Mix it up! Add more variety to your training with TRX exercises.
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Suspension systems like sling trainers use your bodyweight to make your exercises more challenging. If you are looking for a way to mix up your training, a sling trainer is THE perfect alternative training equipment.
Strap systems are commonly known under the brand name TRX, but a variety of other good quality systems exist.
Free-hanging vs. Door-hooks
There are 2 types of systems. The free-hanging version requires either a chin-up bar, or a similar free-standing bar, or ceiling hooks, which can be used as a hook for the anchors. The door-hook version can be used on most common door frames with a regular closing door.
The free-hanging version offers a wider variety of available exercises, but might require you to drill some holes into your ceiling…
Workout Number 2
Exercise #1 – Overhead Squat
Start with your arms extended overhead, facing the anchor. Squat down, leave arms extended overhead – keep torso tight and upright.
Exercise #2- Bulgarian Split Squat
Start standing upright, holding the ends of the slings with both hands. Lift off one leg and lower into a split squat. Push the rear leg back and extend your arms. Alternate legs.
Exercise #3 – Hamstring Curls
Start on your back, both heels in the slings. Come into a reverse plank by lifting your hips and keeping them tight. Rest on your shoulder blades, arms on your side. Pull your heels towards your hips, by bending your knees.
Exercise #4 – TRX Crunches
Put both feet into the slings, start in a forearm plank position. Tuck your knees towards your chest. Keep your arms stable and avoid any swinging.
Get Stronger Over Time
Start with a round of 10-15 repetitions each exercise/ each side. Build your fitness up to 3 or 4 rounds. This routine is ideally done after a run or bike ride to emphasize some functional strength training.
Find a workout buddy for your own accountability. Time passes so much quicker, and it is way much more fun than by yourself!