TRX outdoors, at home or on Zoom
Think that the TRX suspension trainer is just for athletes and the super fit? Not at all. I’m passionate about sharing the benefits of TRX with as many clients as I can, regardless of their fitness level. This highly versatile method of training is easy to learn and improves strength, endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular health.
What is TRX?
TRX is a form of resistance training and is short for Total-Body Resistance EXercise. The first suspension trainer was created and patented by Randy Hetrick a US Navy Seal officer in the late 1990s and has become a staple in gyms ever since. The basic idea is to use the body’s natural resistance to gravity to train and strengthen the muscles.
The TRX suspension trainer is comprised of adjustable straps with handles (or cradles) in which to place either your hands or feet. The end of the strap is fixed to a static, anchor point such as a door frame, ceiling or wall. With hands or feet placed in the cradles, you adjust the straps and partially suspend yourself over the ground in various positions while performing set exercises.
Traditional resistance training such as weightlifting uses props or machinery as resistance. With a suspension trainer, the body becomes that resistance, so it gives the user control and can be tailored to suit anyone. It is extremely versatile and can be done in most indoor and outdoor settings
Table of contents
1. What are the benefits of TRX suspension trainers?
2. Who can do TRX suspension training?
3. What are TRX exercises?
TRX exercises are based on the seven types of resistance movements – push, pull, squat, plank, hinge, lunge and rotate. If you use the gym, do Pilates, calisthenics or an aerobics class of any kind, I’m sure you will be familiar with these terms. TRX takes it up a notch by suspending the body, forcing it to use core strength to stabilise itself as it completes each exercise.
There are literally hundreds of variations using different positions and anchor points. A high anchor point is used for training the upper body (eg. pull-ups), and a lower anchor point is generally used to train the lower body (eg. lunges). You can position yourself facing to, away or sideways from the suspension trainer, either standing or on the ground. It may seem as if there’s a lot to remember, but that’s where a personal trainer can add real value by guiding you through the process and building the right regime for you.
4. Professional TRX suspension training with Samantha Crane in Winchester
I firmly believe in a personal approach to fitness and I work hard to create the best training programmes unique to each client’s fitness level, life stage and goals. TRX is all about using your own weight as resistance to improve your strength – it doesn’t get more personal than that! There are hundreds of different TRX exercises that can be adapted to create the perfect routine for everyone.
Suspension training can appear intimidating at first, but I assure you, once you get the basics your nerves will vanish and your confidence will rocket. I will be there every step of the way to ensure that you are using the equipment safely and introduce you to the techniques and exercises appropriate for you. I care a great deal about each and every one of my clients and should you choose to train with me I promise to keep you motivated and help you fall in love with TRX and fitness as a whole.
If you are already engaged in fitness, I can help to integrate suspension training into your regime to complement your other activities and also challenge you in new ways.
If you’re intrigued by the idea and would like to see what suspension training can do for you, please message Sam Crane Personal Training, we’d love to hear from you.
TRX outdoors, at home, in the gym or office
One of the big benefits of TRX is its portability. A suspension trainer is lightweight with few parts, so no gym required. Providing there’s a secure anchor we’re off.
In these days of social distancing, many of my clients are enjoying getting outdoors and training in the fresh air. A TRX suspension trainer can be fixed to anything secure – outdoor gym equipment, trees, lamp posts, park railings, you name it – so it is ideal for an alfresco workout.
If you prefer to do your sweating indoors, it’s easy to set up a suspension trainer over a door, and work via Zoom. You choose.
If you’re ready to unleash a fitter, stronger and happier you into the world, contact us to book a one-to-one professional TRX session. Your future self will thank you.