Suspension training might be a relatively new term to you, but it is also a powerful tool in your fitness arsenal. While it does require special equipment, it can deliver profound benefits. Of course, there’s a lot that you should know about this type of training regimen.
Where Did It Come From?
Suspension training is just now making headway in the world of fitness, but it’s actually been around for some time. It was originally developed for the Navy SEALs and it relies on a portable trainer (called a TRX Suspension Trainer or an Inkaflexx system). It also relies on your bodyweight, rather than on free weights or other types of external aids. Currently, TRX is the most common system on the market, and it’s use in over 1,000 gyms across the US, with over 10,000 individual sets sold. Today, you can find suspension training at work in the MLB, the UFC, with Olympic athletes and more. So, what should you know about it?
It Requires Balance
Suspension training has been called “yoga on ropes” due to the significant need for balance during all types of exercises. It’s really all about working your core muscles first, and then other muscle groups. Moreover, it works muscles at the same time, rather than one at a time in a linear fashion the way you do when you’re lifting weights.
It Can Be Set Up Anywhere
If you choose to buy your own suspension training system, you can set it up just about anywhere, from inside your home to under a large tree in the backyard. However, it might be a good idea to get acquainted with it in a gym where you can learn the ropes with professional supervision, as the movements are completely different from what most people have ever experienced.
It May Not Be Ideal for Everyone
While suspension training offers low-impact workout options that can be a good fit for experienced athletes, everyday gym goers and even seniors, it may not be right for everyone, particularly if you intend to do it unsupervised. Correctly using a suspension training system requires that you have well developed core muscles to avoid instability and potential injury. If you don’t, there is a chance for overextension injuries, instability injuries and others. Our advice is to always test the waters in a professional setting and to know your limits. With that being said, it can do a lot to improve flexibility for many people, so it can be a good option for most when taken slowly.
Unlike many other conventional workout routines, suspension training doesn’t take a lot of time. You can get in a full body workout in under an hour. Many people see results with as little as 20 minutes per day (with a full week’s workout, of course). You also don’t have to worry so much about working out different muscle groups each day.
It’s Not about Bulking Up
Many people today want to get in better physical condition and burn fat, but they don’t want to end up looking like a bodybuilder. The suspension training technique is a perfect fit here. Because it uses your own bodyweight, it lengthens muscles, rather than expanding them. You gain both strength and endurance without a corresponding increase in bulk. That’s good news for just about anyone who doesn’t want to become the next Mr. Universe.
If you’re interested in exploring the benefits offered by suspension training, get in touch. We offer the TRX suspension system as well as professional trainers well versed in the use of this equipment and how to get the utmost benefits for different goals.