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.
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.
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.
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