Over the past weekend, my brother and I did our first TRX class at the gym. Our gym offers a class in a small group setting for an additional charge. However, your first class is free, and our friend was taking it and convinced us to try it out.
What is TRX? Straight from the TRX website: “TRX Suspension Training requires the use of the TRX® Suspension Trainer™, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s bodyweight to enable hundreds of exercises that can be instantly scaled for any user to reach any fitness or training goal. The easily scalable nature of TRX Suspension Training makes it a practical solution wherever you are on the fitness continuum.” (source)
There are tons of different exercises that can be done, and it works your entire body. For the class that we took, there were 6 “stations” set up with two exercises each using opposing muscle groups. Each exercise was completed for one minute, so the entire circuit took 12 minutes. We took a break, changed the moves, and went through again. All of the planks were probably the hardest for me.
Merely holding a plank was difficult while being suspended. However, we did a suspended pike, and then spread our legs apart and back in for some adduction/abduction work. HOLY BURN! It hurt for the entire 60 seconds.
We also did the chest fly and chest press on the TRX.
(Form is not perfect as we were simply fooling around, snapping pictures when the class ended.) You could easily make each move more or less challenging by moving where your feet were. If you made your body at a steeper incline, the exercise became more difficult. You worked as hard as you wanted. Push-ups are always tough, but apparently I thought they were funny…
Notice my red, sweaty face. Lovely. In addition to the TRX, we used the ropes at one station. I never knew how many variations of moves on the ropes there were!
There was a heavy set and a light set. Being my first class, I used the light set. Even the light set was tiring! The next picture shows me and Jason demonstrating how we lunged. Lunge first, then pop your back leg up with a little hop.
Brother/sister duo right thurr. One station did not require equipment. The four moves we did were low burpees, fast feet, side to side slow lunges, and my favorite: walk the wall.
You slowly walk your feet up the wall and then hold as long as you can. Fun times.
Would I do the class again? Honestly, I loved the class because it was a different workout than what I am used to. However, since we did two times through the 12 minute circuit, we only worked for 24 minutes in what was supposed to be an hour-long class. I’m not sure if it was the instructor we had or if this is how all classes are, but I’m not sure if I’d pay $15 for 24 minutes in addition to my monthly membership fee. Now that I am familiar with several moves, I would like to incorporate the TRX into some of my workouts on my own, for sure.
There really is just so much that can be done, and it truly challenged my body, especially my core strength which I will continue to work on. I would say if you have never done a TRX class before, give it a try. Itz definitely worth it – at least once!
You tell me: Have you ever done a TRX class? Thoughts?
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