About two years ago, a friend introduced me to TRX Suspension Training. I remember that day vividly because the TRX absolutely shredded my muscles…in a good way!
As an athlete, I’m always looking for effective, efficient ways to train my abs.
The TRX Suspension Training system was developed by a former Navy Seal. It’s utilizes your body weight and gravity to build strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. It’s used by professional athletes, personal trainers and the military. It’s also extremely portable and a great home gym option.
The TRX added a whole new dimension to my abs regimen. I can easily get a total abdominal workout – upper, lower and obliques – with simple, yet challenging exercises. Work it in-between your weight training sets. Once you learn to use it, you’ll be hooked!
Here are my top four TRX Suspension Training Core Exercises:
1 – Reverse Upward-Facing Crunches:
Sit underneath the TRX, hook your heels into the foot cradles (lowest level) and use your arms to hold yourself up. Place your palms on the floor behind you with your fingers pointed toward your feet. Lift your body off the ground, keeping a slight bend in your elbows. Now bring both knees together towards your chest. Repeat. (10-15 reps / 3 sets)
2 – Oblique Twist Crunches:
Start in a plank position, shoulders directly over your hands, feet in the TRX loops, toes facing down and hands directly underneath your shoulders. First bend both knees together towards your left elbow. Then extend both legs straight back to a plank position. Now bend towards your right elbow, returning to a plank position. Repeat. To make it more challenging, perform at a slow pace. (10-20 reps / 3 sets)
3 – Straight Leg Pikes:
Begin in a suspended plank position with your feet in the TRX loops, toes facing down and wrists directly underneath your shoulders. Your body should be in a straight line, back flat. Pressing down through your palms, lift your hips up towards the ceiling by pulling your legs towards your chest until you look like an upside-down V. Do not bend your knees. Lower your legs and return to the starting position. Repeat. (10-12 reps / 3 sets)
4 – Running Man / Mountain Climbers:
Start in a plank position, shoulders directly over your hands, feet in the TRX loops, toes facing down and hands directly underneath your shoulders. Keeping your back flat, draw your left knee into your chest, then return to plank position. Repeat with the right knee. The challenge here is to not arch your back, forcing your core muscles to constantly stabilize while performing the movements. (20 -30 reps / 3 sets)
Don’t let the simplicity of the TRX fool you…it’s HARD CORE!
Totally legit, awesome way to build core strength.