Fun with TRX

Chances are if you’ve been to a gym lately you’ve seen a set or two of TRX straps hanging (or laying) around. I do, however, find that it’s either hit or miss with how frequently they are used at a given studio. In most of the gyms I’ve been to I don’t see many people using them on their own during workouts. This is likely because they can seem intimidating or even embarrassing to figure out how to use if you don’t know what you’re doing.

You don’t need to be a fitness superhero to use the TRX, but even if you are, you will still benefit from using it for workouts or incorporating some moves into your routine.

Here is some basic info on one of my favorite gym tools so next time you’re at the gym you won’t feel intimidated or shy to try it out!

What is TRX?
The TRX is a suspension trainer, a piece of equipment that allows you to utilize your own bodyweight for hundreds of different exercises and progressions. The instability created by the suspension requires a significantly higher amount of core activation  than the same exercises performed on stable surfaces.

TRX Certification
Long before I became a qualified trainer through the TRX Suspension Training course, I utilized and enjoyed incorporating TRX movements into my training routine. I had watched plenty of videos, read numerous articles, tried a slew of different workouts and thought I knew a fairly decent amount about using the TRX.

After completing the training, not only did I realize that there was tons more to learn about working with the TRX, but that subtle nuances in how you engage your muscles while on the trainer or the placement of your body in relation to the straps can have a huge impact on the effectiveness of the workout. I also learned some really helpful and important cues to give to while I am coaching on the TRX trainer.

The training I received certainly helped me to become a better instructor for others and renewed my love for using it in my workouts.

Basics

  • The TRX is portable. You can bring the suspension trainer with you anywhere so long as you can attach it to a stable anchor point (a swing set at park would work perfectly).
  • You don’t need additional equipment to get an effective workout. Though you could incorporate other tools, like a BOSU trainer or dumbbells, into a TRX routine, you definitely don’t need one to get an amazing workout.
  • Using a TRX helps you to build strength and flexibility, while you work on balance and core stability.

Here are some demos of (what I deem to be) the best moves on the TRX:
**Click on each video to view it in YouTube. There you will see a full description of how to complete each move.**

  • Push-up to Pike
  • Pull-up
  • Superman
  • Triceps Press
  • Inverted Row
  • Chest Press
  • I-Y-T

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