Apples vs apple sauce

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Most moments in your life are “This isn’t as good as I thought it would be. It sounded like a good idea in my head. Not so much in real life. This person is more interesting online. Why did I have to bring him/her into my real life?”. Basically, things are rarely as good as you expect them to be.

And then, there those few moments which are as good as your expectations, nah, even better. Yesterday was that day for me when I was in the TRX training and kept thinking how awesome it is. From 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, those were the few best hours of my life. Before the training, the answer to “What will I do next?” was “Figure out a way to start training”. But now it is “I need to get better, learn more, create my own workouts”.

I have been doing TRX for 1.5 years and know it is the best workout. But I didn’t know why. Why is it intense? What benefits does it have? NOW I know.

We started yesterday with the most basic and important exercise – the plank. I thought I know how it’s done. I didn’t. Here is the secret:

  1. Lie on the floor flat on your tummy
  2. Bring your palms next to you. The elbows must be below the shoulders. Push the palm into the floor
  3. Dig your toes into the floor
  4. Lift your knees (not your thighs) and straighten them
  5. Clench your butt. Very, very important. We all had to do the apples vs apple sauce test, wherein our partners touched our butt to check if it was tight as an apple
  6. Lift up. Stay

Everytime we had to do a workout with a plank variation, we had to start like this. You couldn’t start the plank if your butt wasn’t clenched.

Checks to see if butt is still clenched. Unclenches

What the course did not cover was how to take group classes and how to create a workout for the same. But TRX has 2 other courses for this. Most of the people who attended are personal trainers who will incorporate some bit of TRX in their client’s workout. I was the only one who hasn’t worked in the fitness industry but the one with the maximum knowledge about TRX.

All in all, it was a great learning experience. It is going to help me get better and take me closer to my goals.



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