At Vitality Fitness, we’re proud to add TRX training to our list of fitness classes. Providing our clients with a variety of workout options is important because we know that no two individuals are exactly identical, and different routines will ultimately prove effective for different people.
The Birth of TRX
Randy Hetrick, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs, created TRX training near the conclusion of his career, when he served as a Squadron Commander of the SEAL’s elite special missions unit. According to Hetrick, every SEAL has a “dirty little secret.” Early in their Navy careers, all SEALs learn the basics of sewing in order to patch or modify their equipment.
It was his sewing skills, according to Hetrick, that helped him create a unique workout tool. Initially, Hetrick’s goal was to create an apparatus that would allow him to do simple bodyweight exercises to stay in shape while on the road. By combining an old jiu-jitsu belt with a bit of surplus parachute webbing, Hetrick created a contraption that could easily be slung over a door and utilized for a number of exercises.
Hetrick began using his new workout tool for rows, pull-ups, presses, curls, shoulder raises, flys, pullovers, triceps extensions, and a variety of additional exercises. Thus, TRX Suspension Training bodyweight exercise was born.
Marketing An Invention
After a storied career with the SEALs, Randy left the service in 2001 to attend Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. As he began to manufacture prototypes in his garage and search for interested suppliers, he also realized the need for useful educational content that would help users get the most out of his new invention.
Hetrick set his sights on building an organization devoted to creating innovative fitness products, as well as informational offerings to assist users in the use of these products. In this time period, the TRX company was established, and its’ primary headquarters now lies in San Francisco’s Financial District, with two offices open internationally in Brazil and Japan, respectively.
Delivering to the Masses
Over the course of the past seven years, TRX has gained rapid international popularity. In 2011, The Rip Trainer, created by two-time U.S. National Taekwondo champion Pete Holman, was added to the TRX team.
Today, TRX is used in many of the most elite training rooms belonging to teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, as well as all four branches of the United States Military. Organizations like the San Diego Chargers, Denver Nuggets, and Pittsburgh Pirates utilize TRX Training to build championship-caliber teams.
Just Getting Started
While the San Francisco Business Times recognized TRX as the Bay Area’s fifth-fastest growing private company and Outside Magazine has awarded the company its’ ‘Best Places to Work’ award three years running, Hetrick maintains that his company’s early success won’t make his team complacent. “…It’s really still the second inning for us,” he says. “We’re dedicated to completely democratizing world-class training and we will not stop until that is done.”
At Vitality Fitness, we are incredibly proud and excited to begin offering TRX training courses for all of our members. If you’re interested in learning more about our latest offering, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 587-777-3378 today!