TRX Certification Information - Is it worth it for Trainers in (2023)?

In this article, I will be relying on my 10+ years of experience to walk you through all the TRX Certification courses and training options available.

Currently, these courses are offered in two formats:

In-person classes
Online classes

By the end of this article, you should have all the information required to choose the TRX Certification that is right for you.

Let’s dive right in!

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Introduction to TRX certifications

If you have been working in the personal training industry for the last ten years or so I’m sure you have seen the massive growth of a suspension training system by the name of TRX.

Some certifications that go hand-in-hand with TRX are corrective exercise certifications, strength and conditioning certifications, as well as nutrition certifications.

I suggest checking out all three of those articles!

And although the TRX certification that I will be talking about in this article is not your typical “personal training certification,” I still think it is appropriate for the site because myself, as well as many other personal trainers, use this equipment regularly.

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If you have not heard of TRX suspension training, let me do a brief overview of what it is.

TRX suspension is made up of two flat straps with handles on the end.

You hang the straps from the ceiling or a strong beam approximately 8 to 10 feet tall.

TRX not only stands for the name of the equipment but the style of training that you use with the equipment.

It encompasses everything from the exercises, training style and routines that can be created with only using these straps.

In recent years, TRX has expanded to using different types of equipment.

The more recent TRX RIP trainer equipment is two elastic bands attached to a bar.

There are hundreds or thousands of exercises and routines that can be performed with TRX equipment.

Because of this, there are multiple different levels of these TRX certifications depending on the fitness level of the clients you are coaching. Once again this is not a typical personal training certification.

It is just a TRX instructor training certification so that you can coach your clients in a safe and effective manner using their equipment.

I will be talking about the differences between the two.

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Let’s jump right into my TRX certification article to see the difference between all the certification exam options that they offer!

If you’re interested in how to get certified through a regular training certification, check out my article on how to become a personal trainer!

Differences Between a General Personal Training Certification and a TRX Certification

Right off the bat, I’ll show you how a general personal training Certification differs from a TRX Certification.

It is more appropriate to call the “TRX certifications” actual courses.

On the TRX website, they offer multiple different packages, including student membership and there is a significant difference between these packages and general personal trainer certifications that I talk about on my site.

Certifications such as NASM, ACE, and NSCA go into great depth about exercise science, biomechanics, nutrition, anatomy, and physiology.

I recommend getting one of these certifications and going through the TRX certification review before studying for any one of these TRX courses.

You will not learn all the essential information to become a certified personal trainer by taking a TRX training course.

These gold standard certification courses teach you how to use their equipment and progress people through a workout using the equipment.

I do however believe that the TRX system is fantastic for training your clients in a very functional way.

I also think that if you are already working as a certified personal trainer, the addition of a TRX functional training course could be very beneficial to you as well as your clients.

As a TRX instructor, taking a trainer certification is a great way to ensure the safety of your clients while guiding them on how to use the equipment.

This can be achieved by taking a TRX certification online or by registering for a TRX workshop.

TRX education and exam preparation classes for fitness certifications comprise of lessons on how to find the right strap and proper use of the anchoring gear.

It can be even more beneficial if you work out of your house or work for yourself in a small studio with limited space.

It is amazing how many cool exercises you could do with the TRX equipment.

One of the most rugged TRX suspension trainers available today is the TRX tactical gym and it has a 5-star rating on their website, with over 300 evidence-based reviews.

Here is a List of all the TRX Certification Courses

Based on their website at the time of me writing this article, there are two separate categories.

The courses that are level 1 are

  1. The basic suspension course
  2. The group suspension course
  3. The RIP training course
  4. The group RIP course
  5. And of the cardio tennis course

The classes that are level 2 are

  1. The suspension training course for sports medicine
  2. And the force training course

The basic and group suspension courses L1

This suspension training course is fantastic for individuals that are just starting out with the TRX system.

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It teaches you basic skills such as taking down and putting back up the bands and making sure that they are sturdy.

In this course, you will learn 70 different exercises as well as how to regress and progress your clients for every single one of the exercises.

The group course teaches you how to manage multiple people.

This is the TRX trainer certification that most people get.

The basic RIP and group RIP courses L1

Just like the basic TRX bands courses, you will learn all the basics of how to use the RIP equipment.

You will also learn how to regress in progress your clients for the exercises that they teach you about this equipment.

The group courses very similarly and it just teaches you how to manage multiple people at the same time.

The tennis suspension course L1

This is probably the most unique course that they offer.

You will learn how to set up and use TRX bands on a tennis court.

Tennis courts are a perfect place to do that workout because there’s a lot of space and you can set the bands on the high chain-link fence walls that they contain.

The exercises that you’ll learn in this course are sport specific for tennis players.

You will be taught 30 different exercises as well as how to regress in progress tennis players through these 30 exercises.

The PES certification from NASM pairs well with this TRX training course!

The suspension training course for sports medicine L2

This course is probably my favorite.

It teaches you about muscular imbalances and how to treat them using the TRX training system.

These courses are fantastic for working with individuals that post-rehab and need functional training.

This course pairs very well with the NASM personal training certification, especially the corrective exercise specialist certification.

You are required to have level 1 before you can take this level 2 course.

The force trainer course L2

The force trainer is the opposite of the sports medicine course.

This course is meant so that you can be able to run military-style boot camp courses using the TRX equipment.

The exercises that are taught from this course were put together by hundreds of individuals that are serving in different branches of the military.

If you love running boot camps, this would be an excellent addition to your knowledge Arsenal.

TRX Online Training Courses

TRX suspension training can now be accessed fully online either via live professional TRX training classes or digital courses.

The live classes offered are:

  1. TRX Suspension Training Course
  2. TRX Group Training Course
  3. TRX Functional Training Course
  4. TRX Rip Training Course
  5. TRX Sports Medicine Suspension Training Course
  6. Advanced Group Training Course

The digital TRX training courses that can be downloaded to your devices (PC, laptop, Macbook, smartphones, or tablets) are:

  1. TRX Core Membership
  2. TRX for Yoga
  3. TRX Suspension Training Basics

My Opinion on TRX and Conclusion

I have had nothing but good experiences with the TRX training equipment, system, and the TRX certification courses that I have taken.

As I’m sure, you have noticed, TRX bands are continuing to get popular even after being around for a while.

The reason for this is because they work and they work well.

They are not a fad training system that will go away anytime soon.

There are so many exercises that can be done with this equipment and it does not require that much space.

If you work for yourself or work at your home with clients, this equipment is essential.

It is fantastic for functional training, as well as pure strength training for athletes.

This equipment challenges both your flexibility, strength as well as balance all in one exercise.

To earn a TRX suspension training certification, it is important that you take the relevant classes in order to master the training tools that are available.

These instructor training courses, whether strength and conditioning or corrective are ideal for functional personal trainers wanting to get TRX certified.

TRX equipment

Sometimes I end up using this equipment for a whole training session with specific clients because of the variety it provides.

I hope you liked my article on the TRX trainer certification! You could check out the TRX website here.

The job market for personal trainers is ever-expanding, and the average salary for a certified personal trainer is about $50 per hour.

For personal trainers with the relevant certifications and knowledge of a good number of functional training tools, it is much easier to find a job in a very competitive market.

Also, some certifications that go perfectly with these training classes are a group exercise certification, as well as a health coach certification.

Lastly, but very crucially too, considering that most people search locally for TRX suspension training classes nearby using phrases like “trx classes near me”, “trx workout near me”, or “trx training near me,” focusing on clients in your neighborhood is the right way to start.

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Happy personal training!

Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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2 thoughts on “TRX Certification Information – Is it worth it for Trainers in 2023?”

  1. PTPioneer User

    I’ve been using trx for about 7 years, and I enjoy it so much I’m thinking of certifying in it so I can instruct others. The only issue may be that I’m not a certified personal trainer or group instructor. Will this be a problem for trying to find employment as a trx instructor or in training people with trx on my own?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Emily,
      I definitely recommend getting a general personal training certification if you were going to be working with clients. But at the same time, I don’t think it’s required in order to get a TRX certification if that’s what your goal is.

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