The YMCA is excited to share it’s new trx equipment!
It may look simple but it is definitely easier said than done. We test it out in this week’s Workout Wednesday.
“My suggestion to someone before they were to get started on trx is to see if they can do the exercise without the strap, meaning can you do a plank on the floor, can you hold your body in a straight line,” said Association Wellness Director Julie Russell.
Once you can do the movements from the floor position you can work in the trx.
To set up for a chest press Russell said to grab the straps and get in a plank.
“Hold your shoulders back, squeezing your back and exhaling coming forward and inhaling on your way back up.”
For a lower back row Russell said to lean back and extend your arms.
“Walk your feet under a little bit, then pull your body up towards the straps, squeezing your lower back and then extend.”
For a squat Russell said to sit on your heels and squat toward the ground.
“What we’re not doing is using the straps to do the work. Our legs are doing the work and this (straps) is the assist.”
For a plank lift your body into a plank position.
“Take it into a crunch, really working those core muscles. We focus on keeping that back flat and no rounding of the back.”
Russell said trx is a great workout for someone looking to take their workout to the next level.
If you would like to try out trx training you can use the equipment at the Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA located in downtown Baton Rouge.
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