“I’m finding the exercises too hard”
This is no problem at all.
The rep numbers are an optimal guide within TRX Suspension Trainer Workout Programs that I would like you to make every effort to reach.
But if you can’t right now, there are a few things you can do until your technique develops along with your strength:
1. Alter your body positioning
You can decrease the effort and intensity of the exercise by changing your body and feet position in relation to the TRX main attachment point.
This is the first step to take.
Stand more upright to create a more comfortable angle, placing less intensity on the muscles and less overall effort.
2. Record and look back on your rep ranges
If you are still finding the effort too much after experimenting with feet and body position.
Perform the exercise to as many reps as you can and record the number to refer back to each week.
Try and beat by just one rep each week.
3. Control the negative (downward phase)
There may be instances where you just can’t perform one part of the exercise.
For example, TRX Pistol Squats take a lot of strength and effort to contract the muscle, squeeze and push-up on one leg.
Whilst you can use straps to help pull yourself up.
This may not be enough.
What we can do here is remove the push-up part of the exercise and just focus on the lowering (negative) part of the exercise.
The beauty of muscles is that their strength increases overall, even if just one part of a movement is focused on.
Meaning the downward strengthening part of a pistol squat would increase the strength of the upward push-up part over time.
We focus on lowering ourselves on one leg slowly, between 4-8 seconds and once at the bottom of the pistol squat stand up using both feet and squeeze the intended muscle (directed in the workout plan: quads/glutes/hams).
That’s one rep.
You would then repeat this to the specified rep range in the workout plan. Eventually, you’ll find you’re able to push yourself back up on one leg for 1-2 reps.
Then your strength will grow from there.
There is always a smart workout work-around that can offer just as good bang for your buck.
Q: What happens if a certain exercise causes me pain?
A: Again this is no problem.
Pistol squats for example can cause people knee pain when they first begin to do them.
Rather than look at the exercise as a problem or our knee joint as a problem.
We look at how we can target the same muscle via a different range of motion with a different exercise.
A good swap in this instance would be a TRX reverse lunge.
It comes back to peoples individual biomechanics and the beauty of suspension training is that we can find ways to work with the body and not against it.
Hopefully that’s helped you to understand How To Make TRX Exercises Harder Or Easier For Progression At Your Pace.
Let’s get to it!