By Sarah Caracciolo
DHAC Assistant Fitness Director
There have been a lot of people walking by our two TRX Suspension trainers in the fitness center and well, a lot of you keep on walking! I’m encouraging you to try it out! Yes, it may look intimidating. More than once I’ve had someone say to me “I’m going to get all kinds of tangled in that thing!” But the fact of the matter is that it’s VERY easy to use!
The available exercises are endless, but you don’t need to do them all. Start with a few basics moves and take it from there! The best part of the TRX Suspension trainer is that it really is “All core all the time.” Because it is bodyweight training, you can decide at what intensity level you want to work.
You can use the TRX Suspension trainer for almost anything including sports specific training, general fitness, improved strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability. Whether you are training as an athlete, rehabbing an injury, training for pure aesthetics, or just want to try something new, the TRX Suspension Trainer is for you!
Before we get started on exercises, let’s talk about the components of the TRX.
You’ll notice the TRX hanging from a yellow strap. This yellow strap is called the suspension anchor. The TRX attaches to the anchor by its main carabiner.
Just below the main carabiner you will see a small piece of material that is connecting both sides of the suspension trainer. This is called your equalizer loop. The two yellow tabs you see on each arm of the TRX are called adjustment tabs (you’ll frequently be using these).
Lower on the suspension trainer you’ll see a small metal square called your cam buckle. Please note that there are two different designs; one you depress with your thumb while the other you simply angle down with your thumb to change the length of the trainer. Moving down you will see the handles, and below the handles are your foot cradles.
Phew….that’s it for now! Next week, we get into some specific exercises. And as always, feel free to ask one of the exercise physiologists for help if you want to give it a go!