Fall Training – TRX

Posted: September 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm


Mason Recreation has recently added a new piece of equipment to its mat room in the Aquatic and Fitness Center: a TRX Suspension Trainer.  The TRX can provide major results when used properly.

 TRX stands for “Total Body Resistance Exercise.” The TRX is a suspension trainer, that utilizes a system of straps attached to a stable point.  The suspension training uses your body weight to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core, and joint stability.

The TRX actively engages the core throughout the workout, strengthening muscles each workout. Developing a strong core is important, because it enhances your body’s stability, balance and flexibility. Core stability can add ease to the completion of daily activities whether you plan on lifting weights, running a 5k race, or simply carrying your books to class.

TRX is also a good supplement to your normal strength training. It can strengthen stabilizing muscles around your joints that are needed provide support. Strengthening the supporting muscles gives you more strength and power for your regular routines in the weight room.

Since the TRX uses body weight to adjust the difficulty, it is easy to change your workload by adjusting your body position. The ability to change your exercise and resistance levels quickly has its benefits. One of the benefits is that you can shorten your training time. This can be great for workouts that require short amounts of rest between sets, or you simply are crunched for time.

Some of the basic exercises that you could start off with on the TRX are: Chest Press, Row, Lunge, Squat, Plank, Tucks, Pike, Side Lunge, Oblique Twist, Back Extension. If you would like instruction on how to use the TRX please do not hesitate to contact our fitness office.

There are numerous benefits to adding a TRX routine to your workouts, so don’t be afraid to try it out!