8 Amazing Exercises for the TRX

By , SparkPeople Blogger
If you haven't been in a gym recently you may be surprised to see trainers and fitness enthusiasts incorporating many new gadgets into their workout routines to help keep their training fresh and challenging. Having covered kettlebells, BOSU trainers and Body Bar workouts in previous Fitness Round-up blogs, now seemed an opportune time to introduce the TRX Suspension System.

PLEASE note that suspension training is NOT for beginners. Many experts, including our own Coach Nicole, do not recommend this type of activity for beginners. It takes a strong core, balance and coordination to do many of these exercises. Performing these exercises without a strong core foundation could lead to potential injuries if you use the wrong muscles.

If you happened to have missed Coach Nicole's review on the TRX Suspension System you can click on the link and read her critique. As with kettlebells, if you are interested in incorporating this system into your fitness regimen, you may want to see if your gym offers a class led by a certified personal trainer to ensure you get the best from your workout.

Arms, Chest, Core: Chest Exercise Push-up

Abs, Biceps: Crunch and Curl

Back, Biceps, Core: TRX Back Row

Triceps: TRX Overhead Triceps Extension

Chest, Abs, Arms: TRX Single-Arm Chest Press

Glutes, Quads and Hamstrings: TRX Suspended Lunge

Butt, Hips, Hamstrings: TRX Hamstrings Curl

Back, Butt/Hips, Thighs: TRX Hip Press

Have you used the TRX? Is it something you would be willing to try?

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TRX is one of the best gadgets to teach beginners how to squat with a full range of motion, row and chest press. I use mine with beginner clients all the time. Report
The first time I used TRX was with a trainer. I really liked it because I could easily adjust the difficulty level by changing the position of my body. I think working with helped me learn the correct form. And it certainly was challenging. Lately to achieve my goal of adding more strength training into my week, I've been attending a TRX circuit class. It is a killer and some of the stuff I can't do yet but just like everything else I've tried since joining SparkPeople I've improved and I'm looking forward to more (even though I'm still sore as I type this). I'm actually thinking about purchasing a system for myself. I spend the summer in a remote part of Canada and there are no gym's or classes and I'm looking for a way to keep up my progress. I think this will be great because it is so portable and versitile. And now that I've done it in a circuit setting, I can incorporate the cardio into the routine as well. Fun!!! Report
My trainer uses TRX with me frequently. Love it. Wish I had it at home. If you have the opportunity to try it, go for it! Report
LOVE TRX!! It's an amazing workout! I was so sore after the first workout that I couldn't lift my arms to wash my hair :) I'm not exaggerating! The great thing about TRX is you can personalize most of the exercises to fit your abilities. Report
I have used TRX in a TRX bootcamp in my home town. The way this lady in the photo has placed the TRX is incorrect, it should be on the other side of the door. TRX is a very difficult workout, and I did it as a beginner. Our coach made sure to explain every move before we did it. It works your core tremendously, even if you think you're only doing an arm exercise. You will feel soreness in muscles you never knew you had, but your strength and ability will increase rapidly. I quite enjoyed the TRX classes and found them an excellent challenge to change up the workout routine. Report
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