The suspension trainer hit the fitness seen years ago and has never looked back. Initially, TRX was the founder of this movement, and the trainer, aka bodyweight or suspension trainer became a practical, and highly effective training tool for home and travel use. Due to it’s light weight, durable and portable nature, one can do hundreds to thousands of exercises literally anywhere.
Since the creation of TRX, there are a plethora of new comers. Some with major innovative and competitive differences. As well as some that simply do not make the cut.
If you’re in the market for a suspension trainer, we personally know that weighing in the expense of the top models, over what will provide a dependable value can be a tough decision. Especially since there are so many models to choose from.
To boil all of this down, we’ve compiled the top five suspension trainer brands. All can be set up in about a minute and can literally replace a full gym.
In addition, we’ve ranked them from 1-5 with 5 being the best and one being the worst. We took into account price as well as versatility and convenience.
Read on to learn about the top five suspension trainers and how to revitalize your home fitness routine.
CoreX Club Bodyweight Suspension Strap Trainer
The CoreX can be purchased for $74.95. It’s designed for clubs, personal trainers, fitness professionals, and training facilities. The handles are not removable so they cannot be taken outside. Straps cannot be moved or adjusted so you can just set it and never have to think about it again. The CoreX is very strong and durable. Revolutionary, biomechanically engineered steel head reduces the angle of the workout which reduces the strain on joints and tendons. It also comes with live streaming of online videos and a Bodyweight Trainer booklet.
Pros: Inexpensive, once it’s set up you don’t ever have to think about it again, reduces impact on joints
Cons: Can’t be moved, not designed for beginners
The Human Trainer Essential Kit Pro
This kit is an expensive one at $189.99. It is portable and can be used indoors or outdoors. It is strong and highly durable. It works well for all levels and be hooked up to a door quite easily. It comes with a 2-year warranty which is 1 year longer than most other brands. It also has a trainer DVD and a “workout in progress” sign.
Pros: Portable, indoor or outdoor, durable, easily hooks up to a door, 2 year warranty
Cons: Most expensive, doesn’t offer much other brands don’t
LifelineUSA Jungle Gym XT
At $99.99, the Jungle Gym XT is suitable for beginners to professional athletes. It features a split anchor design which allows users to easily adjust the forces on the body by changing the width of the system. It’s great for a full body workout. The straps can be used inside or outside. It’s portable and lightweight (only weighs 1 pound) so you can take it with you for a great workout anywhere. It also features easy-in foot cradles so exercises where your feet need to be suspended are easy to transition into. It even comes with an instructional download video and poster.
Pros: Easily adjustable, portable, lightweight, easy-in foot cradles, suitable for beginners and professionals
Cons: Expensive, beginners need to know how to adjust the straps effectively
TRX Suspension Trainer
TRX is probably the biggest name in the game right now. Retailing at $149.99 it is a high quality, professional product. It is small and portable, weighing 1.4 pounds (a bit heavier than the Jungle Gym XT). It does come with a bag so carrying it is easy. It includes a DVD with a workout program and a chart with the top bodyweight leverage exercises. The straps can be used inside or outside. This is a highly durable product that comes with a lot of extras.
Pros: Portable, lightweight, indoor or outdoor, durable, carrying bag included, brand recognition
Cons: Expensive, slightly heavier than Jungle Gym XT
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WOSS 3000 Equalizer Trainer
This set comes in at just $39.99 so it is a great value. It includes a portable suspension training system, a drawstring bag to store the system, quick start exercises, 2 adjustable cam buckles on the center strap, a padded door anchor, and an anywhere-anchor cam buckle strap. The WOSS can be used on a door, outside, or when you travel. This is a great bang for your buck and quite similar to the TRX.
Pros: Inexpensive, portable, carrying bag, indoor or outdoor, similar to TRX for over $100 less
Cons: A little heavier than others
Final Thought on The Five Best Suspension Trainers
In general, all of these suspension trainer systems will get the job done. It comes down to how much money you want to spend and which features you need. If you’re looking to work out outdoors, you want to look into the WOSS, TRX, or Jungle Gym XT. Most of them are portable, but some are lighter than others. Also, consider how much help you want from the instructional videos and posters that come with the systems before you purchase.
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