You may have seen TRX straps around our Epicenter, and if they seem weird or intimidating, you’re not alone. TRX has gained in popularity and for a good reason; TRX is a great way to strengthen your core and your body as a whole. The premise of TRX suspension training is simple – basic exercises are made more challenging with TRX bands or by suspension. TRX takes exercises like pikes, push-ups, or bicep curls and suspends them in mid-air using your body weight as resistance. A common phrase for TRX is “all core, all the time” because no matter the exercise, your core is always engaged! We’d like to note that to maximize this workout, suspension training is best performed under supervision of a trainer or during a group exercise class.
To get a true full-body workout, you need to know the various body positions, angles, and footing that you will be alternating throughout the exercise routine.
There are several body positions used with TRX straps. Here’s the rundown on each position:
Facing: your core is angled towards the anchor point
Facing away – your core is angled away from the anchor point
Sideways – your core is sideways from the anchor point
Facing down: prone position, facing floor with toes in foot cradles
Facing up: facing up with heels in foot cradles
Side-lying: lying sideways with foot in cradles
Your body angle can increase or decrease the intensity of your workout. The farther away you move from the anchor point, the more challenging your exercises. Alternatively, by moving closer to your anchor point, your exercises will be less intense.
PRO TIP: for at-home workouts, if you’re anchored at home above a door, your exercises will be at a moderate intensity from the start.
Bringing your feet close together will make your exercises more difficult. Likewise, bringing your feet hip-width distance will make it easier. Another simple modification is using an off-foot stance (placing one foot in front of the other), which makes exercises easier, even while maintaining the same body angle. So, if you’re finding the exercise is too difficult, start with an off-foot stance and build up to hip-width distance.
Lastly, with your feet positioned in front of the anchor point, exercises will be more difficult, and feet placed behind the anchor point will be easier. If the exercise is too difficult, shift backward and then slowly work your way up to a more challenging stance.
To sum it up, getting the most out of your TRX workout boils down to some simple positions: your body position, strap length, body angle, and feet positioning. TRX straps may seem intimidating, but they are simply another powerful tool that can give you an incredible workout. With a few simple tips, you’ll be getting the most out of your TRX workout in no time.
If you’re looking for more information to get started, stop by our Epicenter and check out TRX straps for yourself. These tools are more accessible than you think and can give you the ultimate core workout.
And if you’d like some expert guidance, we ensure that all our trainers have received certification through the industry’s most comprehensive fitness programs, including TRX! With one-on-one sessions, you can create a personal plan to meet your goals. Schedule a personal training sessions today by calling us at (805) 966-6147.