Core muscles, or muscles around your mid section (namely, the abdominals and back), are often a neglected muscle group. A strong core is essential not only to maintaining a good body posture, it is the limiting factor to how quickly or how fast you progress in reaching your training goals.

The issue, however, is that most training regimes are limited in that the only types of bodyweight exercises it can prescribe to work this muscle group are sit-ups, crunches, back lifts, planks, bridge or the like. Even if you were to use gym equipment to add weights to increase resistance to these exercises, the limited degrees of movement permitted when using the gym equipment also limits how your muscles function. In the end, the muscles you build through those bodyweight exercises and gym equipment are often not functional and have limited value in improving your athletic performance.

Since the introduction of suspension training, made popular by systems as the TRX suspension trainer, fitness buffs, athletes or just the regular guy seeking a healthy, stronger body, have been able to target their core muscles effectively through TRX exercises. Regardless of the exercises you perform on the TRX, the act of suspending your body using simple straps in itself requires your body to work at stabilization. The natural and intuitive act of trying to get your body stabilized activates both the frontal and back of the core muscle groups. Add to that, the resistance repetition of carrying out what would normally be normal exercises like push-ups (or even spiderman push-ups) or hip presses, you work multiple muscle groups at a go. It has been proven that the more muscle groups you engage at the same time, the more effective an exercise is to build functional muscles. Naturally too, since your body is working so much harder.

Here is a simple run down on the TRX suspension trainer for the uninitiated. The TRX suspension trainer is a piece of exercise equipment consisting of two durable nylon straps, hinged to a point (often known as the anchor point). Do not dismiss this little guy until you know the background. The TRX suspension trainer was created by ex-Navy SEAL during his years of soldiering experience trying to maintain his fitness level in remote places of military operations. Although marketed largely to the US military, the TRX suspension trainer is also available for purchase by outside folks. The TRX suspension trainer is also lightweight and portable. It can be packed into your carry-on hand baggage even when you travel on your business trips.

The beauty of TRX exercises is that it caters for all levels of fitness, from the very beginner to the expert athletes, even though the exercises are carried out using only your bodyweight. This is done by varying your body angle relative to the anchor point. Simple! Often body weight alone may be sufficient challenging for most, but some may explore increasing resistance through the combined use of the TRX suspension trainer with kettlebells.

The TRX suspension trainer boasts some 300 different types of exercises that can give you a total body workout. Because it is not restrictive like most gym equipment, the exercises carried out using the TRX suspension trainer also explore the full-range of movement often neglected in most exercises otherwise. Conduced with maximum effort and shorter rest periods, the cardio training element can also be incorporated into TRX exercises.

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