Fitness Column - TRX not as tricky as it looks

Health tips from Xercise4Less fitness guru, The Colonel
Health tips from Xercise4Less fitness guru, The Colonel

SARAH, 25, from Wigan asks: I’ve heard a lot about TRX lately but I’m scared to use it and not sure what exercises would be best to do, what do you suggest?

The Colonel says: Sarah, thanks for such a brilliant question! Many people often get scared by the TRX, either because they’re not sure how to use it and fear getting tangled up or don’t understand how you’ll gain anything.

The TRX is a fantastic piece of equipment as you need nothing more than your own body weight and all exercises target your core. Exercises on the TRX can be made easier or harder by adjusting your body position, increasing lever length or adding intensity with jumps.

Here’s some exercises you can try as a beginner on the TRX front: Single leg squats and mountain climbers.

Single leg squats are really straightforward and you’ve got the support of the ropes to keep you steady.

Hook your foot into the rope and extend out. Hold onto the ropes and squat down, feel the burn? Good! Try three sets of 20 on each leg with 10 seconds rest in between sets.

Mountain climbers target your core and increase your heart rate and are a really effective exercise.

Hook your feet into the ropes and get into the plank position. Raise your body up using your arms and bring your knees to your chest one leg at a time.

Like the single leg squats do three sets of 20 and rest in between sets. So next time you’re in the gym, Sarah, give the TRX a whirl and let me know what you think!For more tips and advice tweet me at @TheColonelX4L