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The great Escape – TRX suspension training gathers momentum T


RX suspension training has been one of the key product launches for UK distributor Escape Fitness


over recent years. Highlighted as one of the fi tness industry’s fastest-growing training methods in the annual fi tness survey from IDEA, the association for fi tness instructors, the popularity of TRX looks set to continue throughout 2011 with the launch of new moves, programmes and training. The TRX suspension trainer – a simple


but highly versatile piece of equipment consisting of two 6–7ft, heavy-duty nylon strips with handles and straps at the end – was originally created by Randy Hetrick, a former US Navy Seal commander, so that he and his comrades could perform leveraged bodyweight exercise while on deployment. Lightweight, compact and highly


portable – TRX weighs only 2lbs – it allows users to work out wherever they are, as the parent company’s name Fitness Anywhere suggests. More than 750 different exercises


using the entire body can be carried out using the TRX, making it suitable for beginners right through to advanced combat training participants. It’s even used by football teams


including Manchester City and Liverpool, as Liverpool’s head of fi tness and conditioning Darren Burgess explains: “The TRX gives players a full-body workout and provides dynamic exercises that are really specifi c to football. As there are no bars, plates or dumbbells,


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the players can use their own bodyweight as resistance in any plane of movement.” One health club operator to appreciate


the potential of TRX is Virgin Active. “Virgin Active is committed to providing its members with as many dynamic and interesting ways as possible to work out and get fi t while having fun,” says Nick Hudson, national fi tness manager at Virgin Active. “TRX is yet another inspiring form of exercise to challenge our members and enable them to really get the most from their fi tness regime.” One of the most recent Virgin Active


sites to install a TRX functional training area, in December 2010, was Virgin Active Barbican – also one of the fi rst sites in the UK to use X Mounts rather


than a frame. This ceiling-mounted option ensures that the club’s 11 TRXs hang safely during a class or PT session, but also means they can be easily stored if the space is required for another activity. “Our TRX facility is going really well,


with new members picking up on it all the time. The TRX has really opened our members’ eyes to how fun training can be,” says Jezz Robinson, a trainer at Virgin Active Barbican. Virgin Active has already introduced TRX group training classes at six of its clubs, and this is now set to be rolled out across the country. For more information, call Escape Fitness on +44 (0)800 458 558. The Escape fitness blog is also full of motivational movies, training tips and footage.


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