Ever since TRX suspension training took the fitness world by storm, we've been rather obsessed with its ability to whip anyone, not just Navy SEALS, into shape. Using the suspension of two straps, TRX is an effective way to build muscle while combining cardio with strength training. Although it's a fairly simple concept, there is still a lot to know about the core-powered workout. Consider this your handbook for everything TRX related, then let your gym provide you with the final test!
What Exactly Is TRX?
You know those black and yellow straps you see hanging around your gym? That's TRX! Created by a Navy SEAL, TRX is a full-body strength workout that utilizes a person's own body weight instead of relying on machines or dumbbells. It's good for endurance athletes, power lifters, and fitness newbies alike. Comparable to a simple version of reformer Pilates or antigravity yoga, TRX offers a total-body workout, centered on your core and relying on your body weight. If you're still not convinced, consider these six reasons before trying a class.
Why Should I Do It?
For short, there are more reasons than one! It's great for both beginners and fitness junkies, not to mention those always on the go. The two suspension straps allow for an infinite number of exercises that help to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Check out this post for an in-depth explanation of all the reasons why.
What Should I Expect?
Expect a great workout. Although every gym does it a little differently, don't be intimidated; the exercises can easily be adapted to your fitness level. Be prepared to start slow, as little by little you can train up to the full position. Breathe through the movement, and as always, listen to your body. Keep these tips in mind as well.
Can I Do It at Home?
Yes, you can do TRX almost anywhere — that's the best part! We first suggest you try it in the gym or with a trainer to get the hang of it, but then go to town in the comfort of your home. Watch this video for three moves to strengthen your core and this TRX tutorial to tone your lower body.