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Q and A: The TRX Trainer

Posted Sep 22 2009 10:07pm

Q: What is your take on these TRX trainer things that keep getting all the press lately?  I notice many fitness professionals in the industry pushing them hard, and I’ve also seen them in the MMA scene, etc.  I  was wondering what your take was?

A: First off, is it me or does it seem like anything developed by the Navy SEALS turns into straight up cash-money?  First there was The Perfect Push-Up, and now there’s the TRX Trainer.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if next year they try figure out some way to market, I don’t know, water boarding as the next big fitness craze.  Hahahahaha.  Just kidding.  No, but seriously, what about live grenades?

Like anything “new” or unique in the fitness industry (kettlebells, anyone?), I think we have a tendency to over-blow things to the point where we oftentimes fail to realize that, you know, barbells and dumbbells  do still exist.  Now before I get the hate mail, please understand that I am in no way suggesting that the TRX Trainer doesn’t have it’s place in the proverbial “fitness toolbox.”  On the contrary, as I type this blog, we have two pair at Cressey Performance no more than 50 feet from my desk, and we actually have a TRX representative traveling to Hudson this Friday to take us through a staff in-service.

Furthermore, I think they’re absolutely awesome for those people who travel a lot for work and otherwise have limited access to a gym.  Too, outside of the athletic realm, I’ve found them to be very useful when training overweight clients, in addition to the elderly clients that I work with on a weekly basis.

That said, what really gets my goat is when people in the industry try to pass them off as the panacea of fitness- much like what happens whenever you hear someone talk about yoga or pilates.  I’m not a TRX guy. I’m not a kettlebell guy.  I’m not a powerlifting guy, nor am I an Olympic lifting guy.  I’m a results guy- albeit I do incorporate components of all the above into my programming.

Personally, I think it’s a bit shortsighted whenever someone latches onto ONE concept and that’s all they preach to their clients.

In short, the TRX Trainer definitely has several legitimate uses.  I mean, it wasn’t named Best New Fitness Gear by Men’s Health for nothing.  It offers a unique twist to training that not only offers variety, but versatility as well.  They’re just not the end all-be all of training that some professionals in the industry make them out to be.

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