Today I want to talk about the TRX training suspension system. These days there are so many different options when it comes to working out. Many products try to set themselves apart. TRX suspension trainers have been around for several years and are one of my favorites.
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Navy SEAL Squadron Commander Randy Hetrick developed the original system using a Jiu-Jitsu belt and parachute webbing, as a way to stay in shape while in remote areas of the world. TRX has come a long way since then.
TRX training suspension system one of the most effective full body trainers on the market. You can find suspension trainers in gyms and studios; they are also perfect for working out at home.
In this post, I will discuss TRX, and how you can use the straps to get a full body workout. Toward the end of the post, I will walk through a few of the different models that are available and discuss the component that each model includes. The different trainers work very much the same, but each model will have some different features.
Let’s get right into it!
You will use the TRX Suspension Trainer with a secure elevation point, such as a door, a tree branch, a tree trunk, or beam. You want to make sure the point you are anchoring to is secure. Ideally, it is nice to have the anchor point about eight feet off the ground, but not critical.
TRX is great for core, which is something that I am very passionate about since I have dealt with back pain for most of my adult life. You can read more information on my story. I am always looking for great ways to improve core strength, and I believe the TRX system does just that.
Since the movements are dynamic and you have to keep yourself stable while performing these movements, you will keep your core engaged during these full body movements. I love training that is off balance; it really makes me focus and concentrate on the exercise at hand. This type of movement helps build not only strength but also flexibility.
No matter what your fitness level, beginner or pro athlete, you can benefit from the TRX. It makes you move your body differently than just pushing a barbell, or lifting a dumbbell. If nothing else, this will make you change up your workout and add a new element.
I get complacent!
I notice that sometimes I get complacent, doing the same things all the time. My body gets used to certain movements, and it gets easier just from that standpoint alone. Then when I introduce something new, I sometimes struggle. It makes me think either I am not as strong as I thought, or I really need to break out of my comfort zone.
I recently started using suspension training, and I was really surprised at how difficult it actually is. I get so used to doing the same things at the gym, adding some variety is awesome.
For instance, with bicep curls, I don’t have to lean back very far with the TRX trainer to get a great workout, same thing with inverted rows. It is pretty amazing how just changing the angle that I lift from, makes a big difference in the muscle groups I work, and the level of difficulty.
Using the inverted row as an example, when I pull from more of a shoulder level height, I feel it more in my trapezius and deltoids, so more of an upper back/shoulder area. The lower I row, the more it works the lats. So these subtle little changes in the angles and bodyweight make a really big difference in which muscles you can target.
There are so many variations you can do; you can perform hundreds of exercises, and you can you can use your imagination and work all kinds of different muscle groups.
The thing I like is the versatility of the TRX training suspension system. Again, you can work a lot of different muscle groups with slight positioning adjustments.
My personal experience
My experience has been very positive using the TRX Suspension Training system. One thing I would warn you, at least this is something I noticed, is grip strength. When I first started, I noticed that moving in a fluid motion from one exercise to the next; my hands didn’t get much of a break. I did notice my grip was a little weak when I started out. If your grip starts to fail a little bit, don’t worry about it, your grip will improve with time, but that is something to keep in mind.
Also, I noticed that a lot of the upper body, push, pull motions require a good amount of shoulder strength. Of course, that is the beautiful thing about the TRX system is that by just moving your body closer or further from the anchor point, you can change the resistance just like that.
So, if you are a beginner, you can have less resistance starting out, which will allow you to grow into the suspension trainer as well.
That is one thing that is so awesome about this product; it is portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go. All you need is a sturdy door, a tree, a chin-up bar on a playground, and you are good to go.
The possibilities are pretty much endless for workout options. The TRX system allows you to do all of this plus a ton of other stuff:
- Inverted Rows
- Bicep curls
- Tricep extensions
- Core – Oh the core work you can do!
The TRX can provide a dedicated leg work out. However, this will also require you to engage your core when completing your leg training. You can perform TRX lunges and other variations, to get a leg workout.
There so many exercises that you can do with this system. You can work upper body, lower body, back, core, so that pretty much covers it all LOL.
- Suspension training is a great way to work your entire body
- Portable so you can take it with you
- Come with the door hanger
- You can use this indoors or outdoors
- Easy to setup
- Improve flexibility, strength, and stability
- Perfect for all fitness levels, beginner to professional athlete
- At first, I noticed my grip strength needs to improve
- It will take some time to get used to the motions and how to flow from one exercise to the next
- If you are a powerlifter or enjoy lifting insanely heavy weights, this might not be for you
How to set-up the TRX Suspension Trainer
Door jam – To set you TRX up using a door jam, you will use the included door anchor. The door anchor fits snugly over the top of any door. It fits right in between the top of the door itself and the door jam. You will need to make sure the door closes nice and tight.
Ideally, you want to use an exterior door that doesn’t have a hollow core. You don’t have to use a solid core door, but ideally, that is the best case scenario. Using a hollow or solid core door depends on how much you weigh and the quality of the door.
One more thing too, you want to have the door hanger to the side where the hinges are. This is one more step to make sure the TRX is anchored nice and tight, where the door will be the strongest.
The door anchor is nicely padded, and the ribbed webbing strap goes over the top of the door so it will not damage the door. You also want to have the system set-up so that you are working out on the side of the door that closes.
I would not recommend using a French door. French doors usually have glass in them and are definitely not made for something like this. Also, you have to have this set up so that you are working from the side where the door closes, this help to ensure a nice snug fit. So you will effectively be pulling the door closed.
If you would like to attach the trainer permanently, you can purchase the extra mounting kit and attach the trainer to the wall or ceiling.
TRX Suspension anchor
You can use any other sturdy and tall anchor point, including a tree, or a jungle gym at your local park. The included suspension anchor allows you to wrap this thing around just about anything you want. The suspension anchor has sewn in notches which help you get the right height for your trainer. You wrap the suspension anchor around a secure object, then attach the TRX trainer to the suspension anchor.
About the TRX straps
The TRX straps are composed of industrial grade webbing, sewn together with a heavy gauge bonded nylon thread, which is double-stitched for strength and durability. These straps are meant to last a lifetime.
How long are the straps – The straps are adjustable in length so that you can get just the right fit. Adjustable handles are also great for multiple users.
One example of adjusting the strap is when you want to use the foot cradle for an exercise, like pushups. When you are standing up straight next to the TRS straps, you would want to have the foot cradles hit at about your mid-calf. Using this guideline will give you an idea what length you would want the straps to be, for any exercises where you are going to use the foot cradle.
Weight limit – 350 pounds for all TRX systems
Handles – There are a couple of different styles of handles that I will get into in the product descriptions below, but the basic set up of the handles is a plastic cylinder core with an outer foam cover for a comfortable grip.
Also, the handles also have a foot cradle attached, made from the same webbing. So you have the plastic core handle for your hands, and then the foot cradle can be used for a ton of other workouts involving your core and lower body.
There is an app available as well, and you can purchase workout routines for download. They also offer options for coaching. The TRX app gives you guided exercise videos and can also connect with wearables.
There is a lot of good stuff within the app, but you can, of course, use the TRX straps without the app. The app is a way to track progress, keep you engaged and compete with your friends.
One more thing, there are a ton of videos on YouTube with various ways to use the TRX system, way too many to list 🙂 I would recommend looking into some of the videos for great workout routines to follow.
TRX Training – Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor
What’s in the box
- TRX training strap – this is the black and yellow strap with handles that you work out with
- TRX Suspension anchor – this is what you use to anchor your straps to a tree, beam, or another object that is not a door jam
- TRX Door anchor – Of course this is what you use to anchor your TRX system to a door
- Carrying bag so you can take it with you
- Workout book and guide
TRX Training – Pro 3 Suspension Training Kit
What’s in the box:
- TRX training strap – The straps are super strong and durable and are super easy to adjust and lock tightly in place.
- TRX Door anchor – Use this to hang the suspension trainer on a door in your house, or even a hotel when you are traveling.
- Carrying bag
- Xtender – This will help with high or wide anchor points. The extender is a nice added feature not included in the basic kit
- The carabiner is really beefy.
- The equalizer loop, which is the common point where the two straps meet has been reinforced, so it will last a long time
A couple of things that set this trainer apart from the Basic Kit are the handles, which are antimicrobial, textured handles. There are three anchoring solutions, which include the door anchor, suspension anchor and Xtender which extends the trainer when using high or wide anchor points, like a giant tree branch.
TRX Training – GO Suspension Trainer Kit
What’s in the box:
- TRX training strap
- TRX Door anchor
- TRX Suspension Anchor
- Carrying bag
A lighter weight version with all the functionality of the other trainers listed, the Go suspension trainer is a great option.
Conclusion: TRX Training Suspension System
There are several different options to choose from when it comes to TRX training suspension systems. Each of the trainers is similar in functionality but includes a few more bells and whistles depending on how much you want to spend. I think the Go trainer is good entry level option, but I like the extra features that the Basic Kit provides. The Pro version is just a little beefier all around and includes the Xtender.
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