Use this military machine to get your body into the best shape it’s ever been

There’s a reason why you don’t like gymnasts. You’re jealous of their bodies, their flexibility, their single-digit body fat, their Popeye muscles and their superhuman stretchiness.

They build those bodies through functional training; spending hours on parallel bars, O-rings and exercise mats. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em… or at least train like them.

The new TRX (Total Resistance eXercise) Suspension training system uses straps,
a central pivot point and your own body weight to transform the way you work out. And if you’re worried about looking soft without your manly dumbbells – forget it. US Marines, Navy Seals, Ultimate Fighting champs and even current Super Bowl champs the Pittsburgh Steelers use this system. It’ll work you harder than any other gym session, and you’ll feel the benefits immediately. Best of all, it’s portable.

The TRX Suspension training system will work you harder than any other gym session, and you’ll feel the benefits immediately. You can use this at home, in a hotel room or even in your office. Strap in for the best workout of your life.

Military Motivation

To understand the strengths of this system, you need to know its origins. The US military has always been innovative when it comes to keeping fit and training in war- torn environments around the world. Retired Navy Seal Randy Hetrick used body- weight exercises like push-ups and pull-ups to keep in shape, but he found that he couldn’t work the muscles of his back and legs effectively. In 1996 he created his own suspension system from extra parachute harnesses. Once it became popular, he started making them on a commercial scale for people outside the navy. It has become widespread in the States, and now South Africa is following suit.

Start Pulling your Weight

The TRX system has a number of benefits:

Portability

While there are TRX Suspension classes at select gyms around the country, you can use the TRX anywhere. There are different attachments that allow you to fasten it to doors or walls at home, at hotels or just about anywhere.

Work at your own pace

Because the TRX uses your own body weight, you can change the difficulty of any exercise by changing your body position and the angle of the straps.

Quick Changeover

The simplicity of this system allows you to change from exercise to exercise in less than 15 seconds. This means that you can make the most of your training time by using circuit-style workouts.

Increase core strength

In the real world, you don’t restrict your movements to one direction. You move in a number of different ways and in different directions. Traditional weight training tends to be linear and follows just one plane of movement – like the bench press or lunge. Suspension training works across different planes and directions, mimicking real life movement, which is why it’s so functional. Because you are working in different planes and spheres of motion that your body isn’t used to, you recruit your core. A strong core prevents injuries and increases your overall body strength.

Better flexibility

Because you’re constantly working in different planes and directions, your body is forced to stretch and flex in new ways.

Perfect your posture

By improving your core muscles and the stabiliser muscles of your back, your posture automatically corrects itself.

Here are nine exercises to rebuild your body courtesy of TRX trainer Paul Rothschild.