From Crossfit to TRX Yogi...
My workout background is an odd mixture. I was a professional ballet dancer, then I became a pilates and yoga instructor. Somehow I got hooked on Crossfit and weightlifting for a few years, then eventually circled back to functional mind-body fitness with much lighter weights, body weight movements, of course yoga, pilates, and what became my new favorite workout method—TRX. One of the studios where I teach, Bloomington Body Bar, offers TRX classes in addition to several other mind-body formats. About 5 sessions after my initial TRX class I signed up to become TRX certified. I knew it was a perfect addition to my fitness repertoire and works so beautifully with both yoga and pilates. I love how the TRX straps add that extra strength element to an already challenging yoga practice. They also serve to provide resistance in certain postures like crescent lunge, making your body work harder to stabilize and balance.
"I WILL nail that handstand press one of these days, and it will be in large part thanks to this favorite TRX move of mine!"
My yoga practice has never felt stronger, and I really feel as though this is due in large part to everything that TRX has to offer. My smaller, stabilizing muscles are firing quicker and with more power, and my larger muscles like hamstrings, glutes, and quads are just stronger in general as well. Because TRX is “all core all the time”, I also feel so much more connected to my center of gravity and the amount of control I have in my yoga practice is exponentially greater. I tend to be overly flexible and TRX has not only aided in strengthening my lax muscles and joints, but taught me how to energetically hug my muscles in while holding yoga poses. I used to notice myself “hanging in my joints”, but TRX has allowed me to relearn patterns of movement to help keep my body safe.
"I love how TRX has taken my practice as both a teacher and student of yoga to the next level, allowing me to feel both physically and mentally stronger and more balanced."
I’ve been working diligently for a long time on the elusive “float”, or handstand press, where from a standing forward fold, your toes just seemingly float up off the floor, and pike press into handstand without kicking or momentum. It’s been a long term goal of mine, and working on developing the strength and control has been a tedious process. I utilize the TRX pike in the TRX straps to replicate the feeling of floating into a handstand. Each time I do it I try to hold it a little bit longer, and I feel an immense difference from when I first began. I WILL nail that handstand press one of these days, and it will be in large part thanks to this favorite TRX move of mine!
The number one thing I get asked in my profession is, “How do I build long, lean muscle?” Of course as a yogi, I encourage everyone to come to yoga as often as possible! Not just for the physical benefits, but for the emotional benefits as well. I also always talk about TRX. I truly believe that just 45 minutes of TRX 2-3x a week is a great foundation for people looking to strengthen and tone. I love how TRX has taken my practice as both a teacher and student of yoga to the next level, allowing me to feel both physically and mentally stronger and more balanced.
All the best,
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