TRX Suspension Trainer Review

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So I had been personal training for about a year now, I was still in college and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my life.  I was doing the “old school” style of training and by that I mean I was going through the Muscle and Fitness magazines and pulling out all the Arnold Schwarzenegger and bodybuilding workouts.  I only wish I knew then what I know now and had gotten a TRX Suspension Trainer when I first started training.

I only initially planned to do personal training on the side while I got my degree and literally had to be TALKED into going to this fitness convention called IDEA.  But after I plunked down the $300 or so bucks to go and traveled down to southern California, I had  an awakening.  I saw this yellow and black thing that people where using to do all this crazy bodyweight suspension training stuff with.

At first I didn’t even know how to wrap my head around it, I was used to pounding out heavy weights with barbells and machines…this sounded like it was some new form of pilates or something.  Which was in NO WAY up my alley.

So after standing there watching all these trainers use it, one of them asked me if I wanted to give it a shot, so I thought “what the hell” and decided to see what all the commotion was about.  And to be honest this thing literally blew me away and I ran to the garbage can to throw out all the skepticism I had about it.

It was a heck of a lot more harder for me to do exercises on the TRX Suspension Trainer then it was for me to do the same exercise with weights.  Now what does that sayabout my conditioning?   Let’s start with me being so delusional that I actually thought I was in AWESOME shape…FAIL.

trx suspension trainer review

After only 15 minutes of using the TRX I immediately ran over to the guy selling them, threw down my credit card and told him straight up, “I want in!”

I took the TRX back to my hometown and I was so excited the first day I used it that I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.  I had a brand new toy that I could share with my clients and get back to a better way of training.  I had slowly started coming out of my Muscle and Fitness / Arnold Schwarzenegger bodybuilding type of training brainwashing that I had put myself through during the last 5 years.

One of the reasons I’m doing this TRX suspension trainer review is because it’s literally a gym in a bag and you better believe I take this baby wherever I travel and can get my workouts in wherever I go.  In fact, I just took a trip down to Yosemite for some relaxation and even used it on a couple of the days I was down there…people looked at me like I was crazy but hell, I still got my workout in.

It’s also a high quality product created by a damn Navy Seal, if that’s not speaking loud to you then I don’t know what will.  He discovered the idea behind the TRX suspension trainer when he was trying to figure out a way to train his fellow Navy SEALS while they were in remote regions of the world, I’m telling you if a Navy SEAL can use the TRX to get in shape then there’s no reason why you can’t.

Awesome Features to Know – TRX Suspension Trainer Review

  • You can use progressions with it – so even if you’re just starting out or if you’re crazy advanced gym rat you can still do the same exercises.  Since you can adjust the straps, all you have to do is move your body around to get an easier version of the exercise.  And once you start to become a pro you can do exercises with just one leg or one arm and even throw in some stability balls in to the mix.
  • You can take it anywhere and do a workout any-frickin-where you have something to hook it up to.  So if there’s pullup bar, a tree, or even a door you can set the TRX up and get to work.
  • It’s a total body workout and you’ll be sure to use more muscles in every exercise more than you would with just dumbbells or barbells, and especially machines.
  • This thing is a beast, I’ve had mine for almost 4 years now and it’s still in great condition.  I’ve traveled 1000’s of miles with it over many trips and it’s still in tip-top condition.  Besides who’s wants to travel it humongous kettlebell when they’re on vacation?
  • It’s awesome for all kinds of workouts.  If you’re looking to do metabolic resistance training, interval training, muscle building, fat loss, etc. it’ll do the job 10x over and you’ll have more fun doing it then you would with a pair of dumbbells.

The TRX Suspension Trainer turned out to be an incredible investment into not only my health but also as a professional personal trainer.  It really got my engines revving into fitness and excited that there were different ways to exercise outside the old school traditional stuff.

One downside is that if people have never seen it they’ll probably give you weird looks or bother you with a dozen questions on what you’re using and what it does.

Other than that it’s well worth the investment if you’re looking to take your game to the next level and finally get in awesome shape.  This concludes my TRX Suspension Trainer Review.

Special Bonus for Readers of this TRX Trainer Review

Since the TRX Trainer is a recommended fitness tool I’m going to throw a special bonus out there for anybody who decides to pull the trigger and get this awesome piece of equipment.  I’m going to give you for free my 8 week Suspension Training for Fat Loss program as an ethical bribe for you to take action.

Here is exactly what you have to do to get you free copy of Suspension Training for Fat Loss:

  1. Click on this link and only this link to purchase your TRX Suspension Trainer => Get Your TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack
  2. Buy the TRX Trainer
  3. Email a copy of your receipt to josh {at} trainerjosh.com
  4. I’ll confirm your purchase to make sure nobody is up to any funny business
  5. Wait for you free copy in your email box
I’m such a huge believer in the TRX Trainer that I went out and made a full fat loss program that you can use with it to get in great shape and I’m going to give it to you for free as a congratulations on taking action.
About The Author → Josh Schlottman, CSCS, is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and he graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Nutrition. Josh takes pride in his commitment to his clients’ results by bringing out their maximum potential through positive motivation. You can reach him at www.TrainerJosh.com
  • Reply miguel August 11, 2010, 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 Josh Schlottman August 18, 2010, 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 Paul November 22, 2010, 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, 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 martiallink November 27, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Great review on the TRX. Thanks Josh.

    • Reply Josh Schlottman November 29, 2010, 2:29 pm

      Glad you like the TRX review!

  • Reply Cyndi The Trainer January 11, 2011, 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, 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 ultimatefrisbeelover January 27, 2011, 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, 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 ELAINE March 4, 2011, 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, 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 Tiffany May 10, 2011, 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 Dave K June 8, 2011, 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, 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 Joseph June 15, 2011, 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, 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 Gilbert July 24, 2011, 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, 4:43 pm

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

  • Reply Susie Rodriguez August 27, 2011, 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, 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 Leo September 20, 2011, 5:50 am

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

    • Reply Josh Schlottman October 2, 2011, 7:03 pm

      Sorry haven’t heard of it.

  • Reply Tracy October 26, 2011, 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 Mike January 25, 2012, 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, 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 Iris April 2, 2012, 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, 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 Dean July 21, 2012, 5:34 am

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

  • Reply Matthew September 2, 2012, 2:00 pm

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

  • Reply a October 6, 2012, 1:59 pm

    add “shut up and take my money ” meme

  • Reply Sergio Fox October 17, 2012, 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 Marylou November 20, 2012, 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 Mike November 25, 2012, 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 Koko March 6, 2016, 6:21 am

    Thanks for your inspiration, Josh.

  • Reply maria March 21, 2016, 10:18 am

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

    • Reply Josh Schlottman March 21, 2016, 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.

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