Suspension training, often called TRX, is a form of strength training that dates back to the 1800’s. It targets the core stability and limb strength by utilizing your own body weight with balance and coordination. This form of training provides a total body workout that can be tailored meet your requirements and test your abilities. Plus they are light, compact and easy to use!
Strengthen your core
Your core is made up of a complex series of muscles that encase your entire torso. They work to protect your organs as well as provide strength, stability and movement throughout your whole body. These muscles include:
- Transversus abdominis
- Rectus abdominis
- Internal and external obliques
- Pelvic floor
- Erector spinae
- Longissimus thoracis
- Multifidus - This powerful muscle runs along the length of the spine and is integral to stabilizing the whole body.
- Latissimus dorsi
- Hip flexors
- Gluteus maximus
Suspension training allows for specific exercises and movements that target these different areas, improving muscles strength, flexibility and endurance.
Body weight exercise
Suspension training uses your own body weight as the maximum force of resistance. Because of this you are less likely to injure yourself, as long as you are performing each exercise correctly and under the guidance of a personal trainer. It is also a lot cheaper to buy your own suspension straps than it is purchasing all the gym equipment you would need to get the same total workout.
The downside to this is that if your body weight to strength ratio is high, you may not find suspension training challenging enough for you, however by simply adjusting the straps, the angles at which you approach each exercise, and appropriately selecting which exercises that will be most beneficial for you, most people will find suspension training both challenging and effective.
Get your both your body and brain involved!
Suspension training also works on enhancing balance and coordination. For example, when practicing a suspended push up, you are not only working to raise your body up off the floor, you are also engaging the muscles of your core and legs to stabilize this movement, either your legs are suspended off the ground, or your arms are pushing down on a suspended support. Suspended lunges also enhance the balance and strength required to complete them.
So if you haven’t tried it before, find out where you can attend a class near you and give it a go. I am confident you will be feeling your muscles the next day!