I have to admit, when I walked into class, the hanging bands attached to the ceiling with carabiner climbing hooks scared me a little.
But what scared me even more was the sinking feeling that I might not make it through the class. TRX is tough. One of my friends threw up after a class once.
TRX is the brand name for the strength training system where you use your own body for resistance training. Classes are offered all over the city, and you can even order a setup for your own home. I took my first TRX class, Bodyweb Bootcamp with TRX, at Crunch in Chelsea.
TRX is, above all else, a strength training class. You work up a sweat, but cardio isn’t the focus. I was there for the push-ups, the squats and the crunches. By leveraging my own body weight with TRX, you work on balance, flexibility and your core all at the same time.
But TRX can be tricky. The suspension bands have loops at the end, either for your hands or feet depending on the exercise, and they have to be adjusted for each one. Depending on your height, or how difficult you want the exercise to be, you have to adjust the bands.
The instructor of my class, Justin Flexen, made this easy for me. After showing each move he’d walk around the room and help students (myself included) make the appropriate adjustments.
After the class and what seemed like a million push-ups, I felt stretched and definitely stronger. I was sore for a couple of days, but no pain, no gain. Right?
First Timer tips from instructor Justin Flexen
1. Focus on form. TRX can be intimidating for newcomers so it’s important to pay attention to proper body alignment. It takes a class or two to start to feel solid so don’t be afraid to stop and ask questions.
2. Control the intensity. With the TRX Suspension Trainer, you can make it as hard or as easy as you want. Depending on the exercise, you can adjust the intensity level by simply increasing or decreasing your body angle in relation to the floor by walking your feet forward or backward.
3. Slower is better. Most people tend to rush through the movement and fail to take advantage of the full range of motion. You will get much more out of the workout if you slow down.
4. When dealing with injuries, it’s important to use the regressions that the instructor suggests. Once you become more comfortable with the exercises you can slowly start to progress to more advanced movements.Date posted: September 10, 2013