Do you remember swinging from a tree branch or pulling up on the monkey bars when you were younger? Those were variations of suspension training, a form of fitness that's becoming more popular.
Suspension training involves an apparatus made of nylon straps and handles that you can attach to a sturdy anchor in your home like a door jam. You then use your body weight as the resistance to perform exercises that build strength, core stability, flexibility and balance.
If you are new to suspension training, you should start slowly and seek out help from a trainer if necessary.
Indoors and out. The beauty of suspension training is the portability. You can take it to the park, the beach or even your own backyard. It's versatile enough to throw over a sturdy structure like a tree branch.
Getting started. You want the sturdy anchor point to be approximately 7 to 9 feet off the ground. Then, by adjusting the length of the handles and the angle of your body, you can make exercises easier or harder.
Fast and effective. Most exercises involve pushing, pulling, legs and core. You are forced to use different muscle groups, and you'll get your heart rate up when performing exercises one after the other with little rest in between.
-- Life Fitness