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TRX RIP Trainer Review

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TRX RIP Trainer Review - Reach the Next Level

Anchors

Industrial-strength carabiner

Ease of Use

Simple attachmentmechanism 

Handles

Commercial-grade rubber handles

Pulley System

Resistance cord with nylon cover

Value for money

Hassle-free returns

Pro's

  • Strengthens core through rotational power
  • Very effective for burning calories
  • Portable and simple to attach almost anywhere
  • Personalised sport specific workouts
  • Adds great variety to push and pull exercises
  • 5 year warranty

Con's

  • Requires more space than other suspension trainers
  • Some cheaper alternatives available on the market

Summary: The Rip Trainer is a multi purpose training tool from TRX. Effective for strength and conditioning, it adds intensity and variety to every workout. The multi-faceted approach of this device means it is beneficial for users who are recovering from injury or need rehab. The Rip Trainer is a versatile tool suitable for beginners, elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts alike.

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TRX are now established as the market leader for high quality suspension trainers and related training products. They launched their first suspension trainer in 2005 and since then have been developing and innovating their product line. Due to their success and the always growing health and fitness industry there are know a few alternatives available 

Alternative #1: CoreX RipFit - Functional Fitness Stick Trainer 

The CoreX RipFit is a functional fitness stick with an excellent design that allows for multi purpose functionality. You can use it with either one side or both ends of the RipFit bar attached to resistance band(s). The single attachment mode works your core muscles through asymmetrical force. Exercises are very effective, after a while you will notice even standing strains your core! By attaching both ends of resistance band to the bar, your are set to do more traditional strength training.

The main CoreX RipFit package includes a metal RipFit training bar and 2 CoreX resistance band of 15lbs & 25lbs. You also receive 2 attachment loops, an ankle strap and door anchor. The shoulder carry bag is very practical and makes transporting easy. You also receive a 51 page training and setup guide provides excellent instructions and training ideas. 

Alternative #2: Stroops - Fit Stick and Slastix

Combining the Stroops Fit Stik Pro bar with a Slastix resistance band produces a powerful exercise tool. You have a highly functional device to build core strength and endurance, increase flexibility and power. The Slastix is a durable resistance band, that ranges from 12” to 72" in length. The 36” Slastix is the standard length and provides the most training versatility. You can also have 5 levels of resistance. Very light is 10lbs resistance and very heavy is 30lbs of resistance. The Fit Stik Pro is a 39” functional training bar with professional grade grips. Swivelling eyelets at each end of the bar allows for easy attachment to Slastix (one or both sides at a time). It has great functionality enabling you to do rotational and asymmetrical exercises.

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By anchoring to a stationary object or your own feet you now have a lightweight and portable exercise machine. The Fit Stik Pro creates resistance while you engage in exercises and movements that mimic real-world sports.

Final Verdict: TRX RIP Trainer

The TRX Rip Trainer combines an innovative resistance cord and lever bar. It is a device that adds rotational movement to suspension training. This system creates a variable, unbalanced load that promotes core strength and endurance. It encourages movement patterns related to everyday life and sport. This results in increased explosive power, flexibility and mobility. The Rip Trainer is light and portable so you can use it anytime, anywhere. You will love the element of rotation and resistance working together.

The construction of the Rip Trainer is a of a very high standard. It's not just an expensive bungee cord that would wear through quickly. You can be confident it will survive repeated use in tough workout sessions. It is a well designed integrated and rugged unit that will last for a very long time. The Rip Trainer does require more space than other suspension trainers, especially if you are doing HIIT.
Overall, you will be pleasantly surprised how a simple device could deliver such great results. It is also works well as a secondary training tool, offering even more variety to your training regime.

TRX Duo Trainer Review

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TRX Duo Trainer Review - Strength Training Evolved

Anchors

Split Dual Infinity Anchors

Ease of Use

Easy to setup and adjust strap lengths 

Handles

Ergonomic handles & mobile grips

Pulley System

Heavy duty and sturdy construction 

Value for money

More expensive the other brands

Pro's

  • Innovative design
  • Very reliable construction 
  • Features Split Dual Infinity Anchors
  • Straight wooden handles and foot cradles
  • Mobile grips
  • 5 year warranty

Con's

  • More an innovation than a new product from TRX
  • No measurements on the straps, so alignment can be tricky
  • More expensive than other brands 

Summary: Are you looking to take your strength and core stability to the next level? Are you ready for workouts that challenge even the most demanding athletes? Do you want equipment that you never outwork or outgrow? If you answered yes to all 3 questions then the TRX Duo Trainer was created for you! Combining suspension training with the benefits of gymnastic rings, TRX are evolving the industry again. The TRX Duo Trainer will unlock new possibilities for your training and limitless progression.

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  • Benefits & features
  • alternatives & final verdict

TRX are now established as the market leader for high quality suspension trainers. They launched their first suspension trainer in 2005 and since then have been developing and innovating their product line. Due to their success and the always growing health and fitness industry there are know a few alternatives available 

Alternative #1: Onnit Suspension Rings 

The Onnit suspension rings are effective and versatile training equipment. They are easy to setup with their own door mount component. It is a dual mount system with the straps connecting to anchor points independent of each other. You can target many muscle groups in both the lower and upper body. The Onnit suspension rings encourage natural lines of force in your movements. This is a big advantage when you are doing movements like pushups. You will down toward your sternum rather than out to the sides which is a more natural and safe movement.

The package includes 2 Ultra-Strong Wood Rings with Door Mount Anchor, 4 Aviation Grade Aluminum Carbineers, and Mesh Carrying Bag.

Pros of Onnit Suspension Rings

  1. Anchor loops are marked with numbers, making for fast, easy adjustments.
  2. The rings are very strong and sturdy. 
  3. Opportunities to perform more gymnastic moves

Cons vs Onnit Suspension Rings

  1. Harder to use for leg exercises
  2. Less portable as the rings are heavier than TRX handles
  3. The strap length is shorter, reducing the flexibility of the trainer

Alternative #2: Lifeline Jungle Gym XT

The Lifeline Jungle Gym XT is a lightweight alternative to training with weights. The device is portable so you can train whenever and wherever is convenient for you. With a split anchor design, you can make adjustments, easily and quickly. This type of versatility allows you to perform a wide range of exercises that improve flexibility, power, and strength. It is a very popular suspension trainer as it was the first to use the split anchor design.

The Lifeline Jungle Gym XT package includes 2 straps (8 feet each), easy-wipe handles and easy-in foot cradles, door and Duo-Link anchors and inline adjustment buckles.

Pros of Lifeline Jungle Gy​​​​​m XT

  1. Adjustable anchor points offer more changes to intensity of workouts
  2. Comfortable and sturdy handles 
  3. Less expensive than TRX Duo Trainer

Cons vs TRX Duo Trainer

  1. Difficult to flip around without removing feet (push to pull exercise) so not great for super-set workouts
  2. Foot cradles are difficult to access
  3. Company offers 30 day return policy on faulty goods but no warranty, TRX gives you 5 year warranty

Final Verdict: TRX Home Gym suspension trainer

The Duo Trainer compliments the other TRX suspension trainers. It functions great as a warm-up tool like other Kelly Starrett / MobilityWOD products. These products are popular and successful sellers, helping thousand of athletes. The design of the Duo Trainer helps to reduce some common injuries users have experienced using suspension trainers. The straight handles feel natural and greatly reduce the threat of wrist pain.
There are many awesome exercises you can do with Olympic rings. Unfortunately many of them can be difficult for beginners and novices. The Duo Trainer offers the opportunity to do Olympic rings moves in a safer and easier way. As well as these moves there are many other which you can't perform with a regular suspension trainer.

The equipment encourages challenging and high intensity workouts. TRX’s patent-pending Infinity Anchors and Loops permit quick and accurate, efficient adjustments. It means you can move from one exercise to the next at your ideal pace. You will be pleasantly surprised how much more difficult a plank is when your feet are hovering above the ground in some straps. Your workout will be more fun and interesting, you will definitely want to show off how you can flip or hold yourself up in the air.
The biggest con against purchasing the Duo Trainer is the price. As stated earlier it is really an innovation on the TRX suspension. Also it is not the only or first dual-anchor point available on the market. Originally retailing at $199.99 it seemed to be over priced but within no time it was listed as sold out! The price has come down to $149 and $119 which is very close to it's main competitors. And remember is you buy direct from TRX or an authorised seller, the product will have a five year warranty.

In conclusion, the Dou Trainer adds another level of versatility to suspension training. You can't ignore the investment TRX have put into this product. Partnering with a renowned fitness and strength expert highlights their commitment to innovation and progress. The Duo Trainer is a little more expensive than the competition but it is worth it. It lives up to the TRX brand reputation for world-class training for everyone, no matter their fitness level.

TRX Tactical Suspension Trainer Review

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TRX Tactical Suspension Trainer Review - Made for the Mission

Anchors

Strong, lightweight carabiner

Ease of Use

Setup in less than 60 seconds

Handles

Durable rubber handles

Pulley System

Lightweight aluminum D-ring adjusters

Value for money

Free 30-day hassle free returns

Pro's

  • Toughest and lightest suspension trainer
  • Easy to clean rubber handles and lightweight D-rings
  • TRX Xtender allows for more anchor points
  • Free one- year subscription to the mobile app
  • All inclusive package
  • 5 year warranty

Con's

  • First-time users need some time to learn on how to use it properly
  • Alone, it is not ideal for building muscle mass
  • Full package is quite expensive

Summary: The TRX Tactical Gym is the toughest and most rugged suspension trainer available. If you are dedicated to your fitness regime and want to train in any condition and environment, this is the product for you! Its effectiveness and simplicity mean everyone can keep performing at the highest levels. The Ruggedized FORCE Guidebook is a 12-week progressive TRX Tactical Conditioning Program. It is an extensive video library with three levels of progression and 70+ exercises and pull-out exercise maps. 

TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Trainer Review
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Like many amateur fitness enthusiasts, I have spent a lot of money on training equipment. Trying to find equipment that is durable and strong that operate and survive in all conditions has been tough. I am looking for equipment that is designed to take punishment! The TRX Tactical Gym is a suspension trainer that is capable of going the distance. After using it for a few weeks now, I would like to provide a detailed review of it. I hope this review will help you in deciding if the TRX Tactical is right for you. I purchased the full kit which includes the following:

  • TRX Tactical Suspension Trainer
  • Door and Suspension anchors
  • TRX Force mesh running pack
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    TRX Xtender
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    TRX Force App and conditioning program

What is the TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Trainer?

TRX stands for Total Resistance eXexercises and is the market leader in suspension training equipment. The TRX Tactical Gym was built for the dedicated athlete who really wants to workout anytime, anywhere. The trainer leverages your weight and gravity to build strength and improve balance, flexibility and mobility. The equipment is easy to use and carry around. It features strong strap and carabineers, secure locking loops, and comfortable handles. With it, you can do pull-ups, unilateral training, core training and many other workouts. The strength of the TRX Tactical lies not only in its quality construction, but also in the accompanying app. The app will help you improve your workouts and is great for beginners

The TRX Tactical has all the elements you would expect to find in a high quality suspension trainer. It has a light and well-built carabineer that provides confidence that it will hold your weight. The handles are very comfortable as well as being durable enough to handle hardcore usage.  

Benefits of the TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Trainer

Variety of workouts: Although it is a simple piece of equipment, you can perform hundreds of different exercises. Having variety in your workouts is beneficial for a couple of reasons. You are less likely to get bored with your training regime and take less breaks. Also your results will be better as the variety mean your body is being challenged regularly. 

Less Moving Parts: TRX Tactical is a rugged suspension trainer with no moving parts and no stretchy parts. The equipment has been tried and tested and not subject to failure in any environment even after long periods of use. It is a highly reusable workout equipment that only weighs 1.5 pounds.

Made for the road: Not only is the trainer easy to set up anywhere, but it is also easy to carry around. The carabiner and the adjustors are designed lightweight and so are the accessories and the strap itself. Besides, you are receive a TRX running bag in which you can pack the trainer and its accessories for easy of transport. The trainer and its anchors are easy to fold and, therefore, easy to carry.

Features of the TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Trainer

Market leading construction & designThe TRX Tactical design features a strong and lightweight carabiner. This allows you to secure the strap to the anchor with ease. The carabiner supports your full weight irrespective of the training you undertake. This carabiner is easy to clip on to the anchor, so the setup is easy. It also features aluminium D-ring adjuster, making it ideal for people of all heights. The adjustors add to the versatility of this trainer, offering you more flexibility and comfort. The trainer’s equalizer and locking loops allowing for more control of the strap’s length. The straps will stay even in length all the time you are exercising. 

Multiple anchoring options: The TRX suspension trainer comes equipped with three types of anchors. This enables your to workout indoors and outdoors easily. Besides the ability to anchor in any area, installation is quite straightforward. In fact, the suspension trainer shouldn't take you longer than a couple of minutes to setup.

Free 1 year subscription to TRX Tactical App: Download the App and unlock a number of unique features. It features fitness tests, instructional videos and workout programs. There are also agility tests that help you track your improvement on different workouts. 

TRX Pro Suspension Trainer Review

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TRX Pro Suspension Trainer Review - Fitness Evolved

Anchors

Locking, 1,300-lbs.-tested carabiner

Ease of Use

Ready to use in a handful of seconds

Handles

Built-in microban antimicrobial rubber handles

Pulley System

industrial-grade reinforcement stitching

Value for money

5 Year warranty

Pro's

  • Premium construction, built to last
  • Features upgraded handles  
  • Anchoring solutions make it easy to set up anywhere 
  • Free one- year subscription to the mobile app
  • All inclusive package
  • 5 year warranty

Con's

  • First-time users need some time to learn on how to use it properly
  • Quite technical equipment so can cause injury if not used correctly
  • It is pricier than most of its competitors products

Summary: The TRX Pro is a versatile suspension trainer that lets you customise your workout plan according to your fitness goals. It is intended for both beginners and professional fitness devotees. It features upgraded materials like the Microban- treated antimicrobial, textured rubber handles designed to stand up to hard use. Purchase it from the TRX store and get a free one-year subscription to the TRX app. The app features 80+ workouts with real-time, in-ear feedback from our best trainers.

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Like many amateur fitness enthusiasts, I spent a lot of money paying for a gym membership and purchasing training equipment. My ultimate goal is to find equipment that is effective in providing a complete full body workout. I came to learn about the TRX Pro, a suspension trainer system that offers total body workout. After using it for a few weeks now, I would like to provide a detailed review of it. I hope this review will help you in deciding if the TRX Pro is right for you. On delivery of my TRX Pro, I received the following:

  • TRX Pro Suspension Training Strap
  • 3 types of anchoring solutions for different workout locations
  • Pro Trainer 8-week workout program
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    5 body-part specific digital workouts
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    Free one-year app subscription 

What is a TRX Pro Suspension Trainer?

TRX stands for Total Resistance eXercises and is the market leader in suspension training equipment. The TRX Pro trainer comes in a kit containing everything you would want to start your suspension training. The accessories include adjustable foot cradles, antimicrobial rubber handles, theft resistant carabiner, and barrel lock adjusters. It is one of the most portable exercise equipment available. It is equipment that you can use when you are travelling so your routine is consistent. This is because the suspension trainer is light in weight and  you can fit into your travel bag.

The TRX pro is good for gym goers, athletes, and anyone who exercises regularly more than 2 times a week. However the TRX is not suitable for people new to exercise. Consequently beginners should consider getting some advice and training from a personal trainer. Or even try it out at your local gym before purchasing the equipment. 

Benefits of the TRX Pro Suspension Trainer

Supports many workouts: If you want an exercise equipment that lets you tone your whole body, TRX's suspension trainer would be an excellent investment. You can perform hundreds of exercises that can work out your core muscles to improve balance, strength and stability. There are many exercises you can do with the TRX Pro. Some of the most popular exercises are the TRX crunches, pushup, row and squats. 

Construction: I would say that TRX Pro suspension trainer is designed to serve you for an extended period if not a lifetime. The notable features include the sturdy construction include with industrial grade reinforcement stitching. Also the sturdy carabiner with a weight rating of 1300lbs so it can handle most activities.

Value for money: You can spend thousands of dollars to buy an exercise machine that can't provide a total body workout. I would highly recommend buying the TRX Pro as the cost is very reasonable. High costs are one of the main reasons stopping many people training on a regular basis. The TRX trainer gives you a total body workout at a fraction of the price you would spend in purchasing other exercise equipment. But, the TRX Pro is not the cheapest suspension training system on the market.

Features of the TRX Pro Suspension Trainer

DesignTRX suspension trainer is intelligently designed to make your workouts safe and comfortable. The trx straps revolutionary design include the antimicrobial rubber handles that increase comfort. They protect you against the disease-causing germs that can accumulate on the handles.

Multiple anchoring options: The TRX suspension trainer comes equipped with three types of anchors. This enables your to workout indoors and outdoors easily. Besides the ability to anchor in any area, installation is quite straightforward. In fact, the suspension trainer shouldn't take you longer than a couple of minutes to setup.

TRX App: Unique from most suspension trainers the TXR Pro comes with a one-year free mobile app subscription. It has guides for over eighty different workouts. However, you should note that you will have to pay for your subscription after one year.

TRX Home 2 System Review

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TRX Home 2 Suspension Trainer Review - All Core all the time

Anchors

Locking, 1,300-lbs.-tested carabiner

Ease of Use

Workout anywhere - home or outdoors

Handles

Adjustable foot cradles for diverse workouts

Pulley System

Barrel lock adjusters for quick transitions

Value for money

One Year Free App Access

Pro's

  • Light, portable and versatile equipment
  • Suitable for most fitness levels
  • Provides a full body workout 
  • Free one- year subscription to the mobile app
  • All inclusive package
  • 5 year warranty

Con's

  • Quite technical equipment so can cause injury if not used correctly
  • Most exercise require balance and stability that can reduce your power and strength 
  • Not ideal for newbies to training 

Summary: The all-in-one, total-body workout system you can set up in less than 60 seconds at home or anywhere you go. Get stronger, build muscle, lose weight and improve flexibility fast – no weights required. The beauty of the TRX is the instability of the straps, which challenges your core muscles. It also comes with a year subscription to the TRX app so you can follow workout plans designed by the experts at TRX.

Summary: The TRX Home 2 System allows you to workout anytime, anywhere at home or outdoors. It is a great training option for you if want to develop more strength, endurance, and muscle mass. Also it effectively tightens your core  efficiently while improving your balance and flexibility. Explore and find a wide range of workouts to achieve your fitness goals. Actually I guarantee you will never tire of using your TRX Home 2 System Suspension Trainer!

TRX Home 2 System Review
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TRX are now established as the market leader for high quality suspension trainers. They launched their first suspension trainer in 2005 and since then have been developing and innovating their product line. Due to their success and the growing health and fitness industry there are know a few alternatives available 

Alternative #1: Lifeline Jungle Gym XT

Lifeline jungle gym XT is designed for beginners and professional athletes who wish to work out their upper, lower, and core muscles. The suspension trainer is portable, and it is constructed from sturdy materials to withstand regular use. Lifeline Jungle Gym XT comes in a pack containing the duo- link connection strap, strap- end adjusters, a poster, anchors, and a workout download.

Main difference to TRX Pro suspension trainer: The TRX Home 2 is a single anchor system while the LifelineUSA is dual anchor. The main  advantage of a dual anchor system is that you can do more strength exercises. These would be full bodyweight suspension exercises that you may do on gymnastic rings. Single anchors are quicker and easier to adjust the strap length. Thus making them more ideal for circuit based workouts where your rest periods are shorter or nonexistent. You can use any suspension system for both types of workouts. But dual anchor systems hold an advantage when it comes to raw strength training compared to while single anchor systems.

Pros of Lifeline Jungle Gym XT

  1. Plastic handles are easier to clean than foam TRX handles 
  2. Dual attachments points allows you greater flexibility to change width for different effects or to spread the weight load. 
  3. Price is a lot less than the TRX

Cons vs TRX Pro

  1. Harder to flip around without removing feet (push to pull exercise) if you superset your workout
  2. Handles don't feel as secure and can be dissembled easily
  3. Quite bulky and less portable

Alternative #2: Ultimate Body press Resistance trainer

The Ultimate Body Press' resistance trainer has some outstanding features. The construction includes commercial grade handles and straps. The buckles and carabiner are great for surviving the wear and tear for regular use. Finally the universal anchors fit in most places and the flat handles ensure excellent comfort. It is ideal for beginners and pros.

The Ultimate Body press resistance is a cheaper alternative to the TRX pro but it still is a high quality product. It is well built and many customers were surprised by the durability.

Pros of Ultimate Body press 

  1. Good quality straps, strong and durable
  2. The handles are soft enough but don't feel cheap.
  3. Comes with a little carry bag and a quick guide on how to setup and use. It also includes basic exercises and workouts.

Cons vs TRX Pro

  1. Having 2 completely seperate straps causes a couple of issues. You waste a lot of time trying to match the straps so they are even. The TRX auto-evens itself out by allowing the straps to adjust.
  2. You need different setup for different exercises which can break the routine. Not ideal for circuit training type workouts.

Final Verdict: TRX Home 2 suspension trainer

After using the TRX Home 2 my final verdict is that it is an excellent product. It is a great place to start if you are looking to create a home gym. Suspension trainers are versatile and when used correctly offer more variety than any other fitness equipment. The TRX Home 2 package includes everything you need to start training. There is information and instructions on setting up the equipment and tips and workouts for beginners. 

The TRX Home 2 suspension trainer is versatile so you can customise your workouts. It is an effective suspension trainer for building greater flexibility, mobility and stability. All core all of the time: Stabilizing your body weight with TRX Suspension Training constantly challenges your core while engaging a broad range of muscle groups all at once, including your heart. The construction is extremely sturdy, featuring upgraded webbing and adjusters. New adjustable foot cradles, handles and paddles, provide a more versatile and comfortable experience.

This suspension trainer is unique from its competitors, coming with a free one year subscription to the mobile app. The app is more than a video library of exercises. It delivers personalised workout plans and real-time verbal feedback based on biometric data. You also have peace of mind with a five-year replacement warranty.