Top 10 TRX Body-Sculpting Moves

Try a new approach to hitting your fitness goals by incorporating suspension training into your routine.

Tired of the same old gym routine? Perhaps, it's time to introduce some variety with a challenging new piece of equipment: the TRX.

You've probably walked into the gym before and noticed those bright yellow straps hanging from the ceiling or stationary machine. Whether you have no idea what they're for or have dabbled with them a bit, it's time to put them to good use!

U.S. Navy Seal, Randy Hetrick, originally developed the TRX Suspension Training System. While deployed, Hetrick needed a way to stay fit, so he built the first TRX using a jujitsu belt and parachute webbing. This later developed into the TRX system we know today, found in gyms across 60 plus countries and used by elite professional athletes like NFL quarterback Drew Brees.

But what makes the TRX system so great?

Suspension training, as one might infer, involves suspending certain body parts above the ground and relying on your bodyweight and gravity for added resistance.

Movements can be modified to make the TRX suitable for all levels, from the complete gym newbie to the professional athlete. Since you'll rely on balance for many of these movements, you'll need to stabilize your core and engage multiple muscle groups, making it great for full-body training.

Yet, perhaps the biggest benefit is its portability.

The TRX can be used practically anywhere. It's lightweight, making it the perfect piece of equipment for the frequent traveler or for anybody who wants a challenging at-home workout. All you need is a sturdy place to anchor the straps (think a door frame, weight machine, balcony etc.) and you'll be set!