I've owned a TRX Suspension Trainer since 2010 and regularly use it in my workouts. So I was pleasantly surprised to receive a review unit of the TRX HOME2, the latest version of the original Suspension Trainer.
If you're not familiar with TRX, it's a set of straps with two handles that can be attached to the ceiling, a pull-up bar or a door. The length of the straps adjusts, allowing for hundreds of exercise variations, including Rows, Push-Ups, Squats, Buzzsaws and even Curls.
The beauty of the TRX is the instability of the straps, which challenges your core muscles. For exercises like Rows and Push-Ups, the experts at TRX recommend maintaining what's called a "moving Plank." Your entire body should be in a nice straight position just like when you Plank as your upper body is pulling or pushing.
It's also possible to easily change the difficulty of an exercise. For example, let's say you're doing an Inverted Row. If you start with your feet underneath the mounting point, you will be at a deep angle and the exercise will be fairly difficult. To make it easier, simply take a few steps away from the anchor point to decrease your body angle.
There are many other benefits of the TRX, but that's for another article. Now for the HOME2.
If you've used a TRX Suspension Trainer before, the HOME2 will appear familiar. It features high-quality straps in the traditional black and yellow color scheme. However, I was pleasantly surprised with four key features that are new to the HOME2:
Adjustable Foot Cradles. The adjustable cradles allow you to lock in your feet when doing Push-Ups, Planks and other core exercises, regardless of your shoe size. With previous models, the standard cradle size didn't always work well for those with smaller feet.
Padded Handle Straps. TRX cleverly added padding to the triangle above the handle so the straps don't scratch your hands. It works quite well and doesn't appear to affect the function or durability of the straps.
Barrel Lock Adjusters. These strap length adjusters first made their appearance on the TRX Force Kit Suspension Trainer, a version of the product designed for soldiers and other tactical athletes. There are no moving parts, creating a lighter and more durable design. I was happy to see these adjusters make an appearance on the HOME2.
Durable Foam Handles. I personally haven't had problems with my 2010 TRX's handles, but I've seen the foam wear down on TRX's that are frequently used in gyms. This model doesn't feature the rubber handles of the TRX Pro 4 Suspension Trainer, but the update foam appears to offer superior durability and feel compared to previous models.
The HOME2 also comes with a year subscription to the TRX app so you can follow workout plans designed by the experts at TRX—this is especially valuable if you've never used the product before.
Now should you buy the HOME2? It's probably not necessary if you already have a Suspension Trainer that's in good condition. However, I've long advocated that the TRX Suspension Trainer is the single best and most versatile piece of training equipment that $200 can buy. The HOME2 will not revolutionize how you train with a TRX, but will certainly make the experience more enjoyable.
The TRX HOME2 is available on TRXtraining.com for $199.95.
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