What is TRX?: TRX Suspension Training

What is TRX?

TRX exercise is a branded system that utilizes cables suspended from the ceiling or other fixed point above the exerciser. This is known as suspension training and TRX is the king of this type of training the same way Kleenex is to tissue paper. Read my TRX Review.

The benefits of suspension training may not be obvious at first glance, but the first time you try it, you’ll immediately understand the reason for the growth in this type of training. I liken it to the rings apparatus in men’s gymnastics. Imagine having the rings to do all sorts of exercises and also have the ability to adjust the resistance to where almost anyone could do it and you have TRX training.

Benefits of TRX

If you’ve read enough of my lists of best exercises or 5 bests, you know that I’m a big fan of TRX.  Here’s why:

  • All exercises are whole body exercises that use more muscle
  • Your core is very involved in all exercises
  • The instability of the system forces the exerciser to use more even muscle than most other exercises
  • TRX suspension training can be performed anywhere you can secure it overhead-even outside.
  • It’s light weight
  • It’s amazingly inexpensive considering how many exercises you can do with it
  • No matter how fit you are, the first time you do a TRX workout, you’ll feel for days that you did something substantial.[hmtad name=”In Content” align=”left”]

TRX is available for purchase by individuals for use at home or at most health clubs where they sometimes have TRX classes. Lot’s of personal trainers have them because they understand the benefits.
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At some point in the near future I’ll be listing TRX exercises and TRX workouts. Please check back.

Mike Caton

TRX Review

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Overview
Created as a tool for the Navy SEALS to train in any environment, TRX is a suspension training system. To learn more about TRX and its benefits, click here. It utilizes two straps with handles attached to something overhead. Once secured, you can accomplish a vast array of exercises using some degree of your body weight.  TRX is really a piece of exercise equipment that also has designed workout programs for a variety of goals.

The Good

The TRX workouts can be accomplished anywhere you can attach it over head. It works indoors or out.

The intensity is easy to adjust by simply changing the position of your body. This works by gaining or losing gravity resistance.

The free moving cables force you to control them more. This leads to greater muscle use, leading to greater exercise benefits.

TRX exercises probably require more focus than any other exercise form. An explanation of this would be an article itself for another day. But, know that the harder you have to focus, the more muscle and energy you are using to accomplish the movement.

TRX offers a variety of workouts. Some are free while others have a fee.

The TRX system doesn’t take up much space. It is also light weight.

Every move forces you to use your core. It also works on your balance.

The Bad

It can be tough to find anchor points in some houses. TRX has a system for attaching to doorways. But, to be honest, I don’t like attaching it to a door very much. I find it limiting and too short of a cable to feel good. I much prefer to attach it to a ceiling (at least 6 feet high).

Summary

At the risk of appearing disingenuous, I love TRX. I can’t say I’d like it every day, or for everything, but I think it’s awesome! I feel amazingly spent after a tough 10-15 minute circuit. The amount of muscle that’s brought in to help because of the balance that’s required is the difference. If you have a good anchor point for it, I’d recommend it wholeheartedly. Even if you don’t do it all the time, you’ll want it as a staple of your workout possibilities.

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