Try It Out Tuesday: Battle Rope Rotational Slams

August 6, 2019

For this week’s Try It Out Tuesday we’re breaking down Battle Rope Rotational Slams. This exercise will help you improve conditioning, increase power and explosiveness, and develop full-body coordination. Best of all, this move will leave you feeling like a total beast! Perhaps we should have said, beast of all?

Let’s get moving:

  1. Start in a square stance and hold the rope with an underhand grip. The further you are from the anchor point, the more challenging the exercise.
  2. Sink your hips to a half-squat and maintain an athletic stance.
  3. Bring the rope to your right hip and drive the rope across your body to your left hip. As you rotate the rope, pivot your right foot and knee inwards. Just pretend you’re squashing a bug under the ball of your foot. Eww.
  4. As soon as the rope lands on the floor, repeat the movement in the opposite direction so the rope returns to your right hip. Don’t forget to pivot your left foot and knee!

Once you feel comfortable with the movement and you’ve checked out the images below, try this 4-minute HIIT challenge. Go all-out for 20 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds.

1. Battle Rope Rotational Slams (20 secs)

2. Rest (20 secs)

3. TRX® Low Row (20 secs)

4. Rest (20 secs)

Repeat three times and feel the power!

 

 

Try It Out Tuesdays: Plank Rotations

August 13, 2019

Social: Give the traditional plank a new twist with this week’s Try it Out Tuesday Move of the Week – Plank Rotations! What’s your favorite core-tightening move? Let us know in the comments below!

Give the traditional plank a new twist with this week’s Try it Out Tuesday Move of the Week – Plank Rotations! Add this exercise to your usual fitness routine to help tighten your waistline, stabilize your shoulders, and correct muscular imbalances.

Here’s how:

  1. Begin on the ground in a push-up position with wrists and elbows stacked underneath your shoulders. If this position feels too tough, reduce the intensity by trying it on a box.
  2. Tighten your core by drawing your belly button in toward your spine and squeezing your glutes. Try to keep your entire body tight.
  3. Drop one hip and heels to the ground as you open up, reaching your opposite arm to the ceiling.
  4. Bring your body back to push-up position and repeat on the other side.

Complete as many reps as possible in 60 seconds. Try not to take any breaks—feel the burn! Embrace the burn! Stop by this Tuesday at 9 am or 5 pm to see a demo of Plank Rotations and ask our Trainers anything!

 

 

Try It Out Tuesdays: TRX® Power Pull

August 20, 2019

We love functional exercises like this week’s Try it Out Tuesday Move of the Week, the TRX® Power Pull! If you spend long days sitting in an office chair, this is a great way to strengthen your back to avoid aches and pains. It can also improve motor control, develop strength in your shoulders, biceps, glutes and hamstrings. Sounds like a pull in one.

Try it out:

  1. Stand facing the anchor point.
  2. Hold the handle with your right hand. Keep your elbow close to your body with your hand beside your chest.
  3. With your free hand, reach forward toward the anchor point.
  4. Rotate your body outwards, moving your free arm toward the ground while extending the arm holding the TRX® handle.
  5. Pull in and reach your free arm back toward the anchor point.

 

Challenge yourself to five TRX® Power Pulls followed by five push-ups and five squats for as many reps as possible in five minutes. Make sure you do both sides! Need help perfecting your form? Ask a Trainer!

 

 

 

Try It Out Tuesday: TRX® Resisted Rotation

August 27, 2019

Incorporating stability exercises into your fitness routine is an awesome way to prevent injuries before they happen— so try out this week’s Try it Out Tuesday Move of the Week, The TRX® Resisted Rotation! This movement not only helps develop muscular control, it also improves shoulder stability and increases glute strength.

Let’s try it out:

  1. Adjust the TRX® straps to mid-length. Stand sideways to the anchor and split your stance so the foot closest to the anchor points forward.
  2. Grab one handle with your outside hand and cover with the other, then pull your arms into your chest.
  3. Lengthen your spine and keep your core tight. Rotate your shoulders toward the anchor point and then slowly lower your body by extending your arms.
  4. Finish by pulling yourself back to an upright position with your arms extended.

Once you have the hang of it, complete three rounds of this program, doing each exercise for 30 seconds:

1. TRX® Resisted Rotation (Left)

2. Rest (30 secs)

3. Single Leg Deadlift (Left)

4. Rest (30 secs)

5. TRX® Resisted Rotation (Right)

6. Rest (30 secs)

7. Single Leg Deadlift (Right)

To see this move in action, stop by our Try it Out Tuesday demo every Tuesday at 9 am and 5 pm. Your body will thank you!