The TRX (total-body resistance exercise) system is a form of suspension training which promises to provide an all-in-one fitness solution, delivering on both cardio and strength.
Here, Amy Lane, WH's Executive Editor, Digital, explains why it became her go-to over the past couple of years – and fills you in on how to get a similar system at less than half the price of the branded version.
I was in my second trimester of my first pregnancy at the time (I'm now pregnant again), and it fast-became my go-to. Why?
For the uninitiated, TRX stands for total-body resistance exercise. It's a type of suspension training which uses straps so you can harness the power of your bodyweight to build strength, increase flexility and stabilise your core. You lock the straps somewhere secure (to a door, tree or using an anchor point) and then allow yourself to be suspended while you do push-ups, chest presses and rows.
Before getting preggo I used my TRX Move Suspension System Trainer (the brand does sell some other models, too) to support my running. Now, I use it for that and more.
Despite the fact that gyms are now reopen, there are times when I can't muster up the energy to drag myself and bump out, yet I love the feeling of my heart racing and call me sadistic, but I also revel in the discomfort of trying to climb the stairs the day after a heavy gym workout. It's why, I'm also a big fan of the TRX app too (£4.99 per month) as it coaches you through both sweaty and strength workouts.
A TRX takes less than a minute to set up, so you're not wasting time on prep. Even better? The straps roll up into practically nothing, so you don't need a big space to store it.
It's probably why you need a super speedy trigger finger to get your hands on a TRX online right now. As soon as they come in stock they're gone again. At last check, Amazon is still sold out, but there is (albeit very limited) stock on John Lewis and Argos.
The set might feel pricey but includes anchors, rubber handles and foot cradles.
This poster is also pretty handy to have up on the wall too.
Alternatively, you could go for this imitation version which is less than half the price of the real deal.
Basically, a TRX is a one-stop-shop to turning your kitchen/living room/garage (delete as appropriate) into your very own gym. And it gets results – trust.
If you’re not ready to go all-in on suspension training, consider opting for a set of resistance bands instead and grab yourself a set of these in the build up to the TRX.
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