Tired of circulating a dozen different machines to get a total body workout, try TRX suspension training with Hand Picked Hotels

Total Body Resistance Exercise, or TRX as it is known, was invented by Naval SEAL Squadron Commando Randy Hetrick 19 years ago when he needed a way to keep himself in top physical condition while on deployment. He experimented using a jujitsu belt, parachute webbing and sheer initiative to effectively develop the first version of the TRX® Suspension Trainer™. 

The compact, lightweight, and portable performance training tool, later sold as the Travel X in 2004, is essentially two straps suspended from the ceiling and leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to enable hundreds of exercises – over 500 in fact. And because you can just adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance you can challenge yourself as much or as little as you want, meaning TRX training can be scaled to all levels of fitness and abilities. 

Randy’s ambition was to make world-class training available to everyone, and by 2005 the TRX experience began to spread to the gym-going masses. Today TRX is considered leaders in functional training, developing the world’s best training equipment, workout programs, and education courses.

And now a number of our health clubs provide TRX suspension training equipment, including L’Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa in Jersey which has recently been subject to a £800,000 refurbishment, as well as Nutfield Priory in Surrey, which incorporates the latest TRX kit in its functional training zone, as does Brandshatch Place near Sevenoaks in Kent. 

Pretty much any exercise can be performed with suspension training, and due to the instability, it continually works the core, abdominal and back muscles to develop strength, balance, flexibility and stability simultaneously. Not only does it provide conditioning training, it is also a great static cardio workout because it increases your heartbeat and breath as you hold a move or do reps. It is also used for rehabilitation or prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.

If you are looking for a fast, fun and effective total body workout get yourself to a TRX-equipped Hand Picked Hotel & Spa, and benefit from all of the other facilities that we have including a gym, spinning and exercise studio and swimming pool, together with a range of classes and activities.