TRX for Strength
by Chris Frankel, Director of Programming TRX
Can you use the TRX for strength training? The short answer is yes. Here, TRX Head of Human Performance, Chris Frankel, shows you three ways you can load your bodyweight training in a way that makes it just as challenging as traditional free weights.
For pushing exercises, the TRX Chest Press in this case, Frankel explains that if you remove your momentum by pausing at the bottom of the movement, you lose your mechanical advantage, making it an effort of pure strength to return to the top. Think of it like performing an explosive, focused box squat for your upper body.
Frankel’s second tip is to add an element of asymmetry to the TRX Chest Press, loading one side more than the other. This also incorporates an element of instability, meaning that you have to engage your whole body in order to resist rotation. He does this by performing a TRX Clock Press directly under the anchor point with one hand in the TRX and the other on the floor, like a super single arm push-up.
Last, Frankel takes a pull exercise, the TRX Biceps Curl, and dramatically increases the load by dropping directly under the anchor point, assuming the position you would normally be in order to execute a TRX Low Row. By doing so, he has to move more of his bodyweight with each rep.
The bottom line: make simple moves hard by doing them right, and remove any advantage you may have be it momentum, stability or angle.
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