TRX: versatile workout forged from slapdash beginnings

Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:41am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - TRX, hatched when a U. S. Navy Seal improvised a fitness tool from his parachute webbing, has become the workout darling of personal trainers, group fitness instructors and home exercisers alike.

"It's a nylon strap with two handles," said Frank Salzone, a trainer with the Equinox chain of fitness clubs who has been using TRX on himself and with clients for three years.

"You can do over 200 exercises with it," he said. "I think it's one of the best pieces of equipment in the gym."

Part of the beauty of TRX (for Total body Resistance eXercise), according to Salzone, is its adaptability.

"It started with a Seal stationed away from home, so the idea is you can work out anywhere. You can hang it from a door in your hotel room, a tree or a jungle gym," he said. "You're using your own body weight to do the lifting."

Salzone said the full-body workout works across body angles and easily adjusts to different skill levels.

"When your body is lower, there's more weight to pull. When you get tired you can easily step back a little, or stand up to pull less," he said.

Once you master the basics, he said, you can incorporate countless other workouts, such as lunges, or tools such as dumbbells or medicine balls.   Continued...

<p>A TRX training session takes place at 24 Hour Fitness club in San Ramon, California, in this April 2011 handout photo. REUTERS/24 Hour Fitness/Handout</p>