It was a black and yellow strap with a hook at one end and two handles at the other. As it turns out, what I was holding was the T.R.X
Several years ago, while working on Cape Cod, my boss came to me with a box about six-inches wide and 12-inches long and told me to play around with it. I opened it up and found instructions for the T-Rex (at least that’s what I thought it was called).
It was a black and yellow strap with a hook at one end and two handles at the other. As it turns out, what I was holding was the T.R.X .Total body Resistance eXercise. So, I played around with it. I tried some squats and some rows for about ten minutes, then I put it away. It was hard for me to see the value in something so non-traditional.
In time, I realized that more and more studios and health clubs were beginning to use it. I came back to it and asked for it as a gift around Christmas time to try and explore it some more. I subsequently became certified as a group instructor. From that point on, I was sold.
You don’t realize the intricacies of the program until you have a chance to learn from someone knowledgeable. Before my training, I rarely adjusted the straps and failed to see the true value of the program. I didn’t see how you could get a good workout from something so simple. And you can. An amazing, full-body workout that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s all about using your own bodyweight and constantly engaging the core. There are over 75 exercises that can be performed, all excellent for toning, increasing heart rate, and keeping a nice flow as you move from one movement to the next. The best part is that it can come with you anywhere. Take it with you when you travel and attach it to the hotel door. Wrap it around a tree or a post in the park or at the beach. Always have access to simple, yet incredibly effective workouts. I value it so much that it has become a big part of my at-home training sessions and my own strength training routine. Now, we have a 13-strap TRX A-Frame in back of the studio for a one-of-a-kind group exercise experience!
‘Suspension system’ sounds intimidating. So does the fact that it was created and used
by the Navy Seals. I promise you, it’s not.
What’s great about the straps is that they actually give you support that you don’t otherwise have. They allow you to work through a full range of motion and increase or decrease difficulty as needed.