Suspension training hinges on proper anchors, and what better place to start than TRX’s recommended options – but let’s not limit possibilities. Using core TRX guidelines around weight ratings and secure structural mounting, we can safely explore creative anchor alternatives tailored to personalized spaces and budgets.
Below we list not only the robust TRX-recommended anchors, but also other TRX anchor ideas that fit the requirements.
TRX Recommended Anchors – The Official Way
Before diving into other ideas for anchoring your TRX, let’s explore the go-to recommendations from the experts at TRX for securing your straps.
XMOUNT – The Classic Anchor Mount
The durable steel XMOUNT securely anchors TRX straps in indoor and outdoor spaces. Its robust X design accommodates multiple straps and users, while withstanding frequent intensive workouts. Straightforward installation only requires the included guide and basic tools for permanent mounting.
Why Use It: Best all-around permanent anchor. Ideal for dedicated home gyms and multiple-user setups.
INVIZI-MOUNT – Hidden Anchor
With a functionality akin to picture hanging hardware, INVIZI-MOUNT Anchoring Option emerges as a discreet and unobtrusive solution for securely anchoring your Suspension Trainer. Crafted from durable steel, it can comfortably sustain weights up to 350 lbs and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, promising a robust solution for your training needs. The INVIZI-MOUNT’s primary advantage lies in its minimalist design, which allows it to blend seamlessly into your home decor while still providing a strong anchor point.
Why Use It: Maintains subtle aesthetics. Suited for rental units and visible wall areas.
TRX Door Anchor
Transform any sturdy door into a portable workout station with the TRX door anchor. The durable fabric and foam design attaches securely and removes quickly without tools or permanent mods. It enables clear floor space for a full range of functional exercises.
Why Use It: Maximizes accessibility and portability. Enables quick setup in any doorway.
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TRX Hinge Anchor
The Hinge Anchor uses a robust steel frame with rubberized edges that protects door hinges from abrasion during workouts. It installs in seconds on most standard hinges, leaving a subtle anchor point that securely holds up to 350 lbs.
Why Use It: Subtle, secure anchor in any doorway. Ideal for limited space or apartment dwellers.
The lightweight Xtender provides up to an extra 12 inches in length for difficult-to-reach anchor points up to 14 feet high. The versatile accessory integrates with any TRX model and enables users to join multiple extenders to customize suspension height.
Why Use It: Extends reach of anchor straps. Maximizes height for full movement.
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The Suspension Anchor enables challenging, bodyweight training anywhere with multiple adjustable attachment straps. Its lightweight, packable design securely anchors outdoors by wrapping solid objects like rails, posts, and tree branches. Just put the suspension anchor around your anchor (i.e., pole), secure the carabiner, and then clip on your straps.
Why Use It: Portable versatility for outdoor anchor points. The equipment becomes the anchor.
TRX Multi-Mount and S-Frame System
Construct the envy-inducing calisthenics station of your dreams with TRX’s Commercial Multi-Mount or S-Frame systems. While designed for gyms, select home-friendly models cater to heavy personal use and group training sessions.
The TRX Multi-Mount is a suspended pull-up bar that offers many options to get a workout. The larger TRX S-Frame system looks like a giant swing set, but this floor-anchored mounts crafted from heavy duty steel ensure equipment stability even during high intensity training.
Why Use It: Built for multi-use or group fitness. Allows customizable progressions for users at any point in their journey. Anchors a full-featured home calisthenics gym.
Other TRX Anchoring Ideas – Improvised Approach
While TRX offers reliable, purpose-built anchors, adventurous fitness enthusiasts can get creative with these other TRX anchoring ideas. Just ensure the anchors meet the minimum 350 lb rating and 7-9 foot height criteria first. And remember to prioritize proper mounting and load testing over makeshift convenience. Funnel your inner MacGyver, not your inner daredevil.
Wall-mounted pull-up bars
Wall-mounted pull-up bars are designed to hold full bodyweight. Similar to a TRX Multi-Mount, a pull-up bar provides diverse hand positions, while higher mounting expands clearance for TRX moves. When shopping around, make sure they hold more than the 350lbs.
Swedish ladders, also called wooden gymnastics ladders, make sturdy anchors across multiple heights. Position TRX on various rungs to shift suspension angles and increase difficulty. They’re just great and versatile for any home gym setup.
Hammock hanging kits
These hammock hanging kit, designed to support a full person or hanging chair, make a viable anchor point. Most have a capacity over 1000 lbs. Choose one with a single anchor point and a swivel hook that allows 360° rotation.
Heavy bag hangers
These punching bag hangers can hold much more than a typical 100 lbs bag. They have the capacity for 600lbs. Ideal if you’re also thinking about getting into boxing. Similar to the hammock hangers, look for one that is 360° rotation.
Outdoor Anchoring Options
Expand your workouts into nature’s gym using the adaptable TRX Xtender and Suspension Anchor. Access endless anchor points like sturdy tree branches, park equipment, and urban spaces with secure infrastructure.
- Tree branches and lifeguard stands provide overhead anchors that can suspend bodyweight.
- Playground equipment like monkey bars, balance beams, and overhead ladders serve as versatile public anchors.
- Outdoor stadium facilities like gazebos, bleachers, and dugouts house unorthodox but solid mounting brackets, bars, and beams.
- Urban infrastructure like validated building extensions, bike racks, and bridges may offer anchors with careful review.
TRX Anchor Setup Best Practices
- Ideal anchoring height is 7-9 feet with a 6×6 foot clear space.
- Identify a secure 350-lb anchor point like a beam or rafter.
- Before starting workouts, test anchors for strength and stability.
- It’s critical to lock TRX straps safely to the anchor point and inspect for any signs of wear.
- Check carabiners and straps for damage – avoid sharp anchors or sawing straps.
- If yellow nylon shows through stabilization loops or there are any frays/tears, replace equipment.
Final Thoughts on TRX Anchor Ideas
While TRX anchors provide the gold standard for design and reliability, many explore alternative anchor setups due to budget or wanting an added element of freedom in their workouts. If looking beyond the textbook recommendations, almost any sturdy stationary household or outdoor object can become a safe DIY anchor option. Focus on properly mounting supports to structural beams at the right height that pass a 350+ pound “tug test”. Let TRX’s principles guide safe improvising first and foremost – always gradually build skills, carefully test unorthodox anchors before loading fully, and prioritize safety above all. Stay anchored in common sense and you’ll unlock new potential.