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Q&A: New Tool for Losing Weight?

Q: I’ve seen a lot of great press on the TRX training tool. Is it good for weight loss?

A: The TRX Suspension Trainer is an excellent training tool regardless of your goals. It turns every exercise into a total-body move because of its demands on the core. Basically, it exposes all the weak links in your body so that no muscle is left uninvolved.

As a result of that increased muscular demand, the TRX turns the caloric demand of every exercise way up. In other words, as you involve more muscle in your workout, you burn more calories. This makes it a useful tool as part of a fat loss program.

Try the following circuit:

  1. TRX Single-leg Squat
  2. TRX Inverted Row
  3. TRX Chest Press (video below)

Perform 6 to 8 repetitions of each exercise, moving from one exercise to the next with as little rest as possible. Perform as many circuits as possible in 15 minutes for a fast fat loss workout. Use it at the end of your traditional strength training session or as a separate stand-alone session. Watch the video below to see an example of exercises using the TRX.

Full disclosure: Athletes' Performance has a partnership with Fitness Anywhere, which makes TRX.

Alwyn Cosgrove is renowned for his fat loss training programs and for being a dynamic and educational speaker. He’s the owner of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California and the author of The New Rules of Lifting. Learn more at AlwynCosgrove.com.

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