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Exercise 101 : TRX straps

Exercise 101 : TRX straps

The TRX suspension trainer is one of the most efficient and effective pieces of equipment available. In fact, it’s the one piece of equipment at the gym which allows for a whole-body workout.

If you want whipping into shape military-style, it’s time to try it out.

WHAT IS TRX?

Originally designed by an Ex-Navy Seal, TRX utilises your own bodyweight and the force of gravity to work your entire body. It uses the TRX Suspension Trainer, which is made of two yellow and black straps (you may have seen them hanging around in the gym) which you attach to your hands or feet to partially suspend your bodyweight.

WHY SHOULD I DO IT?

TRX offers several advantages over other training:

 Firstly, the adjustable straps create an infinite number of exercises (over 300), meaning you can quickly transition from one muscle group to the next. This keeps your heart-rate up and saves time otherwise lost jumping between machines.

Secondly, you can easily vary the intensity of the exercise by simply adjusting your feet.  This means that whatever your fitness level, from obsessed fitness junkies, personal trainer or complete gym newbies your own bodyweight as resistance will give exactly the right workout for you.

Finally - you will never get bored.  The routines are exciting and you can change your workouts as much as you like. Mixing up workouts is more productive and means your mind as well as your body is being challenged.

WHAT ARE THE FITNESS BENEFITS?

Each and every exercise you do will work your entire body. As you try to maintain stability, any move which traditionally targets just one area will automatically move every muscle and work you to the core.

The equipment helps develop balance, flexibility and core stability whilst giving you a challenging cardio and strength workout too. It is incredibly effective at burning fat,  building muscle and getting a rock-solid core.

It’s very low-impact which means your joints aren’t put under too much pressure. Injury risk is low, which means you can train as hard as you like.

WHAT EXERCISES WILL THERE BE?

TRX exercises include classics you know already such as the plank, squats and lunges. Variations are added to this old theme which delivers a totally new but unintimidating workout.

Popular exercises include:

 Hang Tough

Squat and Fly

Clock Press

Pike

If you’ve never done TRX before, find a local gym which holds classes, and try a session before you sign up for individual sessions. You will learn how to use the equipment properly and can ask any questions. 

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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