Suspension training has been rising rapidly in popularity in the last few years and it is really no surprise as to why. Whether you are looking for help with weight loss, to build muscle, or enhance your posture, this form of exercise can work for anyone.
What is TRX and how does it work?
Suspension training, also known as Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX), is a form of suspension training that uses bodyweight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability simultaneously.
It requires using a performance training tool consisting of two straps with handles for your hands and feet, that help to leverage gravity and the user's body weight to complete the exercises. It is so versatile that it can be used anywhere from your house to the park and even your hotel room if traveling.
The two straps can be changed in length as each exercise is dependent on it's position to the ground. When an exercise is too easy or tough, you can simply change the angle of your body to vary the resistance. This way, you work at the level that suits you and add resistance gradually as you improve.
Benefits of suspension training: Is TRX good for you?
The TRX trains the body across all planes of movement, which are sagittal, frontal and transverse. It is important to work the human body across all 3 of these to prevent any kind of imbalances occurring across the body.
Every day, people tend to work in a very much flexion/extension capacity – sitting in front of computers for hours on end – and yet the body is designed to rotate, flex, extend, bend, and so on. Suspension training hits all movements.
Not only is this form of exercise a full body workout that can help you lose weight effectively, it can also help you improve your posture, flexibility, coordination, joint stability, and strengthen your core and tone you up long-term.
It’s important to note that improving flexibility is important as we age, to help us avoid injury and chronic aches and pains. Therefore, TRX training can also be a valuable form of exercise recovery that can ease stiffness.
Top TRX full-body exercises for beginners
• Master the Push-Up
Let’s take the traditional push-up exercise. This is a traditionally basic bodyweight movement, however not everybody can do it (and some don’t do it correctly which can cause injury).
You can see from the step-by-step TRX training video below that you can start by standing at a higher angle making the movement easier to perfect technique, then as you improve, you can safely create a lower angle working the muscles harder. Practicing correctly from the beginning can help you to tone your body, support weight loss, and improve your full-body strength.
• 14 Core Exercises
The core is by far the most popular area of the body to train and quite literally every exercise in suspension training targets this zone. By standing at an angle, the body needs to stabilise itself so the core will activate and tense on its own.
The step-by-step video below shows 14 different ways you can use the TRX resistance band you can do anywhere for free that can specifically target the core muscles and help you build stomach muscle strength, and help support your journey to a lean and toned body.
No matter your age, fitness level, whether you are rehabilitating an injury, or simply looking for a fun workout to help you get into shape, TRX training and exercise works for anyone. Give it a try and see for yourself!