“Your body is the machine, and you take it with you wherever you go.”
-Heidi Markow, TRX instructor, Carmel Valley Ranch
TRX suspension training, a new workout offered at California’s Carmel Valley Ranch, is an effective, portable method of core and strength training that you can do at home. Invented by Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick, the system uses your body and gravity to create weight and resistance. As you get stronger, you can adjust the workout’s intensity through reps or cable placement. “It’s up and coming around the country, and it’s become extremely popular here,” says Heidi Markow, a TRX-certified instructor at Carmel Valley Ranch. “Whether you play tennis or golf or any sport, the core is where everything stems from. And with TRX, the core is always getting worked. For about $200, you can buy the TRX system (cables, a suspension bar and a door anchor). Travelers can pop the cables and door-anchor into a suitcase for hotel room workouts.