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The TRX System, also known as Total Resistance Exercises, refers to a specialized form of suspension training that utilizes equipment developed by former U.S. Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick. TRX is a form of suspension training that uses body weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete the exercises. TRX’s designers claim that it draws on research from the military, pro sports, and academic institutions along with experience gathered from the TRX team, who work “with thousands of athletes, coaches, trainers, first responders, subject matter experts, professors, and service members in all branches.”

TRX uses a single strap hung in half, usually from a ceiling, with loops for hands or feet on either end. The singular piece of kit might not look like much, but after a few minutes of this tough workout, you’ll soon be feeling it.

TRX equipment has been a common sight in gyms for some time, but now specially created classes are popping up all over the country. Led by an instructor, classes are a perfect option for anyone wanting to give TRX a go for the first time.

What can I expect from my TRX training session?
  1. Walking through the doors of a new class can always seem daunting, but using the TRX is simpler than it looks.
  2. In most studios, the set up will include a number of different straps at alternating heights around the room depending on the exercises.
  3. Higher up straps will be used for upper body exercises like a horizontal pull up or a press up, while the lower straps are better for lunges or plank-based movements.
  4. The instructor will talk you through how to adjust the straps and how to perform each move.
  5. For every exercise, you’ll either be hovering off the ground or leaning into or away from the straps to create the push/pull resistance.
  6. The instructor will keep an eye on tempo and technique, to ensure that you’re activating the right muscles and not going to cause yourself injury.
  7. Once the TRX session comes to an end, you’ll take a few minutes to cool down and stretch out those tired muscles.
  8. Class duration can vary, but most are around 45 minutes
TOP TIP: If you can keep your core engaged, shoulders pulled down and posture aligned throughout, then you’ll be smashing through the reps in no time.