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  1. #1
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    Anybody use a TRX suspension trainer?

    I've been using one for 16 weeks with my personal trainer. I just bought one for home and was wondering if anyone has exercises that are particularly good for cycling.
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  2. #2
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    We use one in a coached cycling class that I'm taking. Last night was my first experience with it, but I am really tempted to get one for our home! What a fantastic tool!

    We were focused on core and lower body last night, so we did single leg squats, lunges with our non-working leg in the straps (behind us) and then two types of planks with our legs suspended. AWESOME stuff!

    I don't have any particular cycling specific workouts, but I would think that most lower body and core stuff that requires a stabilization effort would be helpful.
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    I have looked at them and drooled wishing that it might work in my home.

    My question is how would you put the strap up and in a secure place in the house? If trees are availble that is a whole nother issue.

    Sorry for the hijack....

    I'm not aware of any other specific cycling exercises for them either. Great for general purpose stuff though. They look very difficult if your using them.

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    There are two home anchor solutions. One is the over the door adapter which is what I have. The other is the cross anchor you screw into a joist/rafter or the header of a door. The over the door option has some limitations in range of motion because your feet hit the door which is kind of annoying but it's currently my only option. I can't wait to try it outdoors. This thing has made an amazing difference especially in my upper body which is my weak area. Totally killer exercises. It even kicks my trainer's butt and she's 14 years younger than me. Try the abdominal crunch-push up combo...guaranteed to make you cry or worse. I don't eat within 2 hours of using it or I pay the price.
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    TRX is awesome. I love it and do it at least once a week at my gym. I think as with any weight training activity it is necessary for cyclists.

    I think using it for squats is good for leg strength, such as squatting. Squatting to standing and doing flys? (lift your arms into a "v" while keeping resistance) or "chickens" where you raise your elbows to shoulder height has done wonders for my shoulder and arm definition. Given I mainly do cycling I have to work to tone anything other than my legs!

    I too can't see how it would work at home, though many times have wished for it
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  6. #6
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    OMG. I *love love love* TRX. I want one for our basement. I'm trying to negotiate a fitness room in our downstairs, and I want that in it.

    The only time I've used one has been in a gym, where they were installed quite high above my head. How do you guys who have them in the doorways feel about that vs the gym mounts? Do you notice a difference?
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    Trademarking is only for a brand name, like Pepsi, Kleenex, or xerox. You notice it's not patented. It's funny the devices that have patent numbers are fakes! (look this up if you want, it comes right up in google) Like I said earlier, someone has taken an existing concept, packaged it and promoted it with some slick marketing and voila, a new "Amazing Fitness System"! I don't have anything against things that get people moving and working out, and that appears to be effective - but I am always fascinated by the marketing machine and how well it a) convinces people they have something new and b) separates them from their money.
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  8. #8
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    Oakleaf, thanks for the info about your PT using the Jungle Gym. Do you have any idea of how long they have been using it? MY only reason for asking is that a PT will use lots of different equipment, but with me, I will use this a LOT! I'm just concerned about the quality and don't want to be in the market to buy again later. Although, perhaps there wouldn't be an issue.

    Thanks again for the suggestion!

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    I'll ask if I remember, but seriously, this is the same webbing and similar ratcheting that motorcycle tie-downs use - that's why it seemed so easy to make out of stuff a lot of us already have lying around the house (or garage). The only potential wear point would be the anchor - as long as you keep that from abrading the webbing, it should last purt'near forever. You'd probably want to inspect the seams now and then just to be on the safe side, but I really wouldn't worry about it, it's such a simple device.
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    After looking at several websites, it appears to me that the TRX straps have some sort of resistence bands tied into the straps themeselves.

    AS for quality, I understand all of what you said... I have lots of straps around the house/shop as well... and pershap that's why I think there is a big difference. Although perhaps there isn't...

    Your PT will have some valuable information, and I appreciate you asking. I did find out today that the Jungle Gym brand does indeed have a life time warranty.. so that's impressive!

  11. #11
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    I finally remembered to ask my PT about the Jungle Gym in the clinic. She said it's about ten years old and it gets multiple uses daily - much more, she says, than an individual would use it at home. They've had no issues of wear. The only caveat she had is that after all that time, it's possible they don't make them like they used to!

    Quote Originally Posted by ridebikeme View Post
    I have lots of straps around the house/shop as well... and pershap that's why I think there is a big difference. Although perhaps there isn't...
    Well, there is a difference, when you're talking about securing a 300# to 700# motorcycle to take corners in the back of a truck at 70 mph... although I think the difference is more in the ratchets than in the straps. They do make the webbing in different weight ratings. We only use Ancra brand for the important stuff.
    Last edited by OakLeaf; 07-16-2012 at 12:40 PM.
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  12. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingScot View Post
    was wondering if anyone has exercises that are particularly good for cycling.
    I work on my core for cycling because my legs are already really strong. For core work on the TRX, some basic movements that are challenging and work the core are: 1) from the plank position with the top of your feet in the harnesses, swing your legs widely from left to right while stabilizing your core; 2) from the same position, do mountain climber reps; 3) from the same position, bring both your knees in diagonally across your body and touch your farthest knee to the opposite elbow. Also to build your glutes and hamstring muscles, try laying on your back, arms to your sides, with your heels in the bottom cradles and then proceed to lift your but off the floor while bringing in your legs. I just did these exercises this morning to work on both my golfing and cycling fitness (along with various upper body TRX movements too which are mostly geared toward helping me with golf - mostly weight distribution and hip swing - as well as general fitness). The core ones above are basics but goodies.

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    I have been using the Jungle GYm XT for about 6-7 weeks now, and have noticed a tremendous difference! I've also done A LOT of research on straps for my shop and the fitness center that I manage. Here's what I found, having the two straps connected at times makes it a bit difficult on the arms, in some movements the straps actually rub on your arms. The Jungle Gym Xt has great quality straps, although I'm sorry to say that the customer service is horrible and shipping is terribly slow. So I guess we can all pick our battles... I have sold a couple of KBDuos, great quality and customer service is extremely good! (they sell for $80)

    Earlier, there was talk about making your own straps, and after looking at straps etc.... that is definitely something that could happen very quickly and you could save some money if that's your goal.

    For those of you interested in making your own straps, or different training methods, check out youtube and search for what you are interested in. There are some great informational videos from the manufacturers themselves and videos to teach you to make your own straps if that is your goal.
    Last edited by ridebikeme; 09-08-2012 at 04:04 AM.

 

 

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