Seven Things to Consider with TRX

· 25th September 2018
Also called suspension training, TRX is a new way of training, using regular exercises but with the support that gives us the technique of suspension.

The TRX is one of the most complete pieces of training equipment that exists today. In order to get the most out of it, it is necessary to define what we need to consider when using the TRX. The objective? Weight control through burning fat, working all of the muscles in the body and improving muscle mass.

What is TRX?

TRX is a training system that was created by a US Navy SEAL who wanted to stay in shape, but he didn’t have access to regular gym equipment.

With the aim of good training, Navy SEALS used instruments that they had at their disposal, such as parachute ropes; and thus, they created a workout using their own body weight.

In practice, TRX is a training system that is carried out through a flexible harness and straps with grippers. With this, the person can exercise using their own body weight.

The results are extraordinary, since all of the muscle groups are worked; resistance is improved, weight is lost or maintained, body mass is developed and posture is improved.

One of the things to keep in mind when using the TRX, is that it’s low impact training. Thus, it can be practiced by people of any age, including older adults.

If you have any medical conditions, it is always best to consult with your doctor before you begin a new fitness regime. However, in many cases, TRX is recommended as a complete treatment for different ailments and injuries.

Things to consider with TRX

1. Great impact

TRX is a complete exercise and highly recommended for those who are looking to lose body weight. In this sense, beginners must develop their patience, and try to use the straps for a variety of exercises. This way, you will not only achieve your goals, but you will also become more agile.

Woman doing Bulgarian split squats with TRX.

2. Anchor points

One of the advantages of TRX is that it’s not necessary to leave the house to use it. If you will be using the TRX at home, there are some recommendations that you should consider, including the anchor point.

Anchor points must be fixed on to a strong and solid object, (for example, a beam, pole or tree). It’s important to remember that they must support the body weight of the person. In addition, they must be between two and three meters high.

3. Floor

Another thing to consider with TRX, is the floor. It’s essential that the training floor isn’t slippery. Otherwise, performance will be significantly affected, and an injury could also occur by adopting a bad posture.

4. Use the grips only as support

When performing certain exercises, such as squats, it is best to use the grips only as a support. If they are used with great force, the pressure from the exercises will be placed on the shoulders.

Woman doing squats with TRX.

On the other hand, using the grip only with your fingers as support, will force the legs to work harder and the results will be faster and more visible. This will be more effective.

5. Take care of the equipment

Before using TRX accessories, it is essential to check that they are in good condition. In addition, it’s advisable not to expose the equipment to the sun for a prolonged period of time. Humidity, cold temperatures and extreme heat can seriously damage the metal and nylon of the TRX.

6. Warm-up

As with other sports disciplines, performing the warm-up is essential to get the most out of exercise, and avoid injuries. To warm up, you can do several different exercises.

Try this one: hold the TRX handles, open the arms wide and drop backwards very slowly, without flexing the elbows.

Man warming up before using TRX.

7. Correct posture

One of the factors to keep in mind when using the TRX is posture. If you do not have the correct posture, not only will any training not be used to the maximum advantage, but injuries can also occur. It is advisable to ask for help from an instructor or, if the training is performed at home, look for explanatory videos and be sure to follow them step-by-step.

Undoubtedly, TRX is one of the most complete exercises that exist. It has many benefits, so it is an ideal training tool to achieve different fitness objectives.