I was on holiday a few years ago. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet a dear friend, someone who is a constant source of inspiration for almost all aspects of life. Noticing that I was looking fitter, he invited me to the gym to show me the TRX. The TRX for those who are not aware was created by Navy Seals. It is a suspension strap that leverages your body weight to train your muscles. He showed me a couple of exercises. Honestly, they looked impossible. How can someone hang from a ceiling and then pull his or her body weight up or down or sideways or at all?

Over time, my incredulity turned to belief. The TRX is recognised as an excellent way to work out your core muscles. It helps activate muscles that are otherwise difficult to do so. A lightweight strap that you can throw into your travel bag, there is almost no excuse for you not to exercise, no matter which part of the world you are in. Especially, for people who travel frequently, this is invaluable. Or the eliminator of all excuses, no matter how creative. You could even use it in the bathroom.

Science has tested the effectiveness of the TRX to other stable exercises such as lifting weights. In almost all tests, it scores exceedingly well as a form of exercise. Only the bench press has been shown to be a better form. TRX allows you complete flexibility of how intensively you want to train and also allows you to perform isolated exercises or combination exercises. It also allows you to work out all parts of your body.

For those who don’t have access to a gym or travel frequently, using a TRX is a lot more practical. Did I just kill all your excuses?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.