Hot Right Now – TRX and why everyone is doing it!
TRX is having a moment. And is it any wonder? As one of the best methods of resistance and body weight-training around, it fires up every muscle in the body to build muscle, burn fat and get that highly desirable lean, sculpted look we’re all after – fast. And the benefits don’t stop there. This simple two handle strap, besides helping you to look awesome also builds serious strength (the kind that’s very hard to replicate with regular free-weights) as well as endurance, stamina, balance, joint and muscular stability, helps to increase range of motion, flexibility and reduces your chances of getting an injury.
Invented by the Navy Seal Randy Hetrick, the TRX was born out of the need to be able to keep in shape anywhere at any-time whilst the seals were on deployment out on the high seas. So Randy knew a thing or two about needing to work-out in small, non-friendly exercise places and the beauty of TRX is that you can hang it up anywhere; at home, the park, the beach, at work, a hotel room. Once secure all you need to do is grab the stirrups and away you go! The exercises you can perform on the TRX are endless meaning that you won’t ever get bored so you’ll be guaranteed to keep coming back for more!
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- Transition Zone – TRX with Claire or Adam
This is the ultimate in TRX training. No work-out is the same and every time Claire and Adam make sure they push you to your max – whatever your fitness level and classes are kept small to ensure you can receive lots of one on one attention. “Many women wouldn’t dream of lifting their own weight” says Claire, “but that’s exactly what they’re doing in many TRX exercises”. The studio offers a full flowing 45-minute session on evenings and Saturdays, which integrates an intensive full body conditioning with added extras – think HIT drills, kettle bells, sprints and a whole lot more. And for added convenience the studio also offers 30-minute morning fast classes, which you can easily fit it into your busy day.
- Core Collective – Resistance with Ania
Set in this sleek studio Ania’s class focusses on killer core moves – a brutal mix of planks, pikes, side planks, mountain climbers, cross-body mountain climbers and single legged planks (where one of your feet is hooked into the TRX strap whilst the other is outside forcing you to kept it lifted and level with the other) come together in a timed circuit to really overload your abs and make them work to their limits. Watch-out for Ania’s signature closing minutes – numbered count-down rounds of cardio blasting Jump squats, double arm rows and burpees that steadily reduce down to 12, 10, 8 and 6 and get your heart racing to leave class on the biggest high!
- Paola’s Body Barre – TRX Core with Emily
A TRX class is not what you’d expect from this Pilates and Barre mecca that is Paola’s Body Barre in West London. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t tough or effective – “The TRX demands generating and controlling strength through functional movements in a dynamic sequence similar to that of yoga” says Paola so the TRX can become “the ultimate foundation to improving your yoga practice”. This class contains moves that nods towards a more yoga-based routine with slower, more controlled movements but it also mixes this with non-stop high intensity work, incorporating plyometric moves (think scissor lunges, burpees and squat jumps) with back to back with free-weight training. Finish off with a time off the TRX with a killer round of bear crawling and forward jumps to really test your endurance.
- Ten RX – TenRX with Reza
At this class you don’t need any TRX experience at all – just a good level of fitness to enjoy this results-driven, varied class, which works on correct form and posture. The warm-up uses Pilates techniques to stretch and prepare the stabilising muscles, to get you ready for the more demanding circuit-based exercises to come. You work between 2-4 different stations at a time, focusing on different muscle groups to ensure the entire body is challenged, interspersed with periods of high intensity interval training. The session ends with a full cool-down stretch to aid muscle recovery and make sure you won’t stiffen up later.
- Equilibrium – TRX with Niko and Jay
Equilibrium directors Niko and Jay are passionate about TRX – “I genuinely think it is the greatest training tool on the planet” says Niko. And it is this incredible enthusiasm which comes through in every TRX class they teach. Experts in the field, Niko and Jay lead every TRX class themselves at the studio all the while watching, correcting and demonstrating to the class at any one time. Focus is upon building the correct form in performing exercises before becoming super strong and fit. The 45 minute sessions are high energy and varied to work the entire body. High intensity intervals are not the focus here but the pace remains fast-paced and well-balanced to make you feel that you’ve had a tough but effective work-out. Look out for their trademark move on Instagram – the TRX headstand. Now that’s something to aim for!