The TRX Suspension Trainer is one of the most versatile exercise systems available. While originally created to allow Navy SEALS to get creative with their workout locations, the TRX band is now a staple of gyms and can be used by anyone from a complete beginner to the exercise elite.
Using two adjustable straps, gravity, and the user’s own body-weight and angle-choice, this effective system covers all the major bases of strength, cardio, stability, coordination and balance. A simple concept, yes, but hey, it’s darn effective.
If you decide to head out and pick up this versatile piece of equipment, read on for a few quick tips as to where you can set yourself up for a solid TRX workout.
TRX Installation Guidelines
To get the most out of your TRX Suspension Trainer, find a workout space that is flat, non-slip, and gives you an area of approximately eight feet long and six feet wide.
The anchor point height should range between seven and nine feet off the ground and must be strong enough to support more than your body weight. Always test your anchor point before using it by pulling hard or slowly suspending your bodyweight with your body as close as possible to the ground.
Indoor TRX Mounting Options
1. Over a Door
If you’re working out at home, the easiest way to set up your suspension trainer is by using the Door Anchor. Try to find a door that opens away from you then simply slide the anchor over the top and close it; the weight of your body will essentially be pulling the door closed.
If you need to use a door that opens towards you, slide the anchor over the top and off towards the side that houses the hinges. Lock the door if you can.
2. Ceiling Mounted
For those who are really ready to commit, the TRX has an overhead anchoring system called the X-Mount. Able to be fastened to a stud in the ceiling, this system allows you to get a full 360 degree range of motion AND provides a nice dinner-party conversation piece if you decide to set up in the middle of your living room.
3. Beam Suspension
If you have sturdy exposed beams where you get your sweat on, you can use the general TRX attachment and wrap it around the beam as many times as you need to in order to get your band at the right height.
4. Weight Rack Suspension
Similar to the beam option above, the TRX can also be wrapped around the top of a high exercise machine or weight rack; just be sure that the machine is sturdy and bolted to the ground…or that you have cat-like reflexes to avoid falling equipment.
5. Railing Suspension
If construction is sturdy, you may be able to find a high railing in your house to wrap the general attachment around but like the door mount, this option may only allow you to use an oblique positioning against a wall.
If you’re a big advocate of the TRX and have space to set up your own mounting system (ie. for a fitness studio or gym), the MultiMount is a fantastic multi-person option. The S Frame is also available for larger groups training at once, though it is more obtrusive and a bit on the pricier side for anyone who’s simply looking for a quick workout at home.
Outdoor TRX Mounting Options
7. Tree Branch
Really get back to nature by wrapping your TRX around a thick, low-sitting tree branch. Test the brach for sturdiness before putting your entire body weight out on the limb.
8. Railing Suspension
If construction is sturdy, you may be able to find a high railing to wrap the general attachment around but like the door mount, this option may only allow you to use an oblique positioning against a wall.
9. Fence Mount
If you’re performing mostly obliquely-positioned exercises, try sliding the band through a fence rung and giving it a go.
10. Playground Suspension
If you really want to set yourself up to be a good role model for the future of our society, throw your TRX over a high bar at the playground and show off your skills to the rug rats playing tag around you.
General TRX Guidelines
Watch the video below from TRX for more details on where/how to set up your TRX band: