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TRX Burns Big!

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. 

Join one of our TRX classes today to take your workout to the next level! 

An Introduction to TRX Suspension Training

By: Emma Aguirre, TRX Coordinator
Photo Credit: Grace Laird Photography

The fitness business is filled with of buzz words and terms geared to get members and clients excited HIIT, core, post workout burn, muscle confusion, strengthening vs toning, fat-burning zone, macro dieting…it can all be a little overwhelming. Functional training is one of those words, the difference? It works. 

Our goal with the TRX suspension training program at Happy Belly Studios is to create a workout that emphasizes fitness gained from exercise into everyday movement and sport activities, i.e.  functional training. Therefore, bending to take groceries out of your car, or lifting your little one, or even sitting at a desk all day, should become easier and less stressful on your body utilizing the TRX program. 

Traditional machine-based strength training focuses on isolating muscles, whereas functional training through TRX, the body operates as one coordinated system, blurring the lines between stability, movement, flexibility, strength, power and cardio.  We are ALL CORE, ALL THE TIME! TRX covers all the bases using your own body weight as well as a few key principles; vector (angle from the anchor), stability (base of support) and pendulum (assist or resist the starting position), allowing you to find your own challenge point.

Join one of our TRX classes today to take your workout to the next level! 

Real Men Do Pilates

LADIES, stop what you're doing, grab your man and start reading! 

To my loving husband who refuses to go to my pilates classes with me,

There's a reason why your wife can't get enough of her pilates classes. Whether you're a power lifter, a golfer, a swimmer or even a marathon wannabe, a pilates class can help fine-tune your performance, even in the bedroom! ;)

Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates, a MAN. Pilates was a boxer and gymnast who trained military personnel. Pilates was first created as a workout to help wounded soldiers with limited mobility rehab from their hospital beds. Today, Pilates is for a number of male professional athletes, including LeBron James. Pilates will leave you feeling challenged, refreshed, leaner and longer, without feeling the draining side effects weight training and other "manly" exercises have on your body the next day. 

1. Pilates helps you develop new muscles. Some of your muscles, like those that dominate your daily movements, are stronger than others. Pilates focuses on your neglected muscles - muscles that don't get a lot of attention.

2. Pilates helps improve your flexibility. Fact, the more muscle mass you have the less flexible you are. Stretching helps prevent injuries, negates muscle strain and increases your range of motion. 

3. Pilates helps build core strength. Every Pilates exercise utilizes your core to power movement to your limbs, specifically your transverse abdominals (that base ab muscle under your six pack). 

4. Pilates improves your golf swing. Sometimes the key to a better swing isn't on the green, but on the reformer. Pilates has been proven to help golfers hit the ball in a straighter direction, hit the ball more accurately and even further distances.

5. Pilates improves your sex life. As mentioned above, Pilates helps strengthen your core but also helps strengthen your pubococcygeus (PC muscle). In other words, you'll have greater control over your pelvic region - need I say more?!

So there ya have it. Pilates can get you better sex, a better golf swing, builds out your core, improves your flexibility and helps develop new muscles. Real men do Pilates. I encourage you to try a reformer class on us to discover what real strength feels like. 

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