Many of my over-50 patients have jobs that keep them traveling or they’re semi-retired or retired and like to keep mobile. Sometimes though all that travel can wreak havoc on your exercise routine. Hotels don’t always have an on-site fitness center and as a result you may miss many workouts. Guess what though? There’s a great form of exercise that will allow you to even turn the smallest of hotel rooms into your own private workout studio. It’s called TRX and I’d like to tell you more about it…
TRX: Keeps Boomer Bones Strong and Joints Flexible
Being over-50, you know it’s important to maintain flexibility and bone density – two major concerns of people in your age group and older. Flexibility helps you maintain a good sense of balance and prevent falls as you get older. Good bone density helps you maintain strong bones so that if you do fall you won’t suffer a major disabling fracture like a broken hip or both-bones forearm/wrist fracture.
As an exercise enthusiast, I’m always looking for new, more economical forms of exercise to tell my patients about. As an orthopedist though, the exercise has to meet my requirement of being able to build bone density and maintain flexible joints. Lately, I’ve been talking to trainers at my local gym about the great health benefits of a particular exercise for “over-50” bones, joints and muscles. An added bonus is that it can fold up and go in your suitcase with you wherever you’re going.
It’s called TRX – Total Resistance X-ercise and even though the Navy Seals and other military groups use it in their exhaustive physical training routines, it can be used by people who are just starting to work out or by more experienced exercisers. It has the ability to allow you to achieve whatever your goal of exercise is – if you just want to maintain your flexibility and bone strength while you’re traveling, it’s good for that – as well as if you really want to challenge yourself with more intense workouts to achieve even greater levels of power, strength and fitness it can also do that. It’s all about progression – starting out with a basic set of exercises and progressing into increasingly challenging ones.
Unlike working out different muscles/body areas with specific machines in the gym, the TRX suspension system is a whole body, symmetric workout that will strengthen your entire body.
TRX suspension units work on a series of pulleys and heavy straps. Portable units can be hooked to any door in your house, or hotel room, or above-head secure beam or scaffolding and you’re ready to go. Because they are a simple system of pulleys and straps, they will allow you to do hundreds of different body movements, stretches, reaches, etc, all using the weight of your own body to build bone, flexibility, speed, agility and balance. Here are some specific things TRX suspension training does for your body:
1. Strengthens your core. All those muscles around your abdomen and flank that help your body move, stand, sit correctly. TRX makes your core muscles work harder which strengthens them and helps your whole body move with better balance.
2. Excellent resistant exercise. TRX suspension systems cause the muscles and bones of your entire body to work together simultaneously in both movement/resistance. This increases your muscle and bone strength much faster than isolating muscles working out on individual weighted machines or free weights. When your muscles work in this fashion they stimulate your bones to grow with each movement/resistance.
3. Helps burn fat faster, strengthens your heart. Professional dancers and athletes have known this for years – when you use your entire body in harmony to exercise – like natural movement does – your body burns fat calories faster. It also strengthens your heart, builds coordination and balance, flexibility, releases stress and builds strong muscles faster.
If you’re over-50 and looking for a form of exercise that will help address the specific fitness needs of your age group as well as allow you to be flexible in your workouts as you travel, you’ll want to give TRX a try.
It looked a little daunting to me when I first saw it in practice at my gym, but after I tried a few exercises on it, I was hooked. I think the best way to learn TRX is to take a class and see how to use the equipment correctly before you buy your own portable system.
You can find classes in TRX at your local recreational center or personal trainers all over the country who teach it. You’ll also find portable TRX suspension systems for sale at sport merchandise retailers and online. I think you’ll find TRX a whole new way to add some fun to your workouts as well as boost your workout efforts.
The Benefits of TRX for Baby Boomers, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnqAIXze8Bw
Portable TRX Suspension units http://www.sportsmith.net/ItemForm.aspx?item=P16150
Why You Should Try TRX Suspension, http://www.physiquality.com/blog/?p=3856