With so many tools and gadgets available to help you meet your fitness goals, I can imagine it may be a little confusing when it comes to choosing which one would be right for you. Since this is a series about the TRX Suspension Trainer, I am going to compare it to some of the other fitness equipment I have written about to help give you some insight and direction.
In one of my previous articles I discussed how dumbbells, resistance bands and your own bodyweight were some of the best ways to get fit at home. Since your bodyweight isn’t the type of “tool” one would go shopping for, I’ll elect The Body Shape Kit by Life Fitness to be my third comparison.
Now I have described why using the TRX Suspension Trainer offers amazing workouts and how portable and user friendly it is. You can take it with you to the park, the office, while traveling or use it in the comfort of your own home. You can adjust your workload simply by changing positions or stance. You have the options to work out alone or take a class for added fun and inspiration.
The TRX Pro Kit comes with everything you need to get started immediately along with a beginner’s guide and added bonus workouts. You’ll develop a strong and stable core and become a lean, fit, toned and absolutely fabulous version of your already gorgeous self.
Now with that said…let’s compare.
TRX Suspension Trainer vs. Dumbbells
Dumbbells are wonderful tools for providing strength and encouraging the body to promote muscle use for stability. They are great for anyone whether just starting out or an avid fitness enthusiast. In comparison to TRX…you don’t need to attach dumbbells to anything to use them. As far as budget is concerned…you can look to spend approximately .50-$2.50 per pound depending on the type of dumbbell you purchase which is less expensive if you are just starting out and want to spend under $50. In fact, you can get a kit consisting of 2, 3 and 5 lb. dumbbells for about $32 depending on the store. The other benefit to dumbbells is you can use them while standing, sitting, lying down and moving around. If you are on a strict budget or simply prefer a lighter start then dumbbells could be a great fit for you. On the other hand…while the TRX Suspension Trainer may be more expensive in the short run than light dumbbells in the long run when it’s time to progress to something more challenging, you would have to get heavier weights (which will run up the bill) and I can promise you they won’t be fun try to lug around if you want to take your workout elsewhere.
This video is an intense dumbbell workout you can do at the gym or at home.
TRX Suspension Trainer vs. Resistance Bands
This is a tough one for me because I love both of these tools with a passion. While I think the TRX Trainer is simply in a class of its own…I’ll never give up my resistance bands. Similar to the dumbbells, one of advantages of the bands is in regard to budget. You can get a couple of different styles and strength of bands for under $50 and they are also portable, lightweight and offer variable resistance depending on where you stand. Another benefit is that if you don’t have a door, or anything else for that matter to attach them to, you can still get some great exercises in.
You can do upright rows, lateral raises, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, squats, overhead presses and many other exercises without attaching them to anything and like the TRX Trainer you can take them with you to work, the park, while traveling and use them at home and for the $199 (they offer free shipping coupons) it costs for the TRX Suspension Trainer Pro Kit you can have several sets of bands and have your friends join you. What the TRX Trainer has in its corner, however, is that you do not need any other strengths in order to progress your workouts…so for the cost it really will be all you’ll need.
This video shows how you can exercise using resistance bands.
TRX Suspension Trainer VS. Body Shape Kit/Plus by Life Fitness
Lifefitness.com has The Body Shape Kit and The Body Shape Kit Plus. The prices do not include taxes and S&H.
Here is what’s included:
The Body Shape Kit – $299
- 65cm Non Rolling Stability Ball and Pump (I like that it comes with the pump…not all do)
- Heart Rate Monitor/Pedometer
- 2 Instructional DVDs
- 2 3lb Comfy Hand Weights
- 2 Resistance Bands
- 2 Resistance Rings
- 1 Fitness Towel
- 1 Eco Friendly Mat
- 1 Personal Exercise Planner
The Body Shape Kit Plus – $349
- 1 Double Grip Medicine Ball (weight not known and I did look in several places)
- 1 Plush Foam Roller (good for massaging tight muscles)
You can also get the Body Shape Kit Plus with an extra mat for $399
I feel the kits have a lot to offer and the variety of equipment is helpful for learning how to work with several different tools…but they do cost a few bucks. I have seen them advertised elsewhere for less, so if this is an option you have an interest in I would recommend shopping around and comparing prices.
What is the best fitness equipment to use?
I believe that you will build more strength and get an overall better workout with the TRX Suspension Trainer simply because you have more progressions available using only one lightweight and portable piece of equipment that includes plenty of workout options.
The Body Shape Kit gives you a lot of options as well but you are limited with 3 lb weights and set strengths with the bands. In addition to this I don’t know for sure that carrying a 65 cm stability ball around will be something you will feel motivated to do even if it is a great tool.
The BEST piece of fitness equipment to use is the one you feel most drawn toward. Check out the options and go with what excites you, what fits in your budget, what fits in your space and what blends with your own unique personality. This is how to stay consistent and we all know that consistency is the key to success!