An octogenarian, a model, and a mobility-challenged athlete enter a gym. They each take the handles of a TRX Suspension Trainer.
This isn’t the set-up for a joke. It’s the reality of suspension training. Because unlike kettlebells and heavy weights, there’s no baseline fitness level to start with a TRX Suspension Trainer. This is a tool for anybody, anywhere. Instead of upgrading or downgrading your gear, TRX makes it easy to progress or regress your workout, according to what your body needs on any given day.
TRX for Older Adults
Did you know that older adults are expected by 25% of the American population by 2030? As our bodies age and chronic health conditions emerge, exercise becomes increasingly important to help manage and mitigate the risks of chronic disease and disability.
TRX Suspension Training can help with even the most mobility-limited older clients. According to a peer-reviewed study conducted by Dr. Christian Thompson at the University of San Francisco, the TRX Suspension Training system is a safe, effective exercise modality to utilize in older adults deemed to be at risk for an accidental fall. The Suspension Trainer can be used for mobility exercises for the ankle, hip, thoracic spine and shoulder; muscle strengthening exercises for the lower and upper body; and dynamic balance/gait enhancement exercises.
TRX for the Non-Disabled
Iskra Lawrence knows all-too-well the pressure that society places on women to achieve the perfect body. Lawrence started modeling at 13, and it wasn’t long before things turned ugly. “I was subjected to body shaming and, unfortunately, that led to me to have an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, which meant that I spent years hating my body and I saw exercise as punishment.”
Lawrence—who is now a body positivity advocate and model—spent years dreading the gym, but she eventually found a way to channel those negative feelings into loving and nourishing herself. TRX became one of those things that she loved.
She said she turned to the TRX Suspension Trainer “when I went to the gym, and I wanted to do something that really worked my body in an amazing way—made it more mobile, more stable, more flexible, but also helped with my strength.” The beauty of TRX in a gym setting is that it eliminates the competitive element that can take over with free weights and cardio equipment. There’s no timer or progress meter or numbered level for your peers to judge. It’s just you and the straps. And for people who prefer to exercise without an audience, the Suspension Trainer is just as effective at home.
“I feel like it helped my strength from the inside out, and there were so many fun ways I could relearn how to fall in love with fitness,” Lawrence said. “It’s been part of that journey in falling with my body and how it can move and being proud of its abilities.”
TRX for Adaptive Athletes
Most fitness advertising and programming is targeted to the able-bodied. Far too often, adaptive athletes have to get creative in their workout designs. TRX tools like the Suspension Trainer and the Rip Trainer make it easy for adaptive athletes to pursue their fitness goals. TRX equipment can be used in both rehabilitative and strength training workouts for the upper body and core. As the video below shows, TRX offers a serious workout for any body.
Anybody, anywhere. No matter your fitness background or your proximity to a gym, the TRX Suspension Trainer is ready to help guide you on the path to becoming your strongest self. All you need is a set of straps and the motivation to make it happen.