TRX – Train Like a Navy Seal
Total Resistance Exercise, or TRX, is the method of training movements, not muscles.
Unlike traditional workout methods, TRX is a method which uses the body itself as a suspended weight. Think about it: everyday tasks require the body and muscles to work together to get any job done. Even common tasks like rolling out of bed in the morning require you to engage the legs, core, shoulders, arms, and neck. The human body is a connected chain of muscles. TRX Suspension Training has set movements that challenge the entire body in every plane of motion.
Randy Hetrick, designer of the TRX system, was a Navy Seal who sought a solution to an age-old question: “How can one stay in shape and get a full body workout without access to a gym and equipment?” Hetrick put to use some of the skills he once used in his days with the elite combat unit to develop a revolutionary system for total body training.
An old jiu-jitsu belt and surplus parachute webbing became the first prototype of the TRX Suspension Trainer. Hetrick strongly believed that TRX was going to be a success because he found that he was able to do rows, pull-ups, chest press, curls, shoulder raises, fly’s, pull-overs, triceps extensions and more using the simple trainer. There are now over 300 different exercises documented with multiple progressions. It is easy to create an intense workout to push you to your limits and, with over 300 variations, you can challenge your muscles in new ways every time to prevent plateauing.
By having multiple progressions per exercise, the training becomes scalable from progression one for a newcomer to progression three or four for an elite-level athlete. This makes it one of the best tools from a personal trainer’s or coach’s perspective as they can train a beginner client and an experienced, elite client in the same session.
TRX training has been a complete lifestyle change for those that I train as well as myself. I was not impressed with the local Aerobic style training methods used by competing companies and facilities, so I developed an elite-style of training that incorporated the TRX Suspension equipment.
The modern TRX Suspension Trainer is a fitness tool with two handles and foot cradles attached by straps that can be suspended from almost anything so long as it can hold your weight and is roughly six feet off the ground. It is common practice to anchor the trainer to anchor points like bars, playgrounds, football or soccer poles, I-beams and even trees.
With this equipment, I incorporated High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Within this umbrella style of training, I focus more on Tabata circuits using the TRX. Tabata is a method of training that focuses on 20-30 seconds of work with half the time in rest. The full 45 minute class flies by, as you don’t rest at all. I promote the resistance of “Rest Time”. This method of training maximizes the calories burned and rips that muscle for greater muscle growth. Did I mention that you’re suspended the entire time? Hence, your core gets more and more shredded with every workout that you do.
The results submitted by my clients have been astonishing. Some have lost up to 20 pounds in a matter of four to six weeks and others have lost up to two inches around their waistline by attending three sessions per week. The benefits of this style of training has been proven to bring optimum results to both those who don’t work out as well as the elite-level athlete who strives for cutting-edge training methods to take them to the next level.
Whether you’re competing at a world-class level or just getting your feet wet in training, TRX Training gives you a scalable, effective approach to get you to where you need to go.