Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/13/2014 -- Born from a Navy SEAL training program, total-body resistance exercise (TRX) is a fitness program that relies on using two hanging straps to improve and check balance, strength, and stability in the body. This exercise program is becoming increasingly popular in clubs across the country, and in order to get the most out of this style of work out it’s important to know the basics and how to stay safe while improving strength and physical function.
Starting out on the straps can feel intimidating, but as long as the body remains in proper position we can maintain form and work strength rather than over stretching and injuring the body. To make sure the body is in the proper place, begin at the end of the range of motion to determine how much tension is needed on the straps. This will ensure that there is tension on the muscles through the entire movement and increase strength across the whole body.
Along with beginning in proper form, we need to maintain this form throughout the entire exercise. As the body becomes fatigued, it’s easier to sag rather than hold the body stiff and in position. To prevent this, be mindful and aware of the position of a body. In a plank, for example, keep the abs braced and shoulders away from the ears to even out pressure and work more muscle groups. This will help the body get more out of the exercise.
Proper form is essential during an intense workout like TRX, but fully completing the workout and making sure the moves are productive is key to getting the results one wishes from the workout. When moving through the exercises, be sure there is tension on the straps and not slack, even if it means making the movement a tiny bit bigger. This will keep the body in form and prevent injury while fully engaging each muscle group.
Each fitness program we engage in is designed to challenge the body, and by keeping proper form, alignment, and mindfulness of body position we can achieve more in a shorter amount of time, and prevent injuries that could sideline our progress.
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