• Why Suspension Training ?



    For over six years , TRX® Suspension Training  has been an integral part of my personal training business. It is the one piece of fitness equipment that is used in nearly every exercise program for my clients. Needless to say, over the years , it has become the “go-to” fitness tool for me.

    Having read several articles suggesting exercises to avoid and fitness equipment that does more harm than good , I wanted to share the “why” behind using suspension training.

    TRX ® Suspension Training  is  excellent for functional training. It is adaptable to the training needs of the individual. My 72 year old client with double knee replacement can safely  perform squats while using suspension training.This improves his lower body strength and endurance, and he is simply able to move better.  Golfers improve joint mobility and stability , rotation of the hips and thoracic spine , balance , and body awareness with a variety of  exercises. This transfers into more power and less chance of injury, particularly injury of the lower back .

    Most suspension training exercises are performed in an upright, i.e. standing position. Suspension training has the added value of  being able to perform exercises at different angles,creating a variety of ways to challenge and strength the entire body . Our bodies work best as a whole unit, not as a collection of individual parts. What does this mean? Most machined-based fitness equipment is designed to exercise only certain muscles with that particular piece of equipment. This approach is not only NOT functional, but can create dysfunction. A good example is the seated adduction/abduction (inner/outer thigh) machine. Performing hip adduction and abduction in a seated position will cause dysfunction because it results in stress to the IT bands and the hip capsules and does not effectively target the abductor or adductor muscles for functional movement. Why exercise to create dysfunction?

    Let’s face it…we do a lot of sitting and prolonged sitting creates more dysfunction. So should we be doing even more sitting while we exercise? Suspension training gets us up and on our feet, helps improve our posture and challenges the core muscles with nearly every exercise. This creates a feedback loop where,over time, as our body awareness improves we transfer and apply this awareness into our daily lives so we move better,feel better, and perform better.

    Discover the benefits of TRX® Suspension Training. During the month of June 2014, a ten dollar donation to the Alzheimer’s Association gets you a thirty minute TRX® Suspension Training session at Proactive Fitness.