UNC Health Talk

TRX – Fitness Anywhere

Over the past few years I have been doing quite a bit of business and leisure traveling. With little access to a gym on my trips, I was forced into workouts that usually involved running. As much as I like the versatility of running, it’s not my favorite thing to do. I usually ended my workouts with sore knees, feet, and hips. In addition, my workouts were becoming boring and repetitive. Recently I had the opportunity to purchase a TRX suspension trainer and I have taken it with me on my trips. It has allowed me the freedom to work out on my own terms with the ability to tailor my workout to the intensity that I desire. I can workout for 20 minutes or an hour. I can push myself to the limits or take a leisurely pace and scale it back to a easy to moderate level. I can work out in my hotel room, at a park, or even on the beach. I recently purchased the TRX door anchor which allows me to utilize my suspension trainer just about anywhere that has a framed door.

Without a gym, I was able to ensure that I could have a fun, fast, effective workout by bringing my TRX along with me.

TRX (Total Resistance eXercise) was born from Randy Hetrick, a former Navy SEAL. It is a full body training system utilizing body weight for a practical, functional, and versatile workout. TRX is literally fitness anywhere. When I travel for business I am able to pack my TRX in my carry-on bag. No more than 1.5 lbs and taking up less space in my bag than an iPad, I was making a promise to myself that I would work out while I was away from home. Without a gym, I was able to ensure that I could have a fun, fast, effective workout by bringing my TRX along with me.

In a nutshell, TRX uses bodyweight exercises to provide anyone at any fitness level a full body strength training and cardiovascular workout. One of the most common questions I get about TRX is ‘can I really get as good of a workout with TRX as I get with free weights or weight machines?’ My answer is simple: yes, you can. TRX provides you with an opportunity to work your body as an interconnected chain of muscles the same way you do in all of your daily activities. Allowing your body to work as a unit allows you greater functionality and provides you with greater performance in just about any activity.

TRX works the core relentlessly: improving flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and balance. One of my favorite things about TRX is its versatility. I love incorporating different formats to create a new type of workout. TRX allows me to combine movements used in ballet, Pilates, boxing, and yoga generating an even more intense workout. I recently began working on a vinyasa TRX routine that incorporates yoga poses and flows with the TRX suspension trainer. This has challenged my current students and has intrigued those who have not tried it in the past.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try TRX yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you’re new to working out, it provides a great way to initiate yourself into weight training. You control your pace and you decide how hard you’re going to make it. For those extremely conditioned individuals, TRX will take your performance to the next level. If you have any interest in trying TRX, check out our Group Exercise Schedule for upcoming classes at our wellness center locations. There is a small fee for these classes, but members and non-members are both welcome!