A Smart Approach to Balance Training
Posted on Jul 5, 2016 12:31:00 PM
How many times have you had to take that deep breath and gear yourself up after returning home from food shopping because you knew that you were about to, somehow, attach every grocery bag to your body and power it all upstairs in one trip? Now, imagine someone was filming this for a segment of "why functional strength is important." How would your posture and form look? Probably, not so good.  What if we lightened the load of each bag significantly? Then how would your form look? I’m guessing that most likely your form and alignment would improve.  That same approach works with the TRX Suspension Trainer: it helps unload your body weight to maximize your form and success when balance training with the BOSU Balance Trainer.
When it comes to programming for clients, (at least for me) I instinctively include some sort of stabilization, proprioception and balance work.  The intended result is to train smarter by decreasing the risk of injury as we drive towards their goals. In the past, balance training was often only associated with the senior population. Nowadays, that sort of thinking seems as old school as “No Pain, No Gain” or “Go Hard or Go Home”.  In fact, many of today’s top athletes as well as their trainers will tell you that stabilization and balance training are vital components of overall sports performance and/or long term wellness results.
It doesn’t matter whether you are simply trying to stand on one foot or you are blindfolded, on a stability ball, on top of a roof, attempting the crane kick from the movie Karate Kid. (PLEASE DON’T TRY THAT!!! It was a joke!) Either way, the art of balance training of any kind can be challenging. The understanding and execution of proper movement technique is essential for a person’s success in any fitness program. However, the TRX Suspension Trainer offers the unique ability to modify, unload or add intensity to movements so that it can be scaled for all fitness levels.  Of course, please remember that the TRX education team empasizes that one should master the mechanics of the basic movements first before advancing to these combination exercises. If you visit https://www.trxtraining.com/train/exercises you can find these basic moves to assist in your success.
So, without further ado, here are 3 top combination exercises with basic to dynamic progressions utilizing the TRX Suspension Trainer and the BOSU Balance Trainer:
TRX/Bosu Squat: 
Strap Length will vary. Standing Facing your anchor point.
Level 1: Squat (Flat side up)
Level 2: Squat w/band (Flat side up)
Level 3: OH Squat (Flat side up)
TRX/Bosu Plank: 
Strap Length will vary. Standing Facing away from your anchor point.
Level 1: Plank
Level 2: Crunch
Level 3: Atomic Push up
TRX/Bosu Split Lunge: 
Strap Length will vary. Standing Facing your anchor point.
Level 1: Split Lunge
Level 2: Balance Lunge
Level 3: Crossing Balance Lunge
About Acea Theroux:
Acea has been in the health and wellness industry since 1995. He is a Senior Education Course Instructor for TRX®, National Presenter and (former) Education Specialist for Zumba Fitness, Creator and Founder of Plyo Power® a systematic approach to sports conditioning that focuses on the quality of movement before progressing with intensity. Acea is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and currently works for the Federal Occupational Health Units in Boston and Cambridge Massachusetts. He received his degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and works part time traveling the country as a national health/wellness educator and continuing education provider for NASM, NSCA, ACE and AFAA.
“If you’re going to talk the talk, then walk the walk! PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH… Your clients will thank you and your colleagues will have a greater amount of respect for you.”

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