In May I saw Dan Long in San Diego and I did an interview with him on suspension training. I asked him some common questions that I felt people had about suspension training.
Enjoy the video interview or write-up. Take care.
Rick Kaselj, MS
I am down here in San Diego at another Fitness Mastermind meeting and I’ve run into Dan Long.
Rick: I’ve run into Dan Long several times, you have probably seen him on EFI, and he is the Suspension Training guy.
I wanted to take Dan outside of the meeting and chat with him outside about Suspension Training and TRX and why it is so awesome? And why we should think about including it in our workouts.
So Dan I will get you to introduce yourself and talk about what is so cool about the TRX.
Dan Long: Absolutely! Thank you Rick for introducing me. We are here in San Diego, California in this beautiful weather, thanks for taking us outside. It is really beautiful out here. We’ve been in the meetings all day.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Dan Long. I am the owner of Kill Mode Training Company at the Power House Gym in Tampa Bay.
Rick Kaselj: And if you ever get a chance just go to the facility and experience it.
Dan Long: Yes.
Rick Kaselj: I was there in January and it’s awesome.
Dan Long: It is an experience, 40,000 sq. feet by the way, and we have our TRX rooms. I am so passionate about it because it is something different. It is something that you could take with you on a trip, I have mine here with me. It weighs less than 2lbs. and then you can do so many endless exercises and so many endless ranges of motions.
It is really easy on your joints. It helps a lot with people that have a lot of issues with pain, obviously in their knees, in their back, and their shoulders. I am one of them by the way. My L45 is not the greatest.
Suspension Training helped me to feel younger by eliminating some of those pains and also gave me a workout I’ve never had on anything else.
You got to take my word for it. You got to buy a TRX or you got to get a Jungle Gym or SBT and make it happen because I am here to tell you that Suspension Training works.
It works on over 600 muscles all at one time. And at the same time you want your shape back, it does it quickly. You want to build mass, it does it fast. It is a matter of something different, intriguing, stepping out of the box of our normal training, and getting something in that is effective.
Rick Kaselj: Yes. And that brings up a really good point. Like I kind of preach that uniqueness and if you are a trainer, you know everyone is kind of seeing the gym and they’ve seen the machines and they’ve done the dumbbells, but you take them and put them on the experience with a suspension trainer or like the TRX which is something unique, and that puts you into a separate category than other trainers.
Dan Long: It does. I am going to touch on that. So everyone out there knows, I became very successful very fast and I was blessed to achieve what most people don’t do in the fitness industry in 10 years in 1 year.
Now, where I am is being so blessed to work with so many people around the world. Being here with you right now talking about this is such a huge blessing. As Rick says, the uniqueness of it is something that you can bring into your fitness world that works, and that is fun. It is hard to find.
It’s one of the reasons why I was so successful because I am using this as my passion. My passion is all about fitness, and nutrition, and it’s all about raising the level of fitness worldwide. If you can bring something as I did with TRX and really become known for it and also channel your energy into that especially if you are a trainer, I will tell you right now you will be touching so many different people’s lives, you will be helping so many people be able to get into fitness that maybe would have never worked out.
A lot of people that I have trained in my time, weren’t working out. Or professional athletes, I gained a lot of professional athletes from using suspension training from MLP, to NFL, to Military bases, and Olympians. It’s been an amazing experience.
Rick Kaselj: I like that comment you made, and I never thought of it before, that suspension training has a low impact on the joints which is true. That’s awesome.
Before we wrap up this video, you mainly use the TRX maybe you can talk about like why you select the TRX as opposed to the other stuff that they sell out there? I know there are Z Trainer, Jungle Gym, and other no-name brands suspension things. Is there a comment you can make on the other things or maybe you can just comment on the different ones that are out there in the general set?
Dan Long: Alright. There’s a ton of amount there and there’s more and more like the ones I saw in the gym here in the hotel that I have never seen before. There is more and more coming out every day. Look at it this way, TRX was the first one to come out with the Suspension Trainer.
It’s been revamped so many times to be perfected, to last long, be durable, and when you pay for it out of your pocket it is going to last for a very long time. A lot of suspension trainers don’t do that. It is like going to buy a cheap stability ball before buying a stability ball it’s a little more but you will get a little more wear and tear out of it.
I love the TRX personally myself but I have used Jungle Gym, SBTs, and other homemade devices. I mean you are going to use what you got to use to get it done, right? So suspension trainers are ranging from anywhere from $49 up to about $199. It is your choice you know what your budget is.
In the programs that I have developed, you can use any one of those suspension trainers. It doesn’t have to be a TRX although I just really favored the TRX. It’s like you favored some certain meals or favored some certain cars, or like you favored some certain ways that you like to do things. I just love TRX.
Rick Kaselj: Awesome. So thank you very much EFI readers, listeners, and followers for watching this video of Dan and me here in San Diego. And Dan, where can people get more information about you?
Dan Long: Absolutely! Go to Rick’s blog he has something on his blog that is one of the videos that I put together. You can go there and you can check that out. You can also go to SuspensionRevolution.com. I have a product that we put together that’s 197 actual exercises that are different with 27 intense workouts. I promise you will see no program like this program anywhere.
And coming soon Rick, in a couple of months, it’s coming this summer where I am filming right now, Suspension Revolution 2.0 which will be all follow-along videos, I can tell you that I have already got a couple and one of them I puked in, that’s advanced. There is beginner, there is intermediate, and it is advanced and I give my all. That’s just me, that’s my passion.
Rick Kaselj: Awesome, so thank you very much, Dan. If you are watching us on YouTube, head up above and subscribe to this video. We will see you on YouTube again or on the blog.
Take care and bye-bye.
Rick Kaslj, MS.