It may have been developed for the Navy SEALs, but you don’t have to be in “special operations” shape to work out with TRX. The concept of the TRX suspension training is pretty basic: you use two straps on your hands or feet to partially suspend your body and use your own body weight as resistance. The muscle groups you work, as well as how hard you work them, all depend on the positioning of your body.
Why should you try TRX?
It’s for anyone: So, who should do TRX? Everyone. People who like yoga and pilates tend to like TRX because there are some crossovers. But it’s also great for runners, cyclists, or anyone who is an endurance athlete and wants to have more strength training. Even reluctant “power lifters” are usually swayed by the workout once they see how effective it can be at building muscle.
It’s beginner-friendly: Another reason to try a TRX class – it’s easy to tweak exercises to your own level of difficulty and ramp up when necessary. You determine how hard or how easy you really want to go. This allows beginners or advanced athletes to work out in the same class and get what’s right for them.
The cardio-strength training connection: Don’t think it’s just your muscles that you’re working. TRX moves target different parts of your body while also raising your heartbeat. Many exercises performed on the TRX suspension straps integrate so many muscles, which require oxygen. This increases your heart rate and breathing as you hold a move or do your reps, making many TRX exercises super-efficient with integrated strength and cardio moves.
It beats boredom: Although you only use two suspension straps, there are infinite ways to use them. You can do it all with TRX, from lunges to planks to upper body resistance exercises. And the best part? Your workouts can change as many times as you want them to. That means that both your mind and your body will stay challenged with all the ways you can mix up your workouts.
It’s a great “Buddy Workout”: If you are unsure to try TRX, it is an excellent “buddy workout” class. You can bring a workout buddy to try the classes without having to worry about being in the same conditioning. The TRX programs are designed to work for any level of difficulty.
If you’ve never done TRX sign up for a class at your gym, if they offer one, before you commit to any at-home or individual training. That way your instructor can teach you the proper way to do a move without injuring yourself.
Kendra McNulty, NESTA CPT, TRX Instructor, and SPINNING Instructor teaches at The Studio (Pilates, TRX, Spinning, and Yoga) off of Temecula Parkway.