Staying in Shape: TRX!

I am super excited! I just got my TRX straps! Literally just got them. Amazon just dropped them off, I just unboxed them… and promptly dropped them in the syrup from my french toast. Oops.

But they wash well!

I got my TRX straps hooked up just to try out a few moves, and I am THRILLED!! This is exactly what I was hoping for!

Normally, you’d be able to use TRX straps with a closed door, but we don’t really have any doors that would work in our house. They make wall hooks… but our house is old with balloon framing and plaster and lathe. I’m not completely familiar with all of that stuff, but my husband is a residential architect, so I trust him when he says it wouldn’t work either.

I really wanted to make this work, so we found a way!

My favorite thing with TRX is that you can make it harder or easier by changing your angle/how close you stand to the anchor point.

I also got a set of workout cards!

This will help me build my own workouts. I know that can be complicated and challenging, but it’s important to me for a couple of reasons.

1. I used to train for half marathons. Building my own workout routine isn’t new. It’s something I’m very familiar with. I’m a little rusty right now and building workouts specific to suspension training is a bit new, but the basics are still the same.

2. I need to highly personalize my training because of my chronic illness needs. If I overdo it, I’m going to throw myself into an RA or CVS flare. I can’t really do inversions because of my Chiari malformation. If I don’t do enough, I’m not going to burn enough calories. So I really need to customize this for me.

I do both strength training and cardio.

My cardio is walking, and right now I walk a LOT. I also mix it up throughout the week. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are my strength training and medium cardio days. Saturdays are my long cardio days, kind of like having a long run day. Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays are my rest days… but I still get in 10,000 steps on those days, too. And Sundays are restorative yoga days. Strength training is full body every day, but I mix it up!

It’s really important to keep variety in your workouts!

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