TRX Suspension classes offer full-body challenge
Kris Backner of Reserve had taken Zumba classes in an effort to stay fit, but when she became the owner of a 120-pound dog, she knew she had to step up her workout.
“If I don't do something (more), I'm going to pay for it some day,” Buckner said.
When her exercise studio, You Rock Fitness of Pine, added TRX Suspension classes, she signed up.
A year later, “my arms and shoulders are way more toned,” said Backner, 37, an office manager for a commercial heating equipment distributor. “I can definitely tell a huge difference.”
Never a big fan of cardio work, Backner still receives a cardio workout with the TRX classes, which include exercises “with your feet in the air instead of on the ground,” she said.
TRX Suspension classes use specially designed straps suspended from a higher surface to increase the effectiveness of a workout. According to trxtraining.com, a Navy SEAL invented the equipment, which uses a person's body weight and leverage to work out.
The site features New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees using the equipment in a four-exercise shoulders circuit. Brees suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder in late 2005 and had to undergo surgery to repair it.
You Rock Fitness began offering classes using the TRX equipment about a year ago “because we found a lot of clients wanted to push the limits” of their workout, said You Rock co-owner Amy Moreland. She and her husband, co-owner Tadd Moreland, hook the equipment to the ceiling for the TRX classes and can remove it for other classes.
Tadd Moreland said TRX equipment allows clients to “make it harder on their own, or make it easier on themselves.”
Janice Frank of Cranberry, a You Rock client, found that she could take the class and so could her husband, Kyle, a former bodybuilder.
“It's something anybody can modify,” said Janice Frank, 40, who works in human resources. “The angle of your body affects the amount of weight you're pulling.”
The class involves strength training, sometimes using variations on push-ups, crunches, bicep curls and other exercises using the TRX Suspension Trainer. Clients might work out with their feet suspended and their hands on the floor.
“We're using your body as resistance, and in some cardio work,” Tadd Moreland said. Some clients jump or do bicycle maneuvers with the equipment, which helps boost heart rates.
Moreland holds a TRX training certificate and is working on his certification as a personal trainer.
The Morelands, both 36, of Pine have day jobs and two young daughters. Moreland credits his wife for switching him from running to gym workouts.
“I saw the changes and health benefits,” said Moreland, who previously was training more for marathons and half-marathons. “Once we started our own place, I got more involved,” he said.
Sandra Fischione Donovan is a contributing writer to Trib Total Media.
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