I have been reading a very good fitness book (which I will be reviewing here later) in which one of the pieces of equipment the authors recommend is a suspension trainer. If you're not familiar with what it is, it is a system made up of ropes and webbing that allow the user to work against their own body weight. TRX Suspension Training is the most popular system and is the one that I will highlight in this post.
Benefits of Suspension Training
The TRX Suspension Training system was invented by Randy Hetrick, a former Navy Seal. He created the system to allow him and his teammates to get an excellent workout in a minimal amount of space. The system is designed to be portable and used almost anywhere. Other benefits include:
- Perform over 300 exercises
- Full body workouts in 30 minutes
- Improves flexibility and performance
- Great for strengthening your core
- Increase speed, agility, and balance
- Easy transition from one exercise to the next
What I think is very cool about the system is that you can take it anywhere. You can use it indoors or find a nice area outdoors and someplace to anchor it, and you're set. I'm a big fan of full-body workouts using your body weight as resistance. Suspension training seems like an excellent way to get in a full-body workout in a short amount of time.
Although TRX is the most popular of suspension trainers, there are other brands out there that are less expensive like the Jungle Gym. There are even videos on YouTube on how to make your own.
Have you trained with a suspension trainer?