Once again, I cannot emphasize how much I enjoy using TRX to strength train in the "off-season". The thing I most enjoy about it is that you can take it anywhere (inside, outside, on a boat, etc). In addition to cross-training by hiking and running, I have begun incorporating some strength exercises. Each time this year I get stoked; time to build some muscles again. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these guys who likes to bulk up (obviously), I just enjoy working muscles that have been immobile or "stationary" during the cycling season.
While it is very important for me to maintain strength during the "in-season", most of that strength is focused on the lower body; mainly quads and glutes. So during the fall and winter months I like to gain some muscle mass in the upper body as well, but just enough to maintain functional strength, power, and performance...I guess it doesn't hurt to look good in the mirror also :-).
Let me back track a bit and reiterate what I just said, "functional strength, power, and performance". This is why I choose to use the TRX in my training and why YOU too should start or continue to use it. The use of this piece of equipment allows the user to engage all muscle groups during a single movement, targeting muscles that are used during daily activities (such as vacuuming floor, shoveling driveway, painting a wall, or simply getting in and out of a car/truck). In as little as 20-30 minutes you can get in a solid workout that will leave you exhausted...another bonus. Most of us don't have a lot of time, nor should you be spending lots of time, in the gym wasting time. Hear what other top trainers say about TRX.
If you want to improve performance in a sport, look and feel better, or get an efficient workout in, give TRX a try. Better yet, come to my "TRX Unleashed" class at the Athletic Club of Bend (ACB) Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. The class is from 6:30pm -7:30pm. Even if you are not already a member of the ACB, let me know and I may be able to get you a guest pass to join the fun.
This may sound like an advertisement for TRX, and it should. I have been using TRX for almost 4 years and I have honestly seen improvements in my cycling performance (better core strength - abs and low back, stronger and more powerful leg muscles, and better speed) as well as a more balanced body. No longer do I have a dominant side. Performing exercises in all planes of motion (frontal, sagital, and transverse) has helped me eliminate any weaknesses in strength and stability.
"Make Your Body Your Machine" - TRX