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TRX Suspension Trainer Review

I’m going to give you my personal TRX review on this popular suspension trainer. Soon you’ll know if it’s worth your money.

There are a lot of pros with the TRX, but there are also a good amount of cons. You’ll need to know about all of them before deciding to buy one.

I’ll be honest, if you’re reading this there’s a good chance the TRX may not be the best piece of exercise equipment for you.

It all depends.

I’ve notice some people love the TRX and get some fantastic results with it. While for others it ends up collecting dust in a closet.

You’ll find out if the TRX is going to be right for you with my review.

Go here for the TRX Suspension Trainer official page.

What Does TRX Stand For?

trx founder randy hetrick

TRX stands for Total Resistance Exercise. You can use this piece of exercise equipment to workout your entire body.

Also TRX sounds cool.

The TRX was created by former Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick while deployed in Southeast Asia. He needed a way to stay in shape on the road in remote locations.

He used an old Jiu-Jitsu blue belt and some parachute webbing to bootleg together the first version of the TRX suspension trainer.

After finishing up with 14 years as a Navy SEAL he went back to school earning his MBA at Stanford University. Then after rounding up $350,000 from investors he created Fitness Anywhere.

This began the company now known for selling the TRX trainer. He still has the Fitness Anywhere gym in San Francisco, but it’s now known as the TRX Training Center.

Hetrick describes the TRX Suspension Trainer as…

“An interlastic nylon harness that allows you to use your own bodyweight against gravity, and integrating instability across hundreds of common exercise movements. It’s literally is a gym in a bag.”

TRX Suspension Trainer Review (Is It For You?)

TRX Pros

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First I’m going to start off with the pros for the TRX Suspension Trainer. The best thing about the TRX is how light it is and the versatility of exercises you can use it for.

There are a bunch of different exercises you can use the TRX with you can’t use with any other piece of fitness equipment.

Some of my clients aren’t able to use kettlebells are barbells. Current or past injuries allow the TRX to be a fantastic substitute.

With any kind of functional training you’re going to be treating your body as an entire connected system.

This is a much more efficient way to train your body. Especially compared to machines when you treat your body as individual pieces.

There have been plenty of times when I had to travel on the road and tossed my 2 pounds TRX bag into my suitcase.

It’s a great on-the-road tool you can use anywhere as long as you’re able to find something to tie it to.

Most of the time when you’re on the road the only kind of fitness equipment you’ll find at the hotel gym is machines. If you’re lucky they might have some dumbbells.

Since the TRX is so easy to keep in your suitcase it makes it a no-brainer to bring it with you while traveling.

TRX Workout Benefits

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Some of my favorite exercises I wanted to share with you in my TRX review are:

  • Atomic Pushups
  • Low Rows
  • Bulgarian Lunges
  • Lying Leg Curls
  • Shoulder Press

These are exercises where the TRX really shines and it stands out.

There’s no other piece of fitness equipment that can do these kind of exercises.

You’ll also notice your heart race increase while using the TRX Suspension Trainer. Your body will burn more calories since you’ll be using multiple muscle groups.

The problem with doing machines is they only focus on one specific muscle group at a time. This means you won’t have as much muscle recruitment you should with free weights such as the TRX.

This kind of training has been found to increase strength better than old school machine type workouts. This in itself is a huge reason why I recommend using the TRX than most other workouts.

TRX Negatives

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Now let’s get into why the TRX isn’t as perfect as it might seem.

The TRX is awesome as it allows you to do a ton of various exercises you can’t do with any other piece of fitness equipment.

Yet, this is also where the TRX fails.

The TRX Suspension Trainer is limited by the same reason it shines.

You’re only going to be able to do the specific exercises the TRX allows you to do.

So if you want to do other ‘typical’ exercises such as

  • deadlifts
  • squats
  • pull-ups
  • power cleans
  • front squats

You’re going to be out-of-luck trying to do these exercises with the TRX.

It’s not made for these type of exercises. So for as much as the TRX Suspension Trainer can do for you it’s also equally limited as well.

The secret with resistance training is the progressive building up of resistance against your body.

This is next to impossible with the TRX.

Let me explain.

Let’s say you’re starting off with the bench press. You might have to start off at 100 pounds and then slowly build your strength up to 120 pounds, and then 150 pounds, etc.

With the TRX you’re going to be extremely limited with the amount of progression you’re going to be able to do.

You’re only going to be able to put your feet in the straps of the TRX, lift your body off the ground and do some pushups.

There’s not much room for progression here.

This is why the TRX can’t be your only piece of exercise equipment.

Should You Get A TRX?

trx navy seal workout

When I sat down to write this TRX review I wasn’t sure if I was going to give it my seal of approval or not.

Sure, I’ve been using the TRX Suspension Trainer for more years than I remember with my own workouts and my clients.

I’ve yet to meet a client who didn’t enjoy the TRX. But I couldn’t tell you how many people I’ve trained who hated working with barbells and kettlebells.

You can use the TRX to mix up your workouts and add back some spice to them. You know all too well how easy it is for your body to plateau from doing the same exercises.

The TRX is a fantastic piece of training equipment as long as it’s not your only one.

It shines brightest in conjunction with other exercise tools. Such as kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, ropes and sleds.

The TRX also has the HUGE benefit of being crazy lightweight and compact.

You’re not going to toss a 26 pound kettlebell in your suitcase next time you’re traveling.

The TSA might be a little suspicious when you go through security. Nobody wants to be probed more than normal by the TSA.

The TRX was ultimately made to be used on the road and as an ancillary piece of training equipment.

I wouldn’t call it an entire, “Gym in a bag.”

More like a mini-gym you can anywhere and do stuff you couldn’t do with anything else.

Where To Buy The TRX

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The TRX definitely isn’t cheap.

There are plenty of knock-off competitors out there (which I don’t recommend) you can find cheaper.

But do you want to buy a cheap knock-off when you’re placing your entire bodyweight on these straps?

I don’t think it’ll be worth breaking your neck to save a few bucks.

This is why if you’re going to buy a Suspension Trainer I’d recommend going with the official TRX brand.

I use and recommend the TRX PRO as it’s much higher quality. It comes with all the accessories you’re going to need to use it to its fullest.

And even though this is a TRX review I should also give you the low-down on the Rip Trainer.

The Rip Trainer really isn’t worth the money.

You can only do a few different exercises with it and to me there’s just not enough there to earn a recommendation.

Instead, go with the TRX.

You’ll get the biggest bang for you buck and it’s worth your money.

TRX Review Conclusion

The TRX is worth the money as long as you’re aware of its limitations along with all the benefits it can give you.

It’s incredibly lightweight and you can do a ton of fantastic exercises with.

You otherwise wouldn’t be able to do what you can with the TRX with anything else out there.

Sure, it’s a little expensive but the price is small compared to how much 10-20 extra pounds on your body is going to cost.

After reading my TRX Suspension Trainer review you know if it’s for you.

The TRX Suspension Trainer can take your workouts and training to the next level, but it can’t do everything.

It’s the next best thing.

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44 Comments


  1. miguel

    August 11, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Josh, you always give good advice and I always look forward to what you have to say, this is a excellent training equipment that you could take with you anywhere and its adjustable it makes perfect sense. Thanks for all the support and encouragement you give everybody.

    Thanks, Miguel

    Reply

  2. Josh Schlottman

    August 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for the kind words Miguel, I really appreciate it. It keeps me motivated to keep coming out with more great content.

    Reply

  3. Paul

    November 22, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Hi Josh,

    My friend was telling me about the trx system and I am interested in getting it. I am 6′ 7 so I was wondering if that would caus me any problems if I was trying to use it at my home.

    Thanks

    Paul

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      November 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      @Paul The TRX will definitely work even if you’re 6’7″. The best part about it is that you can easily progress the exercises so even if you’re a beginner or a really tall person all you have to do is adjust your positioning on the TRX. And when you get the TRX it comes with an instructional DVD that shows you all that cool stuff.

      Reply

  4. martiallink

    November 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Great review on the TRX. Thanks Josh.

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      November 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Glad you like the TRX review!

      Reply

  5. Cyndi The Trainer

    January 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Josh, great review.. i just got mine in July and started teaching group X TRX 2 days a week AND getting my PT clients in great shape .. I was skeptical too, it seemed like a fad, but it’s not. I love being sort of on the ground floor of what I think will HUGE in the industry.
    I think it’s this decades STEP or Spin.. it’s here to stay..

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      January 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      @Cyndi Hi Cyndi, I totally agree with you that the TRX trainer is going to be around for a while. Glad that you’re using it with your clients, keep it up!

      Reply

  6. ultimatefrisbeelover

    January 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Hey Josh thanks for the review! I have a couple questions:
    1. How often can you use the TRX before you start plateauing?
    2. Can you start to out perform the TRX… as in will you eventually get to a point where you are so fit that you can’t put your body at a proper angle to get a good workout?
    3. Would this be good for someone who is already very toned but wants a bit more mass and athletic power?
    Thanks a lot!! 🙂

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      January 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      @ultimatefrisbeelover glad you liked the TRX review!

      1. Never! As long as you keep progressing the exercises. Most people will do the same version of the exercise until the end of time. By constantly progressing and making the workout routine more difficult you’ll continue to get results.

      2. There are a million ways you can make every exercise more difficult and I know there are many professional athletes that constantly use the TRX trainer in their workouts. Drew Brees uses it all the time and he’s in phenomenal shape.

      3. The TRX would be perfect for that.

      Reply

  7. ELAINE

    March 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Your Comments
    i am a member at a great yoga studio with very high ceilings. i would love to introduce trx to this place. how would i hook up a number of these for a class

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      March 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      You’d have to have anchoring points on the ceiling for the TRX trainer to work in a class setting. Or you could also try to find a room that has bars going across the ceiling.

      Reply

  8. Tiffany

    May 10, 2011 at 10:04 am

    TRX is a great product !! But if u want something better (really better) u should try the crosscore war machine…u can do everything u do on TRX plus u work the rotation and core at all the times…it’s amazing !!! And u also can attach weights (kettlebells) on it…if u like TRX u gonna love the war machine…I can’t believe I found this product…give it a try !!!

    Reply

  9. Dave K

    June 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I am retiring as a Federal Air Marshal due to injuries to my right hip, right knee, and left elbow. I cannot do heavy impact exercises (lift weights) nor fight anymore (MMA) but need to stay in shape as my gene pool dictates my easily gaining weight (Thanks mom and dad)….

    Is the TRX system good for someone like me and will I be limited to what I can do, and if so, how do I get the workouts/exercises that are good for me?

    In your opinion what kit should I get? Extras?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      June 8, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Hi Dave,

      The great thing about the TRX is that you can easily adjust the many different exercises to fit your own abilities. You can quickly change progressions to make an exercise easier or harder. I use the TRX with a few of my clients who have injuries like yours but you just have to realize your going to have to make some adjustments to your exercises.

      I would recommend starting out with the Pro Pack. It’s the basic entry level package and I recommend it for just about everybody starting off.

      Reply

  10. Joseph

    June 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Why is this better than Vegas Pro Straps. I’ve been trying to decide between these two for a week now and I want to order. My main usage is for hotel workouts when traveling (2-3 nights a week). Help me make my decision Josh.

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      June 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Joseph, I’ve honestly never heard of the Vegas Pro Straps. But the TRX suspension trainer is the original suspension training system and I haven’t come across another competitor that even comes close to it in terms of quality.

      Reply

  11. Gilbert

    July 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    So can I get the trx with door anchor and email that to you? since it won’t be the same link as yours, what can I do?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      July 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Gilbert, as long as you order everything through my link it’ll be okay.

      Reply

  12. Susie Rodriguez

    August 27, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Hi Josh!

    I am a trainer from Australia, I have been looking for a TRX, and by chance I have got one from a friend, but I have no Idea how to use it, Would you be able to help me with that?

    Kind regards
    Susie

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      September 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Susie,

      I have an e-book that I wrote all about suspension training and think it will help you learn everything you need to know about the TRX. Awesome news by the way, the TRX is going to change the way you work out!

      Reply

  13. Leo

    September 20, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Hello Josh, have you heard of Kettleworx? any feedback on that program?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      October 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Sorry haven’t heard of it.

      Reply

  14. Tracy

    October 26, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I am so happy to have read your review. I’ve been reading “the new rules of lifting for abs” and they mentioned it as well. I’m definitely gonna purchase one. I am an aspiring trainer myself so I am always excited to throw something new into the mix.

    Reply

  15. Bradley

    January 12, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Great review Josh. I’m a regular user of TRX. I have recently got involved I in some online TRX challenges.

    Reply

  16. Mike

    January 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Josh,
    I am just started going to the gym but I hate using free weights, I am trying to gain muscle but not be huge… Will the TRX replace free weights and the gym completely?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      January 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Mike,

      You can replace weights and the gym completely with the TRX trainer but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. If you have the option I would also make sure you get some dumbbells and kettlebells as well just so you can target more energy systems and muscles in your body.

      Reply

  17. Iris

    April 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I wonder if the TRX can help me increase leg strength when I already use quite heavy weights. I can do TRX squats/lunges for many reps so it gives me a nice strength endurance workout but not a “real” strength workout. Is there a way to make squats/one legged squats harder?
    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      April 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Hi Iris, the TRX suspension trainer can definitely help to improve your leg strength and there are multiple exercises you can do with only 1 leg. You can also for example perform a bulgarian split squat with the TRX while holding a kettlebell to increase the resistance and therefore your leg strength.

      Reply

  18. Dean

    July 21, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I have a TRX trainer already. How do I get the book?

    Reply

  19. Matthew

    September 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Can you do muscle training with this and NOT bulk up. I hate the bulky look but want more muscle

    Reply

  20. a

    October 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    add “shut up and take my money ” meme

    Reply

  21. Sergio Fox

    October 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hi, Josh.

    I live in Salvador, Brazil. I heard about TRX twoo weeks ago and I saw its potential immediately, but there were some doubts about its results.

    Your review made things very clear to me. Thank you very much.

    I´ll buy my TRX ans start trainning.

    Reply

  22. Marylou

    November 20, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I use this system at the gym with my personal trainer. I am 5′ 2″ and have lost 75 lbs since February. This is definitely in my regular training, so he recommended that I get the home version to add more during bad weather (NE New England) or when I travel. I thought I would hate it, I love it.

    Reply

  23. Mike

    November 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hey Josh, discovered your page a few days back and have been reading in several times a day since then! Thanks for giving us so much of your time! I already own a TRX trainer, how can I get a copy of your “Suspension Training for Fat Loss” book? Don’t make me buy another one! 🙂

    Reply

  24. Koko

    March 6, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Thanks for your inspiration, Josh.

    Reply

  25. maria

    March 21, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I’m 57 years will this work for my age group?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      March 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Maria, yes it’ll definitely work for your age group. A lot of my clients are around that age and they love the TRX.

      Reply

  26. Beginner

    May 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    My problem is knee pain. Should I start with the routine for joints? I saw they have one.

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      July 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      If I were you I’d keep away from any of the exercises on the TRX that involve you bending your knee. I’d definitely start out with the joint workout to get started.

      Reply

  27. Tom

    August 21, 2016 at 7:46 am

    What is the minimum ceiling height I can use for the TRX X-Mount with the TRX straps?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      August 30, 2016 at 4:50 am

      Hey Tom, the TRX should be mounted between 7 and 9 feet.

      Reply

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