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TRX Suspension Trainer

I decided to get a TRX suspension trainer because it appeared to be a nice and portable way to use body weight for strength development.  I am guilty of dropping strength workouts in favour of my swim, bike, run training.  As a result, my upper body strength is really not anywhere near where I want it to be and my quads are getting too developed while my hamstrings aren’t.  I really don’t want to end up with muscle imbalances that cause me to get injured more easily.  I need to be able to stay on my aero bars a lot more than I do now.  I also need to develop more strength to improve my swimming pull.  Sports aside, more core strength is always good for just about anything you’d want to do, other than lying down.

 

 (At this point, I should probably mention that I had rotator cuff problems for over a year.  Those problems have now been resolved, but I have very weak shoulders because I was unable to do shoulder exercises while my rotator cuff was screwed up.)

 

I did one set of the TRX endurance circuit on Monday just to get the hang of things without getting too sore in the process.  But today, I did the TRX Basic Training workout that comes on the DVD you get with the system.  Everything went well, but the oblique crunch and plank were quite difficult.  As usual, my weak shoulders started burning well before my abs did.   This is the same problem I had doing mountain climbers or push-ups.  Given time, I expect that will change.

 

I really like the fact that you can adjust the difficulty of any exercise on the fly.  There are no weights to add or remove, no bands to attach or detach.  You simply use the position of your body, or add something on to the movement to modify difficulty.  For example, if you find the squat too easy, you can add a jump at the end.  If the hamstring curl is too easy when you are lying on your back, raise your hips.

 

The only thing I wasn’t too fond of is the cost.  The TRX cost $189 for the Pro version.  This seems to be a bit steep, but I bought it anyway since it’s very portable.  In any case, stay tuned to see how I do!

To Trek we go!

Today I sent my Speed Concept 7.0 off to Trek Toronto for maintenance. I was told to bring it back in a week or two when I first bought it in October 2011, but I wasn’t able to find the time for various reasons. The guys at Trek said that the shifting would go to crap pretty quickly because the cabling was just done. They were right about that.

In any case, because I am lazy, I am getting an extra wheel and cassette so that I can switch from trainer to road without swapping out my tire EVERY time. This should make life a lot easier for me. It’ll be around $200, but it’s well worth it to me. I can see myself missing training sessions because it’s miserable outside but I don’t want to melt my road tire on the trainer.

The way I see it, I make things as convenient as possible for myself so that I can’t reasonably make excuses.