Cross training with a purpose <<<< — That’s my new motto for myself and my athletes!!
We always hear that cross training is important, but I think giving each session a purpose towards our running is what keeps us on track.
Knowing that a round of my lunge matrix keeps my IT Band happy makes it easy to do.
Knowing that a little bit of foam rolling releases my tight hips eases the discomfort.
Knowing that a powerful core means better running has be lining up to my TRX.This workout isn’t an insane ab burner, but it’s going to engage every muscle and won’t be easy! I love that it engages your arms, back and glutes as well. Why not get the most out of the time you spend cross training.
TRX Ab Workout
Following is a description of each move in the order shown above. Below is a video short demonstration of each move and this time not a single kitty made an appearance.
For all moves the TRX is extended to the longest position and you’ll be getting in to a plank position. I love that you can change the straps for a lot of different moves, but once I’m down on the ground I want to power through the entire ab workout without an excuse to quit because I need to change something!
Your core needs to be engaged and your arms remain straight, but not locked. Focus on keeping your shoulders from hunching as well, you want to feel them engaged, but if you start hunching you lose the full effect and of course hurt your back.
- Fantastic if you have an overhead place for the TRX, if not get a door and use the side that doesn’t pull open towards you
- For plank, sit on your bum and place your feet in the soft part of the handle. Then rotate to the plank, with the top of your feet now in the straps
- Focus on your core. I know I keep saying it, but that’s what makes these moves work!
Aim for 10 reps of each move and build up to 15 reps.
With feet in the handles, engage your core and pull knees in to chest then extend legs straight. The slower the movement, the harder it will be.
With feet in the handles, press down on the top of your feet, engage the core and lift the hips towards the sky trying to create a V position with your body.
This is the same movement as the tuck, only you are pulling your knees towards first your right armpit, legs straight and then towards your left arm pit.
Rotate your body to face the wall instead of the floor and brace on your forearm with feet in handles. Keeping legs straight, move them in a small scissor motion. This will require balance and engage your inner thighs for an added bonus.
From the same side facing position, lower your hip to tap the floor and then raise it back up by engaging the obliques and glutes.
One of the best things about the TRX is that every move should be an ab workout. Checkout this full body TRX workout and you’ll see that you need to have your core turned on for every single move from shoulders to back to legs!
Have you used a TRX?
How many days do you do ab work?
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