Blame it on the endorphins, but I basically want to take all the fitness classes ever! Can you tell that I am loving being able to workout again?
Yesterday, in between work and class I decided to checkout a Cardio TRX class that was being offered at my gym. The Cardio TRX class was described as a 60 minute fusion class involving TRX Suspension Training with fat burning cardio intervals. (I opted to only do the TRX portion).
I was a bit nervous when I realized the straps for the class were just hanging from a small hook on the ceiling, but the trainers (Bonnie Pace and Erik Foust at the Columbia Gym) reassured me that I was safe.
Right off the bat, Erik and Bonnie worked with me on the proper formation with the TRX Suspension Training system. I was surprised at how many exercises we could do with just our own body weight:
- Bicep curls
- Back Rows
- Triceps exercises
- Curtsy Squats
- Hamstring Tuck and Curl
- Suspended Incline Press
- Mountain Climbers
- Single (arm/leg) squat row
Check out more TRX moves on YouTube!
These were just some of the few exercises we were able to pack into 60 minutes. The general format of the class is that you do as many reps as you can in 30 seconds. Within just one or two reps, my arms were burning, but I was honestly having too much fun to care.
The hardest part for me was adjusting to not standing straight up, keeping the straps taut and engaging my core, even while I was working my biceps I was encouraged to engage my abdominal muscles.
I was totally holding on for dear life.
My favorite part of the class was holding a suspended plank, can you see my smile? I also appreciated how safe the exercises were and the attentiveness of the trainers to correct my form, I never felt like I was doing something that could potentially hurt my back even more.
Thank you Erik and Bonnie for an awesome class, you guys made me feel like a pro by the end!
I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in trying out a TRX class to go ahead and do so, I can barely type this blog post because my arms are so sore. Additionally, don’t assume TRX is just a shoulder and arm workout I was able to work my entire body using the suspension system.
I am definitely going to sign up for another class next week! If you would like to see a video of some TRX movements I found this video that has some of the exercises that I did in the class.
The only downside to the class is that you don’t realize how sore you are going to be the next day!
I am not sure how much a class like this would run in your area, since this is a part of a membership plan that I have. However, it ranges from $200-300 for an 8-week session depending on where you live and what memberships you have.
Have you ever tried a TRX Suspension Training Class?