How Suspension Training Works and Its Benefits

I have been reading a very good fitness book (which I will be reviewing here later) in which one of the pieces of equipment the authors recommend is a suspension trainer. If you’re not familiar with what it is, it is a system made up of ropes and webbing that allow the user to work against their own body weight. TRX Suspension Training is the most popular system and is the one that I will highlight in this post.

Benefits of Suspension Training

The TRX Suspension Training system was invented by Randy Hetrick, a former Navy Seal. He created the system to allow him and his teammates to get an excellent workout in a minimal amount of space. The system is designed to be portable and used almost anywhere. Other benefits include:

  • Perform over 300 exercises
  • Full body workouts in 30 minutes
  • Improves flexibility and performance
  • Great for strengthening your core
  • Increase speed, agility, and balance
  • Easy transition from one exercise to the next

What I think is very cool about the system is that you can take it anywhere. You can use it indoors or find a nice area outdoors and someplace to anchor it, and you’re set. I’m a big fan of full-body workouts using your body weight as resistance. Suspension training seems like an excellent way to get in a full-body workout in a short amount of time.

Although TRX is the most popular of suspension trainers, there are other brands out there that are less expensive like the Jungle Gym. There are even videos on YouTube on how to make your own.

Have you trained with a suspension trainer?


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Author: Eartha Haines

My name is Eartha and I created this blog as a motivational resource for myself to keep up with exercise and eating right. I enjoy reading, learning, and writing about all things fitness related. I hope that as well as motivating myself, others may find motivation to try fitness as well. Learn more.

6 thoughts on “How Suspension Training Works and Its Benefits”

  1. I was doing this a long time ago, not exactly TRX, but I would do some blast strap pushups, not sure of this correlates lol, this type of stuff was always good at the end of my workouts as a type of finisher. They were really good for adding muscle and I believe it helped me maintain strength when I was trying to Shed Fat …but I wouldnt know about TRX specifically. Its always good to add variety though, it helps you continue to make consistent gains in strength and size. More people should Train Smarter, Not Harder.

  2. Great post! I cannot stress enough how much I love working with my TRX, I started using it in the gym with my clients and I found it really compliments traditional strength training, as it works with the bodies fascia slings, making my clients stronger in an integrated way (improving their isolation strength training). I bought one for home and and now I’ll always have something to take with me wherever I am that will give me a challenging strength workout. If you’re thinking about buying one – go for it!

  3. I hope you try a TRX and its programming. The education and support is what differentiates the trx from the jungle gym and nome made products. Education is what makes the difference and in our fitness and health world it’s all about the education. I hope you try it and dedicate yourself to a new you through body weight training.
    Be well marc Coronel

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