Now that the weekend is here, maybe you’re looking to unwind after a hectic week with a good movie tonight. Might we suggest The Fast and the Furious or perhaps Blade, two great action flicks featuring former MMA fighter and fanatical triathlete Matt Schulze.
The Hollywood star has access to every imaginable training resource and a physique that reflects his dedication to fitness. But after using the TRX Suspension Trainer, Schulze was so impressed with the results, he contacted TRX to share his experience.
“I've only been using the TRX for two months, and I got ripped,” he says, chuckling in disbelief.
Mom Knows Best
What's even crazier is that Schulze first heard about the TRX when he went to visit his mom. “About a year ago, my mom started training on the TRX with a personal trainer. I've been doing triathlons for a while, and when I saw the TRX, I kind of laughed. Straps? Come on.” It wasn't until two months ago that he finally gave the TRX a shot. “I went home to visit my mom and signed on with her trainer to get in shape for a movie. I wanted to learn the TRX and see if it was something I could relate to because I was going to be traveling so much.”
When Schulze suspended his disbelief and finally tried the TRX, he had the same humbling experience that many of us have had during our first go-around with the straps. “I did it, and it was harder than hell. I usually work out four or five hours a day, and I was really surprised how hard it was for me. I ended up falling in love with it and have been doing it ever since.”
From TRX Doubter to TRX Fanatic
Now on location in Puerto Rico filming the next installment in The Fast and The Furious franchise, Schulze primarily uses the training protocol from the TRX Basic Training DVD (included in the TRX Pro Pack). He also draws on his background as a mixed martial artist to incorporate movements he learned training for MMA. “I find using the TRX to be almost meditative. You have to be aware of everything you're doing. I love that my legs are engaged, my core. It's not just lying on a bench and lifting weights.”
Schulze tries to get outdoors as much as possible to train on his TRX. The rims on basketball hoops have become one of his favorite anchor points. The results he's achieved using the TRX have surprised him. “In a weird way, it's changed my body. I needed muscles for this film, but I hate lifting weights. I started using the TRX and bang! From out of nowhere, I've got all these muscles.”
Now Schulze wants to get even faster and more furious and take his TRX training to the next level. “At first, I thought I had a lot of core strength, but I had none. Now I've built up my core strength, and I'm looking forward to trying the TRX FORCE Program to up the ante. I get so pumped up from the damn thing.”
Andrew Vontz is a journalist and trainer who writes for TRX. He programs functional training for endurance sports and life.