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ERIC Number: EJ1056781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Make Your Own Fitness: The Suspension Training Project
Rauschenbach, Jim; Morrell, Katie; Ridley, Ben; Walsh, Brittany
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v26 n5 p3-9 2013
Suspension training is a relatively new strength training modality that has emerged in the past six years with the advent of the commercial TRX Suspension Trainer. The TRX trainer has entered the market along with a handful of similar products that can now be found in almost every adult fitness center. The same characteristics of suspension trainers that make them popular with adult exercisers also serve to meet the needs of coaches, trainers, and physical educators who teach strength training to youth. Because they employ body weight as resistance, suspension training exercises can be individualized to meet the needs and characteristics of each exerciser. By changing the performer's stance and position, the resistance can be increased or decreased as needed. As a result, suspension training exercises can be taught to youth in a physical education setting and can then be safely used by students outside of the formal class setting. This article offers general guidelines for youth resistance training and provides instructions for building a suspension trainer. Further, it discusses how to incorporate suspension trainers into the curriculum and what is involved in learning suspension exercises. The remainder of the article describes some of the more unique and effective exercises that can be performed with a suspension trainer. These are organized by muscle group, and each description contains a performance cue that highlights the focus of the exercise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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