You come into the gym every day and see ropes hanging off of the wall. They look interesting, and that girl in the Lululemons seems to know how to use them to do some difficult version of a bicep curl. Or, maybe those are triceps? But, what in the world are they? Those, my friends, are TRX suspension ropes. Developed by a Navy SEAL in 1999 who needed to stay in shape while not having any access to equipment, he ended up using his jiu-jitsu belt and some nylon webbing to create the first version of what is now known as TRX. Since then TRX has been used by the military, athletes, and gym-goers alike!
How Does Suspension Training Work?
As you know, you can strength build with just your bodyweight. Just check out our HIIT blogs here, here, and here! But, TRX takes bodyweight training to the next level, suspending you in order to challenge your balance, mobility, coordination, and strength. As soon as you try a lunge, you will see how wobbly suspension training can truly make you feel. This type of training allows you to do bodyweight workouts that can typically only be done on gym equipment. Moves like chest flies, rows, curls, shoulder flies, chest presses, and even standing planks can all be accomplished with the suspension trainer. The more that you work with suspension training, the more versatile you will see it is. And, after just a few weeks, you will notice yourself becoming substantially stronger.
Who Can Use TRX?
Probably one of our favorite things about suspension training is that you are in control of the difficulty level. Meaning beginners can adjust their stances or body positions in order to make exercises meet their needs, and in the same way, an experienced athlete can also adjust their body position in order to create a much more difficult exercise. This means that everyone can push beyond their current fitness limits and become stronger.
Where Can I Get A Guided Suspension Training Workout?
There are plenty of TRX instructions online. You can find guided exercises on YouTube and tutorials on Pinterest, but if you want to be guided through an exercise in real life, join us in Team Training. Our strength section allows you to work with various tools from free weights to BOSU balls, but we also work with suspension cables. Our coaches will be there to adjust your form and cheer you through a difficult training session. Feel free to speak up and ask for adjustments as needed, we are here for you and want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your Team Training experience.
So, have you tried the TRX suspension trainers? Let us know what your favorite workout is in the comments below!