TRX is the new way to get fit in Philly. Check out our writeup, “Training With a Twist,” about the TRX trend from Philly Mag’s July Wellness page, and try it out at one of the gyms below. What do you think about TRX? Love it, hate it? Is it here to stay or is it just another fitness fad?
The Sporting Club at the Bellevue
224 South Broad Street, 215-985-9193
If you needed another reason to join the Sporting Club, these so-hard-you’ll-hurt-the-next-day TRX classes are it. Group classes are capped at eight people, and you’ll work every muscle group, including the upper body, the core, and the lower body. Classes are offered three days a week, and are only available to members. For a little one-one-one training, opt for a 60-minute or half-hour personalized TRX training session. Membership $100 per month; 60-minute individual session/$67; 45-minute session/$44.
5 East Highland Avenue, Chestnut Hill, 267-335-2271
The 30- and 60-minute group TRX classes here, which tend to range from five to 12 people, will strengthen every muscle group through a series of 45- to 60-second intervals using simple-yet-effective variations of push-ups and sit ups using the TRX straps, as well as other equipment like kettelbells. You can also opt for personal TRX training sessions lasting from 30 minutes to an hour. Drop-in rate for group class/$15, 10 classes for $135; Personal training session, 30-minute/$40, 45-minute/$60, 1-hour/$80.
Level 1 Fitness
113 North Bread Street, 215-925-0215
Choose from a private one-on-one session or join a group of no more than three for a workout guaranteed to whip your body into shape just in time for bathing suit season. Even in group sessions, your TRX trainer workings closely with you to ensure proper form and that you’re working the legs, core, chest, back, and everything in between. For an even more personalized workout, opt for the one-on-one session. Group class: $15/members, $20/non-members; One-on-one sessions start at $50.
105 South 12th Street. Mezzanie Level, 215-733-0633
TRX is used as a tool in all training classes offered at Fusion, including cardio intervals, yoga training, and strength-training classes. If you’re looking for a full-body workout, these classes will not disappoint. Group classes hold up to 20 people per one instructor; personal training is also available. Drop-in for group class /$18, 10 sessions/$159; Personal training session/$75, 10-pack/$650.
Club La Maison
215 Sugartown Road, Wayne, 610-964-8800
TRX classes here are 60 minutes and concentrate heavily on form in order to continually advance the group as a whole. Group sessions are limited to six. These functional training exercises help stabilize the spine in order to help prevent future injuries. You must register in advance for group sessions; private TRX sessions are also available. First class is complementary. Members: 6 classes/$120; Non-members: 6/$150, 12/$240; One-on-one session/$60.
Mariano’s Body Shop Bootcamp
Chester County Intermediate Unit – ESC, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown; 123 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, 610-873-1063
Opt for semi-private bootcamp sessions, which are capped at four, or join the group bootcamp sessions, which are capped at 12. Whatever you choose, you’ll end up with a combo of TRX, kettlebells, free weights, medicine balls, tubing, and good old-fashioned bodyweight exercises, like pushups. First-timers can enjoy a free trial week of the group program before committing to either one, two, or three classes weekly each month. One class weekly, $69 per month; 2 classes weekly, $109 per month; 3 classes weekly, $129 per month.
Aquatic and Fitness Center
601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, 610-664-6464
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, trainers at AFC cater each personal training TRX session to your body type, strength, and ability (TRX group classes aren’t available). For TRX newcomers, this is a great way to get your feet wet and be introduced to the benefits of suspension training. As you advance, trainers will increase resistance and challenge by changing the angle of your exercises, with different angles used for varying body parts depending on the strength of that specific muscle group. 30-minute one-on-one/$35 to $45; 1-hour one-on-one/$50 to $70
36 West Route 70, Suite 26, Marlton, 856-596-1040
Group classes still have that personal touch and individual attention here because classes are capped at around five people per two instructors. Classes are offered Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last one hour. Personal training sessions are also available by appointment. Drop-in for group class/$12; 10 classes/$100, one-on-one personal training session starts at $50.
3 Hovtech Boulevard, Mt. Laurel, 856-316-7568
TRX is used as a tool in all training classes offered at Fusion, including cardio intervals, yoga training, and strength training classes. If you’re looking for a full-body workout, these courses will not disappoint. Group classes hold up to 20 people per one instructor. Drop-in for group class /$18, 10 sessions/$159; Personal training session/$75, 10-pack/$650.
Future Fitness Powered by AFC
1432 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, 856-857-0333
With nine TRX classes offered per-week, varying from 45 minutes to an hour in length, finding time to try TRX is easy. TRX classes here include a combination of kettlebells, heavy rope, sandbags, cardio, plyometrics, and sports drills. Each class is limited to less than 15 people per instructor. Members single class drop-in/$20; 10 classes for $150, Non-members single class drop-in/$30; 10 classes/$250; Express class (30 minutes) offered at discounted rate. Call for details.