5 Exercises You Can Do with an Around-the-Door Anchor Strap
Get strong, stay strong. It’s a motto we should all live by. And while it might seem easier said than done, it’s really not that difficult. If you can dedicate a small amount of time each day to working out, you will feel the benefits of exercise in no time. A few simple physical therapy tools— resistance tubing and an around-the-door anchor strap — are all you’ll need.
Resistance tubing is a tried and true alternative to free weights for strength training. Unlike free weights, resistance tubing is lightweight and easily portable, and it doesn’t get in the way when you’re not using it. And you can do all the same exercises with resistance tubing as you can with free weights. By stretching the tubing between your hands or wrapping it around your body or stepping on it, you can do anything from squats to bicep curls to pull-aparts.
But resistance tubing becomes even more versatile with the addition of a couple of simple accessories. By anchoring the tubing to a wall or a door, your repertoire of available exercises expands to chest presses, rows, trunk rotations, lunges, and more.
Around-the-Door Anchor Strap
PrePak Products offers a simple web anchor strap, which is a small loop of webbing used to anchor resistance tubing to a doorway. By opening the door, adjusting the anchor strap placement, and closing the door again, you can adjust the height of the anchor point anywhere from ankle height to well overhead.
PrePak also offers web slide exercise rails, which can be affixed to a wall for a permanent workstation offering a wide array of easy-to-use attachment slots for the web anchor strap.
The around-the-door anchor strap is a compromise between the basic web anchor strap and the high-end web slide exercise rail system. Like the exercise rails, the around-the-door anchor strap offers easy-to-use attachment points for tubing, but in a portable, inexpensive design.
Caption: Resistance tubing attached with a web anchor strap; resistance tubing attached to a web slide exercise rail; Resistance tubing attached to an around-the-door anchor strap
These three options all open up the range of exercises available with resistance tubing. Basic web anchor straps are portable and inexpensive, but not quite as convenient to use. The web slide exercise rail is perfect for a permanent home, office, or clinic workout station. And the around-the-door anchor strap is a more portable, less expensive alternative to exercise rails.
Anchored Resistance Tubing Exercises
Whichever method you use to anchor your resistance tubing, you’ll have a world of new exercises available. Here are just a few examples:
Chest Press — You won’t need a bench for chest presses with anchored resistance tubing, although you have the option of using a chair if you’d like. Switch to incline or decline presses simply by selecting a higher or lower attachment point.
Shoulder Row — Like the chest presses, shoulder rows can be performed standing or seated.
Trunk Rotation — Exercise your core with trunk rotations, and target different areas by changing the anchor point height.
Lunges — Work your glutes, quads, and hamstrings with resisted lunges.
Hip Extension, Abduction, etc. — Add an extremity strap to your ankle for lower body strength training.
Regardless of your end goal, whether to recoup from an injury or build your strength, around-the-door straps are a great tool. Grab some straps from PrePak Products and get started on your healthy lifestyle!