In a recent blog, we explored the idea that movement is a skill. Just like mastering a foreign language or calculus, moving better requires practice and progression through layers of expertise.
And, just like foreign language or calculus, the size of your muscles has little to do with your level of mastery over movement. People who think of TRX as only building strength are missing a critical piece.
At its core, TRX helps people master movement by not only building muscle, but also building stronger and more synchronous connections in the brain.
Muscle memory is developed and retained in the brain — muscles have no capacity for memory or any other memory-like function. In fact, the orchestration of all movement happens in one very specific part of the brain: the motor cortex.
Take your hand and put it on the top of your head, between your ears. Your hand is now sitting right above your brain’s motor cortex — the control center for all movement in your body. Mastery of all movement — strength, endurance, fine motor skill, is housed in this part of the brain.
Neuroscientists have coined the term “neuroplasticity” to describe why mastery over movement is possible. When you train, your brain rewires itself to create a stronger electrical connection to your muscles. Said differently, practice makes perfect because of your brain’s ability to rewire itself from training.
In summary, learning movement faster comes down to training your body and your brain.
Kim Glass, Olympic Silver Medalist, TRX Athlete
Kim Glass knows how to master the skill of movement in no time. After a decorated career at the University of Arizona, she went on to win a silver medal with Team USA at the Beijing Olympics. Today, she uses TRX to help clients in Los Angeles master their bodies faster.
Kim focuses on TRX functional training with clients — like most people, they’ve often skipped over the foundation of movement in hopes of lifting heavy weight, running lightning speed sprint times, or jumping out of the gym.
That’s like (back to our original analogy) trying to do integral calculus without first understanding the slope of a line. Movement is critical to any athlete's success, and it’s what makes TRX the perfect complement to any training regimen.
To hear Kim say it, the free range of motion, flexibility to adapt to any movement, and emphasis on precision is the ideal platform for mastering movement — by building those strong, synchronous connections to the muscles from the brain’s motor cortex.
Neuroscience can make TRX athleticism happen faster
Kim’s interest in helping her clients learn movement faster led her to San Francisco-based Halo Neuroscience, a human performance company that built a brain stimulator that accelerates movement-based learning.
The idea is that electrical stimulation helps the brain respond even faster to training – making mastery of movement happen even faster. CrossFit athlete Kari Pearce, the San Francisco Giants, and United States Naval Special Warfare are also combining TRX and Halo Sport — and seeing incredible results.
Kim says it best: “TRX and Halo Sport are made for each other.”
This Father’s Day, help Dad master movement faster
As you can see in the video, Kim’s client came to her hoping to improve his athleticism, so he can keep up with his son and be a better dad. Nothing screams fundamental movement more than keeping up with a toddler. With Halo Sport, he’s making progress faster than he thought possible.
Halo Sport, announced as a sponsor at the recent TRX Training Summit, embodies the concept of movement quality over quantity and training the brain in addition to the muscles.
Through Father’s Day, TRX subscribers can get Halo Sport for $474 with a free bluetooth music adapter, (a $789 value).
To learn more about Halo Sport and get your exclusive discount, go to gethalosport.com/trx or just use code TRXVIP at checkout. To learn more about Halo Sport and TRX, follow Kim Glass and Kari Pearce on Instagram.