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TRX Suspension Training 101

TRX Suspension Training 101 | UPMC Health Plan

There’s so much different fitness equipment out there that targets us on a daily basis to become more fit and get the body that we want. We are engaged through television and radio commercials, magazine advertisements, online advertisements, and even seeing the equipment in stores. I have been caught a few times by these advertisements and have a couple of pieces of equipment that I now utilize at home. The most recent equipment I purchased is the TRX Suspension Training kit. I’ve taken the TRX on different trips already; the most recent was my honeymoon to the Philippines.

What is TRX Suspension Training?

TRX stands for total body resistance exercise. In other words, you will be using your body weight as the resistance during an exercise. The TRX Suspension Training system was created by Navy SEALs. They needed a way stay in the best condition possible at all times in different types of environments that offered little space for an entire array of equipment.


  • Portable
  • Can be used by anybody at all levels of fitness
  • Resistance can be instantly modified by adjusting body position
  • Different muscles are activated at all times
  • Can be used outside
  • Does not take up a lot of space


  • Must have a stable anchor point that will be able to hold your body weight along with additional stress from movement

Is TRX worth getting?

Personally, I love the TRX Suspension Training system. I found it very portable and easy to use everywhere we went for races, vacations, and even my honeymoon. The fact that with every single exercise you are performing on the TRX, multiple muscles are activated, is a great way to get a full body workout in a short time period. As you get fatigued during the exercise all you have to do is change your angle from the door. This decreases the resistance so you can continue to go through the entire time without stopping. Professional athletes have used this exercise equipment during their off-season training to improve overall performance. I was able to do a quick full body 20-minute workout on one of our vacations by using the door anchor accessory in our room. This allowed me to get a workout in and still enjoy our fun-filled activities for the day.

Want to try TRX for yourself, but aren’t sure where to start? Check out this episode of In the Gym, where we walk through a sample full body TRX workout!