After several failed attempts (the classes kept getting canceled) to make it to a TRX class at my gym, I finally made it! The first time I ever heard of it was when Mike from 26.2IsMyCooldown tweeted me about how I felt about it. It looked like a string hanging from a ceiling. Not really intimidating if you ask me. I was wrong!!
I started doing crossfit with my husband this year, and that quickly fizzled out when we moved back the states. Our schedules were different, and to tell you the truth, I don’t trust myself around kettlebells without adult supervision (aka, my husband’s). If you knew me, you would agree, trust me. I’ve always been a fan of strength training using my own body weight.
I have nothing against lifting weights, don’t get me wrong (I have a phenomenal weights/bosu workout that I love!), but if I had to choose, I would choose calisthenics or yoga as a form of strength training. There is nothing wrong with that either!! You don’t have to lift weights to gain muscle or prevent against osteoporosis like some people tout. Using your own body weight can be just as effective.
Oh, and let me tell you how effective this program is. I went to a “Basics” TRX class that merely went over some fundamental movements that only scratched the surface of exercises that are capable on this device. I was shaking after doing just a few reps of each exercise. Holy crap!!! This IS more than just a rope/cord hanging from the ceiling. My abs seemed to be engaged during every exercise more than when they are when I’m lifting weights. I was so sore yesterday!! I also like the fact that you can adjust how hard it is depending on your angle to the ground and leg positions.
Ultimately, I don’t want the die hard weight lifters to get angry about this post. I am eager to try Body Pump, but there aren’t any classes near me or at my gym.
Have any of you tried TRX? What do you think?