The Beginner’s Guide to TRX Suspension Training

By Jeff D Huling, TRX Partnership Manager

Do you ever walk around your local Anytime Fitness and wonder what the yellow straps are that hang from the ceiling? Or maybe you already know it’s TRX Suspension Training but you don’t know how to use it. Either way, if you want to add some great resistance training to your routine, TRX is the perfect place to get started!

What is TRX?

TRX Suspension Training is a relatively new piece of equipment developed by U.S. Navy SEALS that includes a set of yellow and black straps that you “hang from” in order to do all different types of resistance training exercises. TRX is especially effective in developing strength, balance, flexibility, movement, and stability. It’s been described as “ALL core ALL the time!”

Why Should I Do It?

TRX is a unique training tool, because instead of using exercise machines or hand held weights, you are using your own body weight and gravity to perform a particular exercise. YOU hold the power!

Traditional training usually works on one muscle at a time and is done in a linear fashion, whereas suspension training allows you to move and contort your body into positions you never thought were possible, thus working multiple muscles and joints simultaneously. And, it also gets your heart rate going to provide a great cardiovascular workout.

*Keep in mind that because you’re using your own body weight, and controlling the angles and movements yourself, this type of exercise can work for all fitness levels.

How often should I use TRX?

TRX is a total body training system so you don’t have to worry as much about scheduling different body parts for different days. Many people find they really enjoy working out on TRX, and since it doesn’t require as much time, it’s easy to fit 10-20 minutes in daily. However, you will certainly see great results with 2 or 3 good TRX workouts a week, as well. Some Anytime Fitness’ have a certified TRX trainer, so don’t hesitate to ask your gym about what’s best for you.

Bonus Option: Rip Training

While the TRX Suspension Training uses resistance straps, the TRX Rip Training uses a lever bar and resistance cord to provide a unique workout that focuses on speed, mobility, and rotation. Rip Training will challenge your body’s ability to control and resist rotation and replicates the same types of asymmetrical movements we use in everyday life (carrying groceries, performing athletic movements, picking up a child, etc).

Now that you are armed with the basics of TRX, you can give the system a try with this basic TRX workout!

TRX Suspension Basic Workout

Instructions: Do each exercise for 45 seconds. Then take a 30 second break before continuing onto the next exercise. Beginners: Decrease each exercise to 30 seconds.

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Photo credit: TRX

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