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By Susane Pata

When picking exercises that are right for your clients, you might naturally be considering their goal, experience level, and specificity that addresses muscle imbalances, right?  These are important considerations, but what about choosing exercises that match a client’s personality and preference?  With TRX’s RIP Trainer, you can accomplish all of this in a fraction of the time.

Introducing the TRX Rip Trainer

The TRX Rip Trainer is a unique and powerful training tool. Clients can accomplish goals such as improved movement performance, weight loss, increased cardiorespiratory fitness, and greater core strength. What’s better is that any fitness level can work with it and it can even help with rehabilitation and injury prevention.

It is touted as one of the best rotation-training tools on the market and is comprised of four basic parts:

  • Commercial-grade steel bar with rubber handles
  • Elastic resistance cord
  • Anchor carabiner
  • Safety strap

Instructions on use are simple.

  • Make sure the carabiner is attached to a sturdy anchor point.
  • Wrap the safety strap around the wrist before grabbing hold of the bar.
  • The bar moves around in all different directions which stretches and releases the resistance cord alternatingly.

This mechanism is asymmetrical* in nature. The resistance cord is attached to only one side of the bar and helps the user develop rotational control, strength, and power. It provides a certain level of resistance with any motion at any speed making it brilliant for functional and sport-specific training.

Determine the Right Fit: Use PTA Global’s Program Design Questionnaire

While this trainer can be used with just about every fitness level, we recommend fit pros to understand the client’s personal training “style” before using. PTA Global designed a few behavioral tools to communication what can help identify different styles.  These tools help uncover what truly motivates a client.

The Program Design Questionnaire (PDQ) is a set of questions organized to aid a fit pro in learning more about their client to develop a strong and meaningful rapport with them. This results in the client feeling more comfortable.

It’s laid in four steps:

  1. Query goal
  2. Style
  3. Level
  4. Motivation


Step one explores the client’s goal. The questions gather information about those goals which keep them accountable.

Step two facilitates the discussion of style and this is defined as the type of training a client prefers. As Israel Allen, Director of PTA Global Education points out, “If they are not enjoying the process, you are never going to see sustainable progress, because they are going to get bored or they are going to develop a disdain for working out.”

Step three is designed to determine their fitness level: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Answers to these questions guide fitness pro’s in “meet them where they need to be met” physically.

Step four helps uncover the client’s true motivation for the goals they gave you. When they know the “why” behind the “what”, they are less likely to allow external factors getting in the way of achieving their goal.

You can use this process with every client. Based on the client’s response, there may be a few ways to go with programming when using this unique modality.

Step Two in the PDQ

Depending on how a client answers questions they may be considered a “Traditional,” “Progressive,” or “Hybrid”. Terms used to describe the way they like to train.

Traditional style clients are those that appreciate structure and routine. They enjoy exercises that are common, such as a chest press machine.

Progressive style clients are those that enjoy adventure, with lots of freedom and variety in programming and exercises. Things like backwards lunge off a box.

Hybrids are a combination of both. Single leg lunge with arm movement using a TRX strap is an example of an exercise they’d enjoy.

Progressives and Hybrids are great candidates to train with the TRX Rip Trainer. Progressives may enjoy utilizing the TRX Rip Trainer for multiple exercises, it may be wise to use this modality sparingly with Hybrids, at least when commencing a new training program.

When using the TRX Rip Trainer we recommend fitness pros to ensure the experience is enjoyable, effective, and safe. Shoring up as much knowledge about the TRX Rip Trainer and understanding the client’s preferred training style ways to begin this process.  Using the resources outlined above, both the fitness pro and client can have the most fulfilling and rewarding experience when training.

Learn more about the PDQ Tool and more by enrolling in PTA Global’s Certified Personal Trainer education course.

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About the Author: Susane Pata

Susane Pata is a Global Master Instructor for TRX, and a Presenter and Author for PTA Global, as well as the Life Fitness, and TriggerPoint brands. She delivers live fitness education to wide audiences in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia, and has begun writing for a variety of websites and publications. Susane created TRX’s first-ever group fitness program in 2004, and launched their education department and first-ever group training studio in San Francisco. When not traveling, Susane resides in New York City, instructing and advocating strongly for creative—yet smart—group fitness training.