What are the unique benefits of the TRX Suspension Trainer and the Rip Trainer? Which should you use for cardio, metabolic conditioning and explosive power, and which should you use for developing total body strength and an impenetrable core? As TRX Head of Human Performance Chris Frankel points out in the video above, these two tools can really be the perfect complement for each other.
For building total body strength, core stability and mobility, the TRX Suspension Trainer is ideal. You can load the body and focus on executing good controlled movements under high tension in order to develop a strong athletic base to which you can add explosive power. Think of it like building a house: the work you are doing on the TRX are the foundation and framework you are going to build on.
To utilize that foundation for explosive power, metabolic conditioning or a cardiovascular challenge, the Rip Trainer is the way to go. Because it utilizes elastic resistance, the Rip Trainer allows you to build up a ton of speed at the beginning of an exercise and forces you to control a high tension load at the end range of motion (excellent for speed training). This is different to the Suspension Trainer which is all about controlling a high tension load through the full range of motion. Also because the Rip Trainer provides an asymmetrical load, most movements are going to require a rotational or anti-rotational component.
As you can see from the video, similar exercises can be performed on both tools. Regardless of the tool, those exercises require core stability for distal mobility, and both will challenge that stability by incorporating different planes of motion. However, as you can see, a chest press on the Rip Trainer becomes an explosive, rotational full body movement, whereas when it’s performed on the TRX Suspension Trainer, it is about focused control of a high tension load.