TRX has become an enormously popular type of training and can often be found in yoga studios. Developed to hone balance, strength, flexibility, and core stability, TRX suspension training makes more advanced poses far more accessible, with thanks to the straps that allow you leverage against gravity. These hanging straps can be set up anywhere and are particularly fitting for yoga studios.
What is TRX?
TRX – which stands for total resistance exercise – is a form of suspension training that was developed by a former United States Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick. Hetrick had developed the method of training when he was deployed in Southeast Asia and wanted something more dynamic than push-ups. The system uses two straps, suspended from the ceiling, to perform body weight exercises that develop balance, strength, flexibility, and core stability. Hetrick has stated that “people who like yoga and Pilates tend to like TRX because there are some crossovers,” explaining its popularity in yoga studios.
Benefits of TRX for Yogis
TRX is a great way to help yogis of all levels learn more about their bodies and explore new yoga poses. There are multiple ways for yogis to use the straps and learn how to engage their bodies in new ways; TRX straps can act as good feedback. Arm balances, inversions, and backbends can be daunting for new yogis or even seasoned practitioners who are looking to master more advanced poses, so this is where TRX straps can help. The TRX straps help students support their bodyweight and eliminate the fear of falling, while also giving them a chance to feel how a certain pose should feel. Getting a sense of what a pose should feel like and ensuring the posture is right can also help boost a yogi’s confidence.
TRX straps are fairly easy to incorporate into any facility. With that said, there are some considerations to make before you install the straps. First, it is important that you have a workspace that is flat and non-slip. For each pair of straps, you will need an area of roughly eight feet long and six feet wide. The height of the anchor point for your straps should range between seven to nine feet off the ground and must be strong enough to support at least 250 pounds. Note that TRX bands have a general weight limit of up to 1,400 pounds.
Ceiling mounts, beam suspensions, or railing suspensions are great options for securing the bands. The bands themselves are generally affordable, though you will need a large enough space to make introducing a TRX class to your studio worthwhile.
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