Both suspension bodyweight training systems offer two straps with handles and foot cradles, a door anchor, and anchor strap (to attach to posts or beams).
The TRX Home Kit also includes a mesh carry bag, “Workout in Progress” door placard, and a TRX wristband. But the functional equipment included in each kit is essentially the same.
For training information, the TRX Home Kit includes a Getting Started Guide and videos are available to download or stream from the TRX website. The Jungle Gym XT package includes an instructional download plus additional exercise guides from the LifeLineUSA website. For either system, a virtually unlimited supply of workout information and videos is available online.
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The biggest difference between the TRX Home Suspension Trainer and the Jungle Gym XT is the strap configuration.
The TRX straps are connected at a single point to form a V shape. For some users, this is an advantage to simplify anchoring at a single point. But it limits options for exercises that may require a wider grip.
The Jungle Gym XT straps are separate which allows them to be anchored in a traditional V configuration like the TRX, neutral, wide grip, or anything in between. With the Jungle Gym XT, you can perform any exercise that you would be able to do with a TRX system AND you can perform any exercise that can be done with traditional gymnastics rings.
The split strap design of the Jungle Gym XT also allows 2 users to share one system while doing single leg or single arm exercises.
Construction and Materials
Both systems are made of commercial quality materials but the Jungle Gym XT has a few unique features that give it an advantage over the TRX system.
Jungle Gym XT handles are made of a TPE plastic material that is comfortable and provides a good non-slip grip and is also extremely durable and easy to clean. One of the biggest complaints of the TRX Suspension system is the foam handles that are impossible to clean and wear down and deteriorate quickly. A small advantage to the TRX handles is that the straps slide freely through the handles to allow users to change the angle of the handles for a more comfortable grip.
The Jungle Gym XT foot cradles hold their shape to make it easy to get in and out quickly. The TRX foot cradles are simply additional strap loops which are easy to get tangled in.
The Jungle Gym XT includes built-in non-scuff door anchors at the end of each strap so an additional door anchor piece isn’t needed.
The Jungle Gym XT buckles are made of a carbon fiber that is contoured and lays flush with the straps. This prevents uncomfortable scraping and snagging. Many users have complained about the metal buckles on the TRX digging into their forearms or snagging clothing while performing press exercises. The ability to adjust the width of the Jungle Gym XT straps also helps to eliminate this problem.
In a side-by-side feature comparison, the Jungle Gym XT clearly beats the TRX Home Suspension Training kit in design, comfort, and versatility.
You really can’t go wrong with owning a TRX – it’s the original suspension trainer and the top brand in the category. But when you compare the $99.99 retail price for the Jungle Gym XT to the $199.95 retail price for the TRX Home Suspension Training Kit, there isn’t any contest.
There are a lot of other suspension training systems on the market that you can buy for less than $100. But the Jungle Gym XT is by far the best value for a commercial quality suspension trainer.
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