It’s a story as timeless as Kerouac’s On the Road. Three young men seeking a bit of excitement and adventure set off to experience all that America has to offer… and they brought along their TRX.
Joe Trout, 25, Jacob Trout, 24, and Evan Ellison, 22, left Virginia for three weeks on the open road, traveling first to West Virginia then on to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California (with a stop at TRX HQ!), Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Whew! I think it’s safe to say they saw more of the US than most Americans, and bringing the TRX along for the ride was a no-brainer for the group. “The TRX is great because it’s basically a gym in a bag, for less than two pounds… ideal for a long road trip like ours!” says Trout Senior.
The impetus for the trip was the start of the fall semester, which for Trout meant the start of his graduate program for Exercise Physiology at Marshall University. With a full course load looming on the horizon, Trout realized there was no time like the present to slip away and see this vast country before hunkering down to papers and exams, so he grabbed his brother and cousin and took off. The only known destination was family in Sacramento. Outside of that, the trio let their whims and desires guide them.
Where do you go when you can go anywhere?! National parks are a good starting point, and luckily they boast abundant anchor points. “We set the TRX up in most of the state parks we visited,” says Trout. “Some of the most unusual anchoring points were on a light pole at Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone National Park, a tree at Iceburg Lake in Glacier National Park (Evan, bottom right), a tree limb at Crater Lake (Jacob, top right) and a tree on the Mist Trail right below Half Dome at Yosemite National Park.” The group encountered the most “gawkers” at Yellowstone, and not just the human kind: they were surrounded by elk as they busted out their TRX workout (Joe, middle left). “The elk definitely made us much more of an attraction than we would have been otherwise,” says Trout. But that’s not to say they didn’t have their fair share of attention at multiple stops on the trip, where curious onlookers would ask questions like, “What is that? How does it work?” And then, “Where do I get one?”
Now safely home and a few weeks into his graduate program, Trout’s wanderlust is still not sated. He’s already dreaming of future travel: camping trips, business trips and hopefully another coast to coast road trip. And in the passenger seat? The TRX. “Yes, it will be coming with me,” says Trout. “It really is all levels, all places, all goals.”