One of my favorite pieces of fitness equipment is undoubtedly the TRX suspension trainer. I use it all the time with every single one of my clients—and my clients are fairly diverse. TRX workouts are approachable and absolutely challenging, but also adaptable to individual fitness needs. This is why TRX classes works so well, too.
I recently started teaching a TRX class. I used to teach them all the time, then I went on maternity leave and that stopped. But we added a Tuesday night class and it matches my schedule, so I'm back at it. Hooray!
Here are some quick benefits to using a TRX suspension trainer:
1) The workouts are highly adaptable to individual needs.
2) Modifications can always be made.
3) TRX straps travel well.
4) Your core is always engaged.
5) The straps are the only piece of equipment you need (and maybe a mat).
There is only one thing I struggle with when it comes to TRX workouts: Keeping it fresh. You have to get creative with TRX exercises, otherwise it's really easy to stick with the same old stuff, which leaves you, your clients or your students lacking in the results department.
I'm feeling fresh, though. So I thought I'd share tonight's workout with you.
Please remember that, while I am a certified fitness professional, I do not now what your individual needs are. Before you try something new, please consult with your physician. Listen to your body, and honor what it's telling you.
Give yourself 15 seconds (at most) in between exercises.
Row and Hold
A standard TRX row with a slight hold at the top. Row yourself up and hold it there for 10 seconds, release and repeat this twice.
Otherwise known as boat pose in yoga classes. Face your anchor, press down on the handles. Engage your core and lift your legs into the pose. Hold it there!
Hamstring Curl with Hip Press
Heels in the anchor for this one. You'll be down on your back. Lift your hips just off the mat, then bring your heels into your glutes. This is the hamstring curl. Take it one step further and, before releasing the heels again, press your hips up to the ceiling. Now release and repeat.
Side Plank with Knee Tucks
With your feet in the straps, hold a side plank position. Tuck your knees up into your chest—no twist in the spine, though! Keep everything in line. Release and repeat.
Wide-Leg Shoulder Squats
Raise your hands above your head, pressing the back of your hands into the handle bars. Be sure to position yourself directly underneath the handles. Take the legs into a wide squat position. As you squat down and up, keep pressing the back of your hands into the handle bars.
Question: What is your favorite piece of fitness equipment? How do you feel about the TRX suspension trainer? Ever use one?