TRX is a fitness exercise app with more than 500 workouts that are made by professional fitness instructors. The app offers well-structured training plans and live sessions with the purpose of helping you accomplish your fitness dreams. In this TRX review, we will mainly cover the workouts and who they are suitable for, while also going through the pros and cons of everything the app offers.
Key Takeaways and Highlights
First, let’s take a quick look at the most important pros and cons of the app, and start with the TRX review afterward.
TRX is the app you are looking for if:
- You want your workouts to be made by professionals
- You enjoy live sessions
- You want to get stronger, leaner, or just be fit and active
- You want to learn to workout properly, yoga included
TRX is not the app you are looking for if:
- You want to workout with heavy weights
- You don’t want to pay for the service
- You want to exercise with no equipment at all (there is one key piece of equipment we will be talking about in this TRX review)
The Background of TRX
TRX is a type of training that revolves around the usage of an original piece of equipment made by its founder, the ex-U.S. Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick. His invention, the TRX strap, with its easy and versatile usage gained so much popularity over the years which eventually lead to the creation of this app and connecting many people in this exercising world.
The app has been downloaded and used by both amateurs and professionals from all around the world getting a quite good average rating of 3.95 with 3.3 on the Google Play Store and 4.6 on the AppStore.
First Impressions of the app
The first thing you can see when opening the TRX app is that it’s very professionally made and well-designed.
After you log in, the app takes you through its personalization process in order to give you the best experience possible. The process includes answering questions about:
- Your fitness goals (Stay Fit, Build Strength, Perform Better, Lose Weight)
- Perceived level of fitness (Novice, Experienced, Expert, Pro Athlete)
- Whether you are new to TRX Suspension Training (something we will talk about in this TRX review)
- Number of times you work out a week
- How long do you work out (0-15 minutes, 30-45 minutes, or 45+ minutes)
- Your workout style (solo, in a small group, in a big class, or with a personal trainer)
- Type of training style (Push me to the limits, Form over everything, Let’s party, Get in and get out)
After answering these questions, you get a quick explanation of the things you will get with this app, and then you are in.
Now that we are in, let’s start going through the most important stuff, and that, of course, is the workouts.
This app is functioning by giving the users options of how they want to exercise. There is an option to book a live class or watch a replay of a previous one. Other than that, there are more than 500 on-demand workouts from which you can choose. Both types of workouts are led by a professional trainer who is doing the exercises while explaining them and guiding you through the whole process.
Types of workouts
If you are a beginner and don’t know where to start, on the app’s home screen you can choose the “New to TRX” option that’s offering 56 workouts. We really love this option because of the easy and simple exercises that are helping you to build a foundation with a focus on learning the basics. This way, the beginners can safely learn the core and most important movements and be ready to progress.
For the intermediates and the advanced people, or even the beginners who want to experiment (we recommend doing this as safely as possible), there is the “Classes” tab and the “On-Demand” tab.
The “Classes” tab
This tab offers upcoming live training sessions and replays of the previous session. There is a calendar where you can check when certain trainers are having a live training session that matches your goals and book it.
This tab gives you access to 45 to 60 minutes long live sessions that focus on training the upper or the lower body, and 15 to 30 minutes long classes like core training, yoga or recovery sessions. We booked a Lower Body Strong session led by Stephanie Warwick and had a really good time.
If you don’t like to exercise watching a live session, then you should go on the On-Demand tab. Once there, the choices are limitless. You can go through all the workouts which are categorized based on their purpose and choose between:
- New to TRX (56 workouts)
- All Core, All the Time (111 workouts)
- Sweat + HIIT (130 workouts)
- Get Stronger (189 workouts)
- Yoga (21 workouts)
- Weighted Workouts (47 workouts)
- Relax + Recover (39 workouts)
On the same tab, you can find the workouts listed as Programs. We loved how beginner friendly this option is because there are many START programs c
ategorized by muscle groups where the trainers teach you about the basics through a program that runs for 6 to 12 weeks with 2-3 workouts per week.
Other than the START programs, the app took care of the more advanced people with the STRONG programs. These are harder and longer programs that last for up to 4 weeks. Here, apart from the muscle group catregorization, you can also find workouts for running, yoga, pilates, and even martial arts.
If you want to be very specific about what you want to work on, there is an option for that too. Just click the All tab where you can filter the workouts based on which muscle group you want to exercise, the equipment you have, your fitness level, the workout duration, and if you have any favorites you can also choose the trainer.
And the most interesting categorization of the workouts are the Collections. Here, the workouts are categorized based on some sports you can improve in. The sports offered by the app are Cycling, Tennis, Running, and Golf.
The Collections tab is also providing you with workouts that show you the technique of all the exercises, workouts to get stronger and/or burn calories, and recovery or warm up workouts.
So, can this app be your complete fitness trainer? While it can help you with the exercising part, it doesn’t offer any wisdom regarding dieting. Since its founding, this company is exercise-only focused, so we think that this app will not have any dieting tips in the future.
With that said, you will have to use other nutrition apps or look for healthy eating tips and advice online and also read some of the tips we will provide you with at the end of the TRX review article.
Unlike other fitness apps, this one has its own trademark kind of training where the usage of its own TRX Strap is mandatory in doing almost all of the workouts. The TRX Strap are two ropes that need to be attached to a place of your choosing which then offers all the various exercises we’ve talked about.
Other than the strap, the workouts include the usage of kettlebells, jump ropes, glute bands, dumbbells, and slam balls.
TRX compared to similar apps
This is an easy-to-use app where all the training options are quickly accessible. It also does a good job tracking all the workouts you’ve done before and lets you save the workouts you’ve enjoyed doing the most.
In this TRX review, we’ve seen that the need to use their TRX Strap and its live training sessions makes this a quite unique fitness app. For some, it can be overly complicated and a bad thing, while others may enjoy it.
For those who hate the use of any equipment, there are some apps that help you build your body without them. Calisteniapp offers simple, easy-to-follow, and adjustable workout programs structured of exercises like push-ups, squats, and pull-ups where the usage of equipment is minimal to non-existent. The good thing about using this app is that you can build your custom routines.
If you like the Yoga, Pilates and the HIIT workouts TRX is offering, Gymondo is a very similar app with a lot of workouts and the thing most fitness apps lack – healthy recipes.
Using this app without subscribing gives you nothing since all of its workouts including the live training sessions require a subscription. The app offers three types of main subscription plans you can use:
- On-Demand, $5.99 per Month (500+ workouts)
- All Access Monthly, $19.99 per Month (500+ workouts, New On Demand workouts added weekly, Discounts in TRX Store, Access to daily Live Classes, and access to Replay Classes)
- All Access Annual, $199.99 per Year
Before buying anything, we recommend using the 30-day trial of the All Access options to check everything and see what you like the most. Maybe you won’t like the Live Sessions, so the On Demand plan will be the right for you.
Noticed how we said “main subscriptions”? Well, this app is also offering a 30-day Guest Pass which you can share with your friend. You’ll just need to copy a link and send it to a friend who will need to log in and use the app.
Final Words on this app
In this TRX review, we had the chance to go through every single detail of this app and see if it’s the right one for you. As we mentioned, this is an easy-to-use app that offers a fair amount of different workouts that can be used by both beginners and more advanced.
But, the bad thing, in our opinion is that in order to be able to do anything related to this app you must have the TRX Strap which can come as a big game-changer for someone who isn’t willing to invest in any equipment.
The subscription plans aren’t the cheapest around, but since there are live training sessions included, we can understand why the All Access plans are more expensive than the usual fitness app subscription.
In summary, here are the main pros and cons covered in this TRX review:
- A lot to choose from and easy-to-follow workouts
- Very beginner friendly well-explained exercises and workout programs
- The option to replay previous live training sessions
- The variety it offers with programs like Yoga, Pilates, Cycling, and Tennis
- The need to buy their equipment
- Their All Access subscription plan may be expensive for some
- There is no nutrition section in the app
- The personalization questions at the beginning don’t help much
There are some good workouts you can do if you decide to buy the TRX Strap and use this app. If this is your first exercising experience, we recommend doing the START programs at the beginning to learn all the movements to prevent unnecessary injuries and make your future progress easier and way more effective.
As for the dieting tips. Here are some of the most important pieces of advice we can give you:
- Have regular and nutrient-rich meals.
- Don’t skip meals.
- Eat food rich in fiber that will help with digestion, blood glucose, and cholesterol control.
- Drink lots of water. Sounds simple but many people forget it.
- Be sure to not cut the carbohydrates from your diet. Cut only the artificial sugar.
- Eat more healthy fats and bring the trans fats to a minimum.
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