Focus On: TRX

Hiiiii :D What’s up friends? Hope you’ve had a fabulous afternoon. Happy birthday to three of my real-life blog friends today: the Twins and Caitlin! <3

Some fun goodies came in the mail today:

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A new lulu tank and the Carrots ‘N Cake book. As far as the tank goes, even though I don’t work there anymore, you can bet your booty I still shop there (but miss my discount), and the book was a gift from the publisher. I am so excited to read it!

Bella tried to call dibs so she could read about her friend Murphy:

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but I told her she’d have to wait ;)

And then I told her it was bath time, and she promptly hid under the bed.

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Just look at this defiant little face.

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(blurry, but I had to post it)

Afterwards, she did her post-bath frenzy and is now sleeping prettily on the couch ;)

For snack, I enjoyed a protein muffin, switched up a little bit.

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(these things are SO giant! I lurve it)

Since I didn’t have any applesauce, or yogurt, or pumpkin, I used something totally random instead: cooked quinoa! I figured if it worked, great, and if not, NBD, but wanted to see what happened.

I liked it even better this way!

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A few of you have said that Deb’s original recipe has a sponge-y texture. By adding the quinoa, it made it more cake-like. I love it even more now.

(PS. Drizzle some maple syrup on top. You will foodgasm your face off)

For dinner, I’ve got some carrot-bean-beet burgers in the oven,

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and am about to pack my lunch and snacks since I start work tomorrow! Kinda stoked :D

Since I have to work early, there will be a special Pilot post (seksi pictures? I hope) waiting for ya :)

Off to Zumba!

xoxo

Gina

Focus On: TRX Suspension Training

What is it? TRX is a full-body workout, utilizing the TRX system, which is suspended from the ceiling or a door frame.

Here’s a pic of what the equipment looks like:

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Many gyms have TRX systems in the weight or cardio areas, and they’re on of those things that I had NO idea what to do with until recently.

What to expect: To be SORE! The TRX system will work your body in an entirely different way than you may be used to. The suspension forces you to utilize your core for many of the movements, and by using this tool, you’ll be doing twists on standard strength exercises. There are a lot of compound exercises that can be done with the TRX, too. For example, you can hold onto the handles, squat, and row at the same time—working your back, quads, hamstrings, biceps and core.

Planks on the TRX are WICKED, too.

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Quite a few gyms offer TRX classes, or you can purchase the system to have at home, as well as at-home DVDs. (Has anyone tried the DVDs??)

What to wear: Standard gym gear. I recommend crops or pants (to prevent flashing other participants—if you’re at home, wear whatever floats your boat), a tank or fitted shirt, and sneakers.

Pros:

-Versatility. There are over 300 different things you can do with it. In contrast to the cost (which is around $120), I think that it’s a worthy investment. If you can try out a class before purchasing your own, I highly recommend it. This way, you’ll know if you like it and will also have an idea of proper form.

-Convenience. Easy to remove and take with you if you move or travel. It’s a very lightweight piece of equipment.

-Workout quality. If you have a great instructor, you will get a great workout.

Cons:
-The same cons that can come with working out at home. Some of us need a gym environment to push ourselves (if this is the case, seek out a class!), and others can work out at home no problemo. See what mold you fit into before investing in your own system.

Want to learn more? Here’s an awesome informative video:

Has anyone tried TRX before? What was your experience like?

Random ?: Since I have egg whites a couple of times each day, any ideas on what to do with the yolks? A few of ya left some for me on my last post- thank you! I feel wasteful throwing them away, but have yet to see organic egg whites in a carton

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Comments

  1. TRX is one of my husband sponsors. THANK GOODNESS FOR THEM! We love to travel with it. And I was really impressed with the videos. Now if only they could come with some of your carrot beet burgers, wow!

  2. i’ve never tried the TRX system before, but i can see how it would totally kill in the best way! i think i’m sore just from thinking about them ;)

  3. trader joe’s has organic cage free egg whites in a carton!

  4. Yes! I have a TRX system and I Love it! I am currently doing a TRX and Kettlebell Fusion class with a trainer to make sure I have proper form. The DVDs and color booklets are great for looking at the moves and different progression levels. But nothing beats have a professional make sure your getting the best results by using proper form. And the stretching moves are excellent. It’s so versatile and travels well. Great investment!

  5. Good luck at your first day at work!

    I can’t really think of any food uses for egg yolks, but I’ve heard that they can be used to make homemade face masks! :P

  6. i tried the TRX. youknow what though — it only comes with a select few exercises in the original purchase. then you have to buy another dvd for more exercises. and also scour the web for more stuff. I felt somewhat limited with it – in terms of just using a door anchor. it was winter when I had it. so it was too cold to just go outside and work with it. I didn’t like it – so i sent it back, and got my money back.

  7. I love your blog. I read it every morning with a cup of coffee.=)
    I work at a gym and just recently started doing trx classes. I have never felt so sore after a class. But it has been such an awesome workout and I can definitely see the results. It helps having a really great instructor to help get the correct technique but it would be fun to have one for at home use. I would recommend trx to anyone.

  8. I give my yolks to my dogs. The healthy fat is good for their coats (nice and shiney). I’ve even taught them how to suck the yolk out of the shell after I seperate the white out, so I don’t have to feed it to them out of my hand. It’s like watching them do egg-shots!

  9. I <3 TRX! I hired my first trainer last summer just to work on my core and Holy frijoles she ROCKED MY WORLD! Just doing abs with the TRX killed me! My only con is the amount of stress placed on my wrists. I had to stop sometimes because of the wrist fatigue and not ab fatigue.

  10. I love TRX workouts! The first time I used it was with a friend and we could feel the heat radiating off each other from the strain of working out. It’s a little tricky at first but once you get the hang(har har) of it it’s a killer workout, esp. ab stuff!!

    I found Organic Valley egg whites at Publix yesterday. It looks almost identical to some of their milk cartons and the fact that the carton’s background is white its hard to notice the picture of an eggwhite omelet… Pretty sure I did the happy dance in the dairy secton much to my hubby’s dismay when I found it.

    If you can’t find it I’ve heard egg yolk is great for your hair as a mask! Or you can feed a few to Bella, it’s good for her coat!

  11. I use the TRX ALL THE TIME!!! I love it! I got started with it when I started a half marathon training program that had TRX as the strength training part and even though the half is completed I still use it. The training plan came with videos and descriptions on how to do the moves, so I now have an idea what to do, but there are a LOT of people at the gym who I see on them and they have NO idea what they are doing. It makes me scared that they will hurt themselves, but I also don’t want to butt in and correct them and seem like a know-it-all.

    It works me HARD, and I’m always a sweaty beast after. LOVE IT!

  12. My commissary has Organic Valley egg whites – though $4.99 a carton.

  13. Stephanie says:

    For the egg yolks – you could make cream puffs…though that might defeat the purpose of healthy eating lol. And the hair mask/Bella’s fur thing would probably work well too. (Bam! Found it – http://www.beauty-advices.com/do-it-yourself-at-home-hair-masks-easy-recipes-part-ii/)

    I actually just grabbed a Groupon for a local TRX class. Sometime in mid-May I’ll be having my asana handed to me. =)

  14. My gym is starting a TRX class in the next few weeks and i’m really excited to try it!
    I guess all the guys got upset that the women have Physique 57 AND Anti Gravity yoga so they wanted to have some fun as well!
    Thanks for the insight into what its all about :)

  15. Happy 1st day of new job! Hope it’s going fabulously.

    Your new lulu tank looks familiar. :) You would think that by vacationing across the country I could keep myself out of that store for a week, but…no. I have a new tank with that print in the detail. And a yellow headband to match. Even though I don’t have much hair to hold back anymore. Such is Mango.

    (I am feeling all of my 28 years by quoting 10+-year-old SNL.)

  16. I’m still confused about the yolks? I eat my eggs whole about 4-5 mornings a week. I usually only have one egg per day, is that too much? I prefer to eat one whole egg, as I feel like the yolk gives it more staying power. I remember hearing something long ago about only having whole eggs a few times a week, but Dr. Oz said you can eat about 2 whole eggs every day if you want. Help!

    • Fitnessista says:

      no one whole egg per day is totally fine! if i had the yolks every time i had whites though, i’d have up to 6 whole eggs per day which is way too much

  17. My trainer has started to use TRX with me and the first time that I used it with him I was so sore it wasn’t even funny. I was a little nervous about it because I have horrible balance but I love that it challenges me and is something different. I also know I could never do it at home…..not enough motivation. Plus I like that little extra push you get from a trainer.

  18. Organic Valley makes organic egg whites in the carton. At Whole Paycheck (in South Florida) they are in the same area as the eggs in a red and white carton. Good luck!! I hope they have them near you!!

  19. Those burgers look awesome. I’ve always wondered about TRX – never treid it though becuase the equipment is pretty expensive if you’re not sure its for you. Thanks for sharing your expereinces!

  20. I have heard of the TRX before, I think it looks pretty fun and promising. Love finding new workouts!!

    Wish we could have celebrated our bday with you girl!!! xoxo

  21. I feel that everyone has a bday in April!! I have 4 this week between my family & friends. I’ve always wanted to try out TRX at the gym I used to belong to but it just seemed really intimidating. Are you going to post a book review for Carrots N Cake?

  22. This is a tidbit late, but I just saw this article on a use for egg yolks in case you’re interested (as a hair conditioning treatment):

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-for-shiny-hair.html

  23. Deb’s recipes alway me foodgasms. That coconut flour actually gives me an orgy in my mouth.

  24. I meant “give me”, clearly, these muffins effect my grammatical skills

  25. I made a bitchin’ dairy free vanilla custard with leftover yolks a while back that I got of Sarena’s blog… ’twas fantastic! :)

  26. Hannie says:

    Hey I actually teach TRX and was out of town when you made this post…. I love TRX and I love kicking guys butts at it ;). Just FYI there is a video on youtube on how to make your own! Buying one costs around $200, but making it only cost $15 and works great!

  27. I do TRX at my gym twice a week! And I’m always sore afterwards because it is never the same workout twice. Tuesday we did 20 mins of non-stop lunges and squats (variations on the basic moves) and today my booty feels it!

    I hate how tough TRX is, but I love getting a better workout and being pushed harder than I push myself.

  28. Late to be reading this, but just found your site. I’ve been doing TRX 2x weekly and am preparing for a half marathon. Any guidance or plans you’ve found that incorporate TRX with training for a half? Not wanting to over/under do my training. Thanks!!

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