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