Wellness Studio Downtown recently moved into a bigger space to accommodate the growing number of clients. Owned by Betsy Robertson, the popular fitness studio opened its first location in August 2015 and quickly outgrew the space. The new studio has room for 24 TRX participants per class, compared to 13 spots at the previous location.
“I never imagined outgrowing and leaving my little studio,” Robertson says. “I’m thankful and excited that clients enjoy coming to the classes. Those that commit to 2-3 days a week quickly see and feel results. They feel better, they gain confidence and they want to come back.”
TRX stands for Total Resistance eXercise. The workout uses suspension straps and your own bodyweight to build strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. “The number one benefit of TRX is the core strength that people gain,” explains Robertson.
I attended a Tuesday evening TRX class taught by Robertson to check out the new studio. She led a class of about 15 people through squats, lunges, rows, bicep curls and other resistance exercises with bursts of cardio. I was grateful for the fun and friendly participants because TRX is one tough workout. At one point my core felt maxed out and I looked at the clock: I was only 10 minutes in. With 50 minutes left, I decided I needed to go at my own pace. TRX is a demanding strength workout so instead of overdoing it and risking injury, I followed Robertson’s advice and modified many of the exercises.
It was humbling to look around the class and find others who breeze through the exercises, but also unrealistic to think I could do it all on my first try. So, I stuck to the modifications and took water breaks as needed. At the end of the workout I felt strong and accomplished. Everyone should give it a try! You will love the friendly class environment, encouraging instructor and that “good sore” feeling.