What is TRX Training?

With the popularization of TRX Suspension Training, many people are asking what I think about Suspension Training. When I reply that I am the proud owner of a TRX System for my workout program and it is one of the many exercise tools I mix into my patients/clients programs, that is all they need to hear. For those who are unfamiliar with Suspension Training, TRX explains that it is…”a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s bodyweight to enable hundreds of exercises that can be instantly scaled for any user to reach any fitness or training goal.” TRX was born in the Navy SEALs and uses body weight exercise to simultaneously develop strength, power, endurance, mobility, durability, balance, flexibility, and core stability.  You can attach TRX to a door, a fixed anchor on a wall or ceiling, a squat rack or pull up bar, a swing set, a tree or any other sturdy structure.  As you can see with the anchor options and it’s gym in a bag qualities, that is why this truly is a “Fitness Anywhere” device!  Since my words won’t give the TRX justice, here is a picture that shows the TRX in action!

For those worried about biting off more than they can chew with the TRX system, have no fear!  Based on the 3 simple principles below, the TRX can be scaled to the fitness level of an exercise novice or elite professional athlete.

For most standing movements, positioning your feet closer to the anchor point will increase resistance and heighten the challenge. Stepping farther away from the anchor point will decrease resistance and make movements easier to execute.

For ground-based movements, moving your feet away from the anchor point will increase resistance and heighten the challenge. Moving your feet towards the anchor point or behind the anchor point will decrease resistance and make movements easier to execute.

In general, performing movements with a narrower base of support or unilaterally (using just one arm or just one leg instead of both arms or both legs) will increase the challenge of TRX movements. The wider your base of support, the more stable you will be during TRX movements and the less challenging they will be to perform.

(courtesy of http://www.trxtraining.com, 2012)

If you are thinking about starting a fitness program and you have space limitations,  no current equipment or you travel extensively with work, the TRX is a great gateway into exercise that will take you as far as you want to go as your strength, stability and conditioning improve.

About cvolgraf

Senior Exercise Physiologist and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Princeton Longevity Center
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