Why Suspend Barre is Perfect for Every Body
With our “Breaking Down Suspend Barre” Workshop this weekend, I wanted to dive into a few of the many reasons why Suspend Barre is truly for Every Body. In this blog post however, I am going to focus on the TRX Suspension Training aspect of the class because I have many blog posts explaining why barre is a great exercise option for all ages and fitness levels, like this one.
First, what is TRX?
TRX is a form of suspension training that uses body weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user's body weight to complete the exercises. The TRX Suspension Trainer is just one piece of equipment that can deliver a fast, fun and effective total-body workout. Devotees thank TRX for helping them build a rock-solid core and increased strength and endurance.
Beyond the outward benefits there are three more important reasons TRX is for Every Body and the benefits go far beyond nice abs.
Core Strength & Stability
The core is described as "the central link that connects the upper and lower body; a hub through which practically all movement either originates or passes,” according to Harvard Healthbeat. “Weak or inflexible core muscles can impair how well your arms and legs function. And that saps power from many of the moves you make. Properly building up your core cranks up the power. A strong core also enhances balance and stability.”
Staffers at Mayo Clinic agree “Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities.”
Core stability improves performance and helps people avoid or minimize injuries. Working with the TRX constantly engages and challenges the core by training you to use your core strength to generate and transfer power throughout the body. You'll notice your instructor constantly telling you to keep your body in a plank position throughout class as a reminder to keep your abs engaged.
Flexibility is more than being able to do a split, when we talk about flexibility we’re talking about total available range of motion. Much like stability, flexibility helps prevent injuries and boosts performance. A well stretched muscle can more easily achieve its full range of motion -- think less restricted golf swing and a stronger tennis serve as well as functional abilities like reaching and bending during daily tasks.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) notes that flexibility is often overlooked, but flexible joints are vital for pain-free and independent movement. According to the ACE, the TRX Suspension Trainer makes flexibility workouts more accessible by allowing users to unload body weight and move through a greater range of motion, adding resistance and leverage to help safely pull the body to a range of motion that might not otherwise be achievable. With this tool, the user can manipulate the difficulty and intensity of a stretch, making any move appropriate for an individual’s fitness level.
This is my favorite way and the clearest example of how TRX Suspension Training is truly accessible for Every Body. There are very few pieces of exercise equipment that are as easily adaptable as the TRX Suspension Trainer. Unlike work with weights where everyone would be picking up different size weights to complete an exercise, a TRX exercise can be modified by adjusting the user’s angle or vector.
For example, someone performing a TRX tricep extension can make the exercise harder by taking a step back, or easier by taking a step forward. These micro-modifications minimize the psychological barrier to scaling back mid-workout, instead of giving up, user’s can adjust their angle and work at a different intensity. In a group fitness setting, that means that people at every fitness level can confidently do the same workout, catered to their individual needs.
“Fitness should be about individual performance and progress, not competition. With a tool like the TRX Suspension Trainer, it’s easy to take an exercise and make it personal. It’s the great exercise democratizer, truly made for every body.”
See for yourself this Sunday, November 12th from 11:00AM - 12:30PM. The 90-minute workshop and workout is $20. Please sign up in advance if possible.