Life With Laura: TRX Training

Total Body Resistance Exercise Created By Navy Seal

The Downtown Sioux Falls YMCA is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, transforming the century-old building into a state-of-the-art facility.

Along with a new gym, the “Y” also acquired new fitness programs, including one that only utilizes a single piece of equipment. In this week’s “Life with Laura,” KDLT’s Laura Monteverdi introduces us to TRX Training.

Created by a Navy SEAL, Total Body Resistance Exercise, also known as TRX, is a relatively new concept in the workout world.

“For him, he wanted to be able to do TRX anywhere so you can take these anywhere with you,” said Amy Prins.

Before Amy Prins began her career as Healthy Lifestyle Director at the Downtown Sioux Falls YMCA in May, the concept of TRX was unknown to many in the area.

“Our new CEO, Eric, it was kind of his idea,” explained Prins. “He was surprised we didn’t have it yet!”

The exercise utilizes two straps anchored to the ceiling to hold your body weight, allowing you to do workouts you might not be able to on your own.

“A lot of people have a hard time with a squat, but doing this for some reason you can get deeper into a squat,” said Prins.

The biggest difference between TRX and working out in a gym with equipment is that you’re using your entire body weight the entire time to stay stabilized.

“Typically if you’re doing weightlifting, what you’re doing is bringing the weights to your body,” explained Prins. “What we’re doing here is we’re using our bodies, we’re doing all body weight so it makes us use our core. The TRX motto is all core all the time.”

While it may look a little intimidating, Prins insists you don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to try it out.

“I have people from 70-years-old to really young athletic people that are using it,” said Prins. “It really is for any level of fitness and that’s what I love about it.”

TRX classes are taught at the “Y” multiple times a week and are about 45 minutes long. You can also get a free one-week trial pass and the TRX training classes are included.

For more information visit the YMCA’s website.