If you haven’t tried the TRX Rip Trainer and you like the option of training indoors and out, then you may get hooked on this tool like I am. Just like the TRX Suspension Trainer, the Rip is designed to train life and sport movements. You can use it like the Suspension Trainer and attach it to a door, or outside using a fence, rail/wall, or a tree/pole. With the Rip, you’re driving against resistance that is one-sided, so one side of your body is working to decelerate movement while the other side is accelerating movement. Your core has to work extremely hard to stabilize the movement. This simulates true functional movement! Plus, it really will kick your booty. Lately I’ve used this tool attached to fencing at a tennis court and included movements in a circuit format (30 seconds work/15 seconds transition to other side or rest):
1. Straight Arm Turn (Feet in a squat stance and hands in standard hand grip, extend arms and turn entire body away from anchor; return to start.)
2. Hockey Slap Shot (Feet in split stance and hands in opposing hand grip, sweep end of Rip towards floor in hockey shot motion; return to start.)
3. Axe Chop (Feet in split stance and hands in opposing hand grip, chop overhead like swinging an axe; return to start.)
4. Squat Row (Feet in squat stance and hands in standard hand grip, row out and away from body as you squat; return to start.)
Perform 3-5 sets of the exercises. The TRX Rip Trainer can be a great option to train power endurance and cardio, as well as functional strength. There is so much more to do with this tool, and while I enjoy the feel of pushing/pulling weight in a gym, I also agree with the TRX philosophy of making your body your machine and training movements vs. isolating muscles. Consider adding in the TRX Suspension Trainer and/or TRX Rip Trainer 1-2 times per week into your strength training regimen.
You can’t beat the easy transport, set up, and results!
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