Maximize your strength training routine by cutting out these time wasters.Read article
You’re probably used to hammering your muscles with heavy barbells, dumbbells, and machines. While those are great for your goals, you don’t always need external resistance to add size and strength to your frame — in fact, many bodyweight exercise alone can give you what you’re looking for and take a lot of stress off your body.
Still think bodyweight exercises can’t give you the size you’re looking for? Add an entirely new dimension to your workouts by using a TRX suspension trainer. You can blast the areas of your body — legs, core, arms, back, and shoulders — that you couldn’t do with traditional bodyweight staples like pushups and pullups. Also, by changing the lever angle you can instantly add resistance.
Unlike a barbell or machine, you can easily twist and turn the handles of a TRX to take a lot of pressure off your elbow and shoulder joints. And rather than pound your joints and spine with hundreds of pounds of external weight, it simply uses your current bodyweight to provide all the resistance you need.
You can quickly raise the intensity by moving closer to the anchor point, or reduce it by moving away. For lower body exercises, the TRX can give you assistance as you learn new exercises like the pistol squat. You can put one leg in a foot cradle and spike your core activation because of the unique stability challenge. For core exercises, it unlocks different movements to carve your six-pack.
In addition, you can do a TRX workout virtually anywhere. It travels well because it’s lightweight and takes little space. All you have to do is attach it to a sturdy bar at the park, a tree branch, or even on a machine in a crappy hotel gym to get a real workout.
So what should you do if there’s a TRX at your gym? There’s more to it than just pushups and rows. Follow this three-day TRX workout plan and get closer to your New Year’s resolution to pack muscle onto your body.