Wednesday, August 28, 2013

10:48 PM
This week has been crazy.

I have been working full days (mostly from home), while at the same time managing my daughter through her transitions to kindergarten, a new after school enrichment program, a new sports schedule, and a new nanny. It is only Wednesday night and I am exhausted.

Apparently all my juggling and coaching and practicing was for (almost) naught. While all my other friends have been posting adorable pictures of their grinning offspring tromping happily off to kindergarten, here are the memorable moments I was able to capture this morning before the kindergarten teacher forcibly removed my daughter from my husband's leg and took her into her classroom:

The standard "Look how Excited I am with my New Backpack" shot

The quintessential "Bye Dad, I Totally Got This" photo

Yeah...so we pretty much rocked kindergarten today. And we showed up one week early for dance class. And the nanny's schedule is getting really complicated for Wednesdays...And I totally have all of this under control.

Which brings me to the real point of this post, which is when you don't got no time, but you need to seize twenty minutes of your day to carve out something for yourself, I've got the perfect high value, short duration workout for you.

Twenty minutes on the TRX Suspension Trainer.

The TRX is a suspension trainer system (i.e., those funny looking yellow and black straps you see mounted at gyms everywhere now) that allows you to leverage gravity and your bodyweight to perform different exercises. The combination of strength and cardio work you can do with the TRX means that you can get a super-efficient and full body workout in a small amount of time. There are classes you can take, but arguably the most brilliant use of a TRX is as part of your home gym.

We have our TRX set up in our garage, and I have a workout routine downloaded to my phone that includes about 12 different exercises which typically include:

5 minutes warm up (Squats, lunges, etc)
Single Leg Squat (60 seconds each leg)
Balance Lunge (60 seconds each leg)
Hamstring Curl (60 seconds)
Leg Abductors (60 seconds)
Pushups (60 seconds)
Row (60 seconds)
Shoulder Fly (60 seconds)
Bicep Curls (60 seconds)
Tricep Extensions (60 seconds)
Ab Extensions (60 seconds)
Suspended Side Plank (60 seconds)
Suspended Plank With Knee Curls (60 seconds)

Working through all of them takes me 24 minutes and when I am done, I am done.

If you are lacking inspiration, or just want to view the possibilities, the TRX website has a number of workouts that you can view and download (see the Exercise Library).

Here is a short clip of me demoing the TRX system, which my mom adorably calls a T-rex, as in the dinosaur. She is not making a joke, but because I think it is really funny I have not corrected her. Until now.


Mommytasker: TRX from MommyTasker on Vimeo.


Hopefully this gives you a perspective of how versatile and easy to use the TRX is. That and a couple of heart-pounding runs have certainly saved my sanity this week.

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Using a Suspension Trainer to perform bodyweight exercises that involve pushing or pulling--like a pull-up, push-up or row--requires a greater, total-body effort than performing these same exercises using a fixed bar or the ground. The instability of the Suspension Trainer forces you to brace your core, glutes and lower back in order to create the leverage necessary to perform the movement. The Suspension Trainer really does enable training that’s all core, all the time.  - See more at: http://www.trxtraining.com/blog/science-backs-trx-part-one#sthash.cZKqKpE7.dpuf
Using a Suspension Trainer to perform bodyweight exercises that involve pushing or pulling--like a pull-up, push-up or row--requires a greater, total-body effort than performing these same exercises using a fixed bar or the ground. The instability of the Suspension Trainer forces you to brace your core, glutes and lower back in order to create the leverage necessary to perform the movement. The Suspension Trainer really does enable training that’s all core, all the time.  - See more at: http://www.trxtraining.com/blog/science-backs-trx-part-one#sthash.cZKqKpE7.dpuf
Using a Suspension Trainer to perform bodyweight exercises that involve pushing or pulling--like a pull-up, push-up or row--requires a greater, total-body effort than performing these same exercises using a fixed bar or the ground. The instability of the Suspension Trainer forces you to brace your core, glutes and lower back in order to create the leverage necessary to perform the movement. The Suspension Trainer really does enable training that’s all core, all the time.  - See more at: http://www.trxtraining.com/blog/science-backs-trx-part-one#sthash.cZKqKpE7.dpuf
Using a Suspension Trainer to perform bodyweight exercises that involve pushing or pulling--like a pull-up, push-up or row--requires a greater, total-body effort than performing these same exercises using a fixed bar or the ground. The instability of the Suspension Trainer forces you to brace your core, glutes and lower back in order to create the leverage necessary to perform the movement. The Suspension Trainer really does enable training that’s all core, all the time.  - See more at: http://www.trxtraining.com/blog/science-backs-trx-part-one#sthash.cZKqKpE7.dpuf

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