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March 21, 2016 by
Jay Medley
Starting a new exercise regime can be tough, especially if the workout is intense. Speaking of intense workouts, there’s TRX suspension training. This is a notoriously tough – but effective – workout. TRX suspension training uses nylon straps with handles that you use to suspend yourself.

You use your body weight as resistance, performing different moves to develop muscles and improve balance and flexibility. Store-bought kits typically include the straps, an instruction manual, and a workout DVD. However, there are many gyms that offer suspension training classes. So should you buy a kit or a gym membership? Here are a few things to consider as you decide.

TRX is known for giving you a great core workout because you need to engage your core as you complete the moves on the straps. Because you are suspended above the ground by the straps, your core muscles have to stay tight to support the muscles that you are using for the move. This is great for those who have already developed core strength, but it might be too much for those who are just starting out with exercise.

Working with a trainer who knows your fitness level can help you to not over-do it on your first session so you can work up to great core strength, or the trainer may recommend other core-building moves that will help you to prepare for TRX. The important thing is to be honest about your fitness level. If you overstate your abilities, your trainer could inadvertently let you do more than you can handle.

You can purchase a TRX training kit for just under $200.

When compared to other exercise equipment like elliptical machines or treadmills, this is one of the more affordable pieces. For that price, you could pay for at least a few months to a year of most gym memberships. You’ll own the TRX equipment forever, but will you really be using it forever?

Before you commit to buying a kit or a gym membership, give TRX a try to make sure that you like it and can see yourself doing it regularly. Many gyms offer drop-in pricing for their classes, so find one with a TRX session and go to see if you like it before you commit to either option.

Think about your schedule, lifestyle, and motivation and decide whether it’s more beneficial to you to have the flexibility of owning a suspension training kit or to drop in to a gym.

These lightweight straps can be set up in a variety of places like over a door inside or on playground equipment outside, so they’re very versatile and offer little excuse for not completing a session. But, that’s assuming that you’re self-motivated to work out.

Attending a TRX class or training session at a gym can give you the extra push you may need to stay on it longer or even to do the exercise in the first place: if you’ve registered for a class at a certain time, you can’t procrastinate and promise to do it later.

Think about where you would set up your straps: is it air-conditioned? Is it crowded? If there are too many hindrances, it may be better to head to a gym where there are no distractions.

Suspension training is a great workout and it’s worth a try, but make sure that you choose the right option to keep yourself motivated. Whether you’re using the straps and a DVD in your own home or heading to a gym for a class, the important part is that you’re trying it!

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