Using just two straps, TRX training will whip you into shape

|     Julia Kirchner     |

THE two straps dangling from a metal frame may look harmless, but if used properly, they can provide an incredibly intense workout.

These straps, typically black-and-yellow, are used for TRX training.

People slip themselves into the straps and then rely on their own body weight to do exercises such as squats, push-ups or upright rows.

“It’s a movement in three-dimensional space,” explains personal trainer Marcel Doll. In other words, during a TRX workout, you may have to rotate your body, go to a horizontal position or stand and face the slings, whereas traditional strength training with equipment allows your body to move in only one direction.

Another important feature of TRX is that it features stability training. Making your body unstable forces you to rely on your core.

During TRX training, people slip themselves into special straps and then rely on their own body weight to do exercises such as squats, push-ups or upright rows
Marcel Doll, a personal trainer in Germany, demonstrates how someone would do a squat with TRX straps. TRX training removes stability from the equation, forcing participants to rely on their core
For people on the go, TRX training is an attractive alternative to the gym because it can be done anywhere. All you need are two straps and a solid hook or wooden beam

However, that lack of stability is also a common source of error for TRX beginners.

“The body has to form a straight line and not sag,” says Doll. Training regularly, between two to three times a week, is the best way to see results.

Relying on one’s own body weight for the exercises also provides an “a-ha effect,” says Sascha Linz, a TRX trainer.

“It helps people understand how exhausting it is for the body just to carry their weight.”

For people on the go, the exercise is an attractive alternative to the gym because it can be done anywhere.

All a person needs is a solid hook or wooden beam that’s able to hold the straps and one’s weight. The rest hinges on motivation. – Text & Photos by dpa