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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.

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