Trying my hand at TRX
I tried out a new exercise class called TRX. It's a new kind of leveraged bodyweight exercise. It was created by a Navy Seal as an invention of necessity. Randy Hetrick and his fellow Seals wanted to get a workout in while they were stashed away on missions and there was no access to gyms. Space was extremely limited so they couldn't even bring their own workout equipment with them. Using their ingenuity they used parachute webbing hand-sticed together by boat repair tools and developed exercises that replaced traditional weights with their own body weight.
TRX centers on strength and cardio training. You build muscle by leveraging your own body weight. Using a training harness that's anchored to the wall you do exercises that defy gravity - that require use of multiple muscles. You use the harness on both your hands and feet doing such things as modified push ups and ab exercises. You break every so often and do jumping jacks and other cario-boosting routines.
Gravity defying modified push ups
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If your gym offers TRX you should check it out. It's hard to describe, but a lot of fun. I could tell I worked muscles I'm not used to working because I was pretty sore the next day.
TRX Workshop at the Y