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Triathletes who like the idea of working out with an Ironman champion (and world record holder for the fastest Ironman bike split), and plain-old athletes looking for a more challenging workout, should check out a new class by 2009 Coeur d’Alene champion Tyler Stewart. As a kickoff to the newly expanded TRX training center in Russian Hill, Stewart, the first of many special guest instructors this year, is teaching a triathlon-focused TRX Suspension Training class series.

For the uninitiated, TRX is a training method developed by the Navy SEALS that uses straps suspended from the ceiling to leverage gravity and body weight in a series of muscle-building exercises.

The routines require participants to move through several planes of motion, which helps develop overall strength and prevent injuries. “Many triathletes, in particular, use their quads to power through the bike and run stages of a race. If they can learn to engage their core with their hips and glutes, they can enter a whole new world of power.”

1650 Pacific Ave., S.F., 415-655-4797, Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m., Feb. 22 and Feb. 29,