JESSA OLSON WELLNESS: My Thought on Online TRX Certification

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

My Thought on Online TRX Certification


TRX announced a few weeks ago that they are doing free online certification for their suspension training course. The TRX is one of my favorite pieces of equipment to use. I have been wanting to get certified for a while. So when I found it was FREE and ONLINE. It made my day! And during quarantine it's literally the small things that made my day.

THE CLASS
My class was a Saturday and Sunday for 3 hours each day. We started at 10am and ended at 1pm. It was done through zoom. I had 2 instructors. One of Irene McCormick who I ABSOLUTELY love and adore. I actually got to meet her while I was living in Iowa. She just started at the OrangeTheory Fitness in Clive. I use to workout there while living in Iowa. I was also just starting to study for my personal training test, so I would ask her and my OTF coaches all these questions. The other instructor was Renae McCloud. She is based out of Seattle, specifically Bainbridge Island. Renae's cueing is so amazing. I couldn't write down things fast enought.

THE FORMAT
In the beginning it's a lot of the basics on how to set up the TRX, what everything is called, and the 6-6-3 method. I won't go into too much of the this method, but afterwards I wish they went into this more. There is a test at the end to the continuing education credits (CEC's), and some of the questions about this method that we didn't go over.

My favorite section was the TRX cueing method. This is something I could use some improvement. I can get a little wordy, so the method they use is going to help me so much. Both Irene and Renae gave us some amazing examples on how to better cue.

TRX is based off 7 foundational movements - Plank, Pull, Hinge, Rotate, Push, Squat, and Lunge. TRX believes everything chases the plank. Renae did the this amazing active plank workshop, and I wish I could have written everything down fast enough. She talked about how to activate every muscle in the plank. From taking everything in I have increased my hold time in a plank.

Before going into the learning all the exercises Irene took everyone through a quick workout on the TRX. I would have, but my TRX was connected to my door and I was so afraid I was going to break my door. So I opted out of that but took a lot of great notes on setting up and execution of an exercise.

To start the day two, Renae took us through a mobility and flexibility workout on the TRX. Then continued with the rest of exercises. We did get a little behind from day 1, so day 2 was a little rushed. The great thing with zoom is the chance to ask question in the other instructor was answering them. Towards the end of the day we went over 3 different client scenarios. I really enjoyed this section because it got into the design of the workout. I wish we wrote complete workouts, and not just 1 or 2 exercises.

WHAT'S NEXT
After the training people at TRX make sure that you were there. I don't know why they don't do it during the webinars. I imagine because of how many people where there. I couldn't see anyone except the instructors. I got an email the next day I could take the exam. After you pass the exam, that's when you got the CEC's and go in their directory. They mentioned The CORE which I think is their paid ongoing subscription. They didn't mention much about it, and after the exam it said The CORE will be relaunching soon. I put my email on the list to know when it opens. I'm not sure if I will get it or not but I'll keep you posted if I do.

THE EXAM
The exam is 50 questions. It's open book and no time limit. I took about an hour to finish. I first read all the questions and answered what I thought was the answer. I wrote down the test number if I wasn't sure on the answer. Then went back and checked those answers. Hit Submit, and we'll tell you your percentage. You'll need to score an 80% or higher to get the CEC's. I also liked how TRX showed you the answer you got wrong as well. I'm not sure if anyone else had this happen, but some of my questions were duplicates.

OVERALL
I am really glad that I got this certification. It has been something on my to do list for a long time. I plan on getting other TRX certifications in the future. I liked the online way but think 3 hours for 2 days wasn't enough time. I would either extend to 4 hours or cut out the workouts. With it being online currently, you'll need to know your learning style because there wasn't enough time to do the exercise and write everything. I know that I learn better by writing things down, so I didn't do as much on the TRX. (But again I was afraid I was going to rip it off my door too.)


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