Total Resistance Exercises for Physical Therapy in & Around Washington DC

What is Total Resistance Exercise?

Total Resistance Exercise, sometimes known as Total Body Resistance Exercise or just ‘TRX’ for short, is a form of exercise designed to incorporate the whole body. By forcing the patient to balance or hold up his or her body weight, this exercise strengthens all muscles in the body, especially the core.

How does it work?

In order to engage in TRX, specific equipment is required. The patient grips on to one or more handled elastic bands that are attached to a tall rack that has been properly weighted or bolted to the floor. By either leaning into or away from the handles, the patient destabilizes his or herself and supports their own body weight. By modifying the angle and/or height of the rack, the amount of resistance can be changed. A taller rack or gentler lean will provide low resistance, while a lower rack or more steep angle of lean will provide higher resistance and be more difficult to achieve.

Examples of Total Body Resistance Exercises

Man utilizing total body resistance exercise equipment
Man utilizing total body resistance exercise (TRX) equipment to perform a rowing exercise.

Due to the simple nature of TRX equipment, there are many different types of exercises that can be applied to a physical therapy session. Here are just a few examples:

  • Chest Press. TRX chest presses are like traditional push ups, only using the handles as the “floor” and leaning into them. These are perfect for patients whose upper body strength cannot support their entire weight since the amount of weight being pushed will directly correspond to the patient’s angle.
  • Row. As demonstrated by the picture on this page, a TRX row is performed by straightening the body and leaning back while gripping the handles of the strap. Choose an angle of lean that feels difficult but not impossible, and pull your body towards the rack. Variations on arm and elbow angles can be used to work different upper body muscle groups.
  • Push Up. More advanced than a traditional push up. The physical therapist lowers the straps until they’re anywhere between a few inches to a few feet off the floor. The patient places their feet in the straps and does push ups. This increases the weight being pushed to provide for a more difficult upper body workout.

REHAB AT WORK Uses State-of-the-Art TRX Equipment

REHAB AT WORK is proud to offer only the highest quality equipment and physical therapists for the benefit of our physical therapy patients. To make a physical therapy appointment with REHAB AT WORK, call us at (888) 827-6361 or contact us online today.

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