Resistance Band Door Anchor Buying Guide & How To Use The Right Way

The door anchor is one of the most important accessories when doing resistance band training for several reasons. On one hand you will get the possibility to attach the band at a point securely while doing your exercises and on the other hand you can train anywhere with your resistance bands as you will very likely find a door.

For the reason that the door anchor needs to be strong enough to fix the band at the position you want to have it (top, bottom or any height you want to use it), you really want to make sure to pick the right door anchor or you might find yourself knocked out be a snapped band or worse.

How To Position Your Door Anchor Properly

Before I want to give you my favorite recoomendations when it comes to the door anchor as a product, I’d like to share some important things about setting the door anchor up properly – and I see 90% of people doing it wrong!

Try To Use It On the Closing Side Of The Door

It’s not a rare occasion that a door anchor, when used with a stronger resistance band or a high intensity, pull open a door and snaps towards you and this can lead to a funny looking fall in the best case or to serious injuries in the worst case – something you don’t want to risk!

The best way to prevent that is to attack the foamed side on the side of the door that closes and train on the other side so the force will pull the door closed. If that’s possible in your training setup you should always use that. This also executes less force on the door and prevents damage if your door isn’t that strong, it also prevents the door from opening up (and I can promise you that a door opening up with a door anchor attached is absolutely possible!)

correct door anchor setup

Use It On The Inner Side

If that kind of setup is not possible for you – e.g. you then need to train outside your front door or for whatever other reason, you want to attach the door anchor on the inside position where the hinges are – this is a position where even an opening door will not lead to a snapping band because the foamed side will still hold tight.

Alternatively, you can also lock the door (but this is annoying when you need to re-arrange the door anchor position multiple times during your resistance training).

Do Not Use DIY Door Anchors

I know it sounds tempting to set up a door anchor yourself, but when your self-made door anchor rips you have gained yourself an injury or worse for saving a really small amount of money – plus, without a foamed side you can really damage your doors and that’s also more expensive than a cheap door anchor you can use.

Good Door Anchors

As I said, door anchors are pretty much the same with a strap on one side where you can attach your resistance band and a foamed side to fix the position inside the door.

What door anchor works best depends on the type of door you have, more precicely on the gap of your doors.

Small Gap Door Anchor

small door anchorThis type of door anchor works best if you have a door that has a very small gap because it’s easier to get through and it will hold tight in there. This is also the best option when it comes to durability because there are no additional parts that could break when using for a long time – but you should only use this with a small gap in your door, otherwise it might slip through.

In my experience, this works for 90% of the doors. This is also the one that takes the least space if you take your resistance bands with you to train on trips or in hotels. You can get it here.

Foamed Door Anchor

door anchor foamedThis one is the best if you have doors that are of wood and can be easily scratched – with the foamed side you can be sure that there won’t be any damages on the door and you’re still secure and can give it all pushing and pulling the resistance band on the other side of the door. You can get it here.

Big Gap Door Anchor

If you train next to a door with a bigger gap, you should not used the foamed one because it can slip through the gap and hit you in your face! This happened to me once and I can promise you that I had better times in my life…

This one is not as soft but it will help when you have a bigger gap as you can see in the picture.

You can get it here.


As you see, getting a proper door anchor is not only essential for training with resistance bands, it’s also not that complicated or expensive. I also use a door anchor normally around 1 year or longer until I have the feeling to get a new one when you see obvious signs that the door anchor might got worn off.

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