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May 2, 2016 by
Jay Medley
The reason that TRX suspension training is a great workout is because it makes your body less stable, right? Using the straps makes your body have to pick up the slack, which engages your core for balance in addition to all of the muscle groups working to complete the moves.

It’s a full-body workout, so it might be surprising to know that your feet have a lot to do with it. From adjusting the difficulty of the moves to compensating for a tired core, your feet and where you put them can have a huge effect on your TRX success.

Here are four things to know about placing your feet in TRX.

  • Where you put your feet will affect stability. As a general rule, the closer you move your feet to the anchor point, the more difficult the move becomes. Alternatively, to make a move easier, you’ll place your feet away from the anchor point and more below you. Think about the angle this creates with your body: when your feet are closer to the anchor point, your body creates a sharper angle with the floor. The sharper the angle, the more of your own weight that you have to support.
  • Placing your feet in relation to each other can affect your stability. Just like when you’re standing normally, the placement of your feet can affect your balance. Standing with your feet apart makes you sturdier, while standing with your feet together makes you easier to knock over. It’s the same with TRX: standing with your feet apart will make you more stable, standing with your feet in close will make the move more difficult. This is an easy fix if you’re having trouble balancing or you notice that your core is tiring out too quickly; it will take some strain off of your core so that you can still get your workout in for your other muscles.
  • Stabilizing your ankles by balancing on the ball of your foot will help you to complete more repetitions. Making yourself more stable typically makes the workout easier, but some things make it more effective. When doing moves like pushups and fallouts, it’s easy to assume that you should stand with the entire sole of your foot on the floor. This makes your foot stable but your ankle weak. By balancing on the ball of your foot and keeping your ankles stable, you may take some strain off of the rest of your body so that you can complete more repetitions. While de-stabilizing yourself is typically the way to make a workout more difficult and more effective, this simple change makes it less difficult so that you can make it more effective with more reps.
  • Strap length is important if you’re putting your feet into them. Strap length isn’t as important when you put your hands in them, you can get away with the straps being a little off. The amount of space you have where you set them up or at the gym may even dictate how long your straps are. However, you’ll want to adjust the straps to the right length if you’re putting your feet into the handles. Make sure that the strap hits you at mid-shin when you are standing next to them (before you get into the straps.)
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