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Silly Rabbit! TRX are for kids! (and Runners)

Hannah Dooley, Orangetheory Fitness Coach

I remember the first time I walked into a gym that had TRX straps. They were hanging from a ceiling beam in the middle of the fitness studio I was in. I recall thinking to myself— what on earth do you even use those for? They looked out of place and honestly, silly! 

This fitness studio offered several 45 minute group classes including TRX classes— which seemed like a really long time to work with some suspension straps. Being intrigued, however, I decided to give the TRX class a try. 

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At the time, I had no idea that those dangling straps would be a game changer for me as a runner and fitness enthusiast. I didn’t think something so simple could make such a huge difference in my total body strength and balance, but it did!

TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise. These suspension straps use your body weight and gravity as resistance. They were actually invented by a Navy Seal whose goal was to stay in shape within a limited amount of space. The straps are portable and can be set up anywhere there is an anchor point, making them incredibly convenient. 

They help build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and core & joint stability.

Some other benefits include: accomplishing an effective total body workout using just the straps, as well as working your muscles from the inside out. This results in strengthening your core—one of the keys to becoming a strong runner! 

It doesn’t matter if you have been working out for years or you just started…TRX straps will be beneficial in helping you reach your goals!⠀⠀

Here’s a quick TRX strap workout for you to try:

3-5 Rounds 

TRX Row x 10

TRX Chest Press x 10

3-5 Rounds 

TRX Squat x 10

TRX Hamstring curl x 10

3-5 Rounds

TRX Mountain Climber x 10 (ttl) 

TRX Pike x 10 

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I’ll leave you with a few tips: 

•The closer you stand to the anchor point with your feet, the more challenging it is. If you need an option, either walk your feet further away from the anchor point or widen your stance. 

•When performing your row and chest press, make sure your body stays in perfect plank position throughout every rep. 

•To add an extra challenge in this workout, change the squats to jump squats. 

My hope is that you give TRX workouts a try & begin utilizing them to make you a stronger and a better runner! 

Improvement starts today! 

Hannah Dooley 

HIIT by Hannah

IG & FB: hiitbyhannah

NASM CPT & WLS

Orangetheory Bearden Coach 

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