What is a TRX?
The TRX is a body-weight suspension training device that allows people of all ages and fitness levels to push, pull, twist and manipulate their body through space. The best and most simple way to describe it is through the company’s motto: “Make your body your machine”. The TRX allows you to do hundreds of strength training moves without lifting a single dumbbell. It is also portable, packing down to the size of a large book, weighing in at less than three pounds. I take it with me whenever I travel. I can set it up in a hotel room, outside on a tree branch, or at the gym. We LOVE the TRX and know that you will, too.
How do I pay for EF services?
Meryl is currently the only contracted personal trainer that can legally see clients at Cannon AFB. Personal training clients that meet at the CAFB Fitness Center must purchase session tickets at the front counter. Please tell the gym staff if you will be training one-on-one or in a group. Your session rates depend on the number of clients per hour.
All other training clients are encouraged to pay via the EF website’s Pricing page or in person with cash or check. TRX and HPBC participants may pay via the Pricing page, or in person with cash or check. Please make checks payable to Elevated Fitness.
Why TRX Group Training?
Aside from being a great way to jumpstart your fitness regimen, TRX Group Training helps prepare you for life's daily physical and mental demands. TRX Group Training is a surefire way to boost your self-confidence while challenging your physical strength and building endurance. We even increase your mobility and flexibility! TRX benefits all people of all fitness levels, from seniors to athletes. Build a rock-solid core, build muscle and endurance with this fast, effective total-body workout!
What should I expect at TRX Group Training or High Plains Boot Camp?
Every session of TRX & Boot Camp is different. Both follow a progressive, periodized plan that ensures you get the most out of every workout while still building strength and endurance. Kettlebells are sometimes incorporated in TRX to increase difficulty of lower body and overhead moves.
Boot Camp includes a variety of exercises to include: pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, lunges, squats, sprints, drills, plyometrics, burpees, planks, jumping jacks, obstacle courses and team-building activities. We like to incorporate basic strength movements at the beginning of most sessions. For our outdoor sessions, we sometimes bring toys for us to play with, such as TRXs, bands, medicine balls, kettlebells or rubber chickens. Luckily there are plenty of fun hills for us to explore at Ned Houk Park, too. Our indoor / outdoor location at Athletics Evolved has plenty of gear; slosh pipes, tractor tires, sleds, battling ropes, squat racks, etc. We guarantee you’ll get a great workout, and boredom is never an issue.
Will you yell at me?
NO!!! :) I have always hated the type of trainer that gets in your face. I make a conscious effort to encourage and be supportive while pushing you to do your absolute best, minus any belittling commentary. Elevated Fitness’ services are judgment free areas, and participants are encouraged to listen to his or her body. It is your body. After all, you know best! You are encouraged to take a break, grab some water or use the restroom if and when you need to.
I know that I need to be more active, but group training sounds pretty intense.
ALL PARTICIPANTS will be screened by a certified personal trainer to evaluate current and past health issues to ensure a safe and effective workout. If you are unsure of your health status, medical clearance may be required before beginning your regimen.
I need some help with my New Year’s Resolution.
Both personal training and group exercise are great ways to tackle your New Year's resolution. Not only will the instructor keep you accountable, working in a group setting helps improve adherence. Plus, it's a lot more fun!
I think I am in pretty good shape, but still have a few pounds to lose. What’s next?
As we have already established, eating habits constitute approximately 70% of your weight loss goals. All clients will be encouraged to maintain and submit food journals on a weekly basis. I personally find MyFitnessPal a great resource. For most people, journaling is a real eye-opening experience. Once again, we maintain that Elevated Fitness is a judgement free zone, but being held accountable to the eating choices we make is absolutely the key to success!
All of that being said, Amy is not a Registered Dietician and can only offer healthy eating tips and common sense practices. For those of you needing additional assistance or a specialized meal plan, Elevated Fitness has partnered with a Micah Dunn, a Registered Dietitian in Midland, Texas. As the owner of EmmPower Nutrition, she can help fine tune your regime to get the most from your workouts. For those of you with access to Cannon AFB, the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) has a registered dietician on staff.
I don’t have a problem with my eating habits OR I’m not ready to change my diet. Can I just come to workout?
If weight loss is your goal, it is important to recognize that eating habits constitute 70% of that goal. You cannot do it through exercise alone. However, we understand that a client must be in the proper state of mind to institute change...Yes, you can just workout!
Do you have to be in shape to participate in TRX or boot camp?
This is a common question. The answer is “No”. Boot camp participants come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. In addition, nearly all exercises can be modified for new-comers or our more advanced exercisers. For example, if you are unable to do a standard push-up, drop to your knees. If this is still too challenging, create a table-top position with your back parallel with the ground. If this is still too difficult, push against a picnic table or wall.
I screen all of my clients and participants prior to training, boot camp or TRX in order to understand any physical limitations that they may have. This helps when offering modifications or alternative activities. This also educates me on what medications you may be taking...an important footnote as some medications alter acute and/or chronic responses to exercise.
I would love to participate, but your class times don’t work with my schedule OR Your class / training schedule is full, but I still want to sign up.
EF is constantly searching for a scheduled time that works best with your busy lifestyle. If there is a scheduling or class size discrepancy, there are two options. First, email us with a new suggested time. We might be able to open up another class if there are enough people interested. Secondly, check out our distance training page for personal or group training options.
Can I wear an iPod during training, HPBC, TRX, or cardio on my own time?
We all need a little motivation sometimes, and music helps get us pumped up during classes and workouts. I personally find it incredibly taxing to hop on a piece of cardio equipment at the gym without my headphones.
I urge those of you who exercise outdoors to do so without an iPod. Safety is certainly a priority, and you never know if someone on the road is paying attention. --See the blog on etiquette for more details.-- I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not take my chances with a few thousand pounds traveling 45mph+.
Reason number two: sometimes we can get carried away by our music. The rhythm of our breath can be altered by the rhythm of the music, therefore changing our speed/pace or heart rate. In doing so, you train your heart to beat faster when really you should be training it to beat slower with focused breathing and effort.
All that being said, limit your time with an iPod. And while we are on the subject, it is incredibly rude to wear headphones to a Spin class (or any instructor-led class) or personal training session. It tells the instructor that you don’t care what they have to say. If you find their music or instruction so poor, workout on your own. The focus should be on what your body is doing and feeling, even if it isn’t all that pleasant.