Ed Le Cara spent seven years as a frontline medic in the Army based in Northern California before branching out to the front line of health and wellness in the civilian sector. Today, Le Cara has a PhD in sports medicine, plus he’s a chiropractor, an athletic trainer, a strength and conditioning specialist, and a TRX Master Instructor. Yet he admits his work with TRX wouldn’t have happened without some prodding.
TRX Founder Randy Hetrick famously invented the original Suspension Trainer prototype while serving overseas as a Navy SEAL, but Le Cara didn’t learn about the Suspension Trainer during his military tenure; he discovered it by pure coincidence in his chiropractic office in 2007. At the time, Le Cara was working in Pleasanton, Calif., and changing the way he ran his office. “I had purchased a practice that had an extra unit built in to the practice,” he explains. Since he found himself using the x-ray less and less, he decided to use the space for exercise intervention. That meant tearing out the extra unit to make room for fitness equipment.
A guy who helped Le Cara outfit the space with exercise equipment suggested that Le Cara purchase a TRX Suspension Trainer, so he did. Except he never used it. “It's embarrassing now, but it hung there for about two years. I had no idea how to use it. I couldn't even adjust the straps. I couldn't figure out how to manipulate the carabiner. I couldn't figure out anything,” he said.
Recognizing that it was pointless to have a piece of equipment he didn’t use, Le Cara looked for a class nearby. When he found one, it changed his life and practice.
I took the course and it blew my mind. I was like, ‘There are so many different ways to utilize this in rehab and be so effective and efficient.’ That's when I really started doing this deep dive into TRX Suspension Training.” After a little experimentation—determining what patients could tolerate and how to help them adjust to different load levels—the Suspension Trainer became the piece of equipment that Le Cara turned to use for almost all his patients.
Now, as co-owner of Body Lounge Park Cities in Dallas, Le Cara finds himself regularly giving clients TRX exercises as part of their treatment. “I've even donated Suspension Training straps to numerous gyms, because the coaches or the owners will refer people to me, I'll show them how to do exercises on the Suspension Trainer in my office, and I wanted them to have a Suspension Trainer at the gym. So having that at both locations, it's easy for me to show them the exercise and they can do it at the gym when they're still training,” he said.
While Le Cara is a fan of the physical benefits of the Suspension Trainer, he says the thing he loves most about TRX as a company is that it encourages people to people daily. “We're in a state right now that most of the injuries that I see, most of the obesity epidemic—a lot of these things can be cured by people being more fit, stronger. It's really about increasing a person's capacity as an organism,” he explained. “TRX has always been a leader since it's been around in the fitness space of people making their body a machine. It's not just a slogan, it really should be a way of life in order to keep healthy and moving and be able to do the things that we want to do as we get older.”