The term ‘suspension training’ refers to an approach to strength training that uses a system of ropes and webbing called a “suspension trainer” to allow the user to work against their own body weight.
Once such training program that we hear about a lot is TRX.
Randy Hetrick, a former Navy Seal and Stanford MBA graduate, developed the Total Resistance eXercise (TRX) equipment and the associated Suspension Training bodyweight exercises in the 1990s, and started marketing it in 2005. The TRX Suspension Trainer is said by the makers to be an original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You’re in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise – because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.
The main benefit that one may derive by using The TRX Suspension Trainer system could be:
- Delivering a fast, effective total-body workout
- Helping build a rock-solid core
- Increasing muscular endurance
- Benefitting people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors)
- Can be set-up anywhere (gym, home, hotel or outside)
It is said by the makers that by utilizing your own bodyweight, the TRX Suspension Trainer provides greater performance and functionality than large exercise machines costing thousands of dollars.
Proponents of suspension training argue that it develops core body strength, as well as joint and muscular stability, reducing the chance of injury. However some sports scientists have expressed concern that weaker individuals may not have the core stability or joint integrity to use the system safely and effectively.
Here is video demonstrating a TRX Workout with Inventor Randy Hetrick.
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