Get up. Go to college. Come home. Lunch. Sleep. Finish assignments. Complete entire presentations on your own which were supposed to be a “group effort”. Study some psychology. Finish internship work. Eat. Sleep.
That’s what my routine has become since the start of second academic year at college. Not to forget the sweaty crowds I smell whilst traveling in the train to college. And if I’m relatively free-er, I stay in and catch up on some stress-relieving episodes of “Friends” or go on drives with friends.In the midst of all this, I have completely sidetracked my personal health, and with everything that’s happening, it kind of scares me. Thus, I decided to join a fitness class, which consists of kickboxing, Pilates, functional training, power yoga, kettle bell workout and TRX workouts. The reason I decided to join a class as such because, for starters, it is not even remotely close to a gym so the stigma attached of “being regular at gym” is right out of the window. These classes are not just the same monotonous kind, every time there is a different workout and every time you can push yourself further and discover your abilities. (eg. Being able to perform a full split in week 4 which you couldn’t do earlier).
The above exercises might sound familiar, but I’m sure that not many have heard about the TRX workout. TRX workout is a new routine you can add to your regime whilst forgetting about those heavy weight machines or dumbbells, okay, maybe not permanently but just long enough till you gain some stamina and muscle.
Invented by a former U.S. Navy SEAL, the TRX (short for total-body resistance exercise) turns every exercise into a challenge for the core by using two very accessible resources: gravity and our own bodyweight. All you have to do is anchor the TRX straps to a secure spot (think a weight machine, a door frame, or even monkey bars or a basketball hoop pole if you’re getting creative) and use either your feet or hands—depending on the exercise—to hold onto the straps.
In general, a part of your body will be suspended above the ground or you’ll be leaning into or away from the straps to create resistance and destabilization. Knocking our balance out of whack gives us no other option but to adjust, which means engaging the midsection and back and firing up the shoulders and hips to maintain control throughout the movement. Even better? Since the straps roll up into practically nothing, it’s a take-anywhere, do-anywhere kind of workout—provided you have somewhere stable to serve as your base.
So, here are some exercises that you can follow and build those core muscles:
- Stand facing away from the TRX with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold handles at chest height in front of you, arms extended and palms facing the floor. With body aligned from head to heels, shift weight to balls of feet and bend elbows. Push up to return to starting position.
- Stand facing away from the TRX with feet hip-width apart. Lean forward and grasp handles in front of your face, elbows bent 90 degrees and palms facing away from you. Extend your arms, then bend elbows to return to starting position.
- Lie faceup under the TRX with knees bent and feet on floor. Hold the handles over your chest, arms extended and palms facing each other.
- Stand facing away from the TRX with left foot on both foot cradles and hands on hips. (Legs should be extended.) Bend knees until right thigh is parallel to the floor; rise up to starting position. Switch legs to complete set.
- Lie faceup with your heels in the TRX’s foot cradles, legs extended and arms straight out to sides in a “T,” palms on floor. Lift hips so body is aligned from shoulders to heels.Bend knees, pulling handles toward you. Extend legs to starting position.
Make sure you hit 3 sets with 30 reps at every go. You can take it slow in the beginning with just 2 sets, 20 reps. Not only do you build your core, but also your strength, balance, agility and power. It’s portable. It weighs two pounds so you can take it anywhere and use it indoors or outdoors. It helps you reach any goal. Use to improve sports performance, lose weight, gain strength, rehab an injury, and more. It’s functional. It’s designed to carry everywhere and meets the demands of daily activities. You stand to train. People sit too much and have sedentary lifestyles. This allows you to get off your butt.
I’ve set my priorites and my health tops the list. It is very necessary to make time for your personal fitness, as my mother rightly says,” Only if you’re healthy and you eat right, can you study well and deal with all kinds of stress.” Who said that a life of a college student would be easy breezy? Yes, it’s difficult, it’s painful, but no pain no gain, yea?