Why You Must Try TRX?
by Abby Austin
Imagine you drop a pen on the floor. In order to pick it up, you are unable to use just your hand. You engage your legs, neck, shoulders, and core. The same goes for nearly every movement we perform; it’s a whole body movement always engaging from your core- whether you realize it or not. The core is responsible for your body balance, flexibility, and stability. Therefore, the stronger your core, the more multi-plane mobility you’ll have and less injuries. That’s exactly what TRX training targets!
So, what is TRX training?
Most may know it as the yellow straps anchored from an overhead bar in the gym. TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise. Originally developed by a Navy Seal striving to stay in shape within limited space, TRX utilizes your own body weight and gravity to perform hundreds of strength, balance, and stability exercises.
How will TRX benefit you?
Well, you can start at any level! You control how difficult you make the exercises by adjusting your body position to add or decrease resistance. For instance, if you need to work on your balance while executing a squat, perform the exercise with a wide base with both feet slightly past shoulder width. As you get stronger, you will be able to increase the difficulty of the exercise by narrowing your base, walking yourself closer to the anchor point to add more resistance, or using one leg.
Many of the exercises performed on a TRX are familar such as squats, lunges, pushups, pull-ups, and rows.
You are ALWAYS engaging multiple muscles at once in each exercise, so TRX truly is a full body workout (even when it’s leg day).
Keeping to proper form, TRX users are less likely to suffer from injury. This resonates back to the idea of strengthening the core for healthier joints and muscles. You may understand what a bicep curl is, but you may not be performing it correctly. Be sure to consult a TRX trainer before your first time.
TRX training is gaining quite the reputation in the fitness industry, from professional athletes and celebrities to the everyday people. From hour long classes to incoprorating a few exercises into your workout, TRX is the best full body workout in the market!
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