JamGym is An Seen on TV resistance-band training device that attaches to your door jam and provides a variety of workouts intended to get you in shape when you can’t make it to a gym.
The product’s website notes that former MMA fighter Dan “Hendo” Henderson endorses the product. The ex-fighter is featured in a JamGym promo video in which he says, “No dancing, no dumbbells, no bungee cord, and no membership.”
Henderson’s pitch focuses on the simplicity of how the fitness device works. You don’t have to deal with any confusing, cumbersome or embarrassing requirements; all you need is a door jam. In addition to the actual JamGym, the product’s website also provides recipes and a nutrition guide to pair with your workouts.
In our review, we’re going to tell you how this product works, give you a quick overview of what the science world says about resistance/body-weight training and talk about the price and function of similar products.
How JamGym Works
Using the JamGym requires nothing more than a door. The device features two handles that are attached to long stretch bands.
These bands meet at a point and are sewn to a flat piece of strap a few inches long that terminates at a plastic knob. Slide the strap over the top of your door and down through the narrow space between your door and the door jam, then shut your door.
When you pull on the handles, the knob behind the door catches at the door jamb and supports you as you do your workout. In reality, it’s a really smart way to use a workout device of this type.
You have the option of lowering or increasing the bands’ resistance by using an intensity slider that you move toward the handles for less intensity and toward the fabric knot to increase the intensity.
Your JamGym will come with an instruction manual that will show you more than 200 different workouts that utilize your own body weight to give you a workout the site claims can help you “get toned, lean and in shape at home.”
We see this product being useful in a couple of situations. First, if you’re used to doing weight training and you can’t make it to your gym for a workout, the JamGym allows you to get a quick workout in at home.
We also think it could be a good fit for someone who doesn’t want to go to a gym and wants an easy way to work out in the comfort of their own home. We called the product’s customer service line and found out that the JamGym ships with instruction sheets that show you how to do more than 200 different workouts, which means you’ll have everything you need when it arrives at your home.
Another benefit here is that, since resistance training with bands is pretty popular, you can get new workout ideas simply by Googling “resistance band workouts” or “resistance band training.” Our initial search for that second phrase landed us multiple workout ideas from reputable fitness sites.
Resistance and Bodyweight Training: Does It Work?
JamGym can be classified as a resistance-band workout because, like most resistance band regimens, it uses your body weight along with varying resistance levels to provide a good workout.
What makes these workouts effective is that they fall under the category of “strength training,” which has manifold benefits for your body’s muscles, bones, and connective tissue.
“Resistance bands can be used for a variety of exercises and can strengthen all the parts of your body, such as your triceps, deltoids, pectorals, abdominals quadriceps and hamstrings,” LIVESTRONG noted in an article on resistance bands.
Franklin Antoian, founder of iBodyFit.com and a SHAPE Magazine top-50 trainer, noted that resistance bands can be a big help.
“Fitness band training can be very effective if you use the correct resistance and perform the correct exercises,” he said.
With that in mind, be wary of the resistance settings you use with the JamGym. If something feels off or too difficult, adjust the intensity setting until you feel comfortable.
Cost, Shipping and the JamGym’s Return Policy
At the time of publishing, the JamGym was $29.99 and shipped for $4.99, bringing the purchase total to $34.94. Residents of 20 states will have to pay sales tax on the purchase – California is one of them.
Your JamGym will ship with a portable gym bag as well as instructions on how to do the more than 200 exercises available through the bands.
Comparing JamGym to Other Resistance-Band Workouts
We wanted to get a sense of how the JamGym compared to similar workouts both in how it was priced and which features are available.
We searched Amazon for “resistance bands” and received dozens of products in the search results. We organized those products by the highest rated and found the following three workout bands at the top of the list:
- LYOU Resistance band set: $12.99, 5 stars from 102 reviews
- UPOWEX Pull Up Assist Bands: $32.97, 4.9 stars, 277 reviews
- Synergee resistance bands: $14.95, 4.8 stars, 1,185 reviews
The one major difference between these bands and the JamGym is function. If you want to change your resistance setting during a band workout with the three listed competitors, you’ll have to switch the band you’re using.
The JamGym offers the convenience of using a slider to adjust your resistance, which means you’ll never have to interrupt your workout to unhook the device and hook it back up.
The other advantage that JamGym has is that it provides you with actual handles you can use, whereas resistance bands require that you wrap the band around your hands in order to get a good grip. This too takes extra time, something we see as a drawback for a workout system intended to be as user-friendly as possible.
Taking these two factors into account, it may be worth it to you to pay around $35 instead of $12.99 or $14.99 for a resistance band set.
The Final Word: Our Overall Thoughts About JamGym
As we look over the information we dug up about this product and resistance training, in general, we’ve come to a few conclusions about this device.
First, we think it could be a helpful alternative workout for people who don’t want the hassle of driving to the gym and need a simple workout they can do at home. The plethora of workouts online as well as the instructional guides that come with the JamGym will give you plenty of variety when you work out.
The downside to the product is that you’re going to pay about twice as much for this product as you would with a resistance-band set.
Now, even though resistance bands cost you some delay time because you may need to change bands to change resistance, the difference in price between the sets we looked at and the JamGym may very well be worth the more affordable price tag.
If you’ve come to this review because your researching alternatives to gym memberships but aren’t quite sure you want to eliminate a gym as a possibility for your fitness regimen, then take a few minutes to read through our guide to five popular gyms. In it, we talk about what you can expect from your membership at Plant Fitness, YouFit, LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and Gold’s Gym.