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Family Y Launches TRX Suspension Training Classes

Family Y Health and Wellness Director Shelley Moll shows Y Members the ropes -- the new TRX Suspension Training system.

There are many ways to get in a good workout these days, from pumping iron with old-fashioned free weights, to keeping the beat during fast-paced Zumba sessions, to completing circuits on computerized exercise machines, and more.

The Westport Weston Family Y is now offering intrepid exercisers a trendy new option: TRX Suspension Training Classes.

In design, TRX is deceptively simple: Dual straps with loops for hand and footholds are connected to the ceiling or other anchor point. Users take hold of the loops or attach their feet to perform an array of movements, using gravity against the user’s own body weight to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability.

Suspension training is specially designed to combine both cardio and strength training in the same exercise. TRX workouts can be used to build and generate a good muscle balance, joint stability, mobility and core strength.

“TRX was developed for the Navy Seals so they could get this great workout anywhere or anytime. It’s one of the hottest workouts in the fitness industry,” says Shelley Moll, the Family Y’s Director of Health and Wellness. “Our members loved the new class. They thought it was a great workout, fun and used muscles they didn’t know they had.”

TRX training is suitable for all people regardless of their age, gender or fitness level. Depending on each person’s condition and age, the weight exerted and intensity can be adjusted through the thousands of exercises available. To increase the resistance, you simply alter the angle of your body to the straps’ anchor point.

Y Members getting the hang of the TRX workout.

Held Wednesday morning, the first TRX class attracted a capacity crowd. Shelley Moll and Judy Samuels first led the class through warm-ups, then split the group in half. Judy handled the Kettlebell workout (exercises with weighted dumbbells) while Shelley supervised the TRX training. After a brief cardio session, the group switched Kettlebells for TRX straps. By the end of the class, some of the “TRXers” looked like they were auditioning for the Spiderman musical, along with getting a good sweat up.

“It was an action-packed class, and we all were challenged,” said Samuels. “The great thing about both new workouts is the variety and countless different exercises — members will not get bored!”

Family Y Members can sign up for TRX classes each week in advance, either online or at our Member Services Desk. Currently, there are four one-hour classes: Wed. 9:30-10:30 am (with Kettlebell strength training); Wed. 7:30-8:30 pm; Thur. 8:30-9:30 pm; Sunday 9:30-10:30 am. Click here for the complete group fitness schedule.

For more information, visit or contact Shelley Moll at 203-226-8981, ext. 198 or

Taking flight at the TRX class.