Hey Bronto (Or Jeeves)...Thoughts about Suspension Trainers/TRX

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Hey Bronto (Or Jeeves)...Thoughts about Suspension Trainers/TRX

Post by wlu_lax6 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:09 pm

Anyone have experience/purchased TRX or equivalent? Missing the gym with Covid, don't have any free weights (or really space to put them in the house). Have a good ab wheel, jump rope, pull up bar., and my very nice indoor bike trainer..but was thinking about investing in TRX. I have seen a bunch of good work outs, done a few things at the gym (but not much as I felt very silly in public trying some of the exercises). Also think the Mrs. wlu_lax will use it (and maybe the kids..but not a priority).

1.) Anyone have a bit of experience?
2.) Just another piece of home equipment that will get dust?
3.) Will I destroy my doors/door frames if I don't anchor to a stud or equivalent?
4.) any recommendations on type (seems like there are tiers on the products)
5.) Seems like you don't have to pay for TRX Brand premium based on what I have seen on ebay/amazon..but will a knockoff be knockoff quality (or are substitute brands that will do the trick).

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Post by P.D.X. » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:25 pm

It was my preferred workout method before I quit the last gym I was a member of. It would also be the first thing I'd buy for a home gym if I had a place to install one.

It's also just web strapping with handles and hardware. Just about as easy a thing to knock off that there could be.

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Post by Shirley » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:13 pm

Got one for my son a few years ago. We've only broken it out a few times, including twice during this quarantine. It's versatile, but I wouldn't say I love it. Some exercises are much harder than they look like they should be. But the various leg ones we've tried have all been too easy. Doing pushups/chest on it really hurts my left elbow, so that's why I haven't used it more.
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Post by Brontoburglar » Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:33 pm

I bought these rings here which are now unavailable of course

I have beams in my garage I attached them to. great for isometric holds and hangs + chinups, inverted rows and flys/pushups. I've never anchored rings or a TRX to a door, so I can't speak to that.

they are not great for lower body workouts unless you get creative. but you might as well save that brainpower and get a good set of furniture sliders instead. you can use those for hamstring curls/reverse or lateral lunges/etc and get a good workout that makes you engage your core
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Mon May 04, 2020 11:36 am

Thanks

Found non-TRX suspension trainer that looked pretty good and was way cheaper ($~30 instead of $200). Kids and wife are excited to use them. Clearly on the slow path from NC to Northern VA as they have been just chilling in Hagerstown (just about an hour from my house) for the last few days and are not planned for delivery until Friday.

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Post by govmentchedda » Mon May 04, 2020 11:46 am

What did you get? I tried a TRX style bodyweight row, hanging from my over the door pull-up bar this weekend, and damn near strangled my hands by wrapping them with the hanging straps. I could maybe get by with tying a knot in my straps, but if there's a cheap option with actual handles, I think that would be preferable.
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Mon May 04, 2020 12:48 pm

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What did you get? I tried a TRX style bodyweight row, hanging from my over the door pull-up bar this weekend, and damn near strangled my hands by wrapping them with the hanging straps. I could maybe get by with tying a knot in my straps, but if there's a cheap option with actual handles, I think that would be preferable.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vulken-Suspens ... 1cSoXihu1w

There are a bunch of options out there. Some a very close knockoffs of TRX (down to the box and markings on the straps). I decided to have some respect for intellectual property and go with ones that were not yellow and black. But if you look you can find "Pro 3" that look very similar to the TRX ones.

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Mon May 04, 2020 11:46 am
What did you get? I tried a TRX style bodyweight row, hanging from my over the door pull-up bar this weekend, and damn near strangled my hands by wrapping them with the hanging straps. I could maybe get by with tying a knot in my straps, but if there's a cheap option with actual handles, I think that would be preferable.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vulken-Suspens ... 1cSoXihu1w

There are a bunch of options out there. Some a very close knockoffs of TRX (down to the box and markings on the straps). I decided to have some respect for intellectual property and go with ones that were not yellow and black. But if you look you can find "Pro 3" that look very similar to the TRX ones.
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Post by mister d » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:54 pm

Bronto! Low ceiling basement cardio machine for the winter?
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Post by govmentchedda » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:57 pm

mister d wrote:
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Bronto! Low ceiling basement cardio machine for the winter?
Erg
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mister d wrote:
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Bronto! Low ceiling basement cardio machine for the winter?
row?

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Post by Sabo » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:23 pm

govmentchedda wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:57 pm
mister d wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:54 pm
Bronto! Low ceiling basement cardio machine for the winter?
Erg
That’s what I’m ordering later this month. Concept2 has a 9-10 week waiting list before you can place an order, and my estimated order day is Oct. 30. Plan accordingly, Mr. D.
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Sabo wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:23 pm
govmentchedda wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:57 pm
mister d wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:54 pm
Bronto! Low ceiling basement cardio machine for the winter?
Erg
That’s what I’m ordering later this month. Concept2 has a 9-10 week waiting list before you can place an order, and my estimated order day is Oct. 30. Plan accordingly, Mr. D.
They're great. I was never in better shape than when I rowed.
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Post by mister d » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:48 pm

I feel like I would fuck my back up on a rower.
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Post by The Sybian » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:49 pm

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Bronto! Low ceiling basement cardio machine for the winter?
We were able to find an elliptical with a low enough step that I don't hit my head on the basement ceiling. The highest point is 4 inches off the floor, lowest step I found. We also got a cheap rowing machine off Amazon for like $150. No frills, but it works great. It has a counter and timer and a knob to increase resistance, but that's all you really need.
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Post by mister d » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:54 pm

Link me that elliptical.
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Post by govmentchedda » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:17 pm

mister d wrote:
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I feel like I would fuck my back up on a rower.
Only if you row like an asshole
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Post by mister d » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:20 pm

I mean ... probably?
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I feel like I would fuck my back up on a rower.
Only if you row like an asshole
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Link me that elliptical.
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Post by Brontoburglar » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:39 am

how low are the low ceilings we're talking about here

we're building a home gym in the basement as it gets remodeled. we already have a treadmill and a bike and I've been stocking up on weight equipment as it goes on sale

also, a pro tip for anyone who is building a home gym -- go to your local farm supply store (I realize this may not apply in the swamps of jersey) and get rubber barn/horse stall flooring. waaaaay cheaper than "gym" flooring. I got two 5x10 sections of rubber flooring for the gym for $200.
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Post by mister d » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:52 am

Mad low. 6'9.
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Post by Brontoburglar » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:02 am

I would go with a good spin bike, but I also like the bike because I can read while I pedal unless I'm doing intervals or something
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Post by mister d » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:02 am

Any recs? And would recumbent be too boring / low effectiveness?
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what's the budget?
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Budget is "as low as we can go without sacrificing quality or longevity"? I'd rather pay more upfront to not have to pay again later, but I'm also not looking at like Peloton levels.
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mister d wrote:
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Budget is "as low as we can go without sacrificing quality or longevity"? I'd rather pay more upfront to not have to pay again later, but I'm also not looking at like Peloton levels.
Do you own a bike that you can put on a trainer?

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Post by mister d » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:35 am

I do, but I was hoping for something with full tracking and maybe a screen to watch or platform to read and also that we could use interchangeably.
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Post by rass » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:38 am

plus his bike won't fit
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Post by rass » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:41 am

We have a similar issue and even less clearance in the portion of our basement where we could put equipment without blocking anything. I'm pretty sure I confirmed at some point that an elliptical would never work. I wonder if a recumbent bike would get used by anyone around here other than me.
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mister d wrote:
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I do, but I was hoping for something with full tracking and maybe a screen to watch or platform to read and also that we could use interchangeably.
The advantage of that is fit and variety. The screens can be mimicked with basic apps on tablet/phone. You also get wider variety of price points for features. Dumb trainers with a cadence and/or power sensor you put on the pedal to smart trainers that have way more bells and whistles.

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Mad low. 6'9.
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I wonder if a recumbent bike would get used by anyone around here other than me.
We could be the Recumbent Boyz and we would definitely not allow anyone to play the ... game with any of our posts.
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Post by mister d » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:10 pm

Alright, upright bike coming tomorrow. Any app suggestions for something that has tracking but maybe skews more towards riding through cities or places or whatever versus competitive classes with very annoying fit people shouting at me?
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mister d wrote:
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Alright, upright bike coming tomorrow. Any app suggestions for something that has tracking but maybe skews more towards riding through cities or places or whatever versus competitive classes with very annoying fit people shouting at me?
My wife really likes the Bowflex bike we bought if you haven’t already made a purchase I can link you some info tomorrow.
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mister d wrote:
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Alright, upright bike coming tomorrow. Any app suggestions for something that has tracking but maybe skews more towards riding through cities or places or whatever versus competitive classes with very annoying fit people shouting at me?
The first one is old school dvds and videos. There are ton of old training things like this before the smart trainer became a thing. Bet lots are on youtube too. The big one in this was a Baltimore-based guy/company called Spinervals. Their content is still out there.
https://completetri.com/cycling-dvds-an ... s-reviews/

You can get the Peleton app for your phone. Not integrated but you can still do the spin class workouts with the pretty people

Strava is hooked up to a bunch
https://www.strava.com/apps/indoor

Not sure if your setup will work but maybe if you add a power meter and cadence tracker you can make them work (I know there are ways to do it but have never gone down the path).
https://road.cc/content/feature/best-in ... pps-255118

This looks like it has some options for non-smart trainers
https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitn ... n-w480409/

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