TRX Home 2 Review 2021 | The Sun UK

WE review the TRX Home 2 to see if you should be adding it to your home workout kit.

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Easy to store
  • Versatile
  • Great for beginners and experts

Cons

  • Expensive

TRX Home 2 Review: Quick Summary

  • TRX Home 2, £140.95 at Amazon – buy here

We loved using the TRX Home 2 for our workouts. As well as giving us a way to perform basic exercises in a more challenging way, it also allowed us to try out more exotic exercises that we wouldn’t have been able to try without its assistance.

Whether you’re pushing up, squatting or working on your core, the TRX gives you the option to make exercises much easier for beginners or much more challenging in ways that surprised us (and left us aching for a few days afterwards).

The fact that the TRX could be stored in a little bag was a plus as well, which made it easy to store around the house as well as taking it down to the local park when the weather was nice for an outdoor session.

The only downside of the TRX is that it’s pretty expensive with its RRP at £179.95 (although you can find it cheaper). That said, we’d prefer it to an exercise bike or a treadmill because it’s much more versatile, takes up much less storage space and will be just as functional in five years time as it is today. You’ll probably end up with less buyer’s remorse than if you splash out on a treadmill that ends up gathering dust in the garage, too.

TRX Home 2 full review

  • TRX Home 2, £140.95 at Amazon – buy here

Like anyone else who found their workout regime interrupted by a pandemic, we quickly found the value in a good home gym setup over the last year or so. But it quickly became apparent that not all home gym equipment is created equal.

It’s easy to spend a lot of money on gear that doesn’t really add anything to your workouts or is a pain in the butt to have around the house (anyone who’s ever bought a chin-up bar can probably relate). While dumbbells and kettlebells are great, they certainly don’t come cheap and they take up stacks of room that you might not have to spare if you’re finding yourself working from home more often.

So when we saw the TRX Home 2, we were happy to give it a go as it promises a fresh way of working out without filling up your home with more clutter.

It’s not an ordeal to get started with the TRX as there are minimal components to work with. There’s the system itself, with its handles and straps, as well as two attachments which either allow you to hook the trainer on a solid object such as a monkey bar, or a door anchor, which is ideal for those of us working out in flats. We opted for the door anchor which works brilliantly (just make sure someone doesn’t walk in halfway through your workout, leaving you face down in the carpet!).

After that it’s a case of consulting your included workout sheet that comes in the box or checking out the YouTube channel which has literally hundreds of ideas on how to use the TRX.

We got underway with a mixture of press-ups, body rows and squats and quickly noticed how versatile the TRX is. Take squats, for instance. If you struggle to do a bodyweight squat with decent form, you can simply hold onto the handles to give yourself a boost and help you knock out a few sets. If bodyweight squats are easy for you, try out one legged pistol squats with a bit of TRX assistance and feel your glutes start burning. If you can already do pistol squats with ease (you show off) hook your foot into one of the straps and try one-legged jump squats. If you can do all that without breaking a sweat, well done you, join The Avengers or something.

You can apply this type of logic to most fundamental exercises including push-ups, rows and core exercises to ensure you’re getting a serious challenge. We particularly enjoyed (maybe enjoyed is the wrong word…) hooking our feet in and turning relatively easy exercises such as mountain climbers into a full blown core workout that improved our balance and stability in the process.

To finish out the positives, we really like how robust and secure the TRX seems. While we’ve only had it a few weeks, there doesn’t seem to be any of its parts which look like they could fail or break. That’s courtesy of the simple design which relies on almost no moving components.

In terms of downsides, the only thing we can think of with the TRX Home 2 is the price. The RRP is £179.95 which is by no means cheap. And while it’s not as expensive as an exercise bike or a treadmill, you could buy some dumbbells or kettlebells for less (or just do some pushups for free!).

However, for sheer versatility and for its ability to remain relevant no matter how fit you get, if we could only have one piece of gym equipment in our home, the TRX Home 2 would be it.

TRX Home 2: The Verdict

  • TRX Home 2, £140.95 at Amazon – buy here

There’s not too much more that needs to be said here: the TRX Home 2 is a seriously handy piece of kit that could be a faithful fitness servant for many years.

Unlike other fitness gadgets, we’ll be holding onto the TRX for the foreseeable future, because as long as we have a door and 2 metres squared, we can give ourselves a tough workout at the drop of a hat.

TRX has also launched a training club that costs $19.99 a month (about £14) which gives you access to a library of workout videos and live classes to take part in for some additional inspiration.

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