Why you should suspend your Fitness

Have you seen individuals or groups of people pulling, pushing, rotating, elevating on their legs, hands either one or both? Chances are it was suspension training.

A fantastic type of training that can be exclusive or integrated with other styles of fitness, it uses your own bodyweight and gravity as a means of intensity. This is different to the standard weights and bands.

 

About Suspension Training

Q: What is Suspension Training?
 Suspension Training systems consisting of  approx. 12 feet of straps, handles, and various anchors that can be attached to any sturdy weight bearing base. There can be two straps from one point or two individual straps. each brand will differ slightly. Here are some facts about suspension training. I suggest you all have a go at it.

Q: What is fitness suspension equipment made of? Is it elastic?
No, they are mostly constructed of industrial strength soft nylon webbing(or a material with similar tensile strength), so the resistance is generated by variable bodyweight and gravity rather than the stretching of elastic bands.

Q: Is there a weight limit for the size of person using the TRX Suspension Trainer? We recommend a maximum user weight of   around150kg.  All  reputable Suspension Trainers are Load Tested  to ensure that the product will not fail. So although the max user weight might be 150kg it is actually tested to endure more.

Q: How much space do I need to train with suspension training equipment?
 You will need a comfortable space that is  at least 6 feet wide and 8 feet in length to execute all the exercises safely.

Q: Who will benefit from Suspension Training?
Everyone can benefit from Suspension Training. Because the user can effortlessly control the resistance and level of difficulty by simply shifting the position of their body, Suspension Training is perfect for gentle rehabilitation, hardcore athletic training, and everything in between. Suspension Training also allows for complete ranges of motion while training which allows for a more functional workout routine.

Q: Is Suspension Training appropriate for people who are out of shape or just beginning an exercise program? 
Yes, because the user has control over the amount of bodyweight resistance, control of the angle in which they place their body, and can control their stability by their foot placement (wide stance, narrow stance, single leg) which means it can very well be used for people that are not professional or performance athletes nor regularly active. Suspension Training can also be used to assist a number of movements that are too difficult for many deconditioned users.

Q: How is Suspension Training different from other types of resistance training?
Traditional weight training often only works one muscle at a time which is contradictory to the normal coordinated muscle effort used to complete most activities. Focusing on only one muscle at a time is more likely to lead to overuse injuries and muscular imbalances, as well as potentially limit strength and movement gains. Suspension Training allows for the use of multiple planes of motion and works multiple muscles and joints simultaneously.

Q: I’ve heard Suspension Training is great for rehabilitation and physical therapy after an injury? 
Many physical therapists are currently using suspension training to help their patients recover from various injuries. The ease of adjusting resistance, functionality of using body weight and the closed kinetic chain nature of many of the exercises make it a very powerful tool for this type of use.

Q: What’s the best way to ease into Suspension Training?
 To ease into suspension training it is best to choose 5 to 6 exercises that are suitable to your fitness level and do a single set of each working at 10 to 12 repetitions. You should start with a less advanced resistance or body position and take the time to make sure that your form is perfect. Also take lots of rest between exercises. Once you feel comfortable with the movements you can progress a number of ways. Try to slowly introduce more challenging resistances, increase the number of exercises and the volume of your workout in terms of sets and reps and decrease the rest you take between each movement and between sets.

Q: How long do I have to workout? 
20 to 30 minutes of training is a great place to start. Adding sets, reps or additional exercises will allow you to slowly increase your workout time if you are looking to do so. What is most important to remember is that doing even 10 minutes of activity is much better than nothing at all. If you know that you don’t have time to get through your full routine, try to resist the urge to blow it off all together. You’ll find you can still get lots of benefit from a shortened

 

Benefits:

Using your own bodyweight to create resistance as you train. That’s all you need – your trainer and your own body. No additional weights required.

Unlimited Versatility

We’re all unique. Not only is each individual’s body built a little differently, but we each fill our lives with a mix of physical activities that can require specific training. Suspension Training allows you to instantly adjust not only the level of difficulty for each exercise, but you can easily customise any workout on the fly.

Maximise your training time

You can easily switch from exercise to exercise in less than 15 seconds. This allows you to maximise your training time and enables circuit style workouts.

Build core strength

Killer abs are great, but more importantly, having a strong core will prevent injuries, improve posture and increase overall strength. This is because all of our movements are powered by the torso – the abs and back work together to support the spine during everyday activities and exercise. Suspension Training builds core strength with every exercise by creating an element of instability that calls on your core to provide balance and coordination.

Life doesn’t happen sitting down

In real life, our bodies move to the side, backwards, forwards and diagonally. Shouldn’t we train the same way? Unlike traditional weight training that tends to be linear and follow one plane of movement (sagittal), Suspension Training encourages multi-planar training (frontal, sagittal, transverse) which integrates all your motions and mimics real life movement. This will bring a muscular balance to your body, increasing performance and preventing injuries.

Increase Sports Performance

Suspension training builds superior muscular balance, joint stability, mobility, and core strength helping you perform better in any sport. It also improves posture and prevents injuries.

Unmatched Versatility

Suspension Training delivers greater functionality and versatility than large, expensive machines. Combine the exercises of a cable cross-over machine, a complete set of dumbbells, and a Swiss ball and you start to get an idea of what Suspension Training can do for your training.

Extremely Portable, Fast Set-Up

The equipment weighs less than 2kg and sets up in under a minute, and stores in a small bag, you can use it just about anywhere. Train at the gym, on the field, at home, on the road, outside on a sunny day.

So no matter which brand of suspension training equipment you use these are the predominant reason for participating in the activity. Each brand will have it’s pro’s and con’s but and each user will have their favourites. But for all intents and purposes, they are all work off the same concept. I recommend everyone have a go of suspension training and really start working from the inside out.