I have talked a good deal on the subject of body weight exercise. I am a big fan of this type of exercise because of its efficiency, ease of use (you always have your body with you) and effectiveness. There are some tools out there that assist with bodyweight exercises such as the basic pull up bar to the TRX suspension trainer, which allows you to greatly increase the number of possible exercises.
In this post, I will discuss some of the essential bodyweight exercises along with any ancillary equipment that may be needed. I also want to touch on eating after your training session because it is an essential part of training. Actually, it goes hand in hand with your workouts. We all need to realize this in order to get the most out of our exercise efforts.
My list of essential bodyweight exercises includes push-ups, pull-ups and chin-ups, dips, squats, lunges, the plank, and crunches. I view these as an essential group because they hit about every major muscle group in the body. They are also easily learned and performed by people of all ages. Further, they lead to more variations that can be performed using simple equipment like the TRX suspension trainer which I will discuss shortly.
It is important that you learn to do these exercises correctly and in good form. Having someone watch you do the exercises, who is familiar with the proper form already, is the best way to quickly obtain feedback and perfect your form. There are numerous videos produced by professional trainers available on sites like YouTube that will show you the proper form for each bodyweight exercise I have mentioned.
I also want to mention that range of motion exercises, such as the bear crawl, should also be incorporated into your routine to keep you limber. Depending on how intensely you perform range of motion exercises, they can also be quite challenging as a workout.
Once you have mastered the basic bodyweight exercises you may want to add some variety in to fight off boredom or to provide muscle confusion. This is where a tool like the TRX suspension trainer comes in handy. I talk about this tool in depth in my TRX reviews and in several other posts because I have found it to be a great value. You will also see this tool being utilized at gyms and health clubs across the country and the world. There is a reason for this. It is a good tool for beginners to advanced athletes.
Another piece in your fitness quest is diet. The importance of your diet is equal to, if not even greater than, your training regimen. This is because the food you put in your body will affect how well you recover from your workout and how prepared you are for your next workout. There are also numerous mental benefits to a healthy diet and a whole branch of health focused on the power of food to heal and protect.
While I write on diets from across the world here, I practice one diet that has gained great popularity in the past decade. This is the paleo diet. I have put a lot of good information on this diet in my paleo recipes review page. I believe that having a paleo diet cookbook helps people create paleo recipes that will keep them satisfied on this diet. A diet should not be torture, and we should always enjoy the foods we are using to fuel the body. If you are not sure what the paleo diet is then you should have a look at my about the paleo diet information page. That is a good place to start learning about the paleo diet, or as it is also known, the caveman diet, the hunter-gatherer diet, the Neolithic diet, or the Paleolithic diet.
If you are not familiar with the basic bodyweight exercises I mention here, then take my suggestion and Google some videos on them and have a friend help you learn the proper form. Also, pay attention to your diet. No matter if you choose to follow a vegetarian, vegan, paleo diet or some other diet form, you should be knowledgeable about the food you put into your body and how it affects your training.
A favorite training tool of mine is the TRX Suspension Trainer. There are a bunch of reasons for this which I detail extensively on the TRX Suspension Trainer Review here at The Ultimate Health Source. I love bodyweight exercises because they require little equipment but offer almost endless possibilities.
The TRX suspension trainer has been reviewed by many people, and I summarize many of the reviews on the TRX reviews section of the site and have a few videos as well. I do not hesitate to leave out the downsides of the tool because I don’t want anyone purchasing bodyweight training product that is not a good fit for them. That is just wasteful.
If you are thinking of buying this tool, this page is for you. I wanted to offer a bit more information on the TRX trainer. This post is going to specifically look at what videos they have to offer on the Fitness Anywhere site.
In my reviews of the TRX suspension trainer, I have mentioned how much I like the website. The TRX people offer a good deal of free content that is updated regularly. It is great to get this continuing service when you have purchased a product like this. The TRX trainer will last you years, and it is nice to know that you will always be able to get new ideas for free directly from the team that brings you the tool in the first place.
TRX Suspension Trainer Videos
One of the first videos that I am really excited about is the TRX and Kettlebell video. There are two videos that are for sale separately titled TRX Kettlebell: Iron Circuit Power and TRX Kettlebell: Iron Circuit Conditioning. They are done with Russian Kettlebell Challenge Chief Instructor Pavel Tsatsouline. Tsarsouline, along with TRX’s Chris Frankel, put together what looks like two great combo videos using kettlebells and the TRX suspension trainer.
I am just building my collection of kettlebells and have not purchased these videos yet. I hope to do so by the fall. When I do, I will definitely do a review.
Two videos that cover two essential areas of training are the Strength and Cardio Circuit videos. As you can guess, these videos cover their respective areas using the TRX suspension training tool as the basis for the workout. There is also a flexibility video. This is something that I need to invest in soon as I often get bored doing stretches. It seems like stretching on the TRX could be a lot of fun. Actually, I think I’ll try to find a few of my own stretches before I get this video.
There are some specialty videos I have to mention as well. There is a good variety of sport specific videos in including golf, tennis and team sports. There are also options for keeping your back strong and healthy and core strength training videos.
The TRX people do a great job with their website as any company worth their salt these days should. I would encourage you to check out the TRX suspension trainer to see if it is the right bodyweight exercise tool for you.
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There is a lot on this site about bodyweight exercise, so I thought I should do some writing on why I like bodyweight exercise so much. Bodyweight exercises are some of the most basic exercises we know—having done them since we were children—but they are also some of the most physically beneficial exercises.
First, just because you are performing an exercise with no equipment does not mean that the exercise is safer. It is of utmost importance to be sure you learn how to perform bodyweight exercises correctly. This will ensure that you minimize your risk of injury while performing bodyweight exercise. Learning proper form for all types of exercises, whether you are using workout equipment or not, is something we should all strive to do.
Bodyweight exercises are convenient. This is one of the biggest reasons I got into them and use them as the basis of my fitness training. You typically only need your body to perform these exercises. You can get increased variety by adding in a few pieces of equipment such as a pull up bar, a dip bar and a step or bench. Aside from this though, you can give yourself and intense workout with no extra equipment. What is not to like about that?
Another reason I like bodyweight exercises is for the range of motion you can get with them. You have to be sure to add a good amount of exercise variety and variation to achieve good range of motion training, but I find that most people do this anyway to alleviate boredom. As we grow older our range of motion tends to decline for two reasons. One, our muscles and tendons simply age and stiffen up. Two, we don’t engage in the ‘play’ that we used to as children. This ‘play’ often gave us great exercise and had doing all kinds of silly, crazy things. Those silly, crazy things were great for our range of motion.
Take some time to learn new body weight exercises. I like to look up how to properly perform a new bodyweight exercise and then do a few run throughs of the new exercise. This allows my body to become familiar with the motion and lets me feel the exercise. You should take note of the muscle groups a certain bodyweight exercise is supposed work. When performing that exercise, make sure to feel if those muscle groups are in fact working. Sometimes you just need to make a small tweak for a particular exercise to become much more effective. This dry run also helps determine if the exercise is safe. Some of us have old injuries we need to remain conscious of.
I review a tool called the TRX Suspension Trainer on the TRX Suspension Trainer Review page of this site. The reason I am so into this fitness anywhere tool is the fact that it allows you to add a few hundred bodyweight exercises to your routine. The TRX suspension trainer is also very portable, so you can get that bodyweight work out in a wide variety of places. The TRX’s portability also means you can take it on the road with you. When traveling, it is always nice to be able to stick to a familiar workout routine.
If you are into bodyweight training like I am, you should take a look at the TRX Reviews page I have put together. It will give you a full review of the TRX Suspension Training tool and provides a link directly to the TRX manufacturer’s page.
Even if you know many bodyweight exercises, take some time to learn a few new ones. You may be surprised at what you don’t know. Also, take a look at the TRX Suspension Training System. It is a great value that you have been missing out on for too long.
The TRX Suspension Trainer allows a person to do hundreds of bodyweight exercises wherever they can find a place to hang the device (easily done). It has been around for about 5 years and is endorsed by a variety of professional athletes and trainers. I’ve read and written several TRX reviews. I’m going to condense these reviews and provide you with a few more down the page.
Bodyweight exercises are a fantastic, proven way to train. Suspension training really just involves bodyweight exercises. Suspension training with the TRX allows a person to take advantage of the compound movements that develop strength, flexibility, joint stability and balance while being able to control the intensity by easily shifting your body’s angle.
Many of the TRX reviews are videos that show different exercise possibilities with the product. You can also find a lot of free content on the TRX Suspension Trainer’s website. The company does a great job providing high quality, consistent content. That’s another great benefit of owning a TRX.
Before I get to the TRX reviews, I’ll layout what you get when you buy a TRX Suspension Trainer.
There are two different packages. One comes with the door anchor. You can always purchase the door anchor separately at a later time or the more permanent X anchor. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of places to hang the TRX securely.
The basic TRX package includes
Adjustable training straps with padded handles and foot cradles (carabineer attachment)
The product quality is good. The nylon straps are well made as are the buckles. The set-up is quick and adjustments are quick and easy. A few other TRX reviews have people complaining about their handles showing wear. I haven’t experienced this problem.
The TRX Reviews
There are many benefits to the TRX Suspension Trainer. It’s extremely portable and can be set-up in a lot of different places. This is great for those that travel a lot or who just want to work out in different locations be it the park, a friend’s house or at home.
Set-up is easy. You can attach the TRX to many different things like a pull-up bar, sturdy post, or tree branch. The door hanger does not require permanent install nor does it damage your door if used properly (see below for one precaution). The X anchor can be mounted permanently to a wall or ceiling.
The variety of bodyweight training exercises you can do is great. There are literally hundreds and the intensity is easily adjusted by repositioning your body.
The TRX is appropriate for all fitness levels. The TRX reviews I’ve seen have come from a broad range of users—from beginners to advanced athletes.
The TRX was developed by a Navy SEAL looking for a way for him and his colleagues to stay in shape while in difficult places to workout traditionally. U.S. Special Forces fitness requirements are strict. That should tell you something about the possibilities of this tool.
Another great thing about the product is the strong TRX website. There is a heap of free training videos and articles, plus numerous training DVDs and downloads for sale.
And about those downloads—they are all mobile device ready, which makes them as portable as the TRX trainer itself. That’s wonderful.
Overall there are not a lot of complaints to be found in the TRX reviews I’ve read. I don’t have too many complaints myself.
Some complain about the price of the product. When you consider that one trainer can last for years plus the free website materials (and YouTube videos), I think the product is a good value. I would rather invest the cash in a quality product that delivers great benefits that a ton of cheapies.
I have to make one note about the door anchor for safety’s sake. When you mount the door anchor, you must be on the side of the door where it opens away from you. This allows the entire door frame to take the force. If you’re on the wrong side, you risk damaging the door. It’s simple to figure this out, but many doors open into a room, which makes it difficult to exercise inside a bedroom.
Let’s have a look at some other TRX reviews. I like videos.
(Please consult a doctor before beginning on a new exercise routine. There is no substitute for a physicians advice. Links on this page are affiliate links; the owner receives commission for sales made through these links. The information on this site is the webmasters opinion)
Using your own bodyweight for training is one of my absolute favorite ways to exercise. The simplicity and effectiveness this technique is amazing. I decided to do this TRX Suspension Trainer review to talk about value of this suspension training product.
Suspension training is simply a type of bodyweight exercise where you can do compound movements throughout a variety of different planes—you know, from vertical to 180 degrees and beyond. The aim of these exercises is not only to develop strength but also flexibility, balance and joint stability.
Using ropes to aid in exercise is not a new concept, and the TRX Suspension Trainer has been around and established for over five years. Training with the TRX incorporates so many of my favorite things in a workout including the fact that most of the hundreds of exercises you can perform with it greatly involve your core.
Let’s break down the features of this product and find out its value. Read on for the full TRX Suspension Trainer review. After that, you may want to buy TRX for yourself.
The actual product consists of a few different things.
First, the Trainer is simply two durable, adjustable nylon straps with padded handles and foot cradles. They are attached and balanced well. You can quickly adjust the strap lengths with cam buckles. While working out, the design allows you to make very small adjustments to perfect your balance with just a twitch.
There is a separate attachment strap with carabineer. That strap has several different loops allowing for an easy adjustment in height. The training straps also have a carbineer for attachment.
The whole thing attaches to any elevated fixture such as a pull-up bar, tree branch, vertical post, etc. The TRX offers a few different anchor options including a door anchor and X mount. This means it’s quite friendly for home and apartment use.
Aside from the actual workout product, you receive a training DVD and a 36 page workout guide. The DVD has a nice program on how to get started with the trainer (25 mins) and a whole workout (40 mins). The TRX website has a lot more to offer in the way of workouts as well, but I’ll talk about that in the website section.
Finally, a mesh carrying bag is provided. The whole thing only weighs about 2 pounds, so you can take it anywhere for a workout. I really like that as I travel around and get annoyed when I have to interrupt my workout routine too much. If you do your own TRX suspension trainer review, it could be anywhere!
What I Like About the TRX Trainer
The benefits of this product are numerous. It’s portable, quick and easy to set-up, and easily adjustable so your workout is not slowed down (and you’re not annoyed!). Plus, it allows for a great variety of bodyweight training exercises.
If you like a private workout you can do it at home. If you want to bring it to your friend’s house, easily done. Want to enjoy the outdoors, take it to a park and attach it to a fence, monkey bars or whatever.
In addition to the awesomeness of bodyweight training, you get the added benefit of improving your balance, flexibility and mobility. The large variety of exercises and their variations keep you from getting bored with your workouts and allow you to easily work in variations that confuse your muscles.
With the TRX Suspension Trainer, you can also easily control the resistance by changing the angle of your body. This aspect makes the product suitable for all fitness levels. Did I mention it was developed by a Navy SEAL to keep in shape while posted in locations that were inconvenient to traditional workouts? Well, SEAL fitness standards are high, so I can’t imagine many people saying “I’m too in shape for this to be worthwhile”.
Another nice aspect of the product is the fact that a lot of personal trainers and gyms use the product. The makers of TRX actually offer classes that teach a ton of different exercises and routines. I know they travel all over teaching these courses, so if you are into body building, which requires lifting heavy weights, or you like some of the classes offered by your gym, you may just find that they are using the TRX for training already.
One final thing I like about this product is the support you find on the website and additional training programs available. There’s also a military discount. So military personnel, definitely check out their website.
The TRX website provides a lot of support for the product. There’s an impressive amount of free content in video and written form. Fresh, free content seems to be released weekly. Another bonus is the large amount of YouTube videos you can find using the TRX trainer. These videos will introduce you to lots of new exercises for free. Free is good.
The site also has over a dozen DVDs and downloadable workouts for sale. A lot of these videos are offered in bundles so you can save some money. And one thing that is incredibly smart and necessary—the downloadable videos are mobile device ready. This makes them as portable as the trainer. That’s huge.
The website allows you to look at training programs by sports or by training goal. The TRX Suspension Trainer is actually endorsed by a lot top athletes and trainers. The variety of endorsements highlights the versatility of this product.
I can’t fully detail their website here, but I’ll end by saying, in my opinion, this company really knows how to pay attention to its customers. The amount of consistent content they produce is great. I encourage you to visit the TRX Suspension Trainer website to see for yourself even though I have done my best on this TRX suspension trainer review.
How the TRX Suspension Trainer Could Improve
Nothing in life is perfect. I do have a few issues with the trainer, but instead of just complaining about them, I’ll offer some solutions when I can.
First, you do need to hang it somewhere. Ultimately, that’s not too difficult. The attachment strap does wrap around things, like basket ball posts, and stays pretty securely. You can purchase a permanent anchor from TRX and mount it on the ceiling or wall. Just make sure you find that stud. If you don’t know what a stud is, find someone to help you who does.
You can also purchase the door anchor, which you simply place on the opposite side of a door and close. One thing to note about the placement of the door anchor—you really need to be on the side of the door where it opens away from you. This allows the entire door frame to bear the force. If you’re on the wrong side, you risk damaging the door. It’s easy to figure this out, but most doors open into a room, which makes it difficult to exercise in a bedroom.
The carrying bag is a bit small. You’ll figure out how to get it in there, but a bigger bag would have been nice.
Finally, the door anchor does not come with the standard package I described above. You’ll have to pay a bit extra to get the package with the door anchor. But if you don’t need it, then you don’t have to pay for it. Those are the few downsides in this TRX suspension trainer review.
Is the TRX Suspension Trainer effective? Yes. It really delivers. Of course you still have to put the work in. But the variety of exercises, the ease of use, portability, durability and company support are all top notch.
Is it a good value? Well, it’s not super cheap, but I calculated that with my average use over the first year, I was only paying a few dollars a session. It’s made with quality materials and good workmanship. After one year, my nylon straps and handles were still in fine shape. And as I said before, the product fulfills all of its promises. I would say it’s been a good value for me.
The TRX is a great training tool for me, which is why I was motivated to do this TRX Suspension Trainer review. I encourage you to check it out.
I vary my workouts as much as possible. There are two reasons for this. 1) It’s good to consistently confuse your muscles and maintain a variety of motion in your movements. 2) I like to be ready for whatever sport or game may come my way—climbing, hiking, surfing, baseball, racquetball, takraw or whatever.
As much as I love lifting weights, my favorite exercises are bodyweight exercises. We all know these old school exercises like push-ups, crunches, pull-ups, dips, air squats and a bunch of others. These exercises are great. They require minimal equipment and when done properly, they really give you results.
If you don’t believe me, just take a look at a male gymnast whose main event has something to do with throwing his own bodyweight around. How about those guys who compete in the rings. They are cut up like crazy, and it all comes from bodyweight exercises and movements.
I spent a year and a half living in a small city in Taiwan. The one gym in town was terrible. Luckily for me I lived three minutes from a huge park where they had an abundant amount of pull-up bars and other various bar contraptions that the Taiwanese used for stretching. It was all I needed to maintain the gains I made in the gym the year before when I lived in Thailand.
As you can tell, it is nice to have a few pieces of equipment to increase the variety of bodyweight exercises you can do. Pretty soon I’ll be reviewing a few pieces of high value that I really like. I think you’ll like them too.