About Our Team

At The Human Trainer®, we are fanatical about fitness and health. Our mission is to take the difficulty out of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by creating innovative products that make staying active fun, easy, quick, and accessible to virtually anyone- anywhere. Whether you are a traveling business person or a stay at home parent, new to fitness or a dedicated workout warrior, or an athlete in training, our functional training tools are made to perform for you anywhere, set up in seconds, and will give you a gym quality, full- body workout in just minutes.


Our Story

Started in 2003, Astone Fitness was created by  International Certified Trainer and Semi-Pro athlete Darren Shane, who partnered with a friend to enter the portable fitness equipment market. As an athlete and fitness professional, Darren recognized that many of his clients were finding it difficult to keep up with their workouts at home and on their own time and schedule.

With Astone Fitness came the opportunity to fill a need and demand for a fitness product that could help people get and stay fit, anywhere.   Their motto was simple: “If it doesn’t fit in your car, we won’t sell it.” Their flagship product, Ripcords® resistance bands ,was launched via infomercial in 2004, and Ripcords® quickly became the leader in the resistance band category. The success was owed to a commitment to a commercial quality product, its innovative, ergonomic handles,  unparalleled warranty and satisfaction guarantee, and value. This reinvention of the versatile resistance band brought a variety of celebrity, military and fitness professional endorsements.

Building on the success of Ripcords®, Astone Fitness expanded its brand in keeping with its motto and commitment to portable training tools and accessible fitness for all.  Astone Fitness added complimentary products including the Stretch Buddy® stretching aid, Complete Chin-Up® doorway mounted chin up bar, and the expansion of the Circuit7® line of cross-training workout DVDs.

In 2010, after 2 years of research and development, Astone Fitness announced the global release of The Human Trainer®, the first Dual Anchor Suspension Training System. Responding to the demand for more versatile functional training tools for exercisers, both for home and professional use, The Human Trainer® offers a completely portable, packable, versatile and expandable body-weight leveraged training tool that could accommodate any age, fitness level and training environment.  As the first suspension trainer that offers options for Dual  and Single Anchor exercise modes, FULL body weight exercises like chin ups, pull ups and dips, and the addition of a variety of handles and accessories to further expand workout options, The Human Trainer®  and its innovative, patented design and advanced functionality, is now widely recognized as the leading functional fitness product on the market today.

Featured in Oxygen, Inside Fitness, Fitness Business Canada and a variety of fitness publications, The Human Trainer® is also used by multiple major league sports organizations, commercial gyms, hundreds of personal trainers and home fitness enthusiasts, and is distributed around the world by our International product partners.

From all of us at Astone Fitness, thanks for helping us make portable fitness more fun and more efficient. Each piece of equipment comes with full instructions, on how to properly set up, use and get the most from your The Human Trainer® functional training product.

Additional workouts are included with many of our products and our BRAND NEW X-50 Cross Training Workout series gives you access to even more simple, easy, and effective workouts led by your very own personal trainer!

We are committed to continually creating innovative products and methods to stay healthy and active. We are here to empower you with all the tools and resources you need to be a stronger, healthier, and more flexible you.

Because GOOD health is the foundation for a GREAT life.