Fun Fitness Friday (In Which I Nearly Pass Out While Using the TRX)

Although I seem to be talking a lot about kitchens and weddings lately, I really do still jog, sweat and complain. Really, I do. I'm just too overly-consumed with the former to discuss the latter all that often.

Something else that I have really failed to mention (for fear of over editorializing "The Man"), is that My Gazelle is hard at work studying to become a personal trainer. As part of this process, he recently took a course so he could learn how to train other people on the fitness tool that he loves the most: the TRX Suspension Trainer.

Don't get me wrong, I love the TRX too. I am never disappointed by a TRX workout, and I am always amazed at the fact that I can be SO SORE after basically only using my own body weight to work out. But...but...he's just better at it. He looks like he knows what he's doing.

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I just look like I'm suffering.

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He effortlessly breezes through exercises, while suspended in mid-air, at a speed that doesn't even seem humanly possible.

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And I look like I'm about to die while doing a simple back row.

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Oh lordy.

In any case, despite the fact that I nearly passed out on 3 or 4 occasions during this workout, it was really fun. We are probably not what you could call a "normal" couple in any sense of the word, because this was the beginning of our Wednesday date night.

I was going to make reference to the TRX and foreplay, but I changed my mind. But then I just told you about that jaded thought anyway, so I guess that now you know the truth about how my brain processed this workout on date night.

Moving along.

Doesn't My Gazelle's outfit make you giggle? Or was that just me? I felt like he looked like a 70's throwback. It immediately made me think of this image:

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All Napoleon Dynamite references aside, this was a really difficult workout.

The point of this workout is to get a good cardio workout as well as body weight training. There are very few rests, and I basically only rested when I felt like I was going to a) puke, or b) pass out. It was very very humid here on Wednesday, so that was my issue.

Here is a good link that describes in detail many of the exercises that we did: Ace Fitness.

TRX Interval Workout:

Warm-up: 2 minutes jumping rope

SET 1 (15 REPS OF EACH EXERCISE)

  • "I to Y"
  • Runner lunges
  • Single leg squats
  • Front rollouts
  • 1 minute plank
  • Jumping rope (2 minutes)

SET 2

  • One armed back row (that's what I'm doing above when I look like I'm about to die)
  • Chest press
  • Hamstring curls (hips lifted)
  • Suspended knee tucks (CRUNCHES to beat all other crunches)
  • 1 minute plank
  • Jumping rope (2 minutes)

So, this is the part that killed me...the part where I had to REPEAT all of that and do it a second time. That was when I started to see stars and had to sit down a few times.

Luckily, I didn't actually pass out. Although, that might have been a great story if I had.

Let's just say that the money spent on My Gazelle's TRX course was well worth it. He obviously learned a lot, and he gave me a great foreplay workout to kick off our Wednesday date night.

Have you tried the TRX Suspension Trainer before? If not, would you like to?

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