When you think of TRX, you probably picture a room-full of already-buff athletes sweating profusely as they do push-ups on the straps. Yes, you might find this at some TRX classes. In a different training session, you could find someone performing some slower, modified squats to rebuild muscles after ACL repair surgery.
TRX is adaptable and scalable to work for a variety of fitness levels and to meet various goals. With some moves, like the push up, simply moving your feet closer to being below your core (rather than being extended behind you) will make moves easier to complete. If you don’t have the muscle strength yet, your therapist or trainer can adapt moves so that you can do them now and eventually amp up the difficulty.
Not only can TRX help you to rebuild from past injuries, but it can help you to prevent future injuries, too. TRX can help to stabilize joints and build core muscles; this gives you a strong, solid musculoskeletal system that can hold proper posture to prevent injuries. Some moves will also help to improve mobility and can improve a joint’s range of motion. You will prevent injuries if your body can move the way it was meant to.
The key point here is that when you’re recovering from an injury, you need to follow professional advice. Firstly, get the OK from your doctor before starting any new workout regime. Secondly, work with a physical therapist to rehabilitate your body the right way.
Doing the wrong move or doing a good move the wrong way can cause more damage, so a professional should guide you through the exercises. Once official rehab is done with or if you’re just looking to prevent future injuries, you can consult a personal trainer or join a TRX fitness class to continue working the now healed muscles.
It’s important to talk to a class instructor (get to class early) or a personal trainer about any past injuries so that they can help you to adapt the exercises to your needs. Don’t attempt the DIY approach with your recovery.
Consider asking your health care provider about using TRX suspension training for injury recovery and rehabilitation. Not only can you rebuild your muscles, but you can get a full-body workout that will prevent further injuries.