It’s been quite awhile since I attended my TRX Suspension training and I have been meaning to blog about it for some time. What I really hope to do here is just provide some information for those people who may be considering obtaining a TRX credential.
The training was basically just a one-day event. There is no preparation or studying technically required prior to attendance. I would strongly recommend that you participate in TRX classes or use a TRX trainer for a few months prior to taking the class. This will allow you to become familiar with using the suspension strap as well as to develop some basic strength. Many of the movements you will review at the training require a significant amount of core stability in order to perform them PROPERLY. I was also lucky to have Casey Stutzman as the instructor, who did a great job.
The training that I took was their TRX Suspension Training Course Level 1. They have been growing and adding more and more specialized training course offerings, but this one was their basic. It comes with a notebook of exercises and allows for you to take notes along the way. I chose this particular class because it covers the fundamentals of TRX and introduces a large percentage of the exercises. It allows you to then go ahead and take the exercises and do what you want with them.
The end of the course is set-up to walk you through designing a sample class or workout format. It allows for the flexibility to design something you might use in a group setting or for an individual. What I enjoy about using the TRX is that it can be used in small or larger groups, as well as the fact that it can be used indoors or outdoors. I have used it in a gym setting as well as with my Urban EcoTrek class. Although some of the movements can be very advanced, you can also use the TRX in the most basic of movements: non-weight bearing, stable surface, etc.
Overall, I think this credential and tool is helpful. It can be adapted to different ability levels and allows for a lot of freedom and creativity when designing programs or classes. Even for the most advanced participant, there are still methods that you can use to continue to challenge them.
Keep in mind, however, that this level of the TRX credential is open to basically everyone. If you are a professional seeking a degree or already have a degree in the field of exercise science, this doesn’t necessarily distinguish you from anyone. I would consider this credential if you:
- Are still in school pursuing a degree in the field and want to start to get hands-on experience
- Already have a nationally recognized, accredited ACSM or NSCA certification (in other words, this is nowhere equal to that level of certification)
- Are looking to add to an already established practice or skill set to your “toolbox”