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Cardio is not the exclusive realm of athletes and dieters. If you have a heart, you probably need to be doing some kind of activity to keep your heart healthy. That means endurance training, whether it’s running, walking, dancing, cycling, swimming, rowing, or a fast-paced TRX workout.
Endurance is your ability to exert yourself or remain active over time. It also refers to how well you can handle fatigue, stress or pain. And while you may have heard that endurance training improves your cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular health, did you know that it can also speed up your metabolism clear your head, help you sleep better, and make you feel happier?
One of the common misconceptions about endurance training is that you have to be outdoors or at a gym for a proper cardio workout. With a TRX Suspension Trainer, you can take your workout wherever you are.
One of the easiest ways to turn a standard TRX strength workout into an endurance training bonanza is to speed up the exercises. While you never want to sacrifice quality for quantity, hammering out reps of standard TRX exercises like rows, chest presses, crunches, and mountain climbers will elevate your heart rate. To keep your body guessing, try a Dirty 30 challenge: 10 fast reps, 10 slow reps, and another 10 fast reps of the same move, without a break.
Another smart way to amp up your Suspension Trainer workout is to add jumps. The extra blast of power works well with lower body TRX moves like squats and sprinter starts. Keep in mind that jumps don’t have to be associated with a move using the Suspension Trainer. If you’re focused on upper body or core, but you want to add a cardio element to your workout, try alternating your TRX rows or bicep curls with an off-the-straps interval of jumping jacks, high knees, or burpees.
When you’re ready to take your endurance training even further, combine eight of your favorite high-intensity TRX moves into a Tabata interval— a series of eight, 20-second bursts with only ten seconds of recovery in between bursts. Trainers love Tabata because it builds strength and endurance in a short amount of time. Those four-minute Tabata bursts are a super-efficient, fat-torching form of exercise. And if you really want to sweat? Give each of those eight moves its own four-minute Tabata session, taking a minute in between each exercise to recover. Eight challenges for four minutes each, plus seven minutes of recovery: that’s a 39-minute workout you won’t soon forget.
TRX can help you develop a strong body, which will support your endurance training while improving your muscular endurance. You don’t have to leave your home to get a heart-pounding workout; all you need is your TRX Suspension Trainer.