To get the most out of Rip Training, it’s critical to identify your resistance cord sweet spot--the optimal distance from the anchor point. It’s crucial to understand that no matter how strong and powerful you are, your Rip Training sweet spot will never be at the absolute maximum distance you can stretch the resistance cord from the anchor point.
Watch the video above to see Rip Training creator Pete Holman demonstrate how you can find your Rip Training sweet spot. “The right distance from the anchor point to get the most from the resistance cord’s progressive elastic resistance. Not too close, and definitely not too far,” he says.
Maxing out the resistance cord -- or when the cord is stretched to the point at which the safety sleeve (which acts as a governor), provides a hard end point -- is a common Rip Training mistake. This decreases exercise effectiveness in two ways:
1. It increases joint impact and hence also, the risk of injury, whereas reduced joint stress is one of the biggest advantages of Rip Training.
2. It allows the cord to do the work of decelerating the motion for you. Learning how to control both acceleration and deceleration is critical in order to take full advantage of the Rip Training tool.
Holman recommends the following steps to max out on the Rip Trainer’s effectiveness, without maxing out on resistance.
1. Measure the first movement of each Rip Training exercise prior to performing at full speed to ensure you’re not maxing out. Trying the movement slowly will help you find that “just right” stretch.
2. If you want to make the deceleration from the end point more challenging, try adding an isometric hold on every third rep. This is done by freezing at the extension point of the movement.
Pick up your TRX Rip Trainer here and if you still need more resistance, check out the TRX Rip Trainer Heavy or X-Heavy cords.