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TRX Suspension Trainer Review

TRX Suspension Trainer Review

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Updated March 25, 2012

TRX Suspension Trainer

TRX Suspension Trainer

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Designed by a former Navy SEAL, the TRX Suspension Trainer is an ideal portable piece of exercise equipment that allows a full-body workout almost anywhere.

The TRX Suspension Trainer Overview

The TRX Suspension Trainer is a simple yet effective piece of exercise equipment that lets you use your own body weight to get a complete, full-body workout almost anytime and anyplace. The two-pound strap and anchor system work with your body weight to allow hundreds of specific movements to help you achieve the type of fitness you want. You can create a routine that builds power, strength, flexibility, balance or even endurance.

Because you are in control of how you leverage your body weight, the system can be used as you move from beginner fitness to extreme fitness.

Endless Variety of Exercises

With the TRX Suspension Trainer, the number of exercises you can do is only limited by your creativity. Yes, there is a great instruction book that provides a basic workout routine to get you started. But the number of different ways you can use this system seems endless. You can move in virtually any direction, at any intensity, just by modifying your position for more or less assistance (leverage).

Core Specific Exercises

The TRX Suspension Trainer primarily focuses on core strength and stability. This is a huge benefit in one small piece of equipment. The majority of the movements require you to engage the core from the hips all the way to the shoulder girdle. You will know it when you fail to contract the core muscles properly because you will tend to collapse and fold your torso, or hyperextend your spine and have incomplete or awkward movements.

TRX Suspension Trainer Cons

Price

The biggest downside of this product may be the price. If spending $189.95 on a set of sturdy straps and anchors (along with the extras) doesn't make you bat an eye, then go for it. If nothing else, your workouts will be new, and you will engage muscles in a new way.

Anchor Points

Anchoring the system isn't a simple thing for those working out a home. Yes, you can use a door, but it seems to limit some of the exercises. Anchoring the system overhead allows more freedom of movement, but not everyone has (or wants) a great overhead anchor bolt in their living room.

Will the Novelty Wear off?

I wonder about the sustainability of the routines. It would be nice to hear how people feel about the TRX System after they've been using it for several months to see if it's just another fun, new fad that grows old over time. I've only done a short demo routine on the TRX, and I don't own one. It's hard for me to say if it would become stale or would become a core part of my training routine over time.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
TRX is the best, Member angmonroe

I have been using TRX for about 2 years now exclusively. I use to do free weights and weight machines, but the TRX has been so much better. I get much better and faster results using it then I ever did with weights.

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