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TRX Bands – Do they live up to all the hype?

Posted by Marc Siegel on Dec 10, 2012 7:33:00 AM

I have to admit that the first time I saw a set of bands hanging from what appeared to be giant, triangle-shaped monkey bars, I was skeptical… but boy was I wrong.

Invented by a former Navy Seal, TRX is a revolutionary way to really work your muscles with limited impact on your joints. To quote TRX from their home page “you are developing strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability simultaneously.”  After trying a few exercises, I was hooked.

I proceeded to take an 8 hour intensive course to get certified, where I witnessed a 120 pound woman drop 16 trainers, including myself!

trx bandsSince I acquired my certification, I have used TRX hundreds of times with clients, myself, and have utilized them in over 100 group classes. The end result of these sessions? Everybody comes back for more!

Two of the top factors that make this product amazing are its portability and its ability to change the degree of difficulty with ease.

Portability

In regards to the portability of TRX, it can simply be hooked onto an anchor, a door, a tree, etc... As I am writing this blog I have my TRX bands in my luggage to bring with me on vacation. This flexibility can keep everyone working out no matter where they are, as well as keeping the scenery fresh.

Difficulty

As for the degree of difficulty, a minor baby step in either direction can increase/decrease that level. This really comes in handy because I have trained clients ranging from 6 to 80 years old on these bands. It also is great for intra-exercise adjustments.

Currently, many professional sports such as MMA, the NBA, the NFL and the MLB (to name a few), train with TRX. Iconic sport figures such as Drew Brees, Carmelo Anthony, and Baas Rutten have rehabbed major injuries, and swear by TRX.

I highly recommend everyone trying out TRX at your gym if available. If your gym does not have them, expect to pay almost $200 for a kit, which in my opinion is well worth the investment.

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