Born out of the NAVY SEALs, TRX is a versatile piece of exercise equipment that is portable, durable, and easy to use. The TRX utilizes your own bodyweight as resistance in which you can push, pull, squat, and any other movement you could imagine.
As a personal trainer, I tried out the TRX for myself. Having never used it before I glanced at the manual and looked at the recommended workout. I hit my timer and went at it for 20 minutes. My initial thoughts were this piece of equipment actually does what it says. It is as good as advertised. I started with pushups then right into some inverted pull-ups. Next I jumped into some squats, then lunges, then back to the push ups and pull ups sequence. It was amazing and it flowed so beautifully. My body started to sweat and I was feeling good!
Fast-forward 10 minutes, I was getting a bit tired, but not from the exercises! I was tired of the routine. I could only do so much with that sequence. I repeated it four times and was bored! What was next? I tried some of the more advanced exercises that required you to hang your feet up off the floor. Again, I was excited for these new tricks! 3 minutes later after having to adjust the straps to right height and learning how to get my big feet in the handles I was bored, again. My brain got bored and therefore my body got lazy.
Slightly sweaty and twenty minutes later here are my initial post workout thoughts on this piece of equipment.
Durable: (4/5) Yes, well constructed, I weight 185 pounds and could easily hang from it. Be sure to attach to something that will not break under the pressure. The handles/grips look nice brand new but look like they will wear down pretty fast.
Portable: (5/5) Yes, it weighs about 4lbs and comes with a little carry case
Easy to use: (4/5) Yes, may take a little learning at first, but fairly easy. You’ll have to play with it bit to get the right length.
Versatile: (5/5) Very! This thing can be used in so many ways! The possibilities are endless. The more creative you are the more moves you will discover.
Value: (3/5) This piece of equipment fair to slightly expensive for what it can do. Competitor prices are much lower. There are plenty of copy-cat suspension trainers that do the same thing but may or may not have the same quality. I would much rather invest in a small set of dumbbells for $200.
Overall: (21/25) The TRX is great supplemental piece of exercise equipment. I would use this piece of equipment for a quick no nonsense 20 minute workout. If you’re looking for something a little different this may just right for you! Just get it on sale because this piece of equipment is between $175-199 !
M.A., NASM CPT, ISSA CFT, NESTA PFT