Leg Strength and Core Stability for Runners

improve running with TRXImproving your core stability and leg strength can help you enjoy your running a lot more. By improving these to areas, you will find more balance in your running leaving you feeling more at ease. This in turn allows you to get the most out of your efforts and will actually start to enjoy your runs more.

With good balance, you reduce the risk of injuries and in this article I am going to share some suspension training exercises that you can do with your TRX to improve your core stability and build up your leg strength. I have had many of my runner friends try this out for 3 to 4 weeks and they were amazed at how much better they had felt. It it can help them, I am sure it will be good for you too!

These suspension exercises provide an excellent idea to recognize, improve and ultimately, overcome those imbalances, so you can do what you enjoy, longer and more pain free. By implementing these effective exercises you will see running a faster 5km becomes more easier and relaxing.

Lets begin:

TRX Forward Lunge to I-Fly

This exercise targets your hip flexor mobility, stabilized your core and improves single leg balance. It also will improve your co-ordination that will even out your running stride. Small subtle changes that improves many areas.

  • Stand facing away from the anchor point holding the handles with arms out straight.
  • Lunge forward on your right leg until your knee is 90 degrees
  • Let your knee gently touch the ground
  • As you go down, keep your arms straight and move them up above your head so that you are reaching up as you lunge down.
  • Hold the stretch for a few seconds
  • Tighten your core as you return to the starting position by pushing through your leg on the way up.
  • Repeat with your left leg.
  • Do this for about 30 to 40 seconds.

TRX Single Arm Row

This exercises helps build strength and stability to improve your arm drive and posture. You will be resisting throughout the exercises to increase your durability.

  • Stand facing the anchor point
  • Lean back while holding your self up with the Suspension Trainer in one hand.
  • Tighten your core and focus on having a strong plank with your shoulders pulled down and back.
  • Holding your plank, use your back muscles to pull your chest up to your hand.
  • Return to the starting position in a slow controlled movement.

TRX Suspended Lunge

This is a very good exercises that will improve your balance in the both the left and right leg.

  • Stand facing away from the anchor point
  • Place one leg through both of the foot cradles.
  • Ground yourself through your working leg and find your plank before you start moving.
  • Push your hips down and back, and lunge down until your front knee is bent to 90 degrees.
  • Keep your core tight and your chest up the whole exercise
  • Let your arms match your stride pattern, mimicking the way your run.
  • Drive through your front foot and use your glute and hamstring to bring you back up to the top.
  • Pause for a moment to reset your plank before starting the net rep.

Repeat the above exercises three times and you should be well on your way to having more great runs from here on out.

Which Suspension Trainer Offers Good Value for Money?

Hey there, Brad here. Today I am going to talk about which suspension training straps offers good value for money if you are on a budget and cannot afford the more expensive TRX training brand.

The TRX brand offers a very good product backed by excellent customer service as well as add-ons for their customers and members. They have a large assortment of accessories and apparel so that you have everything that you need. They offer fitness trainers an education course so that you can offer one on one training or group training privately or at gym. The TRX education course is a must and highly recommended.

Now as I mentioned above, if you have a limited budget, the TRX Home Suspension Trainer kit might be out of your price range at $199.99. There is however a very excellent alternative to the TRX in a US made product called the WOSS 3000 Equalizer Suspension trainer at 1/5 the cost at $39.99. You can buy 5 WOSS trainers for one TRX and if you are a personal instructor starting out, this makes the most sense for business.

WOSS 3000 Equalizer TrainerThe Woss Equalizer Suspension trainer 3000 series is just as good as the TRX with all the accessories that you need to get started. For a fraction of the price, this looks a more appealing choice and frankly suspension training is suspension training. There is no difference in the exercises that you do with type of trainer that you use. The results that you achieve are equally the same.

A great choice for personal trainers

If you are starting out in the fitness world and want to add suspension workouts to your resume and portfolio, you will need to purchase up to 10 suspension training straps. 10 is a typical number for a group training session.

Buying up to 10 TRX straps is going to put quite a dent in your budget to start. $2000.00 versus $400.00: not a difficult one to solve really. Your best option is the Woss trainer. It is well manufactured and might even work better with wear and tear. I really like the steel loop that is used which will limit the wearing at the most stressed point of the straps.

This is also a good choice for those who want to try suspension exercises as a new form of workout. You do not get as many workouts as the TRX but there are plenty on YouTube by searching for suspension workouts here.

I hope this has help you to make an informed decision and you can read another really good in-depth review of WOSS vs TRX suspension trainers here.

Want To Become a TRX Instructor?

TRX Education Training is a movement-based training program that equips fitness professionals with a progressive approach to learning the TRX system of Foundational Movement Coaching. The TRX courses progress from practicing Foundational Movement standards with the TRX Suspension Trainer, to developing your skills and integrating multiple training tools with individuals or groups. Altogether the TRX progressive, movement-based training curriculum enables you to Move Better, Train Better, and ultimately, Coach Better.

trx instructor training courses

As Total Body Resistance Exercises has grown in popularity so has the need for more instructors has increased. More and more personal trainers have been add suspension training courses to their resume because there has been a huge demand for it. Yes you can train on your own but people like to be part of something and group TRX sessions is popular these days.

So with the increase in demand, gyms have been encouraging their personal trainers to take up TRX instructor training courses to necessitate the need for more TRX courses.

The courses that TRX offers is not a certification but more of an extension to your personal training resume. You will get professional training that teaches you one on one training as well as group sessions. There are no Prerequisites to take this TRX Professional Education Course. Continuing Education Credits (CECs) will only be applied to certified fitness professionals.

The TRX Education courses are broken into 4 categories:

  • TRX Suspension Training Course
  • TRX Functional Training Course
  • TRX Rip Training Course
  • TRX Group Training Course

Each course costs $295.00 and consist of 8 hours of hands on training, continuing education units, comprehensive TRX course manual, product discounts and an invitation to join the TRX directory.

These professional training courses are offered around the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. TRX provides a schedule on when and where they will be hosting a session in each State or Province. So if you do not see one today, you can check back in a few weeks or ask to be put on a waiting list so you will be informed when it does indeed happen.

These courses are excellent for any certified personal trainer as this form of workouts has become very very popular. You see many groups out and about in local parks and sports field training with their suspension straps. It is an ideal form of exercises as it is all body resistance which means not extra added pressure on your joints. This makes it more enjoyable.

To learn more, you can visit this TRX Courses page for more information and further break down of the each course and its level. You will also find links to the States where you can find TRX education courses in your area.

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Suspension Exercises For Your Upper Body

Hey TRX fans, I have 3 awesome suspension exercises for your upper that targets the chest, arms and shoulders. These workouts are brought to you by no other than world re-known TRX expert, Dan Long. As I am currently using Dan Long’s Suspension Revolution program, I have added these into my workout by changing some of the current chest exercises out for these new ones.

Working out with TRX straps is a big bonus because you are not limited to the same place, you can pretty much train anywhere.

So these upper body suspension exercises consists of the following workouts: Single leg opened reverse fly; Single arm tricep press with knee drop and Single arm chest press. These exercises should be done for 30 to 45 seconds at 3 to 4 rounds. Three rounds is the optimal workout but going 4 rounds pushes you a little more with phenomenal results.

None of these TRX chest exercises are difficult to do and are very easy to follow. They are for any level and it is always best practice to start off slowly just to get used to the movements. Once you have the hang of the exercise then you can really get into and start getting results. The biggest difference between suspension training and regular gym equipment is that with equipment you are limited to the same lateral movements. These movements are not a natural movement for the body and you also not using as many muscles at the same time.

With TRX, you engage over 600 muscles for stability and this is what helps strengthen your core. You cannot achieve this with any other workout equipment at the gym. Once you have a strong core, your fat burning and muscle building results will come much faster.

trx chest exercises reverse fly

Lets go over the 3 exercises that Dan has added to his program.

The first exercise is the Single leg opened reverse fly. Stand towards the anchor point, holding a handle in each hand with your palms facing in. Lean your body back and lift your left leg leg. Open both arms with one straight out to ceiling and the other pointing to the floor. Make sure that your body and arms are straight at all times. Move back to the starting position with arms together out in front of you and repeat by switching direction of hands, so that your top hand is now at bottom and perform reverse fly in the opposite direction. Repeat for desired duration of time.

Next is the Single arm tricep press with knee drop. With your straps in single hand mode (left into right), hold the handle with your right hand with left hand on your hip. Face away from anchor point with feet in an offset position. Bend your right arm back behind your head, while leaning forward and dropping your knee down (watch the video below). Return to start and continue for your desired amount of time. Change hands and repeat the exercise. Try keep it going for the same amount of time so that you have a balanced workout.

Last is the Single arm chest press. With your straps in single hand mode, face away from anchor point with your feet together. Place your left hand on your hip with your right arm holding the TRX handle, extended out in front of you at shoulder height. Bend your right arm, bringing the elbow back, lowering your body into a chest press and then return to the starting position. Continue for desired amount of time, and then repeat with your left hand holding the handle and right hand on hip.

Watch the video below to see how to do these exercises.

Dan is brilliant and is always coming up with new and exciting exercises for all areas. Visit this webpage below for more details.


The 5 Best TRX Workouts That You Can Add

Hey there, today we are going to discuss the 5 best TRX workouts that you can add to your current suspension workout. These exercises target the core which is the base of all body strengthening and muscle growth. Without a good, strong core, your efforts of achieving a great physique be all but in vane.

Before we start, I just want to let you know what TRX actually means as I get a lot of emails about this. TRX stands for Total Resistance Exercises. Yes sweet and to the point! TRX was create by an ex military soldier who wanted away to workout and keep fit while on duty using some that is flexible and can be used anywhere. Randy Kendrik was a navy seal and developed suspension straps for himself and his team so that they could train anywhere in the world. Thus how the TRX system was borne.

Pretty neat huh!

So lets get to it then. One of the best and leading experts when it comes to suspension training, in my opinion, is Dan Long. Dan has been training his own clients, football stars and movie stars with suspension for many years and has developed his own unique workout. He is no run of the mill kind of personal trainer as he actually works out of the legendary PowerHouse Gym in Tampa Bay, Florida. So he definitely knows his stuff and has all the backing of his clients as a bonafide TRX expert.

I have been following Dan Long for 14 months now and currently using his Suspension Revolution program. As I do not live anywhere near Tampa Bay, I unfortunately cannot get to the gym otherwise I would be there. None the less, this is the beauty of suspension training. No gym required. Just suspension straps and an anchor point. Simple really.

So having said that, let us get started with the 5 best trx workouts for your core. These are not complicated at all and can be done in between your regular workout.

suspension revolution exercises by dan long

Here is a list of the exercises:

  • Reverse plank hip drop
  • Spiderman push up
  • Olympic swimmer with body saw
  • Suspended front plank with body saw
  • Suspended side plank with scissor and reach under done left and right

The beauty of doing suspension training is that your core is always engaged 100% of the time. And this results in a strong core. Strong core will get you better results in a shorter period of time. It is just natural science and will not go into further details as I am not qualified, hehe. You can watch the demo core suspension exercises video here.

1) Reverse plank hip drop

Place your suspension straps inside one another for single handle mode. Place one heel inside the foot cradle. Place your hands behind your shoulders while sitting down. Lift your hips off the ground into a reverse plank position. Drop the hips down then raise then up into plank position. Do this for 10 to 12 repetitions.

2) Spiderman push up

Keep your TRX straps in single hand mode. Most of you know what a spiderman pushup is but now you are going to do it suspended. Place your left foot into the cradle. Get into a push up position. Raise the body up into a plank. Bring your right knee into your chest on the side and go down into a pushup. When coming up straighten your leg out next to the foot that is in the cradle. Inhale on the way up and exhale on the way down. Do this for 10 reps then switch your feet and do 10 more.

3) Olympic swimmer with body saw

Go down into a plank position on your elbows. Extend your body out into a plank position. First get down into an olympic swimmer by opening your legs then bring them into your chest while raising your hips. Then body saw back. Repeat by opening your legs and bringing them in and body saw back. Just as if you were in a pool doing the breast stroke. It is the same motion with your legs. Do this for 10 to 12 reps.

4) Suspended front plank with body saw

This exercise is not that intense but perfect after doing olympic swimmer with body saw. By now your core is hurting and this will help you take it further. Ly on your stomach and place your elbows down on the floor. Raise your body into a plank position and rock your body back and forth from your elbows. Maintain the plank position throughout. Do this for 15 to 20 repetitions.

5) Suspended side plank with scissor and reach under

Place your feet into the cradles and place them in an offset position. That is bottom foot forward and top foot behind toe touching heel. Start on your right side with right elbow down. Lift your hips up into a side plank position. With your left arm, reach straight up above you towards the sky/ceiling then come down and reach under your body. Repeat this and do for 10 to 12 repetitions. Change over to your left side and repeat the workout.

Do this 2 to 3 times per week and you will see your core strength shoot through the roof. Not only will your core get stronger, but your abs will get nice and ripped too. Double bonus in my book. Cheers and enjoy.

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