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March 28, 2016 by
Jay Medley
So you’re ready to start TRX suspension training classes! These have become incredibly popular recently with good reason – they offer a great core workout and are adaptable to all fitness levels. Because it is so adaptable, it can be done by different fitness levels and those with injuries.

Booking a Class

Once you’ve found a gym that offers TRX suspension training, check how their booking works. Some allow drop-ins where you pay a one-time fee for the class, others offer the class free with a monthly membership.

Some gyms will put a sign-up sheet for classes up an hour before the class is scheduled, others book students into the classes farther in advance, and others will allow walk-ins. Talk to your gym about how to book.

For your first time, you might consider going one-on-one with a trainer. You can schedule an individual session with an instructor to make sure that you get moves tailored to your specific needs. Plus you can learn the ropes – err, straps – at your own speed so you won’t get lost in a group class.

What to Wear

Stay comfortable! You’ll need athletic clothing that you can move freely in, so skip anything restrictive. Stretchy, tight-fitting clothing that won’t get in your way is perfect (a loose t-shirt could flap up and give the rest of the class a show.)

Make sure that you can move around in it without feeling like you might flash the class (do your short-shorts cover everything?) The last thing you want to think about in the class is your clothing, so make sure that you feel good before you go.

Tennis shoes or all-purpose athletic shoes are perfect. You may be able to work out barefoot if you find that more comfortable, but check with your gym whether they have a rule about it. While your gym is probably very clean, be aware of the risk of spreading athlete’s foot if you go shoeless.

What to Bring

Water! Even if your gym has a water fountain or cooler, bringing your own bottle will save you from waiting in line. You’re going to need fluids to replace everything you’ll sweat out!

Check with your gym if they provide the towels. You may want to bring a small towel with you to mop up some of that sweat if there are no showers available.

Luckily, there is no special equipment needed for TRX. No special gloves or anything. Your gym provides the straps, so you’re good to go!

How to Approach the Moves

TRX is intense, but there are many ways to modify the moves (which your instructor will probably go over in the class.) On your first go, err on the side of caution and try out the easier versions. We all want to be able to do the intense moves, but we can all work up to them!

Get to your first class early to get a chance to speak to the instructor. Let him or her know that it’s your first class and whether you have any injuries. He or she will let you know basic ways to adapt the exercises to your needs.

While it’s intense, there is nothing to be scared of in a TRX suspension class! So get ready to have fun – and to sweat!

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