Hello all! I will introduce myself again in case you didn’t read my last post about Aqua H.I.I.T. My name is Elayna and I am a beginner in most things fitness. I grew up an athlete but have never really experimented with other ways of staying fit, so I decided to try some of Oxford’s newer classes. A few weeks ago, I tried Aqua H.I.I.T., so this time I decided to bring my fitness journey on land.

This week I tried my hand at another newer class offered at Oxford; TRX. This class is held on the new TRX equipment by the basketball court and, I promise, it is definitely a workout. Starting at 7:45am it was definitely a wake-up call especially for me, I am not what most would call a morning person.

I walked into the class with little to no basic knowledge about how to use TRX equipment but with confidence that it would be a piece of cake. Boy, was I wrong. It took me a while to get used to the TRX bands, especially when it involved any sort of balance. I have been known to be quite clumsy and at 5’10”, when I fall, it’s not the most graceful thing you’ve ever seen. But, I did end up getting the hang of the equipment and that made the rest of the workout much easier.

TRX is truly a workout for everyone. The simple equipment offers versatility, making it possible for athletes of all levels, from beginners to professional, to train with TRX. Each exercise has variations for first-timers to professionals, and I am not ashamed to admit that I pretty much stuck to the basics during my first try.

The class started with stretching our arms, legs, and every other muscle by using the TRX bands, while slowly working in some exercises. The class ran as a H.I.I.T. workout with 45 seconds on followed by a 15 second break, repeated for the 45-minute class. We started with some fundamental moves such as squats, inclined rows, and crunches, all using the TRX band, making them even harder, and worked up to more advanced moves such as single-leg squats and tricep extensions. These more advanced moves were noticeably more difficult and made me thankful that I didn’t know anyone in the class because it was not a pretty sight.

The class is very fast moving so the 45 minutes goes by so quickly. Even though it’s only a 45-minute workout, I definitely felt it for a few days after. I used muscles during this workout that I didn’t even know existed. Although it was a hard workout, I will definitely be heading back to TRX to try and become a master! You can do so many different moves with the TRX bands that each of the classes are different, so you will never get bored.

Make sure to check out the schedule to see when you can sign up for a TRX class in our new functional training space. You will not be disappointed!