The Minimalist TRX Door Anchor

The Perfect TRX Door Anchor: DIY Setup for Suspension Trainers, Anywhere

Suspension trainers are an amazing way to get a fantastic bodyweight workout in the comfort of your own home, or in a park, no weights required. Unfortunately, setting up the suspension trainer can be confusing. Don’t let this stop you! In this tutorial, we’ll detail how to make a quick, easy, and versatile TRX door anchor that sets up in doorways, on poles and trees outdoors, and countless other places – quickly and easily.

The Minimalist TRX Door Anchor

Read on to discover the DIY TRX door anchor that will make your workouts possible anywhere.

CONTENTS OF THIS TRX DOOR ANCHOR SETUP TUTORIAL

  1. Overview: The DIY Minimalist Suspension Trainer Anchor & Why You Need One
  2. Materials & How to Make the Minimalist Suspension Trainer Anchor
  3. How to the DIY TRX Door Anchor Indoors
  4. How to Setup the DIY TRX Door Anchor Outdoors

Overview: The DIY Minimalist TRX Door Anchor and Outdoor Suspension Trainer Anchor

This minimalist anchor for suspension trainers has been my go to for years because it is tiny, making it great for travel, and can be setup anywhere, from a hotel room, to a beach, to a city center.

Why you need to make and carry this suspension trainer anchor

  • Packable: Packs away small, smaller than your current one making it perfect for travelers and lightening your load
  • Versatility: Sets up anywhere there is a doorway or sturdy vertical object

What you need to make the minimalist suspension trainer anchor

  • A Climbing Runner: A ½” tubular nylon runner designed for rock climbing at least one meter long, but I prefer two meters. Runners are generally tubular nylon webbing sewn into a loop and incredibly strong – a perfect and cheap anchor.  It is versatile enough to attach easily onto posts, poles, and trees and the thin yet strong straps allow to close the anchor into doorways
  • One climbing grade carabiner: I prefer these Metolius carabiners because they are strong and tiny. We’ll use the carabiner to clip our suspension trainer to oru anchor
  • Knot – Figure 8: Ability to tie a “Figure 8” knot as they are easy to tie but also easy to undo when tightened
  • Knot – A Girth Hitch or Pipe hitch:

How to Set Up the DIY anchor Indoors

  1. Tie a figure 8 knot on one end (to block the runner from sliding through the doorway)
  2. Separate the runner and place the two straps side by side (to make closing the door easier)
  3. Place the strap over the top or around the side of the door
  4. Close the door
  5. Optional: Tie another figure 8 knot in the runner close to the door if you want your anchor close to the doorway
  6. Clip your carabiner into the runner above the new figure 8 knot for a higher anchor
  7. Clip your suspension trainer into your carabiner
  8. Get down to business

How to Set Up the DIY anchor Indoors (with pics)

  1. Tie a figure 8 knot on one end (to block the runner from sliding through the doorway)

2. Separate the individual straps of the runner and place the two straps side by side (to make closing the door easier)


3. Place the strap over the top or around the side of the door


4. Close the door


4a. Optional: Tie another figure 8 knot in the runner close to the door if you want your anchor close to the doorway|


5. Clip your carabiner into the runner above the new figure 8 knot for a higher anchor


6. Clip your suspension trainer into your carabiner


7. Get down to business

Option: for a sturdier mid-level height anchor setup on the side of the door,

  1. Slide the untied runner between the doorway and the door on the side of the door with hinges
  2. On the outer side of the door, tie a figure 8 knot
  3. Close the door and pull the strap until the figure 8 knot catches
  4. To adjust the height of the anchor, open the door, slide the anchor up or down, close, and continue.

Tip: For a sturdier setup, try to setup the anchor so that it pulls the door closed

How to Set Up the DIY anchor outdoors


  1. Find a sturdy pole, post, or tree, that will be able to support being pulled on by your bodyweight
  2. Wrap the runner around the pole at least twice – this creates friction that will keep your anchor from sliding up or down.
  3. Run the end of the runner through the beginning loop
  4. Clip your carabiner onto the end of the runner and pull the runner tight
  5. Clip your suspension trainer into the carabiner
  6. Get down to business
  7. To adjust the anchor, loosen the wraps, slide the anchor up or down, tighten and continue
  8. To move the suspension trainer closer to your pole or post, just wrap the runner around your pole or post a few more times.

How to Set Up the DIY anchor outdoors (with pics)

  1. Find a sturdy pole, post, or tree, that will be able to support being pulled on by your bodyweight

2. Wrap the runner around the pole at least twice – this creates friction that will keep your anchor from sliding up or down.


3. Run the end of the runner through the beginning loop


4. Clip your carabiner onto the end of the runner and pull the runner tight


5. Clip your suspension trainer into the carabiner


6. Get down to business

To adjust the anchor, loosen the wraps, slide the anchor up or down, tighten and continue

To move the suspension trainer closer to your pole or post, just wrap the runner around your pole or post a few more times.

Consider checking out these other great Travel Fitness articles

  1. The Travel Fitness Homepage for A Brother Abroad
  2. How to do the essential exercises with a suspension trainer, outdoors or in a hotel room (pull ups, dips, rows, overhead presses, curls, and extensions)
  3. How to make your own suspension trainer
  4. The Best Weighted Backpacks for Workouts

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