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You know those long suspension-looking cords that hang from the ceiling of gyms and are frequented by macho men unwilling to give up their posts? Those cords are called TRX Suspension Trainers, and there’s a good reason all those muscle men frequent it so often. Fortunately, a new fitness class called TRX Flow Motion is now available to everyone at Crunch Gyms, so we can get the same hardcore workout without the intimidating competition.
The Goal: TRX Flow Motion aims to stretch, strengthen and flow with a TRX suspension trainer. You stay grounded with bare feet and fluidly move from one exercise to the next, allowing you to improve mobility, power and flexibility.
The class has three sections: mobility, yoga-based strength and flexibility. According to Crunch instructor Nancy Elkes, the mobility section is designed to fluidly wake up every joint in the body and to get your blood flowing so you’re prepared for the next section. The yoga strength-based segment takes actual yoga poses and adapts them for TRX while applying movement to strengthen the body. Squat type exercises and lunges were included during this portion. And finally, the flexibility section is the cool down part, incorporating more quieting yoga poses (such as star pose) to increase flexibility.
The class was relaxing yet still a solid workout. The instructor was friendly and easily explained how to navigate the suspension trainers — so don’t be intimidated by the difficult-looking equipment! It was very simple to use and a lot of fun as well.
Crunch Gyms are located in various cities throughout the United States. For a Crunch Gym near you, check out Crunch’s website.
The class is free for Crunch members and non-members can download a free guest pass at Crunch.com. Day passes are also available, but pricing varies based on location.