training. Finding a stud in the wall for the rope anchor is essential or it will pull right out of the wall. Since you want to train aggressively with the rope, it needs to be safely anchored.

• These anchors also work well for resistive tubing and RIP Trainers as long as your anchor-point training requirements are the lower vertical range.

Therefore, with a selection of resistive tubing, from light to heavy gauge, perhaps a TRX Suspension System and RIP Trainer, and the proper anchor points and anchoring tools, you may expand your in-home training horizons. One suggestion, however, is that it is worth hiring a certified, qualified, personal trainer to design your in-home training program to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the training protocols.

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness LLC in Granby. She may be reached at her website at, her email at and her Facebook page at Mountain Life Fitness.

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