I am becoming obsessed with the TRX system, and thought it was about time to get a formal instruction. I found Sphericality in Flemington, NJ, which is a fitness studio with all sorts of classes, one of them being the TRX. I spoked with Maggie, who very nicely waived the fee for the class so I could get an idea of the studio. I was thrilled, and was excited to finally learn how to best utilize the TRX.
The class was small, only three students, including me, were attending the class. The room was clean, and had a great energy to it. It had a community feel, which I am realizing is becoming a key factor in my decision when I do chose a gym to call home. There were mats laid out, and the TRX was set up. This class was going to be no joke, and I could tell that I was going to like the pace and just the general set-up. The instructor Kelly was fantastic, and definitely did not take it easy on me just because I was new. She pushed us, but it was more like nudging and providing encouragement. She made sure my form was correct, which is so important when working out. This is especially true for this type of equipment where you are using your body weight to develop muscles, which stretching muscles, tendons, etc that do not necessarily get tested on traditional weight machines. We alternated from arms, to core, to legs, and then back again so we weren’t targeting one group of muscles for a prolonged period of time. I can feel it in my back muscles more than anything, because I think almost every exercise involved shoulders and/or upper back. I will be curious to see how sore I am tomorrow in that muscle group. I haven’t worked my upper back that intensely so far, so I will keep you guys posted.
Update on my overall fitness and results. I have broad shoulders to begin with, and have been known to rip suit jackets (literally). I put on a somewhat tighter fitting shirt, and when I flexed my arms across my body I could feel the slight pull across my shoulders. I haven’t been doing anything extreme, but it reinforced that consistency in anything leads to results over time.