Train hard with TRX class

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Gannon University’s Recreation and Wellness Center offers fitness classes of a wide variety and has recently added a new program. The newest installment of fitness classes at the Recreation Center is the TRX suspension training class.

TRX training is a concept originally conceived by a Navy Seal while overseas on a mission through the use of parachute straps. Now, the straps for the suspension training are made out of Kevlar and are designed to allow the straps to be suspended from anywhere.

The TRX fitness class is being offered 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Recreation Center.

Landon Wahl, a second-year doctor of physical therapy student and a certified TRX instructor, said this form of fitness training can be tailored to anyone’s fitness level.

“It’s the perfect piece of training equipment for those who travel frequently and also for those looking to supplement a regular gym program,” Wahl said. “It doesn’t matter if you want to build muscle, gain strength, become leaner or improve cardio endurance, TRX can yield all of these fitness goals.”

Wahl said TRX is especially effective in training the anterior core. Upper body and lower body movements can be easily performed on TRX while still appropriately stressing the core as well, Wahl said.

Jacob Katz, a Recreation and Wellness Center Fitbit intern, said this addition to the fitness classes offered at the Recreation Center is just another approach to an exciting way to workout.

“I think the TRX is an innovative tool developed to help you produce power and core stability,” Katz said. “If you’re looking for a fun, full body work out, this class is just for you.”

Wahl said this class is an excellent choice for Gannon students who are looking to get the most out of their workouts in a time efficient manner.

He said while he is certified in TRX, he also has a background in personal training. Wahl said this piece of equipment is very easy to use with proper instruction and he has even used it on rehabilitation patients in an orthopedic out-patient setting this past summer.

Wahl said he wants people to at least try the class before they push the idea of the alternative training method aside.

“Too often I see people come in [and even admit to me] that they have no idea where to begin or what to do,” Wahl said. “I personally instruct every class and can ensure that no one will ever feel lost or unsure about a workout when they come to a class.

“For those who are skeptical, I encourage them to try it first and allow me to demonstrate how effective it can be for your fitness goals.”

BECKY HILKER

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