Body Weight Training claimed the number two spot on the American College of Sports Medicine’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017. While push-ups, pull-ups, and other exercises may come to mind first when thoughts turn to body weight training, a new form of fitness which falls into this category is sweeping gyms and gym-goers everywhere, namely, Total Body Resistance exercise, AKA TRX. Wondering whether you’re missing out by not hopping on the TRX train? Here’s a closer look at what you should know about TRX training.
Introduction to TRX Training
You’ve probably seen the telltale ropes and pulleys at the gym or in a friend’s Facebook photos. While TRX may look like some complicated torture device or extreme form of fitness for elite athletes only, it’s actually accessible for people of all levels and abilities.
But what is it, exactly? TRX certified instructor Monica Nelson told U.S. News and World Report, “It’s a type of training that uses your own body weight and gravity to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core and joint stability, all while preventing injuries. The TRX was originally designed by a Navy Seal who needed to stay in shape within limited space using something he could easily take on his travels. (This is why you can pack it up and take it with you nearly anywhere you can place the anchor point.) Consequently, he created TRX – and boy, did the rest of the world catch on.”
The Many Benefits of TRX Training
When it comes to building better bodies, you would find it a challenge to find a more effective form of fitness than TRX. Not only does this type of resistance training keep your core engaged in order to deliver a comprehensive total workout, but TRX training also incorporates “multi-plane movements” which support functional fitness. Even better, TRX is not just about building muscle strength. It also gives the heart and lungs a serious workout, boosting cardiovascular endurance in the process.
The benefits of TRX don’t end there. Here are three more reasons to give TRX a go:
1. It’s suitable for all abilities.
Whether you’re just starting out toward your fitness goals or you’re a frequent gym-goer, TRX suspension training has the potential to vastly enhance your workout regiment. Why? Because resistance is easily increased or decreased by adjusting your body position. Need a bit less of a challenge or want a little more? Changing up your body position will completely change up your TRX workout.
Continues Nelson, “No matter your fitness level, the TRX is perfect and versatile for everyone: athletes, those who are rehabbing, stay-at-home moms, body builders, and the young and old. TRX offers a cardio workout, a resistance workout, a muscle flexibility workout, and balance. No matter what your goals are, you can benefit from the TRX.”
2. It’s easy on the joints.
Because TRX training is performed in a suspended position, this popular form of exercise is uniquely low impact. The takeaway? If you’re recovering from a pre-existing injury or just trying to work out harder without increasing your risk of causing injury, TRX is a smart way to train. (Swimming is also low impact. Sign up for an Aquatic Session to get your aquatic on.)
Note: While TRX is easy on the body, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. TRX can kick your booty, but in the very best, most fulfilling way, of course.
3. It can liven up your workout routine.
Momentum is a critical part of reaching your fitness goals. Unfortunately, going to the gym can become tedious if you do the same things day after day, which can ultimately lead to diminishing returns. In itself, TRX is an amazingly versatile form of exercise, offering somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 unique exercises (using just two straps!), each with their own body benefits.
When incorporated into your fitness program, TRX suspension training adds excitement by offering a very different type of workout. If you’re looking to invigorate your training, there’s no better way to do so than with TRX.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to start putting all of the benefits of TRX to work for your body, sign up for a trial pass and take a TRX class today.