I just remembered how much I love the TRX suspension trainer and for good reason too. You see a few weeks ago I pulled out my TRX and completed a workout. I hadn’t used the TRX for a while so the next day after I finished my suspension training workout some of my muscles were very sore even though I have been training pretty regularly. The reason for this was because the TRX targets your muscles in ways you can’t from any other way of exercising whether that be with free weights, machines or even body weight. Take for example the T, Y or W or Atomic Press. Although you can perform some of these movements using dumbbells’ I don’t find them as effective them, you have to try it to understand what I mean. Added to that with nearly every exercise your whole body and core are engaged. When I switched from training with weights in the gym to doing mainly bodyweight training at home that’s when I realised how weak my core was. You’ll find a few weeks of bodyweight training and TRX and you core will become stronger even without direct core training.
The TRX suspension training works on multiples planes, which increase strength in a number of areas including rotational strength which is very important in sports activities. I’ll post another article on that later explaining the difference between strength, functional strength and tactical strength as referred to by Scot Sonnan
It can be used to increased muscle endurance, strength, part of HIIT training for fat loss, you name it this thing really is a gym in the palm of your hands, all the while you’re developing functional strength which is applicable in everyday life situations. I mean when was the last time you had to lie on your back and press a heavy weight?
Another great thing about the TRX is it can used literally anywhere it’s extremely convenient, light weight, all you need to do is hook it up to a pole, behind a door or even a tree branch.
I honestly believe the TRX is one of the best investment you’ll make in your health, it’s fun and enjoyable too. Give it a go even if you don’t get hooked (no pun intended) on it at least it can add a bit of variety to a boring stale gym routine once in a while. The only people who I think couldn’t benefit from suspension training is anyone who’s goal was to simply get huge without caring about any other aspect of their health, because of the limited potential for adding increased weight and resistance. However if you think outside of the box even for those people there are ways to add more resistance, ie a weighted vest of holding a dumbbell in one hand.
If you can’t afford the £131 price tag don’t worry all they are, are lashing straps, get an alternative suspension trainer I did. I heard some die hard brand fans say the cheaper alternatives pose a risk because they might snap, poor quality etc and I would have to replace it regularly. Well I’ve had mine for over a year and I’ve used it regularly and it’s still fine and I don’t mind replacing it every few years because I can replace it ten times for the prices of the original TRX but hey if you can afford it and you don’t mind spending go for the original.
I’ll be adding some of my best TRX workouts, whether you want to lose weight, lose fat, build muscle endurance or gain muscle it’s all possible with suspension training and I’ll show you how. Sign up to my updates and I’ll keep you posted