TRX was created by a Navy Seal commander Randy Hetrick while on deployment.  TRX stands for Total body Resistance eXercise.  It is a workout for beginners as well as athletes.

In TRX training there are seven basic movements which are push, pull, plank, rotate, hinge, lunge and squat.  And don’t worry.   You will not get a call from your local circus for recruitment.  You will get a “call” from your body thanking you.  When you are doing the exercises on the TRX you are engaging your core, you are improving your balance and you are moving almost every part of your body.

You can use the TRX suspension straps at home, at the gym or even when you travel.  Take them with you, so you won’t have any excuses of not working out, because with the TRX suspension you can train just about anywhere.  Also, it is a workout that fits the outdoors, as you can even strap them to a tree or your car.  You use your own body weight as a resistance while holding the TRX straps with your hands, or being suspended from the ground with your feet.

TRX exercise
Kevin Pingle at Yvette’s Health and Fitness is demonstrating chest press exercise on the TRX suspension.

Benefits of TRX Training:

  • Helps burn fat
  • Builds strength
  • Improves cardiovascular health

“The challenge is maintaining conditioning when you have no access to training facility.” – Randy Hetrick

With TRX training you will be able to monitor your progress.  Perhaps your plank will not be perfect in the first few times.  Possibly, you will feel awkward or clumsy.  Remember that it is totally okay.  You are not doing it to win a contest.  Your competition is with your past self today.  You are there to change and restore yourself.  Within a few weeks you will see the positive improvements.

If you are looking for a workout routine that will not bore you, a workout that will take you outside your comfort zone, then TRX training is the one for you.  This training is challenging enough but not impossible.  It is also an outlet for stress.  In recovery it is important to find activities to replace the negative ones that are associated with the addiction.  With regular TRX training the feel good chemicals endorphins will kick in.  You will start smiling more with time as you get better with your form and strength.  With the physical strength, the emotional courage to continue in the path to recovery will ensue.

Engaging in a productive activity such as TRX training will take away the thoughts that could lead to relapse.  Fill in this window of past negative activities with something that will help your present and future.  TRX training could be that activity.  In addition, it is a good excuse to tell your drinking friends if they are asking you to join that you are busy with TRX training.  Bottom line is when you stop drinking or using drugs you end up with a lot of time in your hands.  Do something that will make you happy for real.


If you need help to maintain recovery, or deal with addiction, check out Recovery Guidance for a free and safe resource to find professionals near you.


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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation.

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