In recent years, fitness guru’s and sports professionals have begun to adopt TRX exercises and suspension training as an integral part of a fitness or conditioning program. Here’s why:
1. Engages Stabilizer Muscles
While weight machines target major muscle groups, and support your body structure, TRX exercises force the body to “stabilize” the body during this type of training, as it is inherintly unstable. The benefit of this, is that it promotes joint stability and the use of the core during almost every exercise.
If you are looking to build massive biceps, then this is not the exercise for you, but it will create overall body stability that will help with power and endurance as the muscular foundation of your body becomes stronger.
2. Develops Core Strength
I would have to say this is the biggest benefit of a TRX workout. Because of the unstable nature of the equipment (hanging straps), your body is required to create the stability in the exercises. This translates into the core getting engaged in most suspension training.
3. Low Cost
At around $150 for one of the top suspension training systems, this is a bargain considering the wide variety of exercises that you can do with them. Compare this to most exercise equipment like Bowflex or other weight machines, and you will see what I mean. You probably dont have to get a loan to buy a TRX system, but you might with a weight machine.
4. Enhances Balance
I have heard some people refer to suspension training as “yoga on ropes”. This is a pretty good analogy. Because your body has to steady itself to perform most TRX exercises, you are constantly re-adjusting your balance to complete the exercise.
5. Compact and Portable
If you haven’t seen a TRX system, or other suspension trainer, you may be surprised. The TRX suspension trainer comes in a bag that is about the size of your lunch bag. You can easily throw it in your back-pack and take it to the park with you. Any tree or upright structure can work as a mounting point for it.
Its’s also great if you live in a small apartment. It can be anchored to a door frame, and only takes up a few feet of space, then can be stored away easily when your’e done. If your’e a business man or woman who travels frequently, it can be packed into your suitcase, and used in a hotel room while your’e on the road.
When used properly, suspension training can enhance any fitness program. With benefits such as increased core body strength, balance, stability and joint integrity, the TRX could be the right addition to your program.