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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
September 10, 2017
One of my favorite methods of working out happens to be TRX. Granted, I have a real fear of this stuff sometimes, but that is born from the fact a big fat guy is still living inside me. Total Resistance eXercise (TRX) Suspension Training was originally developed by the Navy Seals as an alternate form of training. It was primarily used to supplement the typical water based training the Seals usually engaged in, adding a unique dimension to their already grueling training. The foundation for this methodology is based around using your body weight as the basis for the training. Rather than plopping on massive amounts of weights on machines or bars, TRX forces you to work your entire body to maintain a level of strength. There is no real age level for this particular exercise regimen, for the idea of utilizing this workout is meant to strengthen every little muscle on your body. Now the part of the body that gets the most work is the core, which is why this can be such a tough and rewarding way to work out. Over the previous few weeks. we have been talking about total body workouts and how such ideas as kettle bells and cycling can be good ways to tone and strengthen your body. Now it is time again to start talking about certain regions, and the core has been something of a mystery for myself. With the leftovers of a very large body still clinging to me, I have a lot of issues with my core strength. I have done some standard exercises over the last couple years, doing planks and also incorporating a lot of crunches, v-ups and sit-ups to the grind. Now TRX can work just about all parts of the body, but why does it seem to get the most mileage out of the core?
Do a Google search and you will see just about every conceivable example of TRX training you can possibly see. From people doing standard tricep pulls to suspended push-ups, you can sure get a lot out of a contraption that looks like some nylon rope and a couple handles. Soon you will see the common denominator….you have to keep your body erect. During any number of exercises with the TRX, maintaining body control is essential when going through this regimen. When you do a standard suspended push-up, the most important aspect of the movement is to keep you body still, for letting your center of gravity drop could force you to lose momentum. For more advanced practitioners of TRX, some will even put their feet in a separate TRX rope and really get the burn out of the exercise. Stabilization is essential, which is why this is such a difficult exercise to do and something to participate in when you are a little more advanced in your fitness journey. It can be a tough little workout to get used to, which is why it is important that you have a trainer work with you on this. If anything they can provide perspective, pushing you to go deeper or making sure you do not do something that will ultimately hurt yourself. Look at it this way when it comes to the TRX. While it may not be comfortable and pleasant in some cases, it can be extremely rewarding. Since you are forced to engage so many muscles—especially in your core and trunk—the caloric burn can convince you to take this a little more seriously. http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/does-trx-really-work On average, a full TRX workout could burn up to 400 calories for the average person, a bit more for person of my size (mainly due to my weight). Intensity is always the key when figuring out how much burn you will actually get. The best part about TRX training is the versatility of it.
I get it, some days you may not be at your best or you may be a little too sore from the 150 lunges and 60 back squats you did a couple days before. Since you are using gravity and your body weight as the “machine,” you can easily handle the workout at a level best fitting to you. http://www.businessinsider.com/trx-training-exercise-equipment-overview-2017-3 Somedays I really want to go deep on the tricep pulls, and therefore will really use a tighter angle to help with the resistance and the difficulty. Other times, I might want to focus more on reps, and thus use a higher angle. And then there is the type of workouts that I can use. Pec flies, bicep curls, tricep pulls, reverse tricep pulls, single leg dips, single arm pulls and god knows what else you can do with these things. So many things you can do with a little $149 dollar contraption. It’s basically worth more than a gym membership just for this device, merely because you can do so much with it and put up shop in any place that has a stable beam to latch to. Now I get it, it doesn't look sexy and the whole resistance training thing is so passe’ these days, but the bottom line is health and fitness (at least in my opinion). Here is a good example for you. Ever heard of Drew Brees? Way back in 2007, he suffered through a shoulder problem that was going to threaten his career as a starting quarterback. With a little bit of work and some progressive thinking he started utilizing TRX training to help offset some of the stress that could occur when lifting with heavy weights. Not only did he drop some weight and became more elusive, he has molded himself into one of the most accurate passers in the NFL and will probably break some all time passing records in the process. Oh, and the guy is my age as well, looking as good as he did ten years ago and looking like he could play for a few more years with no problems. In the process he has become kind of the poster boy for TRX training, still engaging in the exercises and still improving every day. He’s had nearly 45,000 yards passing in those nine years and eight Pro Bowl Selections…..so yeah, it is an effective workout methodology when put to proper use. https://www.muscleprodigy.com/drew-brees-workout/
Like with all workout regimes though, be sure to learn this type of workout with the aid of a personal training. Not necessarily due to a potential for injury or anything, but especially to help you with getting yourself set up. It can be a little tricky when you are trying to get your feet in the hooks and doing some work….trust me on that one. It also helps to have a watch full eye to make sure you are doing the movements correctly and getting the most out of what you are looking to accomplish. So there you have it. TRX…putting the weight in weight lifting without the weights.
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