The Benefits of TRX and the Baby Boomer

As a baby boomer you may like the convenience of having an exercise system you can take with you. One that will allow you the opportunity to work your muscles, boost your metabolism, and that is easy to use. Well, that’s where the TRX Suspension Trainer comes in handy!

The TRX Suspension Trainer is a good pick for those baby boomers who want a convenient, easy to use, muscle-building piece of equipment that can be taken anywhere. If you are familiar with resistance bands, you will have an idea of what the system is like. You can do some of the same exercises on it as you can resistance bands.

At around $200, the TRX Suspension Trainer comes with a host of benefits, including:

It is lightweight, making it easy to carry around. You can take it with you when you travel, so you always have an effective way to get your workout in. It can easily be stored as well.

Using it is simple. All you need is a closed door to hook it to. The video it comes with shows you different exercises you can do. Once you get used to them, you can take it anywhere and do them on your own.

This system is also good for helping to improve balance and flexibility. Many baby boomers struggle with balance issues, so doing exercises that help to improve it is recommended.

The TRX Suspension Trainer will give you a good, and effective, workout. It will work all the muscles in your body, helping to build muscle, as well as boost your metabolism. It provides a total body workout, yet it’s a small portable system.

It can be used for any fitness level. So although some avid athletes may use it in a class at the gym, it is also a solid pick for baby boomer’s looking for an effective exercise system at home or for traveling.

If you are like most baby boomers, you could benefit from a convenient exercise system that can easily be stored, as well as used for traveling. Some gyms also offer it as group exercise classes, where you can get the chance to try it before you buy it. The TRX provides this and more, making it worth considering. It will give you the chance to do hundreds of different exercises, working everything from your abs and glutes to your hips and thighs.

 

Gym packed? Don’t give up!

 

 

 

 

 

Sure, the first of the year hit, and if you are someone who works out regularly, you will doubt have noticed a difference at the gym. Yes, that’s right. There will be a change in what’s going on at the gym! Each January at the gym you can tell what time of the year it is without ever looking at the calendar. There’s a reason for it, but don’t let it get you down. The more you know about why it happens and what you can do about it, the more successful your fitness schedule will be.

In the first day or two following New Year’s I arrived at the gym to find a crowd. In fact, I couldn’t even find a place to park. I spent some time circling the parking lot to find a spot, asking myself how this can be so? Being a personal trainer I know the answer to this question, and I know how to compensate for it. But others don’t, and that worries me!

Think about what happens each January. You guessed it. People set resolutions for the New Year, and millions of them include goals to become healthier. While they are great goals for sure, they can really pose a problem at the gym. As each New Year starts, the gyms around the country become filled with all the people who have decided to make fitness one of their new goals. Problem is, they arrive at the gym with all those who have already been there all along. This can make for some really cramped conditions and makes it harder to get on the machines you want.

In fact, once I got into the gym, I had to wait for a treadmill to open up. The next day I couldn’t get my circuit training. It’s enough to make people want to throw their hands in the air and turn around and head for the door. But before you do that, know that there are some solutions to this busy gym problem.

Here are a few things you can do to combat the busy gym problem:

Pick an area to workout in that you will be able to do similar exercises. Maybe you won’t be able to find the exact machines, but if you are a little flexible, you can still work the same muscles.

Do some superset exercises, which are great for burning fat and working through plateaus. With superset exercise you do two different things, one right after the other, but you don’t stop to rest in between. For example, do a cardio exercise, then go immediately into a strength training exercise. Superset exercise save time, but are highly effective.

Rather than focus on cardio, where all the people are lined up waiting for machines, do body weight training routines.

Another important part of the equation in beating the first of the year rush is to work with a personal trainer. A personal trainer will keep you baby boomers focused on what you need to do, how you can get it done (even when the gym is busy), and best of all, you won’t quit your routine at Valentine’s Day because you are not seeing the results!

The Transformation of Dinah, Part II

 

 

 

 

 

Dinah Before (on the left)

 

 

 

 

 

Dinah After

As I have mentioned before, being a personal trainer is especially satisfying when you see that what you are working with someone on shows results. When a client walks in and their attitude has changed and their body is starting to change, you just feel great because you are helping that person to make a real difference in their life.

That’s just how it has been with my client Dinah. In Part I of her transformation story, I shared with you how she first came to me and what type of goals and regime I set her up on. Now I want to take you a little further into the story and share what happened next!

Because in addition to the weight problem Dinah has MS, I needed to take this into account and tailor her program some around it. She was concerned about such issues as her balance and heating up if she exercised too long or too intensely. So taking that into account, we continued on with her exercise schedule of working out three times per week.

I set Dinah up on the weight machines, doing two sets of 12-20 reps, in order to build her endurance and keep her from getting over worked. Every week we would make small goals toward getting better, and I would focus on getting her to celebrate and acknowledge small wins or victories. This is something everyone needs to do! You can’t always focus on the big picture; you also have to celebrate the little milestones and victories along the way.

As for her cardio workout, because of the concerns she had, I had her focus on using the stationary bike. This would help with being able to keep her balance. Plus, I had her do it for only 10 minutes at a time in the beginning, so it would prevent any over heating concerns that she had in regard to her MS.

Getting started with a new workout routine if you are not used to exercising or being physically active can be a big hurdle. The hardest part is getting started. But once you get going and do it for a couple of weeks, it becomes more like a habit, and you start to not mind it, then you may actually start to love it.

Did all of this weekly exercise and lifestyle changes pay off for my client Dinah? Tune into the next blog to see Part III and how she progressed. You just may be surprised at what some dedication to change can do!

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