Last week’s post introduced the TRX training system and some of the fitness benefits it offers. This week (because one week isn’t enough!) we’ll be discussing in more detail some of the exercises that can be performed on the TRX system. First though, get out your study guides; it’s time for a review.
The basic principle behind the TRX training system is to use your own body weight as resistance to perform exercises. Each exercise is designed to target multiple muscles groups at once while increasing your strength, flexibility, balance and core stability; each exercise should be performed with 10-12 reps for 2-3 sets.
Now, admittedly other than flexibility, I could use some help in all of those areas. My normal workout mantra is if it’s not running or yoga, I’m probably not doing it. So what’s my point you ask? Simply stated: if I can do this, so can you. If you are still feeling hesitant, enlist the help of a personal trainer.
Let’s take a closer look at the TRX workout. Remember, always consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen.
Work Double Time
One of the elements of TRX training I was most curious about was how one exercise would work multiple muscle groups. The squat exercise we did is a perfect example of how this all works. Squats, which traditionally focus solely on the legs, are now turned into a leg, arm and abdominal workout by performing the exercise with the arms outstretched overhead holding tension on the straps.
Takeaway: Yes, I could feel all of those muscle groups working at once.
Gravity is a main component of the TRX system – working with and against it. In fact, many exercises, I noticed it most in the back exercises we did, make you feel as though you are suspended in the air and defying gravity. In reality, you are using the straps to hold and move your body weight around to perform the exercises.
Takeaway: Holding up your body weight with two straps isn’t scary. In fact, it kind of makes you feel like a superhero.
Stabilize your Core
Let’s talk about core muscles. After this workout session, I realized that you don’t know how much you use your abs until you are forced to make them uncomfortable. One of the best examples of a TRX core stabilizing challenge is the push up exercise. The push up is performed with your feet looped into the handles of the straps, leaving you to hold yourself with your arms and abs without a hard surface underneath your feet to stabilize yourself.
Takeaway: My abs definitely got a workout from all the TRX exercises, not just the crunches.