Spent my Entire Sunday yesterday at the TRX Training Center in San Francisco for the (GSTC) Group Suspension Training Course. Wanted to gain knowledge on how to implement TRX into the larger group training environment. If you have taken the (STC) Suspension Training Course, the (GSTC) is pretty much a refresher with the exception of the two group workout formats which you are introduced to.
There is TRX Body Blast which is Tempo and Rep based and currently my all time favorite TRX Circuit Training which is Time based. The first part of the day started out with a general introduction to the Suspension Trainer and a fun TRX Body Blast Workout. We then broke down each exercise step by step and took turns practicing our coaching cueing techniques with our partners. The second part of the day involved on a focus on Program Design and working together as a class in designing the TRX Circuit Training Workout which was a highly energized intense workout consisting of 4 rounds (60 seconds on each Exercise Movement) starting with a Lower Body Exercise Movement, followed by an Upper Body Exercise Movement, a Core Exercise Movement, then a Cardio Exercise Movement and a 1 minute recovery before proceeding forth with the remaining rounds.
When designing a TRX based group workout, you want to take into consideration the general population that will be attending your class as with the new year with the majority having set their fitness goals in toning up and losing weight, will generally be de-conditioned. There was another student in the class who was thinking of only herself and her level of athleticism who was suggesting a highly intensive exercise movement with the TRX which I personally consider an advanced athletic movement and would not be appropriate for a beginner client who is new to TRX. You want to retain your clients after each workout and to not discourage them with an advanced technique that would leave them struggling and out of breath!
Having completed 2 TRX Level One Qualifications the (STC) and (GSTC), I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge base into the Level Two Courses with the TRX Sports Medicine Suspension Training Course (SMSTC) as the next thing on my to do list.