I have heard many things about TRX or suspension training. I never had the opportunity to try it until today… I am testing out a different gym and TRX is one of the classes offered. The good thing about suspension training is that it does not require a lot of equipment. If you purchase your own straps, you can take them with you anywhere. I recommend finding a gym that offers the class before you purchase them to see if it is something you will enjoy.
In my opinion, body weight exercises can be much more challenging than using dumbbells or machines. You have to lift your entire body which is a lot if you are 200 or just 100 lbs! Just think about a pull up exercise. It is very difficult because you are lifting your whole body with small muscles in your arms and back. It took me a very long time to do a pull up.
So back to the TRX class. It was tough! My muscles were on fire. It kind of reminded me of a mix between power yoga and strength training. Two straps are hanging from the ceiling. The straps are attached to one another at the top and at the end of each strap is a handle. You can adjust the straps all the way up to your chest and all the way down to your legs. Some of the exercises we did included single leg lunges, planks, crunches, hip thrusters, hamstring curls, bicep curls, tricep dips, and back rows. We did variations on our knees and standing. Let me give you an example:
Plank-Push Up: Place one foot in each handle while you are on your hands. So, your entire body is suspended off the ground. Push down and up like a normal push up. It is much harder than having your feet on the ground!
Hip Thruster: While you are in a supine position, your knees are bent and your heels are in the straps. Your arms can be on the ground or in the air. Thrust your butt and hips up as high as you can. Each time you “thrust” keep your butt off the ground.
Row: Feet are on the ground and you are facing the straps. Grab a handle in each hand and perform a row moving your body up and back.
You can do hundreds of exercises with TRX. If you’re looking for a change, bored, or just need a new challenge, I recommend trying it. Do more than just dumbbells and bars. You become really strong when you do body weight exercises.