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Gear Reviews / December 6, 2016

Gear review: TRX suspension system

Written by: Morris Brossette

Let’s face it—most of our travel isn’t adventure travel. We have to work, after all, and this requires many of us to travel to towns/hotels without gym equipment.

That’s what the TRX Suspension training system is designed for. As a strength and endurance coach, I use it with my clients each week. I also bring it on trips when I know I won’t be able to get to a gym.

In this piece, I’ll compare and contrast two TRX Suspension Trainers: the TRX Pro and the TRX Go. But before I do, I should be honest about my bias—I LOVE these products.

That’s for a few reasons:

  • Both take up minimal space, making them easy to pack or store. 
  • Either can be used with just a closed door as an anchor point. 
  • The straps are versatile: they can be adjusted to work out pretty much any muscle group in almost any space. 

Now let’s get to these two products. I will start with the TRX Pro, which the company lists as “commercial grade”. They say that means it’s more durable and better-suited for high-volume use. 

The kit sells for $249.95, and comes with:

  • The TRX suspension trainer itself.
  • Anti-microbial rubber handles with adjustable foot cradle.
  • Three types of anchor points (standard anchor, extended anchor, and a behind the door anchor.
  • Foldout with handy excise demonstrations along with recommended workout routines.
  • A downloadable 8-week video workout program and a few bonus videos.
  • A mesh travel bag

I like the look and feel of the industrial/commercial strength handles and webbing, but I’m not sure it’s a necessary feature for the average user. The adjustable foot cradle is a nice touch, though, and its softer fabric does reduce friction. 

This kit comes with an extra anchor point (most TRX systems include just two)… but I honestly don’t know when I would use it. In my experience with the TRX, two anchor points are plenty. It also comes with a carabiner that can be adjusted/locked with an Allen key. Honestly, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone putting enough force on the device to necessitate this feature.

The foldout and 8-week training routine will be helpful to TRX newbies, who don’t yet know how to build a workout program with the straps.

All in all, the TRX Pro feels best suited to use by… well… pros. It’s built to withstand heavy use, and it’s not cheap.

I like the foldout and 8-week training routine as most beginner or even users feel unsure how to properly use this equipment and therefore may hesitate to begin a program.  This is indeed a hearty piece of equipment but it comes at a pretty high price point of $249.95. Most users will cheaper options suit their needs just fine. 

Enter the TRX Go Suspension Trainer. For $129, this comes with:

  • Lightweight handles and webbing straps
  • Two anchor points (standard anchor & behind the door anchor).
  • Handy mesh travel bag

That’s it. Simple and easy.

Don’t let the “lightweight” handle and straps fool you—I’ve seen NFL linebackers and folks use these straps on a regular basis, and I’ve yet to see one fail.

The TRX Go is billed by the company as “the lightest, leanest suspension trainer ever,” and I can attest that it takes up minimal space and weight.

My only beef? It only comes in black and yellow. But if those colors don’t bother you, the TRX Go is a solid training system for the price point, and one that packs easily for use just about anywhere.

 

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Morris Brossette

Morris “Mo” Brossette grew up running, hiking, biking, and basically living everyday in the woods. Each day was a new adventure of building forts, exploring new areas, and even as a child, creating obstacle courses and other physical challenges to build strength and fitness.

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