Friday, September 24, 2010

TRX - Beginner Style

If you haven't heard of TRX, it's basically a set of fancy cam straps where you use your own body weight for resistance.  Go here for more info.  It sounds simple, but it most definitely is not.  I remember prior to my first TRX workout (despite hearing how dang hard it is!), I showered and did my hair and makeup.  Because, really it's just a set of straps, it can't possibly be that difficult.  I seriously didn't think I would work up a sweat.  40 minutes later I was using every ounce of will power to keep from puking all over Jenn's driveway.

I was sold on the system and after a handful additional workouts, I'm starting to get the hang of it.  Sort of.  I still feel super awkward during some of the moves, but I'm able to figure it out faster.  I can do more reps on some of the exercises, or I'm able to modify them to be more challenging.  That's the awesome thing about TRX.  You can make it as easy (hah!) or as difficult as you want.  No doubt about it though, I am still very much in "beginner territory".  I finally got my own set today.  Since I don't have the anchor set up in the house yet, I attached it to one of our trees.  Unfortunately, the only suitable one is in the front yard.  So I was the entertainment for the neighborhood this evening.

Here is me doing a plank:
And here is me attempting a pike, although I'm pretty sure it's supposed to look like something entirely different:
I owe a special shout-out for Jenn, who has been working with me a couple of times a week.  She's been awesome, and I can't think of a better person to routinely embarrass myself in front of.  Thanks, girlfriend!

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