One of my New Year’s resolutions this year included trying new fitness activities. As many of you know, I’m a somewhat lackadaisical runner, but my favorite workout is the Les Mills BodyFlow class offered at most Gold’s Gyms and locally at Momentum. That class is often mislabeled as relaxation as it’s intended as a “mind and body” program; however, I can credit it with reshaping my post-30 figure.
Regardless, this year I vowed to switch up my Flow/occasional elliptical habit to something more challenging and interesting. The first on this list was TRX Suspension Training, a program developed by Navy SEALS and now a rather popular program offered throughout the country.
Locally, the first place to implement TRX was Absolute Wellness Group in Harrisburg. I recently was offered an opportunity to sample one of their classes, which are held at the JCC along North Front Street.
One of the notable things about TRX, at least at Absolute Wellness, is the small group training. Much like any classroom experience, a smaller class size means your instructor can pay more attention to each student (you) and help you achieve proper form and make sure you’re being challenged in your workout.
TRX classes are 45 minutes long, usually taught in a circuit style, focusing on a series of strength moves utilizing your own body weight. Since our class was a sampler, we did a little bit of everything, from planks and lunges to bicep curls and pikes. Often, there’s a bit of a cardio element through plyometrics, which amps up your workout by adding jumps or other quick movements.
We broke a sweat, and my muscles (especially my arms, my weakest zone) were notably sore the next two days — but in the good way.
TRX Suspension Training is gaining popularity throughout the area. The Absolute Wellness Group’s classes are filling up – allowing them to add even more.
They currently offer TRX Small Group Training at:
- Sunday 8 a.m. (only one spot)
- Monday 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (rolling availability)
- Tuesday 6:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. (these two classes have not officially started, will begin based on interest)
- Thursday 11:15 a.m.(1-2 spots available) & 5:45 p.m.
- Saturday 8 a.m. & 9 a.m. (not started yet, will begin based on interest)