Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Why You Can’t Find a TRX Suspension Trainer for Sale?

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Ok, so you are able to find a TRX Suspension Trainer for sale that is slightly used if you look hard enough.  The trouble is that these devices are few and far between.  Once people buy these devices they rarely let them go.  In this segment of Digital Weight Loss Reviews, I am going to look at a device that is not so much digital, but is the simplest form of technology available.

What is the TRX Suspension Trainer?

There are a few different types of TRX Suspension Trainer for sale.  However, they all work on a very simple concept.  Take one main strap that you can attach to a stationary object like a tree, door, or any type of sturdy crossbar.  Then have another two straps that extend out from that main strap with a couple of handles that the fitness enthusiast can hold while doing a whole bunch of different types of bodyweight exercises.

The real benefit of the TRX is that it adds a whole other dimension to the bodyweight training that is very popular right now.  Think about taking your standard push up, and doing them while holding two handles that want nothing more than to shoot outward given the pressure the user is placing on them.  The extra core and other muscle recruitment that is required to complete a full-motion and strict pushup on the TRX is unfathomable until you actually give it a try.  The first time I was able to do one, I was only able to get three pushups in a row until my body gave out.  Now I can do around twenty in a row, but that takes much longer than regular pushups.

As another example, I really enjoy the TRX for doing low and high rows.  I simply lean back as far as possible on my heels while holding the handles row my body up.  For high rows my elbows stay high and away from my body working my upper back.  On the low rows, my elbow come in close to the body as I row up.  Both work different parts of my back and have allowed me to gain a lot of strength.

If you look at the picture to the right, you will see people doing a low row.  It is easy to assume that you will be able to go very close to perpendicular with the floor, but the strength required to do that for more than 1 or 2 at first is crazy.  Over time your goal needs to be getting as close to the floor as possible, but go slow at first or your arms, back and even legs will tell you that that was not a good idea!

Types of Exercises You Can Do

With all TRX Suspension Trainers for sale, the exercises that one can do are somewhat limited to your imagination.  As long as you are not putting your body into unnatural or unsafe positions (easier to do than you think!), you will be working a number of different muscles.

That being said, there are a number of standard TRX exercises that a user should consider mastering before moving on to the crazier ones.  Here are just a few of the ones you can try:

  • Bicep Curl (one arm or two)
  • Squat
  • Lunge
  • Tricep Extension
  • Suspended Crunch
  • Suspended Pushup
  • Plank Hold
  • Leg Extension
  • Lying Leg Curl
  • Hi/Low Row
  • Front Raise
  • Side Plank
  • Low Back Extension
  • Single Leg Squat
  • Pushup
For many of these, as you vary the angle of your body they will either get easier or harder.  Play around with it but remember to push yourself for maximum resistance.
 

How to Build the TRX Into Your Workout Program

At my gym (best gym in Calgary), our coaches do offer sessions dedicated to the TRX.  Essentially it is a 45 minute circuit of different TRX exercises that will blast the whole body.

However, that is not what I like to do.  Instead, the coaches build it into our 3x per week strength and conditioning routines.  For example, during one morning we might do something that looks like this (after a proper warm-up of course):

Box Jumps

30 seconds on the Curve

Sled Push

TRX Atomic Pushup

Sledge Hammer

Tire Flips

Wide-Grip Pullups

Ab Roller

Sandbag Slam

TRX Low Row

We would do each section for 60 seconds for as many reps as possible moving through the circuit 4 to 5 times depending on how much time it was taking us.  After doing this the group I train with are spent and ready for some post-work nutrition.

Can You Get Strong on the TRX Suspension Trainer?

Before you go looking trying to find a TRX Suspension Trainer for Sale, you need to ask yourself if it is possible to get strong using a TRX.  My personal experience has told me that I can – although that has been part of an overall strength and conditioning program that I have been undertaking for a couple of solid years now.  I still have a LONG way to go, but I am definitely stronger and fitter than I have ever been.  I will not attribute that solely to the TRX, but it is definitely part of the equation.

Without getting too promotional here, this video from TRX highlights some of the benefits of the TRX:

 

TRX on the Road

I don’t travel a lot these days, but have had to head out of town for work every now and then.  A few times I have been able to take a TRX with me and I love it because I can actually get a real hard strength workout in my hotel rooms.  As long as you have the door anchor (which is sold separately which does suck) then you simply put it on a door and do your workout.   Mind you, hotel rooms are not always that conducive to working out in, but in a pinch it can do. Not all hotels have good gyms, and this is a good alternative.

Summary

The TRX was invented by some Navy Seal guys who needed a way to train hard without equipment while posted in remote and desolate areas.  Unlike some of the other digital weight loss items I talk about on this blog, this rather-low tech device is the best of both worlds.  It took some excellent innovation and creativity from some people who had no other option but to create a simple fitness tool that could work in any environment.  To me, that is technology even if there is no chip in it.

 

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