In the last couple of years Suspension Training Systems made its way over to Australian fitness industry and now it seems most training facilities have it as part of its staple training equipment. Majority of the market in Australia is dominated by TRX brand but there are many other less known brands offering very similar suspension training equipment.
So what is suspension training and what benefits does it bring over free weights or machines.
Suspension Training System uses individuals’ body weight at different angles to work wide variety of muscles groups, aiming at improving strength, balance, core control, flexibility as well as functionality. This piece of equipment is surprisingly simple; it just consists of adjustable length of rope/cord with handles and couple of clips. However, this design allows for a lot of versatility and easy set up. As a result suspension training system can be used anywhere, at the park, at your home or of course in your local gym. Suspension system is very light, making it very easy to take with you almost anywhere, at the same time all you need to set it up is just any stable secure object approximately 170-180 cm of the ground.
Suspension Training System allows replicating almost any exercise that you can do with free weights or cardio equipment but with at least half of your body suspended above the ground in an inherently unstable position. As a result you tend to work much more through your deep core muscles as well as engaging smaller stabilising muscles, which will not necessary be used to the same extend with the free weights or machines. On the other hand there is no lifting heavy weight from the floor, or other uncomfortable and awkward positions, making suspension training perfect for anyone with back pain. Suspension Training System is definitely not for someone looking at doing bodybuilding, but this training method is great for anyone looking at losing weight and increasing muscle tone, while reducing the risk of injury. Also this training system is just another way to add a bit more variety to the training plan, while trying to challenge your body in the whole different way.
Idealbody4life Personal Training team has been using Suspension Training System with some great results, helping many of our clients achieve their fitness goals sooner.