TRX workouts are an amazingly diverse way to get in a workout at home or at the gym. Back in the 90s, Randy Hetrick, a former Navy Seal and Stanford MBA, developed the Total Resistance eXercise, which we know today as the TRX. The core functionality revolves around suspension training, or using one’s own body weight to act as the resistance in an exercise. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a gym that doesn’t offer a TRX class or a bookstore that doesn’t have at least one training manual based solely around the TRX’s suspension training system. As with any piece of exercise equipment, there are going to be lovers and there are going to be haters. I just so happen to be a lover, and here’s why.
Key Benefits of TRX Workouts
If you have ever used a TRX for, say, a push-up workout, you know you can start by standing in an almost completely vertical position, where minimal effort is needed to perform a push-up. Then, by simply taking a small step backwards, more of your bodyweight is transferred to the TRX, adding resistance and making it that much more difficult to complete. No additional weights need to be added, and no adjustments to equipment are necessary. Simple and scalable!
Variety For Days
If an entire book can be written about using one piece of equipment, it’s a good sign that there is some variety to explore. TRX workouts can be focused on specific muscle groups or used for highly diverse full-body workouts. As I mentioned above, the slightest body position adjustment can increase the difficulty or change up the muscle group being targeted. If I had to choose one piece of home workout equipment, it would easily be a TRX.
Fun For Everyone
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, professional athlete, or senior citizen, TRX workouts can be easily incorporated into your daily fitness routine. Increased flexibility, core strength, and agility are all proven results of suspension training, which benefits many different people in the general population in many different ways. Very few pieces of stand-alone equipment can be passed from grandpa to grandson and from daughter to mother with next to no adjustments needed.
Sample TRX Exercises
TRX Pushup – Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds. What’s great about this exercise is that you can start from a standing position with very little resistance, and continue to move your body into a more horizontal starting position, in turn shifting your body weight onto the TRX and creating a more difficult pushup.
TRX Back Row – This is basically a TRX pushup in reverse. Grab the handles, keep your arms straight and lean back. The further you lean your body back, the more bodyweight is loaded onto the TRX and the more difficult the row will be. With your heels planted on the floor, slowly pull your chest up towards the roof and complete the rowing motion.
TRX Plank Knee Crunch – Plant your hands on the ground and get into a pushup position. Hook your toes into the TRX so that they are approximately hanging 1′ off the ground, and your body is in a plank position. Pull your knees towards your chest and straighten back out into a plank position.