Through out my life I have always led an active lifestyle. I have carried that lifestyle into adulthood not only for my own personal well-being but also to lead by example as a physically fit Health Fitness Specialist for my training clients. For over a year now, I have regularly followed a rigorous training regiment of 6 days a week, each week consisting of exercises and intensities that are different than the last. Every week consists of a combination of indoor and outdoor activities such as weight lifting, distance running, swimming, aqua jogging, interval training, rowing, kayaking and hiking. I consider myself to be a fit individual that is well rounded in the areas of endurance and strength. So when I decided to pursue a certification in TRX training, I have to admit I was a little overconfident in how much of a challenge it would actually be.
The TRX is a suspension trainer that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform a variety of exercises. You can easily adjustment positions to make the exercises more or less challenging while still substantially increasing your core strength. I did one total body workout the first time I tried it that utilized all the major muscle groups. After just a few of the exercises I was sweating and fatigued in a new and different way. The next day I experienced tightness in the muscle groups that I exercise more regularly than others but actual soreness in others-especially my back and abs.
Taking exercises that are normally performed on the floor and suspending them made all the difference in the ability to work each muscle group more effectively. The more I read about the TRX, the more I have become a believer in its training benefits. There’s a wide variety of exercises you can do with it ranging from increases in balance, muscular endurance, flexibility. You can even challenge your cardiovascular system by using it as part of an interval or plyometric workout. And what is more exciting is that it’s not limited to a specific age group. Plus, people from all different fitness levels can use it, from Olympic-level athletes to middle-aged adults and seniors.
If you’re looking for a way to change up a monotonous workout or are a seasoned athlete looking for a new way to challenge yourself the TRX is something I can’t recommend enough!
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