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Z & B Fitness: TRX Training in Shanghai

TRX Training Shanghai is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.

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I used to pretend I would workout when I traveled. There was a time when I TRX’d in Tahiti. I have given up on that plan.

There is a difference between working out while on vacation and developing a regiment when living an Expat Life. Since the TPOL in Shanghai experiment was only for 30 days, joining a gym didn’t make sense. First, I didn’t want to spend $100 for a month, the cheapest I could find. Second, I have grown tired of my own routine. Why can’t chest day be six times a week?

Instead of becoming a dumpling, I signed up with Z & B Fitness. For 300RMB ($42), new members are given three classes. I wanted to improve my TRX skills for when I returned to Puerto Rico and worked out with my ropes tied to a palm tree on the beach and for the off chance that I one day TRX while on vacation. I also wanted to keep my spin abilities lest any reader wants to challenge me on the Peloton (@thepointsoflife). The best thing about Z & B is the ability to pay with cash instead of WeChat, something that foreigners have trouble doing (see Without Technology TPOL’s the Creepy Old Guy in Shanghai).


I’ve done spin all over the world from Monterrey, Mexico to Prague, Czech Republic. In this class there were only two other participants. It was a good workout, and I would incorporate it in routine when I come back for ex-pat round two. However, from all the places I’ve done spin, US included, Peloton from my home in PR is by far the most challenging.

a group of exercise bikes in a gym

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I’ve done TRX for 13 years. I do not consider myself an expert. I don’t think I’m particularly great at it. When the instructor asked if I had experience with TRX, I said yes not knowing what was in store.

I am glad no one was filming the class. We did all sorts of exercises that were crazy and difficult. Legs were particularly challenging. Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one looking foolish.

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I spent my first two weeks in Shanghai working out my dance skills (see TPOL’s Guide to A Night in Shanghai: 2019 Edition). I didn’t implement the workout plan until late into my tenure. By then it didn’t make sense to buy a 5 or 10 lesson package since I would not have time to use them all. But next time, I know where to go.

a sign in front of a building

TRX Training Shanghai is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.



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