So, I was in my local gym for the first time after it had a big makeover, and suddenly there’s a big scaffold that’s appeared with straps hanging off it. What the hell’s that, thinks I, and more to the point why are the local PTs always hanging around, or off, it?
To the untrained eye TRX suspension straps may look like a limited form of training. However, in the right hands (or ankles, arms, etc.) they become an all over body workout.
The TRX works via gravity assisted and gravity resistive moves – with the only weight involved being your own bodyweight. There are hundreds of different exercises which can be performed using the straps, ranging from those suitable for beginners through to the most elite of athlete. Below are just a few of the many benefits TRX suspension training can offer:-
a) TRX suspension training can take place virtually anywhere: it’s extremely portable and requires only limited space. You don’t need a fancy gym or fitness centre to train with TRX. All that is required is a beam or other suitable prop for attaching the suspension straps to. That makes TRX ideal for outdoor training, and given its weight and size it is an easy piece of equipment to take on your travels – giving you no excuse for your training to suffer! It is also very fast to set-up in any location. These are some of the reasons why TRX is proving very popular with the military, particularly in the US.
b) TRX is an effective total body workout. There are numerous suspension exercises and workouts which target all parts of the body to varying degrees of intensity. Many of the exercises stimulate multi-muscle groups at different levels, making quick but effective workouts possible.
c) TRX is suitable for people of all age, sex or fitness level. TRX suspension training is for everyone and anyone. From people in their 80’s to teens, the difficulty, intensity and weight exerted can be tailored around the user via the thousands of exercises.
d) The equipment is relatively inexpensive. To recreate the range of movements and muscles worked using traditional gym equipment would be very costly. The suspension straps can be used to work every muscle group meaning they are an all –in- one fitness solution. Each TRX comes with a DVD demonstrating some of the very best exercises, along with numerous extras.
e) Combine cardio and strength training into one workout / exercise. Given the nature of TRX training it can be utilized to combine strength training and cardio in the same exercise. This has benefits in regards to time saving, and means that even a short workout can have a bigger impact.
f) Increase sports performance. TRX can be used to generate and build superb muscular balance, mobility, joint stability, and core strength – which will help you perform better in all sports and physical activities.
If you haven’t tried TRX suspension training yet, maybe it’s time you did! A couple of people have already posted TRX challenges on Konkura.com, but if you’re a keen TRXer we’d love to have more on the site.