Many women come to their personal trainer with a desire to lose fat, gain strength, and get lean, toned muscle. Suspension training is a perfect way to build a strong core and begin working on the lean, toned muscle you’re looking for. Since body weight is relied upon for resistance during suspension training you will not put on bulky muscle when incorporating suspension training used as a part of your tailored training program. This method of exercise can be utilized to engage multiple muscle groups at one time, which translates to a more efficient workout. When working with TRX Suspension Training for example, any movement coming from a squat position to an overhead position is engaging quads, glutes (butt), hip flexors, shoulders, intercostals, obliques, your “six pack,” as well as shoulders, upper trapezius, and lower trapezius (the “big movers” of back musculature). All movements with a suspension trainer will engage multiple points in the kinetic chain! Engaging multiple muscle groups with suspension training also elongates the muscles as the body is stretched out to engage the core while raising the entire body from the starting position of squatting, upright plank, or even sitting! Using multiple muscle groups holds the power of burning more calories than a single set of repetitions for a single muscle group. Burning more calories means the potential for burning more FAT, and loss of FAT while using strengthening movements means a leaner, stronger, more toned body for you.
Matt Jolley, NASM
Portland Personal Trainer