TRX Training – Total Resistance eXercise
Trends, in every facet of life, come and go regularly. Nowhere is that more evident than in the arena of fitness, exercise and nutrition. Every few weeks, it seems, there’s another craze, another magical way to get ripped, another unique spin on the traditional detox. With so many fads appearing on the scene and then going away almost as quickly, it can be difficult to keep track of them and, more importantly, how to know which are of real benefit. One of the latest fascinations, for example, has focused around TRX training, with everyone from regular gym rats to crossfit followers raving about it. But exactly what is TRX training? Is it worth jumping on the bandwagon or is TRX simply another fitness frenzy that will soon pass?
TRX Training Explained
TRX stands for Total Resistance eXercise and is a suspension training system. What is suspension training? It's a form of resistance training consisting of body exercises using a system of ropes, webbing, and other flexible materials. This system, consisting of pulling at different angles, allows users to work against their own body weight. Suspension training promotes strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability, and is a refreshing twist on traditional exercise. There are many different types of suspension training and techniques — TRX is merely one type of suspension training.
Where Did TRX Training Come From?
TRX was a concept invented by Randy Hetrick, a former Navy Seal and Stanford graduate. Hetrick developed the system in the 1990s when he was still in the U.S. Navy. He created it as a way of keeping his troops in shape while in the field. Realizing its great potential, Hetrick began marketing it as a consumer product in 2005. TRX is designed to be easy to transport and use anywhere. Weighing under two pounds, the TRX system can be folded up and stored in a space smaller than a shoebox, making it extremely portable. The TRX Suspension Trainer kit is available for purchase online for around $200.
It can be difficult to distinguish between a valuable exercise and a passing trend. As it happens, TRX isn’t merely another fad. Suspension training has been around since the 1800s in one form or another. Classes of young boys used to utilize ropes to help develop muscles and flexibility, and many training programs have incorporated some type of suspension training into their curriculums.
Why Do TRX Training?
TRX training has many benefits. First of all, there are dozens — if not hundreds of possible exercises. You can work out any part of your body and the system is easily adjustable for all fitness levels. You don’t have to change weights or mess around much to make an exercise easier or more difficult. Simply shifting the position of your body will suffice. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there are exercises for you. The TRX system is also incredibly easy and convenient. You can set it up and take it down within minutes, anywhere at any time. You’ll also save time and money by not having to go to the gym. In other words, there’s no excuse for not exercising!
TRX is also excellent for building definition and “toning” the body. It is particularly beneficial for core conditioning, as core strength is central to most TRX exercises. Of course, it’s great for other things too, such as upper body strength training and legs. One of the distinct advantages of TRX training is that you can work out muscles you might not be able to access otherwise.
If you would like to know more about TRX and suspension training, stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. RX Fitness is here to help with your fitness goals, whatever they may be. We carry equipment and accessories of all kinds to fit every goal and budget and make your fitness routine more productive, including a variety of TRX and suspension training equipment. Come in and let us help you find exactly who you're looking for.
Contact Tim Adams for a free consultation or stop by the store and take something for a test drive. We’re here to help.