Not surprisingly, all of us at TRX have been drinkin’ the Kool-Aid and preachin’ the good word about Suspension Training® for over a decade. It provides endless cardio benefits; gives you a full-body workout in less time; helps you move better; cranks up your metabolism; strengthens your midsection; and overall is an amazing workout, etc etc... blah blah blah.
At the end of the day, unless you’re actively using the straps on a regular basis - whether it be for personal use or working with a client - you probably just think we’re spewing a bunch of marketing hot air. And why wouldn’t you? It’s only natural to question the guy who’s trying to sell you something. Alas, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) sponsored an independent study in which 16 healthy men and women took part in an eight-week TRX program. ACE Chief Science Officer, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. said the results were “impressive.” Dr. Bryant added, "this study suggest that TRX training improves muscular fitness while simultaneously eliciting positive modifications in several major health risk factors." For instance, the study showed a lowered resting blood pressure for all participants, most prominent for those with high blood pressure prior to the study.
The study also found links between TRX Suspension Training and a decrease in waist circumference and body-fat percentage, with an average 60-minute session burning 400 calories. Dr. Lance C. Dalleck, Ph.D., from the Recreation, Exercise and Sport Science Department at Western State Colorado University points out that “TRX Suspension Training [is] holistically beneficial, as demonstrated by the improvements seen in cardiovascular and muscular fitness over only eight weeks. Combine that with the likely benefits to a person’s flexibility and balance over the long-term and you see that this type of training program can have a tremendous impact on an individual’s overall health.”
In short, TRX is extremely versatile and IT WORKS! With one 60-minute TRX workout, you legitimately check the strength training, core, flexibility, mobility, and cardio boxes - especially if the programming includes high-intensity interval training. So do yourself - and your clients - a solid and integrate TRX Training into your fitness routine. We promise (with a clear conscious;-), you’ll be thankful you did.
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