Hi All!! HAPPY Monday :D
How are you doing?! How was your weekend?! For some of us, it's a 3-day weekend, right?! Sweeeeet!! Either way, lets start the week going strong and make healthy choices! WE got this!!
Today's post is on suspension training :) If you've used a TRX or seen 1 in action (most gyms have them), you know that it's no joke! The hanging straps ratchet up the resistance of body-weight moves by leveraging gravity and make each rep a balance challenge. This constant stabilizing forces multiple muscles to work, on top of the ones that the move itself is meant to target. Combine that with some speed and you'll not only sculpt doubletime, but torch fat, too!!
You can supercharge basics like the plank when you do them with your hands or feet in the straps rather than on the floor, "because you're using more muscles, especially your core, to keep your body from swinging," says TRX instructor and Nike master trainer Joselynne Boschen, the founder of Alpha Sport LA studio, who uses the TRX with celebrity clients.
Science proves it: 1 study in the journal Human Movement Science found that the abs were activated 184% more during a suspended push-up (with hands in suspension devices and feet on a platform) than during a standard 1, and researchers at the University of Central Lancashire in England discovered that suspended planks engage your six-pack muscles far more than regular planks. Yes please :D
The trick to maximizing your burn is not to rest between moves (don't be afraid to go all out...you get breathers between sets). Some exercises may feel difficult, but if you need to make them easier, plant your palms or feet farther apart on the floor or adjust your body angle, which will make your body feel lighter. "Just don't give up," Boschen says. "There's always an adjustment to make a tough move less tough." Plus, the tightening and toning results you get are worth every drop of sweat ;)
Are you ready to strap in for a workout that will carve your core and slash fat?! I'll be posting a suspension training workout on Wednesday, February 17th :D
If you want to purchase a TRX, they cost around $200.00. The price is a little steep, but it's a GREAT investment to any home-gym! Definitely worth the money!! All you do is anchor the TRX to the top of a door frame with the door anchor OR to a fixed point overhead, like a tree limb that's 7 to 9 feet high and strong enough to hold your body weight, with the suspension anchor.
Don't want to invest in a TRX...no worries! Again, most gyms have them!!
Have a FITastic couple of days!
Be sure to check back in on Wednesday and get the sweat on baby!! :D
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist