I came across TRX training in a college fitness class and wasn’t sure what to expect. It looked a little crazy and nothing that would kick my ass into shape. It was a lot of basic moves only using bodyweight, so I assumed it would be easy. Who knew bodyweight workouts could burn more than some of my weighted ones?
What is TRX?
TRX—Total Body Resistece Exercise, known as suspension training, is a unique exercise method created by the U.S. Navy Seals as a way to focus on strength and stability with just bodyweight. The portable TRX suspension trainer mounts to an anchor point, typically a door if you are doing it at home, and is two bands with handles at the end.
The bands do not stretch like a resistance band; instead, you are in control of the level of resistance as the further you angle yourself, the harder the routine gets. It is a full-body workout, so be ready to get that heart rate up and those muscles pumping.
What does the TRX target?
EVERYTHING. One extremely beneficial aspect is that you use your own body weight to perform the exercises. This requires stability. The suspension trainer allows you to work on specific muscles, such as the triceps, while simultaneously strengthening your core. The core is engaged throughout the entire workout because you need it to keep the proper form, so you don’t wobble around.
You may not feel it working at first, but the results will show in the muscle soreness that may follow… Trust me.
The moves are endless. You can do triceps curls, biceps curls, pushups, squats, lunges, rows, chest presses and so much more. It may be hard to imagine, but you can do a bunch of different workouts from strength training to H.I.I.T.
Why should you try the TRX?
Not only is this beneficial for your whole body, especially your core, but it is a great way to switch up a workout routine. This total-body workout left me feeling even more accomplished than others because it was strength and cardio training packed into one convenient spot.
The TRX is also suitable for any fitness level. It is easy to use (aside from the workout) and considered low impact on your joints. You can modify what works best for you. Simply move your feet to add the resistance up and increase difficulty. You’re in control of the weight/resistance, so it’s based on your abilities.
Where do you do TRX?
TRX is essentially a portable piece of equipment that can be used at home. The portable at home TRX trainer runs at about $200 if you want to purchase your own. There are workout downloads and online videos for workouts to try.
However, I would suggest finding a gym nearby that offers this class or a different type of suspension strength training to see how you like it. Do not be intimidated; I definitely recommend trying this at least once, especially because it’s a fun way to get a workout in.
Although I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first walked into a TRX class, I’m glad I stayed. It’s now one fitness method that I try to incorporate into my weekly workout routine. Trying out new fitness techniques is fun and a great way to see what works best for you.
Have you tried TRX? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.