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TRX Suspension Training is working out, Anytime, Anywhere

TRX Suspension Training anytime anywhere

TRX suspension training is the perfect partner for you if you want to establish a home gym. It is light weight but very durable and also portable and adaptable. All you need is some space and a stable anchor to do an intensive full body workout. I guarantee that you will be challenged you like never before! In this post I will cover the following:

  • The Challenge of TRX
  • Ease of Use of TRX
  • Pros and Cons of TRX Suspension Training

The Challenge of TRX

I have been using the TRX for over 3 years now but I always find the workouts very challenging. TRX suspension training isn't static requiring extra focus on balance. You have to focus on your core and posture to maintain your balance in all exercises. Compared to traditional weight training the results will be similar for basic exercises. You will definitely see better results for exercises like crunches, pushups and squats. Using the TRX suspension training for these exercises allow for more depth and range. There are many variations for these exercises ensuring you will always be challenged. You will gain better posture and stronger core doing TRX suspension training. It is also a great compliment to any other sports you play.

Ease of Use of TRX

The TRX is a very simple piece of equipment. It includes adjustable straps, a pulley system and stirrups/handles for the feet or hands. Even if you haven’t had much training experience, you will find it quite simple to do basic exercises with it. If you buy a new TRX you will receive a basic workout DVD and handbook. It provides you with all the information you need to setup the equipment and begin training.

The knowledge of a personal trainer can be beneficial when starting out. They will explain the key principles of TRX suspension training. Activating your core throughout all the exercises is a key principle. Sounds straightforward but you will be surprised how often you forget to do it. It is also vital to keep the correct posture while doing the various exercises. If you don’t the straps will get slack or cross-over. Having someone watching over you while you start out is beneficial.

Pros and Cons of TRX Suspension Training

Pros of TRX Suspension Training

  • Great value for money, $130 USD for new TRX Go Suspension trainer
  • High quality, durable and portable training equipment
  • TRX training can be done almost anywhere
  • ​Great compliment to other sports and training
  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • All exercises strengthen your core
  • Free extra's - door and suspension anchors, DVD's
  • Great for all levels of fitness
  • Lots of beginner to advanced workouts online
  • Many testimonials of the effectiveness and quality of the product

Cons of TRX Suspension Training

  • If new to fitness, may take a while to get use to training on unstable surface. Recommend trying out at gym before committing to purchase on
  • Basic workouts from the free DVDs can be quite difficult to follow. May need assistance from instructor or personal trainer 

TRX suspension training is a very affordable option in setting up a home gym. It is light, durable, portable and easy to assemble. This allows for it to be used in multiple locations and train at your own convenience. Busy schedules and traveling will not disrupt your training regime anymore! TRX suspension training is for your whole body. Focusing strongly on developing and maintaining a durable core. TRX suspension training will benefit your other training and other sports you play. Most regular users of the TRX say that that it is great for building lean muscle and burning fat. Also there are considerable improvements in balance and flexibility. Adapt your regular exercises to increase the intensity of your workouts.

There are many beginner workouts that you can find online. For more workout videos and other TRX products, please visit the official TRX training shop.

​Do you think you would add TRX workouts to your regular training program? Male-wellness appreciates your comments, feedback and questions on this topic or any others.

Start using the TRX Suspension Trainer now

TRX Suspension Trainer

Using the TRX Suspension Trainer for the first time can be daunting. The training equipment utilises your own body weight and requires balance and coordination. At the start it will probably feel like you are training on an unstable surface. To gain confidence using the TRX Suspension trainer you will need to know the following:

  • How to setup and start using the TRX Suspension Trainer
  • What are the best workouts for beginners
  • How will you be challenged
  • How to progress in your training

Getting started and setup of equipment

​Using the TRX suspension trainer for the first few times will be challenging and quite a shock to the body. It is important that you warm up and mobilise as you would before doing any other physical workout. The TRX is safe and intuitive but you should always check that it is securely fastened to its anchor point.

Check that you have enough space around you before training.If you are training outdoors, throw it over a sturdy anchor like a tree branch, chain link fence, goal post, or monkey bars. If you are training indoors, use the door attachment or hook it to a sturdy hook or bar in the house. The key is to make sure the carabineer is properly attached. Always do a weight test before you start working out. You can learn the proper set up for the original TRX Suspension Trainer by watching this video.

Best workouts for beginners

A good workout for you as a beginner would target all muscle groups and last somewhere in the region of 30 minutes. An interval workout is highly recommended as this will allow for you to have a staggered workout. You can on the upper body, lower body, and core so you shouldn’t need to rest (but of course, if you do need a rest, take it).

​You should look to do each exercise for between 30-60 seconds. Start slowly and build up the intensity as you get more comfortable and confident using the TRX. Doing many sets will help you get more comfortable. You will also want to have a good flow to your workout to ensure you are increasing your heart rate.

TRX Challenge

The TRX suspension trainer equipment is super-effective, it offers hundreds of exercise options. This is because any given movement can be performed at various levels of intensity. All the exercises you do with the TRX work your upper and lower body from many angles. You will be targeting every muscle and replicating how you move in real life.

​To begin the biggest challenge for you will be maintaining your balance. This is because the straps are wobbly but this will enable you to focus on your core. You’ll notice every movement involves abdominal activation which is another huge benefit of using the TRX suspension trainer. You get a great core workout with movements that ordinarily isolate one body part. The difficulty of each exercise lies in the positioning of the hands, feet and straps. You will increase the activation in core muscle groups and other smaller stabilising muscles.

​Regular use of the TRX suspension trainer will promote stability, balance, and strength into your workouts. This will improve your quality of life by improving your movement patterns. Another benefit of a strong core is that you lessen your risk of injury. This is due to establishing the correct form in most of the exercises.

TRX Suspension Trainer Progression

​If you are a newbie, you should start slowly and seek out help from a trainer if necessary. Or you could check out a class at your local gym. Many of the exercises you will begin with are well known and simple to follow. 

Fundamental TRX Suspension trainer exercises

TRX row with Suspension trainer

TRX row with Suspension trainer

There are many beginner workouts that you can find online. I enjoyed this one as it is very good for newbies and offers some very useful tips. For more workout videos and other TRX suspension trainer products, please visit the official TRX training shop.

​Do you think you would add TRX workouts to your regular training program? Male-wellness appreciates your comments, feedback and questions on this topic or any others.

The TRX suspension system is the total body workout game changer!

male wellness TRX suspension system

Maintaining a regular exercise plan for the busy male can be a real challenge. To compensate many men try to do all their exercise in a couple of high intensive training sessions. There are many disadvantages to this type of training including only focussing on the major muscles like arms, back and chest. This style of exercise doesn't lead to much variety and it is difficult to include both cardio and strength training. Also you are likely to experience more training related injuries. Your goal should be to find a balanced all round training schedule. I believe the TRX Suspension system offers this. It is a workout game changer in helping you achieve your training goals.

What is the TRX Suspension System?

​The TRX suspension system provides a great way to sustain a balanced and varied exercise plan. This is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as taking care of your body for many years in the future. Including TRX suspension training as a part of your regular exercise plan you will see the following benefits:

  • Maximum results in minimum time
  • Efficient and innovative training sessions
  • Improve your balance, flexibility and stability
  • Combine cardio and strength training 
  • Reduce training related injuries

Training Any-time, Anywhere

​TRX suspension training has become a significant game changer in functional strength training. This is because it provides the opportunity to get a total body workout with a single training tool. The TRX suspension system equipment is portable, compact and lightweight. Compared to large and expensive machines it provides greater performance and functionality.

male wellness TRX Suspension system

You can set it up and use it anywhere you want. Whether that is a gym or training facility, court, park or pitch and even home or hotel room while travelling. It's great for both beginners and fitness junkies, not to mention those always on the go. The two suspension straps allow for an infinite number of exercises. You will see significant improvements in strength, balance, and flexibility quickly.

Effective use of your body weight

The secret of the TRX suspension system is that it utilises your own body weight. You move in different angles to engage more muscle groups at the same time. So movements as simple as a chest press or biceps curl become core-stabilisation exercises. This is because the centre of gravity in the human body lies right above our hips along the central axis of the body. Centre of gravity changes with every move of your body. Your are able to adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. This keeps the workouts safe and effective for people of all fitness levels.

Total body workout

For the active sportsman TRX suspension system can be very beneficial. Regular use has shown significant performance improvements in many different sports. Most sports require our bodies to move in various planes. Suspension training enables you to do multi-planar exercises. This reflects the way we move in everyday life. It does not require that you sit down and do an exercise focused on one isolated muscle in a single plane. Training while standing, or engaging the whole body, forces you to control and strengthen the body’s stabilising muscles.

Multi-planar functional strength training

The TRX suspension system emphasises integrated exercises through interconnected movements. These are often multi-planar requiring more coordinated efforts than most other training. It enhances the nervous system’s ability to coordinate movement at higher levels. You will build strong motor patterns, increase stabilisation and functional muscle mass. Doing this type of exercise you are working several muscles or muscle groups. By doing a wide variety of movements through a wide range of motion, the muscle mass grows proportionately and evenly. This decreases the risk of injury during sports and other training or exercises.

Regardless of your training goals the TRX suspension system can help! For starters, you can minimise your training time by working your entire body. You can switch from one exercise to the next in seconds with no hassle. The TRX system is very versatile for everyone: young, old, pro-athlete, recreational athlete, stay at home mums, body builders. No matter what your goals are or what your fitness level is, TRX is for you!

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TRX training is the future of functional training!

TRX training is the future of functional training

Tea vs coffee, cats vs dogs, Batman vs Superman! I’m sure you have your preferences based on various beliefs, experiences and opinions. TRX Suspension training vs weight training is a discussion in the fitness and sports industry. Furthermore there is an ongoing debate of the value of stable versus unstable surface training. In theory exercise on an unstable surface would detract from building strength. Finally TRX training builds strength by doing exercises that workout the whole body. It offers the following opportunities to upgrade your training:

  • Improving your agility and speed
  • Better Core Workouts
  • Introducing more Diverse exercises and training

Improving your agility and speed

A 2014 study analysed TRX suspension training and weight training. They looked at how they compared in building muscle strength and power. No significant difference was found in improving strength and power levels. But TRX training activates and targets muscles that weight training generally miss. An example is the serratus anterior muscle which are located over your ribs between your lats and abs. Finally the study found that TRX training is most effective in improving speed and jumping ability. It creates unique challenges due to the coordinated and integrated body movements. TRX training creates unique, proprioceptive challenges that reinforce muscle firing sequences and motor patterns. These transfer directly into movements commonly found in sport and life. As a result TRX training demands coordinated and integrated body movement to develop speed and agility.

Better Core Workouts with TRX Training

The research was conclusive that TRX training provides the best core workouts. Four suspension training exercises were tested. These were hip abduction in plank, hamstring curl, chest press and 45° row. Core muscle activity was higher compared to to doing similar weight training exercises. Therefore doing exercises on unstable support surfaces requires activation of more core muscles. You are working muscles groups synergistically, rather than in isolation.

Introducing more Diverse exercises and training

TRX training offers great diversity ensuring your training doesn’t become boring. You make adjustments to increase the intensity of all your exercises. Changing the position of your feet or hands introduces a new set of challenges. TRX training takes care of all the neglected muscle groups your regular training misses. TRX exercises are more functional than lifting weights or using machines. Consequently TRX training prevents more sports injuries compared to weight training. This is because you are exercising groups of muscles rather than isolating individual ones. Finally unlike gyms, TRX suspension training equipment is portable and scalable. It allows for more flexibility about when and where you want to workout.

​Many TRX training exercises can be adapted to ensure you are challenged. TRX training equipment allows you to adjust the straps to calibrate resistance. These adjustments has seen traditional exercises evolve into multi-muscle workouts. These exercises use your body weight different in angles to engage more muscle groups. Focusing on your balance strengthens and grows many more muscles throughout the body.

Studies show that TRX training is disrupting the sports and fitness industry. The equipment invented by a former Navy SEAL has turned into a multi-million dollar business. This revolutionary fitness device is the future of functional training for everyone. TRX training is for you if you are looking for more training options. You will gain both core endurance and muscular strength. Finally you will enhance the diversity of your training.

​Do you think you would add TRX workouts to your regular training program? Male-wellness appreciates your comments, feedback and questions on this topic or any others.