Sometimes I find something that really challenges me and then I decide that I need to know more about it. Insert TRX Suspension training.
I was first introduced to this concept by my personal trainer at my gym, at first I was terrified to try something new, something I hadn't really heard of, but let me tell you that I love this thing so much that I had to purchase one for my home! (I purchased an off brand, but let me tell you, you get what you pay for and I really want to invest in an actual TRX. My gym however has a real TRX and it's amazing!) You can get such a great workout from these little straps and your body weight. (You should still do your normal workouts, this is just a great way to add to or switch up your training) I still continue to see my personal trainer twice a week, but I use my home suspension trainer on days I don't see him, and even when I do see him, I hope & love when we use this system! Shhh… don’t tell him I said that. *wink*
I have come to love suspension training! It challenges me in such a different way... strength, coordination, balance and a full body workout! Suspension training humbles me in every way possible. It makes every muscle in my body work hard, which is something I’m trying to focus on now more than ever. Suspension training is also a great way to add stability training moves. Hey trainer guy, thanks for pointing out all those muscle imbalances. Mmk
I’ve been enjoying this little TRX workout, it might not look like a whole lot, but try it and come tell me how your arms feel after you’re done. There are SO MANY moves you can do with the suspension trainers, these are just a few of my favorites at the moment. I like to shoot for 3 -5 rounds depending on the amount of time I have in my day and how fatigued my arms get. (click the links to view an instructional video)
TRX Pushups –> Not only does this work my arms, but I have to work on keeping my core in alignment
TRX Rows–> Oh yes feel the burn. Embrace the burn. This is seriously one of my favorites!
TRX Tricep Work–> This video has some more variations if you want to try them out.
Lunge n Stretch–> Who doesn't love lunges? Who doesn't love a good arm stretch?
Single Leg Squat -> Find that balance my friends, balance.
TRX Hamstring curl–> My trainer has me do this on a stability ball, but I’ve been doing it at home with the suspension straps.
No matter how comfortable I get with the suspension system, my body still is challenged each time I grab the handles. Suspension straps force the body to work evenly from both sides. Over emphasizing one side will cause the straps to pull to one side and you to tumble, hey remember that balance thing I mentioned? The first few times you do some of these moves, your body will adapt and find the easiest way to do the movement, but remember, that’s not going to work the muscles you want to work, it’s only going to enable you to keep finding the easiest route and you won’t be getting a quality work out. So, get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you’ll be thankful later.
What are you waiting for? Hit those straps, you won’t be sorry!
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