Before I started regularly going to the gym I’d never heard of, let alone tried, TRX training. Initially the contraption looked scary and one I’d stay far away from at the gym. Then after being shown how to use it plus a few simple exercises by one of my lovely gym instructors I have really enjoyed bringing this into my workouts.
TRX basically uses suspension to make normally bodyweight exercises much tougher. It’s great for strength training but you can also incorporate cardio/plyo moves.
The best thing about TRX is that it can be used most places; in the gym, at home or traveling. You just need to set it up over something like a door that can be fixed or even a sturdy tree if you like to workout outside. The website here gives you all the info you need to set up.
Here’s some of the basic moves I like to use. After a couple of circuits with 10-20 reps each you’ll be feeling the burn for sure!
One leg squat
Using the TRX for support, lift one leg and squat low.
One leg lunge
Secure one leg in the TRX and lunge low (balance is key in this one).
Use the TRX to pull your body upright (the lower the starting point the harder).
Similar to a normal jump squat, the support of the TRX will help you squat lower and jump higher.
I think of this as a standing push-up (the lower the starting point the harder).
Securing your feet in the TRX and planking is tough enough but there are so many variations such as; swinging forward and backwards, reaching out and tapping alternate hands and bringing your knees up to your chest and back down. Definitely keeps it interesting!
For me it’s important not to get bored in the gym, especially if that’s mainly where you do your exercise. I did a TRX workout today that my gym buddy Kasia came up with, one of us on the TRX and one using the bench then alternating. 4 different circuits with 2 exercises, 10 reps each, for 3 rounds. Tough but fun!
If you’ve not tried it I definitely recommend checking out if your gym stocks the equipment and having a go! The full professional kit can be quite expensive to buy but there are much cheaper alternatives out there from the likes of Amazon, Argos and even Aldi if you decide it’s for you.