First experience with TRX Suspension Training

  • drypin

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    Nov 27, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    Well my PT attended a workshop on this suspension training and I got to be the guinea pig for it at the gym today. First off, some of the exercises friggin' killed me. Second, it was a little uncomfortable, because I became the curiosity for the whole gym and people were watching to see what was going on. On the plus side, for the same reason, you can be damn sure I had that stomach tight for every exercise. How often do people like me get that kind of attention at the gym! icon_biggrin.gif

    Has anyone else worked with this suspension training?
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:16 AM GMT
    Once a week, up it to twice in the summer. Aside from cycling, it is my favorite workout.

    I like doing it at the gym because it is a slap in the face of the failtards who don't know how to lift but think they are kings of the world.

    Have fun with it, there is so much you can do and it makes workouts dynamic.
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:53 AM GMT
    To those curious:



    It looks awesome! I really wanna try it now.
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    Nov 28, 2009 8:17 AM GMT
    I think the TRX Suspension thing is neat, certainly, and good for travelers, but I do wonder really how unique it is in a gym setting. It seems to me that many of the exercises in that video can and often are done without this thing. I'm just not sure I understand the advantages (except, perhaps, investing in this thing would be cheaper probably than investing in machines, but that assumes a gym is investing in this and not machines which would likely not be the case).
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    Nov 28, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
    have not tried the TRX suspension training, but I have heard wonderful things about it, and would love to give it a try!
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    Nov 28, 2009 11:45 AM GMT
    I use it with all my clients :]

    Overall I'm pretty happy with it. Great way to introduce variety into a strength training program, and great way to teach your clients basic movements (squats, lunges, rows). Also a great way to assess flexibility and posture deviations.
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    Nov 28, 2009 12:34 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidI think the TRX Suspension thing is neat, certainly, and good for travelers, but I do wonder really how unique it is in a gym setting. It seems to me that many of the exercises in that video can and often are done without this thing. I'm just not sure I understand the advantages (except, perhaps, investing in this thing would be cheaper probably than investing in machines, but that assumes a gym is investing in this and not machines which would likely not be the case).

    its not so much about being unique to a gym its for variation and interest plus some of the things you can do on it require a massive amount of focus, a wide pushup comes to mind for me personally, the cables are kinda unstable if you don't focus on keeping steady.

    It's fun and different, clients pay a ton of money for a multitude of reasons to a trainer and it's there job to get goals and make it interesting for there clients (or at least thats why I have my trainer) and this is just one tool to do that.
  • Joe_M

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    Nov 28, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    Getting one for Xmas, cant wait!
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    Nov 28, 2009 12:55 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    its not so much about being unique to a gym its for variation and interest plus some of the things you can do on it require a massive amount of focus, a wide pushup comes to mind for me personally, the cables are kinda unstable if you don't focus on keeping steady.

    It's fun and different, clients pay a ton of money for a multitude of reasons to a trainer and it's there job to get goals and make it interesting for there clients (or at least thats why I have my trainer) and this is just one tool to do that.


    Okay, this makes sense. So it's really just about giving the user a bit different of an experience to mix things up, even if it's basically the same thing that can be and is done without it.
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    Nov 28, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidOkay, this makes sense. So it's really just about giving the user a bit different of an experience to mix things up, even if it's basically the same thing that can be and is done without it.

    in effect, yes you can do pushups using it, but the pushups aren't exactly the same, it takes more effort to do say a wide pushup because the cables move on you, so not only do you have to focus on say keeping your back in alignment, using the right muscles, but you also need to focus a lot more on being stable and maintaining your position, if you don't the cables will swing off on you, it makes it harder to do the exercise with the cables.

    However you can do everything without those cables and still get results you'll like, it's just another tool you don't "need it" but it's "fun to have it"
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    Nov 28, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Not bad... $270.00 for about $2.05 worth of parts that anybody could assemble themselves. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I really, really need to work on my marketing skills.
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    Nov 29, 2009 6:07 AM GMT
    never seen that.
    i just watched some YT vids about it.
    Looks vaguely like plyometric equipment.
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    Nov 29, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    xassantex saidnever seen that.
    i just watched some YT vids about it.
    Looks vaguely like plyometric equipment.

    Yes, but it is more along the lines of gymnastic equipment that has become mainstream.
  • drypin

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    Nov 30, 2009 9:58 AM GMT
    As lilTanker was saying, it was very similar to many exercises we had tried using other equipment, like those inflatable rubber balls - whatever they're called. But the body needs to time to adjust to being responsible for almost all the stability throughout the full range of the movement.

    my stomach is my weakest spot, so trying to get my butt in the air for those "jack knife" like exercises was torture.
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    Dec 01, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    i need to find a place around here that has them. I'm very curious.

    If they're as good as they claim it is, it could be a worthy purchase for the home. ..though pricey.
    There are days when making my way to the gym is just not going to happen.
    so, alternative solutions that "work" are interesting.



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    Dec 01, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    xassantex saidi need to find a place around here that has them. I'm very curious.

    Your local gym should have one pair for Personal Training. Ask if you can get it demo'd for 10 minutes.
  • drypin

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    Dec 01, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    xassantex saidnever seen that.
    i just watched some YT vids about it.
    Looks vaguely like plyometric equipment.


    I just looked up plyometric training and it looks like the purpose is somewhat different, though of course the tools might be similar or perhaps it could even been done with the suspension equipment.
  • DiverScience

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    Dec 01, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    I've used it a lot for physical therapy. Once I get moved I'm going to build myself one because it does wonders for me, even just the light stuff I do in PT.

    Although it makes me miss gymnastics more.
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    Nov 25, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    TRX combined with kettle bells is an awesome workout. It requires complete mental focus.