Installing Door Anchor For Resistance Bands – Best Tips

Buying door anchors won’t benefit if you don’t know how to set up a door anchor in the door. Discover detailed instructions along with some crucial safety tips.

It lets you use exercise bands to their full potential.

Installation instructions for door anchor attachment of resistance bands

  • Open the door and come close to the hinge side of the door.
  • Now, slip in the thin front of door anchor through the small gap between the hinge and the door frame.
  • Pull the thin strap from the other side of the door until the door anchor is fully secured.

Here is the picture showing the installation  of door anchor on the hinge side of the door – 

Installing door anchor for resistance bands on hinge side of door

Final outcome – 

Resistance band installed through door anchor on hinge side of the door

However, you may be wondering about the applicability of the same principle as above while using door anchor attachment to other sides of the door beside the hinge side!

Well, my answer to this is, “IT DEPENDS.” It depends upon the type of door anchor you are using in general.

The reason is quite simple. The air gap on all sides of the door is not the same. The hinge side of the door where door attaches onto the wall has the lowest air gap. 

While the top and bottom sides have a comparatively higher air gap than the side opposite to the hinge side of the door as can also be observed in the picture below-

Four sides of the door for Installing door anchor for resistance bands

IT DEPENDS upon the design of the door anchor you have purchased, and installation procedure varies accordingly.

Here are three types of door anchors in the market –

1.

Door anchor attachment with big sized round foam wheel

2.

Door anchor attachment with small square block wrapped in nylon covering.

3.

Door anchor with large size square block wrapped in nylon covering.

Click on any of the above to move there. However, I recommend visiting all for some exciting tips beneath them.

You must be having any one of the above door anchors in your kit. I bet!

Installation Instructions for different design door anchors –

Let us jump straight to the installation instructions for each of the above.

1. Installation of Door anchor attachment with a small square block

Door anchor with small square block

Due to the much smaller size of a square block, it may easily slip in through the gap on the other three sides of the door under pressure while doing exercise.


Here is the link to one such door anchor sold on amazon –SPRI Door Anchor


? Inside Tip– 

Now, most of the resistance bands kit doesn’t come with such door anchors. Also, avoid buying them due to their restricted use on the hinge side of the door only.

I possessed the one as below for many years. However, upgraded to the better version due to their restricted usage and increased chances of accidental slipping.

Installation instructions for this door anchor on the hinge side of the door remains the same as cited at the beginning of the article.


 


  1. Installation of Door anchor with large size square block

Door anchor with large square block

Usually, such kind of door anchors, as pictured below, comes with suspension type TRX bands due to heavy load applications.

Here is the link to one such door anchors as part of the suspension strap kit sold on amazon

If you don’t possess the one, don’t worry at all.

Installation instructions are as under –

ON HINGE SIDE of the door:

Step 1: Open the door towards your side and come to the other side of the door closer to the hinge.

Step 2: Hold the thin side of the nylon door strap and slip in through the small gap between the hinge and door frame carefully while holding the door with other hand.

Step 3: Come to the other side of the door again and pull the thin strap from inside a bit more.

Step 4: Close the door while pulling the thin side of the door anchor entirely from inside until the square block at the outer side is secured fully.

Step 5: Lock the door from inside for extra safety.

? INSIDE TIP

Always test the arrangement intentionally by deliberately pulling the thin nylon strap from your side with full force to ensure stability.

On the other three sides of the door:

Instructions for fixing door anchor on other openable sides of door:

Step 1Open the door and place the door anchor attachment with a round-shaped foam wheel facing away from you.

Step 2Close the door with second hand while holding the thin side of the door anchor with your other hand.

Step 3Please close the door and lock it from inside to ensure the accidental opening of the door from any other person by chance while you are doing exercise.


 


  1. Installation for Door anchor with big round foam wheel

Door anchor with large round wheel block

Due to the larger size of the foam wheel, these door anchors can be installed to all the sides of the door as a larger wheel can’t slip in through the comparatively more significant gaps on all three sides other than the hinge side.

Here is the link to one such door anchor with big round foam wheel on amazon – Bodylastic door anchor

? Inside Tip 

Examine the gaps between the door edge & the floor, wooden frame carefully relative to the size of the round foam wheel of door anchor before deciding for a particular side of the door to choose to install.

Instructions for installation:

Instructions for fixing door anchors on the hinge side and other three sides of the door remain the same as mentioned for the door anchor with a large square block.

Picture showing the installation of door anchor on the bottom side of the door –

Installing door anchor for resistance bands on bottom side of door

Picture showing the installation of door anchor on the top side of the door –

Installing door anchor for resistance bands on top side of the door


After installing the door anchor as above, you are now ready to use resistance bands with door anchor in your exercises, as shown in the picture below.

Example video showing band exercises with door anchor

Here is a video from Flex Active Sports is showing resistance tube band exercises with door anchor which shall let you understand the kind of exercises such as rowing, triceps pull down, chest press among several others possible once you installed door anchor attachment as above-

NOTE :

  • If you are yet to purchase a door anchor, in my opinion, always go for door anchor with a thick foam layer on the thin side of the nylon strap in addition to the large square/round block size for versatility.

? Here is one such heavy duty door anchor with a padded thinner side (from Unique Addict store) for the safety of resistance band during a high-intensity workout –

Use of Door Anchor For Resistance Band


  • Some unique door anchors come with D ring on flat strap side instead of the U-shaped ordinary straps as per the detailed below. Interesting isn’t it.

? Here is one such door anchor with D-cycle on one end, sold by Amazon.com (click here for your reference) –


Related Questions –

Where can I buy some good quality door anchors?

There are numerous online and offline platforms to look for door anchors. Bodylastic, Black Mountain, Quantum are some of the reputed brands.

You may also some good quality and unique door anchor attachments from the Unique Addict store here.

How often should I change door anchor attachments for resistance bands?

Door anchor attachments due to repetitive use around the sharp edges of the door under extreme pressures wear out rapidly. So, it is wise to replace them regularly as soon as you observe threads pruning out from door anchor.

Can I make my door anchor at home for use with resistance bands?

Sure, you can. However, due to intense pull force exerted during the exercises, such DIY arrangements may cost you serious injuries.


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