When you first look at a TRX it’s a little intimidating — even to someone who has taught group fitness for years. But don’t let appearances scare you away from the FWABulous workout it will provide.
A TRX is a long yellow strap with handles on either end that is affixed to a point overhead (the ceiling, the top of a doorway, etc.). In a workout it serves the purpose of free weights or any other tool you might use to do any resistance training exercise from bicep curls to squats, because it requires you to work against your body weight, and keep your balance, as you move. (You either hold the handles for upper body exercises or put your feet — yes, I said feet — in the handles for lunges, planks and other lower body exercises.)
To see the TRX in action, visit the FWAB fan page on Facebook where I've posted a few video clips.
Although I’d played with the TRX a few times during workouts, the thought of doing an hour-long class sounded like a great challenge for the belle to take on. So, when I saw a sign advertising a five for $25 TRX class deal at Urban Body Studios (UBS) in Midtown, I said “why not?” (Even if you don’t live in Atlanta, TRX classes are offered around the world. Click here to find a location that offers classes in your area.)
So, I headed over to UBS one Tuesday to take Guyton Maurice’s 12:30 p.m. TRX Suspension Training class. Before class began, I let Guyton — or “G” as I came to call him — know that I was a TRX virgin. (Click here to check out G's website for his business, Harmony Fitness.) He and a few classmates I’d befriended waiting to get into the studio were quite helpful throughout the class, which made the experience much less intimidating.
To set up, I grabbed a TRX and clipped it to a spot in the system hanging from the ceiling. FYI, depending on the exercise, you are constantly adjusting the height of the handles, which thankfully, becomes easier the more frequently you do it. For example, if you are doing bicep or tricep work, the handles need to be higher, and if you are doing a plank on the floor where your feet are in the handles, they need to be lower.
After a quick warm-up, we did four circuits throughout the hour-long class. Each circuit involved several minutes of resistance exercises using the TRX (we flowed from one into the next) and was capped off by a minute or two cardio interval, which ranged from jumping jacks to speed skaters (leaping from side to side).
I loved the workout and the challenge of the movements. But, be prepared to ask for help. Most of my classmates were regulars. So, G would call out an exercise and everyone would quickly transition their handle and body positions, etc. Had it not been for G and my new buddies, I would have wasted a lot of the hour setting up for each movement. Adjusting the handles, figuring out how to get your feet into the handles and maneuver into a plank position — these are just a few things that I needed help with. (By the way, UBS does offer a beginner’s version of the class.)
This was a FWAB “hit,” and I would certainly shell out the money to take another class. If you’re interested in checking out G or one of the other TRX instructors at UBS, as of Sunday the sign advertising the 5 classes for $25 was still outside. But be forewarned — you have one month to use your five classes before they expire.
Until next Tuesday — here’s to another FWABulous week! And don't forget to "like" the FWAB page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Pinterest. I promise to try hard to make the content worth your while!