With winter fast approaching, and colder weather already at our doorstep why not break out of the winter blues with a new fitness workout that will be sure to keep you sweating even in the coldest of weather.
For the November move of the month, Michele Nesbitt, National Fitness Director, Orangetheory Fitness, shares everything there is to know about the TRX Chest Press.
Learn how to strengthen the stabilizer muscles of the three anchors (shoulder, trunk and hips) and train the inside and outside muscles in a 50:50 ratio:
- The suspension strap chest press is basically a push up. The movement is the exact same except you are off the ground and you will need to control more of the arm movement from this position. This will not only work your chest but also your arms too.
- With your feet shoulder-width apart face away from the anchor.
- By extending your arms in front of you at shoulder height grab the handles with an overhand grip. Make sure that your body is at slight diagonal in a solid plank like position when you lean forward.
- Bend your elbows and lower your chest towards your hands while focusing on moving your entire body as a plank. Stop and pause when your hands are in line with your chest.
- Press yourself back up in one slow and controlled movement. The more angle, the more challenge.
- Option is also a staggered stance.
Expert Insight: Suspension training is designed around harnessing one’s own bodyweight against gravity while performing suspended exercises to maximize strength, stability, endurance and to sculpt the body. Using the straps in this manner will improve posture. Good posture helps the body move more efficiently. The resistance/intensity is changed by adjusting the body angle so this is a great exercise for any fitness level.
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