Manufacturers of suspension training systems are quick to market these relatively low cost, portable tools by pointing out the user is able complete an endless number of exercises. But is suspension training safe for all fitness levels?
As a trainer, one of my primary concerns is safety. Too often, when strength training, students ambitiously chase the bigger, heavier weights. It's exciting to see strength gains, but often these gains come at a cost. Lack of understanding of proper alignment and core activation under increased loads yields injuries that can leave a student sidelined for weeks, months, or worse.
With suspension training, you learn how to support your body weight with full core engagement. I'm not just talking about abdominals here, but the entire core musculature -- running the length of the spine, sides of the body, as well as the hips and shoulders. What's more? A study by the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine confirms the instabilty suspension trainers provide produce the same benefits as conventional weight training.
StrongFirst Chairman Pavel Tsatsouline, the man largely responsible for bringing once secret kettlebell training methods out of the former Soviet Union and popularizing them worldwide, often says that training with kettlebells has a ‘What the hell?’ effect -- kettlebells make you strong in ways that can be difficult to articulate to someone who doesn’t use them.
I'd argue suspension training lends that same ‘What the hell?’ effect. Suspension training, like kettlebell training, develops your movement quality and body in a way that’s different from other forms of training
We are thrilled to be working with TRX® suspension trainers at Fit Club and encourage you to join us for our TRX® Suspension Training series, a progressive training program. Classes are capped at four students to ensure your personal safety and undivided attention. Experience that 'What the hell?' for yourself.
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