Information provided from Elite Trainer, Deuce McMillan; NASM-CPT and TRX Certified

Want a great workout but in half the time? TRX is the three-letter word that will pack the full-body punch your workout needs.

What is the TRX?
Devolped by Navy SEALS, the TRX is a multi-function suspension training device, meaning you work against gravity to perform moves that activate different muscle groups while your upper or lower body is suspended. Another benefit to the TRX is it’s workouts are based around using your own body weight (and you thought those extra pounds were good for nothing!).

Since you are using your own weight and controlling the angles and movements yourself, the TRX can work for any fitness level.

Want a harder workout? Situate your body closer to the TRX frame. Need more stability?Then move your body further away from the base.

The main benefit to the TRX is core strength since you are constantly moving in different planes. And since you are working multiple muscle groups simultaneously, you are keeping your heart rate elevated making it a great cardiovascular workout to cut body fat as well.
How often should I train with the TRX?
Since the TRX provides a full-body workout, you don’t have to worry about scheduling different days to train. It can be incorporated into your daily workout. Plus, the TRX is such an efficient tool, sessions can be completed in less then 20 minutes.

Common TRX Mistakes to Avoid

Here’s how to get the most out of each TRX workout. 

1. Sagging

Keeping proper alignment on the TRX is super important. Just like on floor core moves like planks you want to keep a strong midsection.  Neglecting to engage your core can lead to lower back instability and injuries. Make sure to keep your body aligned from ankles to hips.

2. Slacking in ropes

If there is no tension in your ropes, chances are you’re not getting an effective workout. You want to keep the TRX straps taut throughout the entire movement. If you find slack in your ropes during an exercise, simply take a step back.

3. Swinging

Swinging or sawing is when your feet see-saw back and forth during a movement. This makes it hard to stay stable and can compromise your form and lead to injury. To avoid place pressure in both straps using your feet and make sure straps are parallel before beginning each exercise. If that doesn’t work, go through the movements slower and really engage your core.

4. Incorrect Start

The set-up of the TRX can be awkward and hard to know if you are truly using correct form. Try beginning at the end range of the exercise motion to see how much tension you’ll need. That way you have full tension throughout the movement.

Want more TRX workouts? Check back every Tuesday this May for a new installment on TRX Training. Next Tuesday, we’ll tackle a killer upper body routine that can be adjusted based on your fitness level. For now check out 3 TRX Core Exercises