TRX trains many aspects of body

March 30, 2016 Sports, Sports Print Print
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Suspension Training: “Since taking TRX class I have seen an increase in my energy, I feel and sleep better and I’m very grateful to have a gym here at OCCC,” history major Brandi Douglas said. Melissa Sue Lopez/pioneer

OCCC students that want a total workout that improves many aspects of their bodies might want to try the TRX classes offered in the Recreation and Fitness department, said TRX instructor Gary Lombard.

The TRX classes have widespread popularity across campus, with many of the classes totally full by the time they start, and Lombard knows why.

“It’s because of the results people are getting. I like for people to think about the goals they’re trying to accomplish. Then, I can get them to doing the things that will help them accomplish those goals,” he said.

TRX, which is a relatively new exercise class at OCCC, is used across many different platforms by athletes.

“TRX is exercise that is designed by the Navy SEALs. It’s all core, all the time. It’s strength training and cardio training all at once. Now, Navy SEALs, Green Barette, Delta Force, Army Rangers, they all use it. NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, all use it because of the functional strength,” Lombard said.

Wellness Center Manager Brooke Dresel in a previous interview described the wourkout.

“You use bands that are suspended from the wall to hold onto the handle from the other side. You use your body as the resistance, so it’s basically body weight,” Dresel said.

“The more of an angle that you put your body at, the more resistance you will get in the training.”

Lombard said quick results are one of the many benefits of trying out the class, regardless of a student’s experience in working out.

“People get tremendous results quickly,” he said. “It can be as gentle as folks want it to be, or as challenging as folks want it to be. So, it’s a great way for folks who even have some chronic pain issues to exercise because of the support that the straps give, but it’s also a great way for the most advanced athletes to take their strength to new levels.”

Lombard thinks the class is a great introduction to fitness for students who aren’t working out.

“People feel better when they’re fit. They have better lifestyles and they enjoy life more, and that’s regardless of age. We don’t do anything that causes pain. The rule is, if it causes pain, we’ll make modifications.”

Interested students can find the schedule for the TRX classes at or outside of the Wellness Center on the first floor of Main Building.

For more information about TRX or any of the other fitness classes, contact Recreation and Fitness at 405-682-7860 or visit

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