Fitness Foundations: Try TRX Suspension Training

By Barbara Trevino

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This month, I decided to try a new addition at my gym — TRX Suspension Training. TRX allows you to use your body weight to perform different exercises with minimal space.

What’s really neat about TRX is that it’s so versatile. Whether its leg, back, core or upper body day at the gym, TRX can incorporate a workout for you. TRX Suspension Training also helps with coordination, balance, stability and strength. Here are some basic exercises you can try when doing TRX Suspension Training:

TRX Plank

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  2.   Start in a prone (face down) position on the floor facing away from the TRX. Keep your arms extended and shoulder-width apart. Place the insteps of both your feet in the TRX straps and keep knees on the ground.
  3. Slowly lift your hips until your torso is parallel with the floor. Squeeze your glutes and draw in your core. Hold this position for a minute and do three sets.

TRX Row
 

  1.   Start by holding the TRX handles in each hand and stand with both feet in front of you. Elbows should be bent and kept close to your side. Brace your torso by contracting your core. Pull your shoulder blades down and back and slightly lean back. If needed, slide your feet forward.
  2. Slowly, extend your arms out and keep body at a 45-degree angle with the ground. The more forward your feet are from you and the longer the TRX straps are, the harder it will be.
  3. Come up to the starting position and continue doing three sets of 10.

TRX Push-Up
 

  1.   Start facing away from the TRX anchor point and keep feet either together or shoulder-width apart. Hold handles in front of your chest with arms extended. Move feet back, keeping your body at a 45-degree angle.
  2. Slowly lower your chest to handles in a pushup. Make sure to keep your body aligned. Then press arms back to the starting position. Do as many pushups until fatigue.

Next time you are at the gym, skip the weight room; use the TRX Suspension Training kit and use your own body weight instead. TRX will challenge your body in coordination, balance, stability and strength. TRX planks, rows and pushups are some basic exercises for any suspension training beginner. Don’t be afraid to experiment either. TRX can adapt to any type or workout.

 

E-mail Trevino at batrevin@student.uiwtx.edu

 

Barbara Trevino

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