TRX Suspension Training is a revolutionary total-body fitness program that uses gravity against an individual’s body weight to simultaneously develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. 

Originally designed by Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick to keep himself and his teammates in peak condition while deployed, the first design, which included a few lengths of parachute webbing hand-stitched together with rubber boat-repair tools, has evolved into the current system of straps, buckles and carabiners. 

Today you will find TRX suspension training in gyms, training centers, physical-therapy offices, ballet studios, swimming pools and in homes. According to TRX representatives, the system has become a mainstay of strength and conditioning routines for their athletes. 

But it’s not just for the athlete. Among my favorite populations to train with the TRX are the deconditioned and those rehabbing an injury. The beauty of TRX is people of all ages and abilities can use it.

Because a person is using body weight instead of free weights for training, a slight change in foot positioning can change the definition of “challenging” for each participant. In every class I teach, I offer ways to change the exercise to meet the personal needs of each participant.

Each class at the YMCA is led by an instructor who has been trained in the TRX system. Classes are offered in 30-minute and one-hour segments.

Thirty-minute “Body Blast” classes allow the participant to experience a full-body workout focusing on the large metabolic muscles of the legs, chest, back and core.

Sixty-minute classes incorporate short bursts of cardio intervals and may include using the battling ropes, doing jumping jacks or running stairs.

The 30-minute “Flexibility and Balance” class allows participants to focus on increasing flexibility while incorporating exercises that increase body awareness.

The “Teen Class” is designed specifically for teens aged 14 to 18 so they can experience a class with their peers.

TRX classes are run as fee-based classes. For $25 you can purchase a TRX punch card that buys you eight hours of classes. These hours can be used in any combination of 30-minute/60-minute classes. As a bonus, at the completion of the eighth hour, the ninth hour is free!

The tagline for TRX is “All core, all the time,” and it’s true. If you’re looking for a way to redefine strength and/or core training, give TRX a try.

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