TRX yoga

Meet the new, high-speed win­ter work­out that de­liv­ers full-body ben­e­fits

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENTS - By Amelia Jean Jones

Take your prac­tice to a new level and su­per-sculpt your whole bod, stat

fFeel­ing a bit stuck with your yoga prac­tice? It might be worth tak­ing your pos­tures off the mat and into the gym, with a lit­tle help from a TRX. Re­searchers from Texas Woman’s Univer­sity found that ex­er­cis­ing with the aid of a sus­pen­sion trainer in­creased the ac­ti­va­tion of se­lected mus­cles when com­pared with do­ing the same moves on a sta­ble sur­face. So it’s per­fect for a yoga sesh that fires up the whole body. Never used a TRX? Don’t worry, it’s a to­tal cinch to mas­ter.

“Peo­ple think the TRX is a one-trick piece of kit for car­dio and strength train­ing,” says TRX mas­ter trainer Matt Gleed. “But in­cor­po­rat­ing the push, pull and sub­tle re­sis­tance of a sus­pen­sion trainer into your yoga prac­tice can make you more mind­ful of your body’s mus­cles and of fir­ing them up as you move.”

Train­ers agree that a help­ing hand can be, erm, handy when it comes to get­ting the most out of each yoga pos­ture. “I can ad­just a stu­dent’s pose if some­thing is vis­i­bly wrong, but they don’t al­ways un­der­stand when I ask them to keep their mus­cles ac­tive and en­gaged,” says Ce­lest Pereira, yoga teacher and au­thor of The Yoga Men­tor. The TRX does the hard work for you, and aids flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance to sup­port you in poses you have never been able to ac­com­plish. “Of­ten, stu­dents are phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing, say, dancer’s pose but are scared at the thought of balanc­ing on one foot,” says Pereira. “You’ve prob­a­bly used props like straps and blocks ... The TRX takes this con­cept one step fur­ther, with the han­dles act­ing like a pair of in­struc­tor’s hands to help re­sist grav­ity and stretch deeper.”

Ready for se­ri­ous re­sults? Be­gin!

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