It’s challenging to get in quality exercise while travelling. Your gym membership may allow you to visit branches in other cities, but it may not. And how likely are there to be branches in every location you land? Hotels are increasingly offering some sort of work out area, but the equipment provided is unpredictable at best. I went searching for a solution that would provide reliable resistance training, not cost me a fortune, and be similar enough each time I used it that I could master the exercises and do them properly. What I found is a 2lbs answer: the TRX Suspension Training system.
The TRX system was developed by a Navy Seal who never tires of reminding you he was a Navy Seal. This is a “NAVY SEAL designed system”. It gets the “NAVY SEAL SEAL of approval” – or something like that. Redundant market-speak aside; it is a very good system. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I think it may be among the best exercise options for travelers. Here’s why:
- Portability – The entire system weighs only 2 pounds, which is less than most barbells at the gym. It all fits in a nylon bag that you can haul anywhere. Even for non-travelers this means no exercise equipment cluttering up your house.
- Small Space to Use – The system works even in a small room. No need for lot’s of space to get in a workout. You can use it outdoors with a tree or playground set or inside on any sturdy door (with the door attachment option).
- Quick – Exercising along with the instructional DVD allows you to get in a very formidable cardio and resistance workout in less than half an hour – and with no trip to the gym!
- Easy to Learn – Although it does take some time to get comfortable performing some of the exercises, it takes no time to understand them. You’ll quickly know what you’re supposed to do even if it takes you a few times to get it right.
What’s the Workout Like?
I’m no fitness expert but I have lifted weights for years and used many of the popular home gym options. Here’s my take on what you can expect from the TRX. The TRX system isn’t for muscle heads. If you want a Charles Atlas physique that will sell sport supplements then you won’t build it with a TRX. You might be able to maintain it on a TRX but you won’t build it. What you can build is a leaner all-body sort of physique. The TRX doesn’t isolate muscles as much as traditional weights nor does it offer as much resistance. This means your workouts will feature more repetition and each exercise will engage a much broader set of muscles. I’m guessing this will translate into gymnast or martial artist-type build over time.
TRX on Car
If you’re interested I recommend you buy the TRX Home Training Bundle from Amazon. It’s only $169 and when you consider a gym member ship runs about $360-600 a year (at $30-$50 a month), I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.
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