When it comes to elite fitness and training, the words Navy and SEAL are ones that easily spring to mind. So, given that Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) was developed in the late ’90s by a Navy Seal while on deployment, it is no surprise that TRX has developed into a widely respected and effective workout for people of all ages and abilities.
In this blog post, we will look at five TRX exercises for beginners. The beauty of TRX is that it can be performed anywhere, whether at home or on the go. The absence of weights makes it a practical workout for everyone, from elite individuals like Navy SEALs to beginners planning to make 2021 the year they get in shape.
TRX Exercises for Beginners
TRX uses straps that utilize gravity and our own body weight to create a strength and cardio workout.
Always ensure that you are practicing good form on each exercise, which will increase their effectiveness while reducing the likelihood of injury.
A strong core is key, and the plank exercise is the perfect way for beginners to easily target this area.
To perform the plank on a TRX, place the strap at mid-calf height. Lie on your stomach with your toes in the foot cradles and balance on either your hands or your elbows. Keep your body flat and engage your core to maintain that position for 30 seconds at a time.
2. Low Row
The low row is a great back exercise, particularly for people with posture issues. Position the strap at a height above your head. Take a stance and grab the handles with your elbows bent at 90 degrees.
Straighten your arms by moving away from the anchor point, keeping your feet planted, and slowly return by engaging your back muscles and arms. Repeat 10 reps per set.
Squats are an essential exercise for beginners to elites. Keep the straps above head height and grab the handles with both hands. Take a stance slightly wider than shoulder-width and step back from the anchor point until you feel tension on the straps.
Perform a squat by lowering your hips, keeping your back straight, and ensuring that your knees do not go over your feet. Return to a standing position while squeezing your glutes. Repeat 10 reps per set of this TRX leg exercise.
4. Chest Press
Stand away from the anchor point (still above your head) and take the handles in each hand. Standing on the balls of your feet, extend your arms and push against the handles.
Slowly lower your body until your elbows are bent to 90 degrees. Keep your core engaged and your back straight as you return to the starting position. Repeat 10 reps per set of this TRX chest exercise.
5. Bicep Curl
Stand closer to the anchor point (still above your head) and have the TRX straps at mid-length. Grab the handles at head height and lower your body by straightening your arms.
Return to this position by engaging your biceps and pulling yourself back up slowly. Repeat 10 reps per set.
Unleash Your Potential Through TRX Exercises
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Check out our other blog posts for more advice and inspiration on TRX exercises for beginners, as well as this post on staying motivated while working out from home.