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TRX Suspension Training – A Great Place to Hang Out

Catherine Baldwin, a Group Exercise Instructor at Rex Wellness Centers.
Catherine Baldwin
Post by Catherine Baldwin, a Group Exercise Instructor at Rex Wellness Centers.

Have you tried TRX? Strength training is an integral part of any exercise program and machines are a great way to get started. But, if you have been doing the same routine for a while it’s time to push your fitness.

TRX was born in the U.S. Navy SEALS. A few lengths of parachute webbing hand stitched together with rubber boat repair tools made the first harness. The SEALS needed a way to maintain peak physical condition at any location. TRX allowed them to perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, and balance.

Don’t let the words Navy SEAL scare you. Let them motivate you like the words ‘Boot Camp’. TRX classes will work your legs, buttocks, back, arms, and especially your core. You will need a water bottle, athletic shoes, and comfortable clothes such as t-shirt and shorts. The straps are anchored into the wall and can hold up to 350 pounds. Gravity and movement are part of it, as well as strength and balance.

TRX suspension exercises
TRX suspension exercises

How do you know if you can do it? Here are some easy ways to test yourself and see if you can handle TRX training. First, understand you are using your body weight. Let’s try a side plank. Have a clock handy and prop yourself up on your forearm and elbow on a mat. Your feet are stacked or in tightrope (tight rope is one foot in front of the other). Lift your body up off the floor in alignment and hold it there for at as long as you can. Don’t hold your breath. Do the same on the other side. Now try plank on your front, either using forearms or tall plank (looks like a push-up position). Keep practicing these planks. When you can do them for 20-30 seconds you are on your way to tackling a TRX class.

Check out our TRX class schedule and make sure you register in advance as space is limited. Class will accommodate all participants’ fitness levels as there are a variety of exercises which progress from easy to very difficult. Try TRX for one month and I bet you will be on your way to mastering the art of body weight training!