Today I’m going to provide a comparison of the 3 models of TRX Suspension Trainer to help you determine which TRX is the best one for you. I own all 3 models, and use them every day in my bootcamps, and Online Workouts.
Over the last couple of years, the TRX Suspension Trainer has become my “Go To” piece of exercise equipment for all types of clients. The TRX Suspension Trainer is perfect for training individuals just getting back into movement, or well-conditioned athletes. You can instantly modify the difficulty for any fitness type or ability by adjusting the angle of your bodyweight in relation to the anchor point that the Suspension Trainer is attached to.
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TRX Home Suspension Trainer
The TRX Home Suspension Trainer is marketed to individuals who want to workout at home or on the road. It includes 6 mix and match downloadable/streamable workouts.
TRX Pro Suspension Trainer
The TRX Pro Suspension Trainer is marketed towards trainers and coaches looking for the perfect mix of durable, high-use gear and content to train clients and athletes of all abilities and levels. It includes a trainer basics video.
TRX Force Suspension Trainer
The TRX Force Suspension Trainer is marketed towards tactical athletes who want to take the guess-work out of their routines with a comprehensive 12-week conditioning program designed to develop strength, endurance, power, and mobility.
TRX Suspension Trainer Comparison
Update 12/14/15 – The TRX Force Kit is now also $249.95
Which TRX Is The Best?
The difference between the TRX Suspension Trainer themselves is minimal. The Pro Suspension Trainer is designed to handle more force than the Home Suspension Trainer, and The Force Suspension Trainer is designed to handle more force than the other two.
Suspension Trainer Wear and Tear
After using all 3 Suspension Trainers vigorously, and side-by-side with groups of people for over a year, there is no noticeable difference between the wear and tear of each one.
Design of the Suspension Trainer Handles and Cradles
Besides the ability to handle more force, the design of the handles are different for the Home version vs. the Pro and Force versions.
I like the handle of the Pro and Force versions better than the Home version, but I don’t think that the handle alone is worth the $50, or $100 difference. After a year of continual use in my bootcamps, no handle of any model is worse for wear and tear.
The Force Suspension Trainer has a wider cradle area to handle the insertion of boots. I like to work out with minimalist footwear, and sometimes I find it harder to keep the cradle of the Force from sliding over my heel, and up my leg.
Extender Straps and Videos
I rarely use the extender strap the comes with the Pro and Force kits, and for home purposes, I doubt that you will either.
I can’t speak for the app that now comes with the Force kit, because I purchased mine prior to the app being included.
The videos that come with the Pro and Force kits are great, but if you’re a trainer that’s already taken the Suspension Trainer, or Group Suspension Trainer certification courses, then it’s unlikely that you’ll see any moves that you haven’t seen before. Also, most of what you can find on those videos can also be found on YouTube.
Which TRX Suspension Trainer is right for you?
Overall, if money is the limiting factor, you’ll be just fine going with the Home Suspension Trainer. Like I said, I use it side by side with the other Suspension Trainers all day, and with all types of clients. It’s held up just as well as the others.
No matter which one you choose, I would highly recommend that you take one of the certification courses if you’re a trainer. I found it extremely helpful. If you’re just a home fitness enthusiast, I would recommend hiring a certified TRX trainer to show you some exercises. Try the TRX workouts in my Online Bootcamp! There is quite a bit of nuance to core engagement that you could miss if you’re not instructed properly.
Let me know in the comments below if I left anything out, or if you have any other questions about the TRX Suspension Trainers. I’m happy to help.