Tone up all over with our TRX workout
TRX workouts are a great way to tone up and build strength - ideal for runners or anybody looking for a full-body workout. You can pick up TRX straps for a fairly reasonable price online (try Amazon) and they can be anchored to any secure point, such as your door at home or even a tree, if you're away camping for the weekend but still want to keep up with your workouts!
For our TRX workout, perform each exercise one after the other, taking a 30-45 second rest between each exercise. We recommend easing into things by performing one full set of exercises, then gradually working your way up to three sets, with less rest inbetween, to increase the cardiovascular challenge. Let's get started!
Start kneeling on your hands and knees, facing away from the TRX anchor point, with your feet in the foot cradles. Extend your body into pushup position, keeping your hands directly under your shoulders. Squeeze your core muscles and glutes as you focus on keeping everything in alignment.
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Stand facing the TRX with your hands in the loops, extended overhead. Pull back to create tension in the straps. With your feet shoulder-width apart and hands overhead, squat until your thighs are parallel with the ground, then return to the starting position.
TRX Chest Press
Stand facing away from the TRX anchor point, hands gripping the handles straight out in front of your body and aligned with your shoulders. Now bend your elbows to lower your body (as if you were doing a pushup) until your hands reach your ribs. Return to the starting position by extending your arms straight out in front of your chest again.
TRX Side Plank
Lie on your side, feet resting in the TRX foot cradle - the heel of your top foot should touch the toe of your bottom foot. Squeeze your core and glutes to lift your hips up, keeping your shoulder over your arms. Lower your hips to the ground to return to the start position.
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TRX Low Row
Standing facing the TRX anchor point, hold onto the handles and lean back to create tension on the straps. Use your back muscles to row your body up until your hands are on either side of your chest. Engage your core and try to use one controlled movement to move your whole body.
TRX Hamstring Curl
Lie on your back, heels resting in the foot cradles of the TRX, with your legs extended. Now lift your hips, bringing your body into alignment from your shoulders to your heels. Bend your knees, pull the handles towards you and extend your legs to return to the starting position.
TRX Balance Lunge
Standing facing the TRX anchor point, grasp the handles with your palms facing each other. Now lift your leg leg until your knee is bent at a 90-degree angle and your thigh is parallel with the ground. Drive your left leg back as you lunge down until your thigh is parallel with the ground - your left knee should line up with your right knee. To stand up, drive through your right heel and squeeze those glutes!
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TRX Hamstring Curl/Hip Press
Lying faceup, place your heels in the TRX foot cradles and lift your hips to bring your body into alignment. Bend your knees and pull the handles towards your butt - your heels should be under your knees. Drive your hips up until your shoulders, knees and hips are all aligned. Lower your hips then extend your legs to return to the starting position.
TRX Sprinter Start
Stand facing away from the TRX anchor point and hold the handles at chest level, straps under your arms. Walk your feet slowly back until your body is at a 45-degree angle. Now reach back with your left leg until your right leg is bent at a 90-degree angle. Drive through the ball of your right foot and return to the start.
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Get into a plank position and face away from the TRX with your feet in the foot cradles. Crunch your knees into your chest and lift your hips. Then straighten your legs to return to the starting position.