Admittedly, when a personal trainer introduced me to the TRX Suspension Training System, I’d already decided that it must be some sort of a joke. Did she really expect me to master maneuvering my body in a double-strapped contraption she attached to a playground apparatus? Starting out, I clumsily stumbled through a series of exercises that made me feel like I was playing an awkward one-woman game of vertical Twister.

But after a few sessions of profuse sweating and gritted teeth, along with the embarrassment at just how depleted I felt after a workout, something changed. I looked in the mirror at my arms and marveled at how unrecognizable they were. Muscles?

On my body?  Realizing that it wasn’t an illusion helped me embrace the idea of a unique full-body workout challenging enough to keep my focus, unlike the way I shunned my pile of neglected workout DVDs.

TRX stands for total body resistance and it certainly lives up to its name. Here are five reasons why you should try it.

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