YMCA introduces TRX

A personal trainer’s interest in a new exercise system has sparked the attention of fellow employees and area residents — and is now offered at a local fitness facility.

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is now offering TRX Suspension Training and have on-staff personal trainers, including Lisa Barrett, working with clients. Barrett brought the idea to the facility last year.

The TRX Suspension Training was created by Randy Hetrick. As a Navy SEAL, Hetrick, along with his teammates, needed a way to stay in peak condition while working with limited space and without tradition fitness equipment.

The TRX Suspension Training prototype was developed using a few lengths of parachute webbing hand stitched together.

The systems is comprised of a a set of straps that can be hung from a piece of fitness equipment, such as a bar or tall structure, and includes two handles with adjustable straps to work on body resistance exercises that focus on “all core all of the time.”

The system can be used indoors or outdoors. It is named as a top trend by the American Council on Exercise in 2011 and 2012

Barrett noted the benefits of this system include its portability, as each unit is  lightweight, as it weighs only 1.79 pounds. The system increases the planes of exercise range, most are sagittal, and it requires stability, as the position of the body modifies intensity of exercises to be safe and effective for people of all fitness levels.

“The benefits of the exercise include giving you more range of motion and trains the body in a different way,” Barrett said.

Barrett, who liked the concept, attended an eight-hour training session on the system at Bowling Green State University in November, with instructor Shana Martin. She then came back to the Wapakoneta YMCA and trained the personal trainers how to use it.

“The core exercises can all be modified,” Barrett said. “That’s why I like the system.”

The whole system is anchored to a 7- to 9-foot structure and can be anchored anywhere. Portability is a major benefit to the system. It has a pendulum effect, as the straps hang from a bar.

This systems works all parts of the body, including core, upper body, lower body and the hip.

“You always have the core engaged in the exercises,” Barrett said of the system. “You always have your abs and lower back tightened.”

One exercise Barrett had demonstrated is doing a bicep curl.

“You can change the incline to make it more or less difficult,” Barrett told the Wapakoneta Daily News, while demonstrating how to use the system.

The benefit of using this for a basic bicep curl, or any stretch, is that it hits a lot more areas on the body, because the idea is to get the user out of typical planes of motion.

“It’s beneficial because it can change the planes of motion,” Barrett said.

She emphasized the system is good for people of all ages.

“It’s also good for rehab clients, because it acts as a safety net,” Barrett said.

In addition it is good for strength and balance training, along with including other fitness equipment from the facility for more exercises, including the bosu, kettlebell and resistance belt.

“We love it because it offers a bunch of possibilities,” Barrett said. “It’s very efficient because it can work different areas at one time.”

Currently, the personal trainers at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA will work one-on-one with people interested in this system.

Barrett, along with Wapakoneta Family YMCA Program Director Sarah Finkelmeier, are hoping to start up a class, when they are able to purchase more systems for the facility.

Currently, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA has one system, and are hoping to get four to five more systems, before starting up a class.

Barrett and Finkelmeier said that members of the facility have taken an interest in this system.

The prices to work with a personal training at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA on this system are $20 for the first hour, and $15 per addition hour of instruction.