There’s an assumption in life that we outgrow things. We don’t wear the same clothes as adults that we did as children. When a family expands, it often requires a larger home. Tastes change. People evolve. The idea of something that can truly grow with you is so foreign that we tend to dismiss it as fiction. But the TRX Suspension Trainer is the outlier from that school of thought: it’s a fitness tool that see you through the easiest and most challenging stages of your fitness journey.
For Suspension Trainer beginners, social media videos featuring freestyle TRX moves can be intimidating. In the real world, getting started is simple. There is no “working up” to using the Suspension Trainer. Exercises with this tool can be modified for anybody, anywhere.
Most basic TRX moves, like the TRX Chest Press or TRX Row, can be modified simply by changing your angle relative to the floor. Reps become easier when you take a step away from the anchor point, forming a more shallow angle. To make the move harder, simply take a step back, toward the anchor point. The key is to remember that the closer an athlete gets to standing parallel to the floor, the harder it will be to complete the rep.
TRX Suspension Trainer exercises constantly challenge your core, thanks to the tool’s secret sauce: the stabilizing loop. (That’s the loop at the top of the Suspension Trainer that can shift back and forth.) To prevent the stabilizing loop from sawing, an athlete has to engage their core to keep equal pressure on both handles. But there’s another way to progress or regress core challenges with the Suspension Trainer: to reduce the core challenge, you can set your feet wider apart, and to increase it, you can step your feet closer together or lift one foot.
Raising the Bar
Once you understand the basics of how to move with the TRX Suspension Trainer, the options are limitless. Beyond adjusting your angle or foot position, you can challenge yourself by executing slower reps, increasing your rep count without breaks, or adding a pulse at the deepest point of the rep.
Keep in mind, your body is not always up for handling the same level of intensity. When you’re recovering from illness or injuries, it’s okay to scale back in your Suspension Trainer workouts.
And while you’re working, don’t forget that the Suspension Trainer isn’t just for strength; it also can help improve your balance and mobility. It’s easy to get stuck in a stronger-is-better mindset, but mobility is just as important in preparing your body for long-term wellness. Make a point of including lateral movements and single-leg movements in your TRX workouts to promote better balance.
Joining the Elite
Athletes, military personnel, and supermodels alike love the TRX Suspension Trainer because it’s the perfect, portable tool for super-challenging workouts. Feel like you’re stuck in a workout rut? Follow TRX’s Facebook page and Instagram account for new ideas from trainers and athletes around the world. Got a move you want to share with the TRX community? Tag your own TRX video on social (@trxtraining) and you might be featured.