The beauty of foam rolling is that it’s typically an activity you do at home or in an abandoned corner of the gym. That solitude is important, because who among us hasn’t landed on the floor when attempting to sit on a foam roller? Rollers—as the name would suggest—rollout of the way. But TRX has just released a new tool that will help release your tension points without the foam roller blooper-reel antics. It’s called the TRX Rocker, and—sorry to be dramatic—it’s a game changer.
"All those, however, of any age who woo health for health's sake, and whose bodies are made and kept in the best physical condition, will find in its ultimate possession a reward for greater than any honours, titles, or distinctions others may bestow on them. They will possess with it a happiness, a sense of joyousness, a capacity for work and play, an exhilaration that the unfit and unhealthy can never find in all the artificial allurements of a decadent civilisation. They will drink daily from the cup of life a perennial draught more refreshing and more stimulation than the nectar of the gods."
- Eugen Sandow (“The Father of Bodybuilding” 1867 – 1925)
The TRX Foundational Movements were created to provide a baseline of knowledge for understanding and teaching movement patterns that are fundamental to both athletic training and to everyday life. Each one—from the plank to push to the pull to the squat, etc—create the base for the hundreds of movements we utilise in any given environment, using any number of training tools (again, these movements map to almost everything we do). We teach these concepts in depth in our TRX education courses in order to enable you to properly and effectively coach any person (regardless of their skills) using any modality.
If you read up part one of The Evolution of the TRX Foundational Movements, you were introduced to our evolved TRX Foundational Movement pyramid, which introduced four new foundational movements: bend, twist, step, and crawl.You learned that understanding the movements--and what should be stable and what should be mobile when performing them--enhances your ability to coach clients in the gym to achieve results with the added bonus of helping them move better (and safer) in everyday life.We also discussed the inspiration behind this movement evolution and presented the first of the seven-to-11 movements, the Hinge to Bend.
Functional movements. What does this really mean? What makes movement functional ? Is it the number of times you do it? Is it a piece of equipment you’re using? The reps? Sets? Are functional movements the ones that our fitness instructor’s say they are, just because they say so? This can certainly be confusing and understandably so. Functional movements can mean many things to many people at many different times...enter TRX’s Foundational Movements (FM).
If you've completed the TRX Suspension Training Course (STC), you can take solace in fact that you now have a solid foundation for movement-based training - which is huge. Even if you never take another fitness education course again, the principles taught in the STC will take you far. Having said that, this is just the beginning of an awesome journey. The next steps - and the principles that we’ll be introducing to you on those next steps - will truly get you to the top of your game. (And we can say this with total confidence because we have spent over a decade doing our own research, meticulously combing through the research of other experts, testing, training, trying new things, and retesting old things).
The downloadable link below is a visual reference that distills the high-level tenets of the TRX Training Philosophy into one easy-to-follow reference document - because you know what they say, “use it, or lose it!” We encourage you to print it out, keep it on your iPad, or even blow it up and paste it on the wall (don’t laugh, that’s what we do!). While many of these little acronyms and colourful line drawings don’t seem like much at face value, they hold so much powerful information on their back-end. As you will see, a lot of this stuff should look familiar to you from the STC - ie. the TRX Foundational Movements, Stable vs. Mobile, and NAPS-MR, and the remainder provides insight to the next step in your TRX Education Journey.