So you’ve decided to go ahead and purchase your TRX Suspension Trainer. Congratulations! I believe you’ve made a good choice. To help you get started on your path to weight loss and well-being, I’m going to share some information about how to properly set up your new piece of equipment and then go over some simple progressions to help you understand how to get the most out of your work out whether you’re a beginner or more seasoned fitness enthusiast.
Mounting the TRX
A good place to start is to decide where you may want to use your TRX Trainer since this will determine whether to include any additional mounting hardware in your purchase. Make sure that whatever it is you attach your TRX to has a strong and stable base that can easily support your body weight with NO EXCEPTIONS.
If purchasing for personal use, I believe the Pro Kit will have everything you need to get started. If you decide to mount the straps to the ceiling or the wall, you will need to add the TRX Mount to your order.
What’s included in the TRX Pro Kit
The TRX Pro Kit includes:
- Suspension Trainer
- Mesh Carrying Bag
- Door Anchor
- Workout Guide
- Basic Training Dvd
- 2 Bonus Workouts including TRX Metabolic Blast and Endurance Circuit
- Suspension Anchor
- Workout in Progress” Safety Placard
How to get started
I would suggest taking a beginner’s class on TRX to become more familiar with how it works, how it’s set up and some of the exercises that can be performed and their level of difficulty. Most fitness facilities offer classes anywhere from $10-$15 per session. In my opinion…you’ll leave the class feeling as though you’ve had an amazing work-out!
Exercise progressions on the TRX
Now let’s move on to proper progression. What that term means is how to safely increase your level of intensity and difficulty in regard to exercise. Now if we were to be honest we would realize that if push-ups and pull-ups were easy then everyone would be doing them. Since they are considered difficult exercises, using the TRX Suspension Trainer is a great way to work your way up to perfecting these movements from a beginner’s level. All it takes to make an exercise more or less difficult is changing where you stand in accordance to where the straps are mounted. Here’s an example on how to progress properly doing push-ups and leg curls (excellent for toning the hamstrings).
Now for strengthening your mid back (and tighten up the area that bulges under the bra strap), here is a demonstration of how to do rows while changing the level of difficulty by altering the position of your arms.
Can you work out with Osteoporosis
Lastly, I couldn’t resist adding in some pertinent information about a question I have been asked many times. “Can I work out with Osteoporosis?” The answer is yes, you can…but being mindful is the key. The fact is that resistance training is very beneficial for maintaining the bone mass we have in addition to strengthening up the surrounding muscles and joints for added protection. When you begin a strength training routine there is an initial weakening of the bone tissue which is why it is so important to begin slowly and focus on perfecting form before looking to add intensity. For some ideas, watch how these exercises are not only progressed properly, but suitable for osteoporosis.
If you realize there is no need to be in a hurry in regard to initiating a lifestyle that encourages optimal health – you’ll connect to the process and allow yourself time to adapt to the changes you are making safely and responsibly.
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