On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, I faithfully grab my trusty TRX suspension system and head out the door for 30 to 40 minutes of functional training exercise.
Although I’m lucky to work in a gym environment, I really love the portability and versatility of the TRX system. Developed years ago as training/conditioning system for the Navy SEALS, it was designed for ease of use in isolated locations. All you need is an anchor point to hook the straps to and you’re good to go. The TRX works its strength-training magic by leveraging your body weight and you’re only limited by your imagination. It’s functional training at its simple best.
I’m absolutely convinced the TRX system is an ideal cross-training alternative for runners and multi-sport athletes. Runners, bikers, and swimmers spend a lot of training time moving in a linear direction. TRX exercises move us in all planes of motion and we develop our brain’s ability to communicate effectively with muscles involved in athletic motion. This is all about training the movements.
As I move into my 54th year, I seriously doubt that I’ll ever return to traditional weight-lifting exercise. Functional training methods like the TRX system don’t strain my aging connective tissue and muscles and I feel I’m effectively strengthening and improving movements I use during the running process. My running biomechanics are healthier and stronger.
If you’re searching for an amazingly versatile, portable, and effective cross-training system, I highly recommend looking into the TRX Suspension System. Many health clubs are now incorporating the TRX in group personal training programs and you might see the simple yellow TRX straps hanging around your favorite gym.
The short video above is of some friends “enjoying” a group functional training class that included some TRX exercises.