Welcome to my very first blog. My name is Cathy McGivney PSLC Gym Director. I’ve been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years. This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing for the PSLC and I hope you are all as pumped for them as I am! I will be bringing you tips on health and fitness to help you all reach your fitness goals!
To start, I’m going to talk about TRX! Trx is my favourite tool in the fitness industry. What I love most about it is that it is a fast hardcore workout. TRX is not only my favourite class to teach and my favourite tool to use while personal training, it’s is also my favourite thing to do myself with my own training. A few years ago I learned all about TRX and transferred that knowledge which now has completely changed my body into how I want to look.
TRX was so different from any other form of gym based exercise such as dumbbells, cardio machines or machine based weights/I was completely taken with it and it is still very close to my heart to this day! If you haven’t tried it yet you are in for a treat! (just maybe not the next day!)
I’ll first give you a little history on TRX. The concept was first created by Norman H. Davis III, as far back as 1999. Also known as trip (you can see why he went by trip!). It started in the navy seals and as you’ll all know, anything from the military is extremely hardcore and this is no different! They needed a better way to resistance train in fields, This is how TRX was born. The original straps were made out of parachutes!
TRX is suspension training (Don’t worry you won’t be hanging from a trapeze!) It is a body weight resistance exercise system, That builds strength, balance, burns body fat, improves flexibility and develops a tight core. TRX suspension training is the original workout system to employ the principle of leveraging or raising gravity and your own upper body weight and using that to create the most hardcore workout you can imagine! I really mean that! (and if you don’t believe me pop down to a class and see for yourself!)
I’ve always found that the best way to get results with TRX is with pumping music to keep you motivated and in the Zone!! I’m even so excited writing about TRX that I want to abandon my laptop and grab a strap for a workout…but first I will finish this blog and you’ll want to try it for yourself!
The great thing about the TRX strap is that you can go from beginners, through intermediate and all the way to advanced just by changing your foot position. You are in control of how much you want to challenge yourself. By simply adjusting your body and stepping in further under the anchor point, you increase the difficulty of the exercise. A steeper body angle will challenge you more in most TRX exercises such as the TRX I,Y,T, Row, Alligator and Bicep curl, to name a few. (You’ll learn all these exercises at a class)
Finally, I would like to explain how TRX intensifies working out by talking to you about the plank. I’ve always loved performing planks, first on my elbow and progressing onto the palms of my hands. You may think this is tough but it’s just a warm up compared to TRX planks of any kind which I quickly learned myself! When performing the TRX plank, place your feet in the stirrups or the straps, so when you go into the plank your feet are elevated off the ground, which in turn removes the stable platform. This causes you to activate more muscles to keep your body stable. This is also why TRX is the best thing you can use when training your abs, the same principle is employed with the plank – just more effective. TRX makes you use your core to its maximum even when you’re not focusing on your core and that’s what makes it so tough!
Get Going !
Hope you all enjoyed my TRX blog. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the PSLC TRX classes very soon! They take place on Mondays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6.30am and Wednesdays at 8pm. I’ll be back next week with another blog for you all!
Bring it on !
Cathy McGivney PSLC GYM Director