TRX Rip Trainer Alternatives
If you’re looking for alternatives to the TRX Rip Trainer, then you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to tell you about a few great money-saving options for people who already have a set of resistance bands and/or resistance tubing.
The TRX Rip Trainer alternatives I’m going to tell you about are available at significantly different price points ranging from under $10 on the low end, up to $110 on the high end (all options significantly cheaper than the $189.95 Rip Trainer), so there should be a suggestion in this article for everyone.
Before We Get To The TRX Rip Trainer Alternatives
I’ll get to the suggestions for TRX Rip Trainer alternatives in a moment (just scroll past this section if you’re impatient and/or don’t want any of my advice), but first I want to tell you a little bit about TRX Rip Training, and mention that many people out there will be far better off buying a TRX Rip Trainer instead of looking for a cheaper alternative.
TRX Rip Training is also known as asymmetrical bar training (ABT) — Rip Training is just TRX’s trademarked brand for that style of exercise. Unlike TRX Suspension Training, which TRX pioneered, asymmetrical bar training has been around for decades, and isn’t something that TRX created and popularized.
With that being said, TRX is the only company on earth that has developed an entire training system around ABT and put it together into a package that allows people all over the world to learn everything they could possibly need to know in order to perform safe and effective (not to mention fun) ABT workouts.
So before I get to the two TRX Rip Trainer alternatives, I’m going to tell you that strongest recommendation I have for you is that you just stop reading this article right now and go buy a TRX Rip Trainer, because unless you’re a trainer or physiotherapist with an extensive background in asymmetrical bar training, the amount of exercises you’ll know how to perform with the products listed below will be extremely limited since none of those products include any programming info whatsoever.
If You’re Still Determined To Find A TRX Rip Trainer Alternative
If you’re still interested in finding alternative to the TRX Rip Trainer, even after I’ve explained that most people won’t have any idea what to do with a similar product without an instruction manual, then check out the four options I’ve listed you below.
Wooden Dowel (DIY)
By far the cheapest alternative to buying a TRX Rip Trainer is to simply pick up a wooden dowel (or PVC pipe) from your local hardware store, and use it with continuous loop resistance bands, as I demonstrate in the following video:
Note that I filmed that video many years ago, before I was fully convinced that I wanted to get serious about asymmetrical bar training (ABT). At the time, picking up a dowel from Home Depot and using it with the loop bands I already had was a very simple and inexpensive way to play around with ABT. But a wooden dowel plus loop bands isn’t an ideal way to perform ABT exercises, so once I realized I was sold on ABT, I upgraded my setup to a Stroops Fit Stik Pro plus Bodylastics), which I will tell you about later in this article.
Bionic Body Bar (Low Price)
At just $25, the Bionic Body Bar isn’t a whole lot more expensive than a DIY option, but instead of just using a wooden dowel or PVC pipe, you get a steel bar with padded hand grips, and swivelling eye-bolts that work great with an adjustable resistance tubing system such as Bodylastics. Although the Bionic Body Bar has a very solid 4.5 star rating on Amazon.com, looking through the reviews reveals quite a few 1-star reviews from people who all seem to have experienced the exact same durability / quality control problem (one of the eye-bolts falling off), so if you go this route, do so cautiously with the possibility that the saying “you get what you pay for” may very well might apply in this case.
Stroop Fit Stik Pro (Mid Price)
The Stroops Fit Stik Pro is a commercial grade bar designed to be used with Stroops own brand of resistance tubing (sold separately), but if you already have a set of adjustable resistance tubing with clips (such as Bodylastics), then you can use those with the Fit Stik Pro. The Fit Stik Pro plus a basic set of adjustable resistance tubing costs about $50 less than a TRX Rip Trainer, but doesn’t include any training info, so you’ll be on your own trying to figure out what to do with it.
Gray Cook Cable Bar (High Price)
The Gray Cook Cable Bar is the Cadillac of cable bars, and the brand most commonly used by physiotherapists with expensive functional trainer machines. Starting at $110, this bar is probably overkill if you’re just planning on using it with resistance bands, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t still buy it and use it for that purpose. And buying a Gray Cook Cable Bar along with a set of Bodylastics would still be quite a bit cheaper than a TRX Rip Trainer.