TRX Suspension Training Exercise group class at YMCA of Greenville

Group fitness class using TRX bands
Instructor Katy + TRX class participants at Verdae YMCA | Photo provided by the YMCA of Greenville

Hey, GVL — Kyle, here. I recently took the TRX Suspension Training group exercise class at the YMCA of Greenville’s Verdae location. TRX stands for Total (Body) Resistance Exercise. With only 1 piece of equipmenta strap with 2 handles mounted to the ceiling — TRX uses gravity + your bodyweight to perform a variety of exercises, all scientifically proven to improve your heart health, flexibility + strength.

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TRX equipment at a glance — just one strap with two handles | Photo by GVLtoday staff

What we tried (with pricing): 

The Monday class at 5:45 a.m. was a bootcamp-style class with 4 sections: warm-up, strength, TRX and an outdoor lap. 

Strength featured 6 traditional exercises like deadlifts + chest presses, while TRX featured 6 exercises like push ups and jump squats (squat, jump back into standing position, repeat — all while holding TRX strap). 

After the initial warm-up, we performed the strength + TRX sections followed by a quick jog around the building, twice. Our instructor, Katy made sure to demonstrate all of the exercises before jumping in.

TRX is free for YMCA members + offered at multiple YMCA of Greenville locations. 

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TRX in progress | Gif by GVLtoday staff

What not to miss:

Instructor leading group fitness class on TRX bands
Getting ready to jump into the TRX exercises | Photo by the GVLtoday team

Don’t miss the chance to check in with the instructor. I didn’t know exactly what to do with each exercise, and wasn’t expected to as a first-timer. While Katy demonstrated each move, I definitely checked in with her (+ she with me) on the proper way to perform each exercise (like doing push-ups with the TRX strap) and posture to get the best workout. The burn was real.

What we’re still talking about: 

Instructor Katy walking the class through each exercise | Photo by the GVLtoday team

I’ll admit I was initially intimidated by the strength focus, as the extent of my strength training is testing how many grocery bags I can carry from the car. However, the simplicity of the few pieces of equipment needed + Katy’s coaching along every step made for an amazing workout that was not only fulfilling but fun. Katy’s playlist was a hit, too. 

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TRX Suspension training class with Instructor Katy | Photo by the GVLtoday team

How you can experience this:

TRX is free for YMCA members + offered at multiple YMCA of Greenville locations and times. All you have to do is sign up, show up in workout gear + with a bottle of water, and get started. 

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All you need to bring is a water bottle | Photo by the GVLtoday team

Things to know if you go:

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YMCA of Greenville’s Verdae facility | Photo by the GVLtoday team