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SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,418
11/18/13 4:51 P

TRX is just a brand and a trademark, it has no monopoly on suspension training workouts or equipment. I have two suspension systems which I purchased online for prices in the $50 range, there is no need to pay the TRX price. Some of the DIY systems are well thought out and quite safe to use.

GMJ003 SparkPoints: (7,419)
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11/18/13 2:49 P

My gym (GoodLife Fitness) offers TRX classes guided by a personal trainer. They do cost extra but are well worth it! TRX training is the best strength workout I've ever done! It's a really good program for all levels and you develop strength using your own body weight. You can make it as hard as you want which is nice because you can continue to advance as you get better and stronger. It's really fun, and you definitely feel it the next day! Plus, as a runner, I found that the strength I developed through the TRX workouts helped with my posture and overall running performance.

Maybe see if a gym or studio near you offers classes or access to the equipment.

ANDILH Posts: 1,276
11/18/13 12:22 A

My Pilates instructor recently introduced some exercises using a TRX system. I enjoyed using it as part of a larger routine, and have started looking into it for use at home. At this point in my journey, I know that I cannot handle a whole TRX class (or even part of one), but using it and learning it in small doses has been both fun and really challenging for me.
However, I agree with the OP, the cost is somewhat prohibitive. I probably wouldn't ever make one for myself, but will look around and see what is available.

JCOW84 SparkPoints: (6,789)
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11/15/13 9:03 P

I love TRX, and it is part of regular gym schedule. It's so easy to make workouts harder (or easier!) just by adjusting where you are positioned - no need to change over to lighter or heavier weights in the middle of a set, etc. I wouldn't buy my own though - it's a trend like anything else, and although incredibly effective, you probably won't want to do it forever.

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/15/13 9:50 A

Suspension training is a really great workout and it tones some muscles you didn't even know you had. To give you a hint of how efficient it is: the army uses it in its training programs,
Yes, the TRX is a bit more expensive but honestly it's worth the investment (I would personally get the original one). Before buying one, go to a class and see if you like it.
I strongly recommend you not to make one yourself, I think it would be dangerous and not so safe.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 949
11/13/13 8:34 A

I use the suspension systems in my DS(16)'s gym and I recently purchased the TRX for home (although I haven't used it yet). These are great systems. The gym constructed their own. It doesn't look to hard to do.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,875)
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11/13/13 3:29 A

I love TRX - I think it is well worth the price. It is wonderful quality.

A lot of the time, you can pick one up on eBay for a good price

PETALIA SparkPoints: (84,115)
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11/12/13 4:00 P

I recently posted this on the Barefoot/Functional Fitness team and I thought to also post my query here. Thanks.

Does anyone use suspension trainers?

Besides an almost daily hot power yoga practice, I jump rope, practice interval training, and do a lot of bodyweight and bodyweight + med balls, dumbbells. physio balls...and often in circuits.

My gym recently closed. I go to a wonderful yoga studio 5 or 6 days a week. I have never had much success working out at home and I need to, have to now. I'm going to need to develop a new program for home workouts. I've been hungrily researching suspension training. I hope to participate in a TRX class soon to try it out. I believe this equipment could be amazing for bringing up both the fun and intensity levels of a home workout. Anyone have any experiences or thoughts?

Addendum: The TRX high price is absurd (in my eyes). I've been researching other suspension trainers in the $30-$50 range. Then there is the tantalizing idea of making one myself. Any recommendations?

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