We love TRX suspension training so much that we have recently remodeled our Function Gym with more TRX trainers and TRX accessories.
TRX suspension training is truly for everyone! At its core, TRX empowers people of all fitness levels to move better. When used correctly, TRX suspension training can be used to improve mobility, strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, and definitely core strength.
With a TRX Suspension Trainer, the world is your gym. You can get your workout in your home, the gym, or your local park. If you decide to head out and pick up this versatile piece of equipment, read on for a few tips for setting up your TRX at home or on the road.
Setting up your TRX
To get the most out of your TRX Suspension Trainer, find an open space that is flat, non-slip, and gives you an area of roughly 8 feet long and 6 feet wide. You want to have plenty of space to move! Your anchor point, where the straps hang from, should be at a height of 7 to 9 feet off the ground. Keep in mind that whatever you anchor your TRX to must be strong enough to support more than your body weight. Always test your anchor point before using it by pulling hard or slowly suspending your bodyweight.
Indoor Mounting Options:
Over a Door
If you’re working out at home, the easiest way to set up your suspension trainer is by using the Door Anchor. Try to find a door that opens away from you then simply slide the anchor over the top and close it. The weight of your body will essentially be pulling the door closed.
If you need to use a door that opens towards you, slide the anchor over the top and towards the side of the hinges. Lock the door if you can.
For those who are really ready to commit, the TRX has an overhead anchoring system called the X-Mount. Able to be fastened to a stud in the ceiling, this system allows you to get a full 360 degree range of motion AND provides a nice dinner-party conversation piece if you decide to set up in the middle of your living room.
Beam, Railing, or Weight Rack Suspension
If you have sturdy exposed beams where you get your sweat on, you can use the general TRX attachment and wrap it around the beam as many times as you need to in order to get your band at the right height. If construction is sturdy, you may be able to find a high railing in your house to wrap the general attachment around but like the door mount, this option may only allow you to use an oblique positioning against a wall. The TRX can also be wrapped around the top of a high exercise machine or weight rack. Just be sure that the machine is sturdy and bolted to the ground.
Outdoor Mounting Options:
Tree Branch, Railing, and Playground Suspension
Get outdoors by wrapping your TRX around a thick, low-sitting tree branch. Test the brach for sturdiness before putting your entire body weight out on the limb. If construction is sturdy, you may be able to find a high railing to wrap the general attachment around but like the door mount, this option may only allow you to use an oblique positioning against a wall. For a little fun, throw your TRX over a high bar at the playground, just watch out for other people running around.
From beginners to athletes, the simplified approach TRX brings to training is based on 7 basic movements that are modifiable to all levels of fitness.
If you'd like to get started with TRX suspension training, give Ty's TRX Strength Circuit Workout video a watch!