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Tuesday Training: Fabulous Fitness Gift Idea and A TRX Total Body Toning Workout

Tuesday Training: Fitness Gift Idea & A TRX Total Body Toning Workout

 I do not have a gym membership and prefer to workout and train outdoors in the sunshine with minimal equipment. You don’t need a fancy gym and loads of equipment to get a great and effective workout. And believe me, the fitness industry has more than their fair share of gimmicky products out there. One product that I fell in love with though and now can’t live without is my TRX Suspension Training System. I use it at least once a week for total body conditioning, strengthening and toning and think every home gym should have one.

I thought this would be a great time to post about my favorite piece of exercise equipment because it would make an awesome gift idea for yourself or for any fitness lover on your gift list.

Because I love my TRX so much, I reached out to the company and they agreed to give the Primally Inspired fitness fans, a really great deal for Christmas! I’m so excited about that and have been looking forward to sharing this special link with you 🙂 You’ll get over 20% off PLUS  free shipping – wish I had that deal when I bought mine 😉 Here’s the link for the special deal and then use coupon code: SAVE20 Offer is good through the end of December.
Save More Than 20% On The Intro To TRX Bundle Now at TRXTraining.com & Get Free Shipping Too! Click Here! Good Through 12/31/12!

 

 I love my TRX for so many reasons, so where do I begin….

  • It comes in a small pouch and weighs less than 2 lbs so you literally can take it anywhere. Like I said, I love to train outdoors and the TRX is extremely portable. I secure mine to a tree branch in my backyard and can workout in the fresh air and sunshine. When I’m traveling, I pack it up in my suitcase and use my hotel room door to secure it.
  • I can literally do hundreds of different exercises that work every single muscle in my body.
  • Because you are using gravity and your own body weight, it can be adjusted for any fitness level from very beginner to pro athlete (and there are many pro athletes and teams that use them!).
  • It is an amazing core workout and you all know how much I love to work my core! Because you are suspended at some point during each exercise, you are forced to engage your core during every movement. Engaged core = nice abs 🙂
  • When you purchase a TRX, you are automatically part of the TRX family where you’ll have access to hundreds of video and online workouts. You will also have people there to answer any questions and help you get the best workout possible.
  • If you have a teeny tiny space to workout at and don’t have room for equipment, this is perfect and all you need to get an amazing total body workout.

I wanted to show you some of my favorite TRX exercise moves for this Tuesday Training Workout. This workout is a total body circuit that will work every major muscle group in a great functional strengthening and toning routine. If you don’t have a TRX, I will give a dumbbell workout option in parenthesis, but for added core strength, stability, and a more challenging workout, the TRX is by far the way to go! Now is a great time to add one to your home gym with the above special offer 🙂

I tried to explain the TRX moves the best I could with pictures and instructions. If you have any questions about what this workout would look like using dumbbells, just ask. Or if you have any TRX questions, just drop a comment below. I check my comments often and will get back to you right away.

TRX Total Body Workout (w/ dumbell variations in parenthesis)

Do this routine in a circuit which means you do the first exercise and then keep moving on to the next until you’ve reached the end. Then it’s time to repeat! Make sure you do a few minutes of warmup (light jog in place, leg kicks, arm circles, etc.) and a few minutes of cool down/stretching at the end.

10 each leg single let squats (pistol squats or squats with dumbbells) *Modified easier TRX version – 20 TRX squats

20 I-Y-T raises (I-Y-T raises with dumbbells)

20 chest press – if you are advanced, convert the TRX to single handle mode and do single arm chest presses (chest press with dumbbells)

20 rows – if you are advanced, convert to single handle mode and do single arm bent rows (bent rows with dumbbells)

20 hamstring bicycle (hip raises)

10 pushup to pike (pushup to pike on a stability ball) *these are advanced moves. If you cannot do this, a modified easier version would look like this: 10 pushups (with feet or shins on the ball if you can, if not it’s ok – just do 10 regular or modified on the knee pushups). Then do 10 pikes on a stability ball. If you cannot do a pike, the easier version would be to get your shins on the ball in a pushup position. Bend your knees and roll the ball towards your chest, instead of keeping your legs straight. If you still can’t do it, don’t get discouraged – it’s really tough! But keep trying and eventually you’ll get it! You can do a 30 second (or however long you can hold it) plank hold, instead.

 Repeat 3X

 

SINGLE LEG SQUAT
Stand facing the TRX and hold handles with your arms extended in front of your body. Keep one leg lifted off the floor at all times. Aim your tailbone down towards the floor and lower, pressing your glutes back until squatting leg is parallel to the floor. Keep your free leg off the floor. Stand and repeat.
I-Y-T Raises
Stand facing the TRX with your arms extended in front of you, holding the handles. Lean back and put your weight in your heels, as shown in the upper right picture. Raise your arms overhead, without bending your elbows and create the letter I with your arms in the upper left hand picture. Return to starting position. That’s 1 rep. Then raise your arms overhead and create a letter Y with your arms as shown in the bottom left picture. Return to starting position (upper right picture). That’s the 2nd rep. Then straighten your arms in a T position as shown in bottom right picture. Return to start postion. That’s the 3rd rep. Keep going in the I-Y-T pattern until you reach 20 reps.
CHEST PRESS
Stand facing away from the TRX with your grip on the handles. Extend your arms out in front of your body, slightly wider than your shoulders. Lean forward, putting your weight onto the TRX. Lower your chest toward your hands like a pushup. Keep your body in a straight line. Return to starting position and repeat.
ROW
Stand facing the TRX and extend your arms out in front of you. Put your feet in a T postion to help keep you stable. Lean back and put your weight in your heels. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and draw your elbows back in a row position. Return to start position and repeat.
HAMSTRING BICYCLE
Lie down on your back and put both heels in the foot cradles. Raise your hips and keep your body in a straight line. Pull your knees in to create a 90 degree angle. Pull one heel in toward your glutes. That’s one rep. Return to starting position while pulling in the other leg. Continue alternating legs.
PUSHUP TO PIKE
Place both your feet in the foot cradles and get in a pushup position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Keep your core braced and your hips stable, bend your elbows and do a pushup. Push yourself back up and lift your hips to the sky while keeping your legs straight. Make sure to bend at your hips and not your knees. Lower your hips back down to pushup postion. That’s one rep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. This is a great TRX workout. I pinned it and have been doing it for the past few weeks. I love my TRX, too!

  2. I love when I find new TRX workouts. I pinned it! Thank you!

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