By Sarah Caracciolo
DHAC Assistant Fitness Director
When you begin using new fitness equipment, you always want to be sure you are using it correctly. The TRX is no different. Each exercise on the TRX has its own set of rules that apply, but there are some universal guidelines that should always be followed. TRX calls these the “Six TRX Sins” and they are the most common mistakes made while performing exercise on the TRX Suspension Trainer.
- Starting: Get it right from the start. Always find the end point of the move first, then set your foot position appropriately
- Sawing: Exert even pressure on both handles or foot cradles. Never allow the handles to saw back and forth. Set your equalizer strap in the middle and keep it there
- Slacking: We generally say “no slacking off in your workout” but here we are talking about keeping the straps tight on the TRX. Never allow any slack to develop during your move
- Sagging: Do not let your hips sag. Engage your core, stabilize and maintain good posture
- Scraping: Straps should NOT rub up against your arms. To fix this, raise your hands slightly
- Stopping: If you realize you’ve challenged yourself too much, simply reduce your body angle or modify your progression and continue. Don’t stop the exercise because it is to hard…..adjust it to a level that works for you
Because it is hard to see yourself and correct the execution, it’s always good to grab one of the DHAC Exercise Physiologists to check your form. They will help ensure that you are avoiding these Six Sins.