By: Emma Aguirre, TRX Coordinator
ACE, the American Council on Exercise, concluded in a recent study that not only does TRX burn significant calories as well as build strength, flexibility as well as injury prevention, it also can shave inches off your waist line and bring down that body fat.
Sixteen healthy men and women took part in the study, one of the first of its kind. Researchers from the Western State Colorado University and ACE wanted to determine the effectiveness of an eight-week TRX program on its own, and how that might other aspects of exercise. Participants attended three, 60 minute TRX classes for eight weeks, and the results speak for themselves.
Researchers considered the majority of the class time featured “vigorous intensity” exercise, and that the class burned an average of 400 calories. This is considered on the higher end of energy expenditure goal set out by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The Metabolic Equivalent (MET), also developed by ACSM, was 5.81 on a scale between 3-6, defined as moderate intensity exercise.
Participant lost almost 2% body fat and about 1.5 inches from their waist on the program, and dramatic changes were also seen in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Ultimately, participants got faster, got leaner and could lift more weight.