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This 5-Move TRX Workout Actually Will Sculpt Your Bod and Blast Mega Cals

Nah, you can get plenty of muscle-sculpting action with the help of those black and yellow straps dangling from the ceiling of your gym. To build kick-ass muscle, you’ve got to strength train. But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to make dumbbells the end-all be-all of your sweat seshes.

In fact, one New York City-based fitness studio has an entire 50-minute class built around this equipment. “I think TRX is the most brilliant workout because you’re using your own bodyweight to challenge yourself,” says Jessica Osborne, an ACE-certified trainer and instructor at New York City’s FLEX Studios.

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She says that these straps enable you to personalize your workout based on where you place your feet. Plus, they work your body in every direction, which keeps your muscles guessing and makes you a well-rounded athlete. “The best thing about TRX is that you’re using more muscles than you realize to stabilize yourself,” says Osborne. And more muscles used means more calories burned. (For more awesome strength-training techniques, pick up Women’s Health’s Lift to Get Lean by Holly Perkins.) 

We’re sold.

Osborne created this total-body workout based on the hard-core class she teaches at FLEX Studios. Pin this sweat session and hit up the TRX station at your gym.

try this TRX workoutPhotograph by Jessica Osborne

Move 1: TRX Back Lunge
Start standing on your left leg with your right foot in both straps. Hop forward a few feet away from your anchor point in the ceiling (A). Keeping your shoulders over hips, send your right leg back while deeply bending the left leg (B). Stabilize through your left leg as you come back to standing.

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try this TRX workoutPhotograph by Jessica Osborne

Move 2: TRX Biceps Curl
Grab the TRX handles in both hands with an underhand grip. Keep both feet in front of you and lean back, creating a long angle with your body. Extend your arms with palms facing up (A). Bend at the elbow to raise your hands to your forehead, keeping your elbows at shoulder height (B). Slowly return to starting position.

try this TRX workoutPhotograph by Jessica Osborne

 

Move 3: TRX Triceps Press
With the handles in hand, face the anchor point and walk forward a few steps. Step both feet behind you, creating a long angle with your body. Extend arms straight in front of you (A). Bend at the elbow until your arms are at a 90-degree angle (B). Press yourself back to the starting position. Don’t drop your chin to your chest.

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try this TRX workoutPhotograph by Jessica Osborne

Move 4: Squat Jump with TRX
Face anchor point and take several steps backward, handles in hand. Lower your body into a squat (A). Immediately jump up, extending both legs (B). The equipment should aid you in the jump, but you don’t depend on it to get you up. Use your legs!

try this TRX workoutPhotograph by Jessica Osborne

Move 5: Plank to Pike with TRX
Find plank position with both feet in the loops. Your palms should be directly underneath the shoulders. Hold your navel to the spine to protect lower back (A). Lift your hips up to pike with straight legs (B). Then, descend slowly back to the plank position.

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