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  • Thank you, Amber! I’ve been seeing that in Athleta catalogs and wondered what it was. Sounds like a great way to work out!

    From Cathy
    April 20, 2012

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Friday Fitness: Take it to the X

trx training Friday Fitness: Take it to the XAs many of you, H3 in-house guests, alumni and blog followers, have recently heard…we now have TRX! So, what exactly is all the buzz about? What is the TRX? And, how can it benefit you?

TRX is a suspension trainer. It stands for “Total Resistance eXercise”. It’s a performance training tool that is extremely portable and accessible for all fitness levels.  It’s functionally ideal as it simply utilizes bodyweight and gravity for all exercises.  This enables you with hundreds of exercises: exercises that can be “amped-up” and or exercises that can be scaled for any fitness level or training goal. To get a better understanding, the three principles that rule all TRX movements/exercises are below:

VECTOR RESISTANCE PRINCIPLE
For most standing movements, positioning your feet closer to the anchor point will increase resistance and heighten the challenge. Stepping farther away from the anchor point will decrease resistance and make movements easier to execute.

PENDULUM PRINCIPLE
For ground-based movements, moving your feet away from the anchor point will increase resistance and heighten the challenge. Moving your feet towards the anchor point or behind the anchor point will decrease resistance and make movements easier to execute.

STABILITY PRINCIPLE
In general, performing movements with a narrower base of support or unilaterally (using just one arm or just one leg instead of both arms or both legs) will increase the challenge of TRX movements. The wider your base of support, the more stable you will be during TRX movements and the less challenging they will be to perform.

With TRX bringing a whole new element to HHH fitness, this fitness Friday we challenge you to try something new. If your local gym has TRX, possibly enlighten yourself with a PT session. I guarantee after 30 minutes you will be hooked!

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