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To TRX or Not to TRX

May 13th, 2017

Category: Body

To TRX or Not to TRX

You may have wondered what the letters stand for in the acronym TRX.

TRX = Total body Resistance eXercise


There is a specific piece of equipment called a suspension trainer that many gyms and fitness centers, including moreFIT, use for total body resistance exercises.

Suspension training exercises deliver a fast, effective total-body workout, which can help build a rock-solid core and increase muscular endurance.


This equipment and type of training will benefit people of all fitness levels (from pro athletes to youth to seniors) and can be set-up anywhere (in a gym or hotel, at home or outside).  Since the straps roll up into a small ball, it is easy to take anywhere and do just about anywhere.

One particular brand of suspensions trainers is called TRX® and has seemed to corner the market on this type of equipment for increasing core strength and endurance. To coin a phrase, it seems like it is its own “religion” in the fitness arena…just like Cross Fit or Zumba.


*Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX® Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete dozens of exercises.


The TRX® is used routinely by all four branches of the military:  Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines…

… and can be found in the locker rooms of:

  • Major League Baseball teams
  • National League Baseball teams
  • UFC fighters
  • Olympic-level cyclists, swimmers & runners

*(More information at: https://www.trxtraining.com)
Thousands of people at all fitness levels now train on suspension trainers using total body resistance exercises — From everyday people who just want to feel and look their best – to some of the world’s most elite athletes.


With suspension trainers, you are in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise, because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.  And you can custom your work-outs according to your needs and per muscle group.


You can turn every exercise into a challenge for the core by using two very accessible resources: gravity and your own bodyweight. Anchor the suspension straps to a secure spot (like a weight machine, a door frame, or monkey bars or a basketball hoop pole if you are outside) and use either your feet or hands—depending on the exercise—to hold onto the straps.


In general, a part of your body will be suspended above the ground or you’ll be leaning into or away from the straps to create resistance and destabilization. *Putting your balance out of whack gives you no other option but to adjust, which means engaging the midsection and back, and firing up the shoulders and hips to maintain control throughout the movement.

*(More information at: https://www.trxtraining.com)

Our trainers here at moreFIT can provide detailed work-outs with suspension trainers to meet your needs.  A few examples of work-outs are listed below…ask us to show you them!

Upper Body Exercises:

  • Push-Up
  • Chest Press
  • Inverted Row
  • Bicep Curl
  • Tricep Extension

Lower Body Exercise:

  • Squat
  • Lunge
  • Hamstring Pull
  • Glute Bridge
  • Single-Leg Squat

Core Exercises:

  • Suspended Plank with Mountain Climbers
  • Torso Rotation
  • Suspended Pike
  • Squat and Reach
  • Crunch and Curl