Just Buy A TRX Already

TRX is great cross training and sports injury rehab. Using TRX here on a runner for unilateral quad/glute strengthening.

TRX is great cross training and sports injury rehab. Using TRX here on a runner for unilateral quad/glute strengthening.

As an athlete and Doctor of Physical Therapy, I love cross training. I always incorporate some form of cross training into my own workout routine and regularly recommend it for sports injury recovery to my athletes in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. Cross training is a great way for the injured athlete to maintain sport-ready fitness by challenging fitness levels and allowing the brain to interact with different movements in a new and exciting way. Of course there are plenty of ways for an athlete to cross train , but TRX is one of my favorites.

If you aren’t familiar with this type of cross training yet, you should be. TRX is a suspension-based bodyweight training system. Basically, you hang nylon straps from an overhead anchor and  use your bodyweight to create resistance. You can hang the straps from a door, tree branch, pull up bar, etc.

The possibilities are endless and, because of its popularity, there are lots of creative sport-specific workouts available. I’ve had good success with incorporating elements of TRX into my rehab sessions for runners, swimmers, cyclists, triathletes and crossfitters.

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you know that I’m a big advocate of resistance training for athletes . TRX offers the athlete a simple, compact way to embrace resistance training without the need for weights or a gym membership. If you’re anything like the endurance athletes I work with, you’ll also appreciate that you can take these straps with you to your morning track workout, your kid’s soccer game, the local park, etc. One of my busier athletes who has difficulty carving out 30-60 minutes for a full session, often leaves his TRX straps attached to his his office door.  Every time he leaves his office, he forces himself to do 1-2 minutes of his strength program. Whatever it takes, right!?

The cost of the TRX system varies depending on which model you select. I would encourage you to go with the simplest one for home use. You can snag one on Amazon for around $100. I’ve had mine for about 10 years now, and it’s still going strong. The quality of the grips and the stitching has held up extremely well. You can find cheaper suspension systems out there, but the craftsmanship of the TRX has been worth the extra money for me.

I should note that I don’t have any connection to TRX or get any free equipment. I just enjoy the product. I think you’ll agree.

If you're interested in using TRX as cross training or for sports injury recovery, just TEXT US. We’d love to help.

Josh Orendorf is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Paceline Physical Therapy in Franklin, TN. He is an Ironman triathlete and Boston Marathon qualifier. He has a passion for helping athletes conquer injury and return to sport without pain. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Leigh, and their dog, Annie.