White Sands Missile Range’s Bell Gym offers a workout class that leverages your own bodyweight through the use of gravity and a suspension band. The TRX class has been offered at the gym since 2013 and provides participants an intense workout with minimal equipment.
The exercise helps strengthen and lengthen your upper and lower body. The class requires you to use your upper body and core together. WSMR Bell Gym Fitness Program Specialist Dawn Armstrong said the exercise can help with balance, gait, strength and range of motion. People can start seeing a response immediately after taking the class.
“It really points out your strengths and weaknesses very quickly,” Armstrong said. “This is your own body weight so it’s portable. You just have to purchase a band and take it anywhere, indoors or outdoors.”
The class has a range of participants from military members, military spouses, Department of Defense civilians and even fellow staff members. She recommends the class for any type of person in any fitness level.
Bell Gym intern Shaeleigh Wilson has participated in the class and said it was a unique way to exercise because the different positions you are asked to do allows for gravity to help you use your own body weight to exercise. She said this was her alternative to traditional weight lifting.
“I really liked it, it was a lot of fun,” she said.
The TRX website describes suspension training as a bodyweight exercise that helps develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. The band was developed by a former Navy Seal who needed a way to stay fit while on long missions.
The suspension bands are provided for the class but participants cannot take the bands home.
The gym offers a 30-day punch card for $50. The card allows for gym goers to participate in a full day of classes for only one punch per day. Every class offered at the gym is free of charge for first-time visitors. If you wish to attend just one class a day the fee is $5 per class.
The TRX classes are offered Monday at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 4:45 p.m.