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Suspension training isn’t just a passing fad. It’s proven to develop strength, stability and flexibility, all through the use of functional movements and compound exercises. Suspension training can also improve your endurance.
Suspension training is quickly rising in popularity as the ultimate workout for bettering an athlete’s core strength, flexibility and balance. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that it can be done just about anywhere with enough space and with minimal investment into equipment, to provide better and faster results than many other, much lauded exercise routines. But what exactly is it? What are its benefits and where does it come from? If you are interested in finding out more about this highly effective exercise routine, then here are some answers to what it is, how it works, and why you should do it.
What is Suspension Training and how can it Help You Reach your Fitness Goals?
1. It works you core
Suspension workouts activate your core. So even if you’re performing an exercise designed to target the muscles of the arms and shoulders, your core will work hard to stabilise your movements. When you have a strong core, you’re less likely to suffer injuries. Which means you can train harder and train for longer to build your endurance.
Suspension training requires participants to perform moves that puts their sense of balance and stability to the test, and generally even takes it much further. Mid-air horizontal planks and challenging positions make short work of developing a participant’s sense and strength in balance, while increasing muscle endurance.
2. It builds muscle endurance
During suspension training, you train with your own body weight. And this builds strength. Once you have the strength to perform the exercises, you add more reps to the workout (and perhaps also increase the speed or rate of exercise). And this, in turn, improves your muscle endurance. According to a study done by the American Council on Exercise – on 16 healthy men and women – looking at the health benefits of suspension training, among others people improved their muscle strength and endurance, including significant improvemens in leg press, bench press, curl-up, and push-up tests.
3. It’s all about functional exercise
Functional exercise mirrors the natural movements you’d make every day when you climb out of your car, pick up the grocery bags or heft your toddler onto your hip. When you work on your functional strength, you gain strength and balance. And this goes a long way to building up your overall endurance. You’ll be able to lift more weight or run a little further without tiring (thanks to this new functional strength). And you’ll avoid injuries too!
4. It can boost cardio fitness
Suspension exercises aren’t limited to slower, technical and form-reliant movements. Once you’ve got exercise form right (and feel strong), you can increase the speed of your repetitions, or work in intervals to challenge your cardiovascular system. This will improve your fitness and endurance.
5. It improves flexibility
Suspension training is shown to improve flexibility. But there’s plenty of support for joints and muscles, so there’s less risk of injury. When you improve your flexibility, your muscles and joints are healthier. You can develop muscle endurance more easily!
So don’t pass up on suspension training. It could be just what you needed to take your endurance to the next level. Want to learn more techniques to up your endurance? Why not sign up for Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Personal Training Diploma. On this course, you’ll get an in-depth view into what it takes to become a personal trainer!