TRX, is it useful?
So you’ve probably heard about TRX, or maybe you have seen those ‘strange strap-like things’ in your local gym which always appear to be unused. So why do so few people know how to use them?
TRX is a fairly new concept and carries a presence of the unknown. It is a great training tool if you find yourself performing the same routine over and over again. Whether you have a marathon in the diary or you need to rehabilitate yourself back from injury, Total Body Resistance Exercise can help.
TRX can be used for a wide variety of exercises and training types, from the very basic to the super human! It can also be used in conjunction with other pieces of equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, Swiss balls….the list goes on.
Due to it’s diversity, anyone can use it, from the newcomer to the elite athlete who needs sports specific strength and conditioning training programmes. TRX offers cardiovascular workouts, resistance training, flexibility work, as well as balance and co-ordination exercises. Best of all, you can take this training system anywhere and use it in your hotel room or simply in your local park.
What you’ll notice most after training with TRX is how much your core strength is being challenged, using those muscles you never knew you had! Your ‘core’ is made up of your Transverse Abdominis, Obliques, Rectus Abdominis, Erector Spinae and Multifidus muscles, which all work together in keeping you upright. If these muscles are weak then your are more likely to injure yourself, as other soft tissue structures get overstrained. Through Total Body Resistance Exercise training, these muscles can become well conditioned and refined to support you in everything you do, and that is exactly what TRX challenges.
Common TRX exercises include: squats, lunges, press-ups, hamstring curls, the plank and standing rows. These are considered to be the building blocks of TRX training. Once these fundamental exercises have been grasped, you can then progress on to more dynamic and plyometric exercises with or without equipment to further your strength and conditioning.
So go on, give it a go and you’ll soon reap the benefits!