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April 12, 2016 by
Jay Medley
When you think about exercise to lose weight, you probably picture cardio. Treadmills, spin classes, and aerobics might come to mind for where to get a calorie-burning, fat-busting workout, but you can actually get better results with TRX suspension training.

Yes, TRX training to lose weight! It’s an intense workout that will help you to build and tone muscles, but you’ll also lose fat so that these muscles will be more visible. Here’s why TRX is the perfect workout for losing weight. TRX stands for total resistance exercise and it works by using your own body weight as the resistance.

Resistance training really helps weight loss: the muscles you build will burn more calories between workouts. According to WebMD, 10 lbs of muscle will burn 50 calories throughout a day while 10 lbs of fat burn only 20 calories. This is at rest – simply having these muscles burns calories!

An added bonus of TRX over other resistance exercises (like weightlifting) is that it provides a full-body workout where those other workouts will only target a few muscles. TRX builds muscles that other workouts can’t get to: because you have to balance your body on the straps while performing the moves, you develop your core muscles in addition to the muscles used in the moves.

Studies have shown that those who incorporate some resistance training into their workout routine lose 35 to 45% more weight than others who just perform cardio exercises.

Cardio burns a lot of calories, but you might be surprised to learn that TRX can burn just as many or more. Weight Watchers reports that some trainers call TRX “sneaky cardio,” in that it doesn’t look like cardio but burns a lot of calories. It takes a lot of effort to perform the moves and stay balanced!

Because TRX is so adaptable to many different workout styles and abilities, you can do high intensity interval training (HIIT) with the straps. HIIT involves performing tough exercises for brief periods, then taking brief workouts.

These workouts don’t have to be long, but they’re effective. HIIT workouts burn more calories than cardio and keep your metabolism running at a faster rate even after the workout.

If you’ve tried to lose weight before, you’ve likely hit a plateau. As your body adapts to the stresses you put on it, be it the exercise or the lower-calorie diet, your body will be able to catch up to these new needs. That’s where you plateau.

At this point, you need to change up your routine – that’s why TRX is perfect! You can adapt TRX exercises so that they are more difficult, or you can take a more intense TRX class to keep your body on its toes (or, more accurately, off its toes and balancing in straps!)

Combined with a healthy diet, TRX offers great opportunities for weight loss. With adaptation, you can achieve long-term results and get that lean, toned body that you’ve been hoping for.

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