Some of you may prefer to work abs the old fashioned way, which is to do ab exercises with no fitness equipment. However, these TRX ab exercises may change your mind.
There is nothing wrong with doing ab exercises with no equipment, but you may be missing out on different ways to hit the core.
There have been many different pieces of fitness equipment introduced to gyms for working the abdominal muscles. Some of them are good.
For example, kettlebells, battle ropes, the core momentum trainer to name but a few. Others have been really poor. The trx is one of the best ways you can train your core as the TRX ab exercises can be done anywhere!
The TRX utilises your body weight to train strength, power, balance and core stability. It was designed based on research from professional sports, the military and academic institutions.
There are many different TRX training systems available for home use. Here is the one I am using in this article.
In this article i will show you 5 TRX ab exercises you can do at home or in the gym.
Perform each TRX ab exercise one after the other performing between 10-15 Reps each set. Perform 3-4 sets and rest 45 seconds between each set.
Once you have finished one round (5 exercises) rest for one minute and start the circuit again.
1) Body Twist
Your arms should both be fully extended. Your hips should both be level with each other with both hips facing upwards. Rotate your body until your hand is facing the ground while maintaining your grip on the handle with your opposite hand. Your hips should no longer be facing upwards. They should have rotated and should now be facing sideways.
2) Roll out
Start on your knees with your body in an upward position. Move your body forward while maintaining your body in an upright position. Extend your arms and keep them as long as possible while maintaining a straight back. When you have moved as far forward as you can reverse the movement.
3) Jack knife
Place both your feet into both of the handles and start with your hands on the floor with both arms extended. Begin by moving both your knees towards you by bending your hips. Make sure your back does not bend while you move your knees and hips. Also, keep your bum down at all times.
This is one of the hardest ab exercises. Start in the same position as you did in the Jack Knife. However this time when you bend at your hips allow your bum to go as high in the air as you can. Your feet will move towards your head and you must maintain your legs in a straight position at all times. Try and bend as much as you can at your hips to maximize the work on your abdominals.
5) Body Twist & Squat
The same as in the body twist exercise, and ow you will add a knee bend as you rotate the body. You will feel your hands almost touch the floor once you add the knee bend in.
I am a huge fan of suspension training exercises. The TRX is a piece of equipment I use in my own training and with my clients.
TRX stands for Total body Resistance eXercise, and it is one of the most versatile pieces of fitness equipment available today.It allows you to do suspension training exercises to use your body weight to build your core strength, muscular strength, balance and anaerobic capacity in your home, outdoor or in the gym. In this article I will explain to you the benefits of suspension training exercises, as well as tell you some of the best suspension training exercises.
Choose 5 exercises from the 21 suspension training exercises I show below. Perform the 5 suspension training exercises one after the other. Completing 5 exercises counts as one full circuit.
Once one circuit is complete you will rest according to the time shown below. The rest time and repetitions will be different depending on your fitness levels. Your aim is to complete 4 circuits.
Have your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in line in your start position. Bend your hips until your knees are close to your stomach. Keep your back straight and reverse the movement until you are back to your start position.
Same starting position as the jack knife. Bring your knees towards your stomach and then reverse the movement. Perform a push-up when back to your start position by lowering your chest to the floor and then extending your arms, returning to the start position.
Start with your body in a straight line between your shoulders and ankles. Bend your arms and lower your chest to the floor. Once your chest touches the floor, extend your arms and return to the start position.
You can vary the intensity of the exercise by varying your start position from being vertical to horizontal. In this demonstration, I am upright at a slight angle. Start with your arms straight and bend your arms as much as you can and then extend your arms to return to the start position.
This is the same as regular push-ups but with one arm instead of two. Lower your chest by bending your arm as much as you can. Extend your arm until you are back to the beginning.
Start with your knees bent with your body leaning back. Bend your arm until your chin and body raise up. When your chin is above the TRX grips, return to the start position by slowly lowering your body. Make sure your legs do not assist in the movement.
Chin- ups is one of the best TRX ab workout. Start with your knees bent and your body leaning back. Bend your arms to raise your body and then carefully lower your body to the start position.
Start with your body in a hyper-extended position with your arms straight. Pull your body upwards with your arms and then lower your body back down.
Pull your body up as high as you can with one arm and then slowly lower yourself back to the start position.
Extend your non-standing leg and lower yourself to the floor. Straighten your leg until you are standing upright again. Keep both hands on the TRX at all times and squat as low as you can manage.
Hold on to the TRX with both hands and lower your body by bending your legs and lowering your body as low as you can and then extend your legs to stand back up.
Squat down as low as you can and jump as high as you can. When you land, allow your knees to bend so you absorb the impact of the landing. In one movement, squat down low and repeat.
Start with one arm on the TRX with your body square. Rotate your body until the shoulder of your free arm is under the TRX. Twist your body back until your hands are together.
Twist your body until both hands are on opposite sides of your trunk. Bend your knees as you twist to activate more muscles.
Start with your body upright, extend your hands away from your hips by tilting forward on your knees. When your arms are fully extended, pull your body back to an upright position.
Start in the same position as a push-up but keep your arms still and move your legs by bending your hips till feet get as close to your hands as possible. Your bum will go up into the air.
Have one leg in both straps. Elevate your hips into the air and then bend your knee till you get your foot as close to your bum as possible. Keep your other leg extended at all times and your hips in the air at all times.
Both your legs should be in both handles. Bend your knees as much as you can while maintaining a high hip position.
Lean your body back and extend your arm to start. Bend your arms but maintain your elbow position as high as you can in order to keep the focus on your bicep muscles.
Start with your arms in a bent position. While maintaining high elbows, extend your arms until straight to complete one rep.
Keep both your hands in the handles and lunge forward. Alternate legs and make sure the TRX is tight when you have completed the movement.