TRX Suspension Trainer Review – Part 1

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TRX Suspension Trainer Kathleen CrandallThis past weekend Kathleen and I got the chance to check out the latest from TRX and their TRX Suspension Trainer.  TRX was showcasing their latest lineup at the 2015 TRE (The Running Event) here in Austin and Kathleen I got down and dirty with Chris Frankel (Head of Human Performance) learning some of the basics to TRX training.

History

TRX got it’s start back in 1997 when Navy SEAL Squadron Commander, Randy Hetrick, made use of a  jujitsu belt, parachute webbing and a little ingenuity to develop the first version of the TRX® Suspension Trainer™.  Over the years Randy has made improvements to his original designs that incorporate knowledge gained through repetitive use and feedback from customers.

TRX was showcasing 3 distinct versions of their TRX Suspension Training Kits including

  • TRX Fit (Least expensive – Retail $129.95)
  • TRX Home Gym – Retail $199.95
  • TRX Outdoor Gym (Most expensive – Retail $249.95)

We were fortunate to be given the TRX Home Gym and TRX Outdoor Gym for review.  All 3 TRX training systems are essentially the same, but the quality of both the parts and straps get better as you scale up in price.  You can think of the TRX Fit as an entry level system and at the other end of the spectrum, the TRX Outdoor Gym is a rock solid commercial grade product.  Regardless of which suspension trainer you choose, they all will allow you to perform the same basic exercises.

TRX Suspension Trainer Overview

The TRX Suspension Trainer provides an easy way to activate your core and strengthen your body while exercising.  Each Suspension Trainer allows you to incorporate over 300 different exercises and adjust the workload by simply using body weight and different angled positions.

So you might be wondering exactly what makes these straps so special.  Each suspension trainer is composed of 8 main parts including

  • Anchor Strap and Webbing including Anchor Loops
  • Carabiners
  • Adjustment Tabs
  • Equalizer Loop
  • Locking Loop
  • Adjustable Cam Buckles
  • Handles
  • Foot Cradles

trx-suspension-trainer total body Home gymThe anchor webbing is pretty obvious and allows you to attach the trainer to an anchor point be it a tree, a bar or TRX’s XMount or Door anchor.  It also serves as the rigging which everything else is attached.

The Carabiners are used when setting up the TRX to your anchor point.  These allow you to quickly adjust, attach and remove the strap.  The anchor webbing also has sewn loops to adjust the placement of the carabiner.

The Equalizer Loop serves as a way to micro adjust the handle placement so that they are level with each other.

The Locking Loop is a safety feature added that prevents users from falling to one side or the other due to loss of grip on a handle.

The adjustment Cam Buckles allow you to shorten or lengthen the straps as desired.

The Handles are mostly used for upper body exercises where hands are required.  The Foot Cradles are used for core routines and exercises requiring feet.

Stay tuned for our TRX Suspension Trainer Review – Part 2, where we will go into much more detail on the TRX Home Gym and TRX Outdoor Gym.

Check out TRX to learn more about the TRX Suspension Trainer.

 

 

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Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

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