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Name: TRX at Pure Body Studio
Location: Atherton Mill, 2102 South Boulevard
Class schedule: 11 TRX classes per week; see schedule here
Class duration: 1 hour
Drop-in rate: $20. New members can also sign up for a free 7-day gym pass
Monthly membership: $70/month for TRX (and select other group classes); pricing for other group classes and membership packages varies
Pros: Intense full-body workout, attentive instruction, beginner-level and advanced modifications
Cons: This is unfamiliar and unstable equipment for most people so it’ll take a little time to find your balance and move through transitions with ease
How to dress and what to bring
I’m pretty confident my all-black-everything spandex ensemble will serve me well for every single workout class I take. Hasn’t failed me yet. Just wear clothes you’re comfortable moving around in.
There are inverted moves in this workout so if your shirt flying over your head is an issue for you, wear something fitted. Your hands and feet will be moving in and out of the straps so avoid baggy pants or dangly jewelry on your arms.
Bring a mat if you have one or borrow one at the studio.
What to expect in class
You’ll start with a quick warm-up of lunges, squats and some light stretching before moving to the straps.
Our workout consisted of four 10-minute circuits each made up of four different moves.
Some of the moves are standard things you might recognize – like chest press, front squat, burpee and lunge. The difference here is that instead of using hand weights or barbells, you use the weight of your own body suspended in the TRX straps as your resistance.
The class is designed so that you follow the prescribed workout but are free to move at your own pace.
Where you’ll feel it the next day
Arms. Big time. Particularly in the triceps for me because I am a weakling there.
Locker room situation
Pure Body Studio is a primo gym, and the locker rooms are gorgeous.
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. I’ve only ever used TRX bands for solo work so this was my first group class setting. Instructor Tara Bedard gave really clear directions on the most efficient ways to move in and out of the straps which really helped. She also provided individual modifications and alignment cues for each participant.
I’m a big fan of just using gravity and your own body weight against yourself when it comes to training. The added benefit of using TRX straps is that they allow you to angle and suspend your body in ways that up the resistance and challenge your balance.
I think a lot of people are intimidated by TRX and I can’t really blame them. After all, it was designed for Navy SEALS (the toughest people out there). But I’m not a Navy SEAL and I could do it so you can too.
Side note: Tara’s brand new workout DVD Shred2X was just released last week and is now available for purchase.
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