New to TRX Suspension Training and not sure where to start?
We’ve compiled our top 6 tips in terms of what not to do when you’re using a TRX Suspension Trainer in order to help you make the most of every workout while preventing injury. Avoid these 6 Common Mistakes when using the TRX:
Mistake #1: Starting Incorrectly
Example Exercise: TRX Y Fly
Because you are using your bodyweight as resistance, when starting an exercise on the TRX you want to make sure you are set up properly, so you don’t take on too much weight at the beginning. Before beginning the movement, first start by finding the correct end point of the exercise, body position and proper foot stance for you the movement and your fitness level.
Mistake #2: Stopping
Example Exercise: TRX Low Row
Too much resistance? No problem. Since you’re using your bodyweight as resistance, if you’ve taken on more than you can handle by starting an exercise at too steep of an angle, don’t just stop the movement. To keep your form and workout on track simply adjust your body back away from the anchor point to take off weight to make the exercise feel easier as you start to fatigue.
Mistake #3: Sawing
Example Exercise: TRX Hamstring Runner
Anytime you are on the ground for core or hamstring work, remember the TRX is not a pulley. To avoid sawing in the trainer (where your straps move up and down) make sure to apply even pressure into the foot cradles of your TRX. This will prevent the handles from sawing back and forth, so you can focus on your workout and the inevitable burn that comes with TRX Hamstring or Mountain Climbers.
Mistake #4: Scraping
Example Exercise: TRX Chest Press
When performing an exercise on the TRX, the straps should never rub up against your arms (talk about rope burn). To eliminate scraping and the tendency to lean on the straps, simply raise your arms slightly away from the floor while performing the movement.
Mistake #5: Slacking
Example Exercise: TRX Ab Crunch
Just like with traditional weight training, you want maintain time under tension throughout each movement. If the TRX is slacking, then chances are so are you. Be sure to maintain tension on the straps throughout each movement to get the most out of every exercise.
Mistake #6: Sagging
Example Exercise: TRX Tricep Press
The first rule to using the TRX safely and effectively is to engage your core in every exercise that is in a plank position. When you get tired, it can be challenging to hold your body in alignment. Remember to keep your tailbone tucked and core engaged to keep your hips from sagging in order to maintain proper alignment.
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