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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
9 www.coastingtoday.com.au COASTING FITNESS The place to go for a unique handmade garden feature. Fantastic range of water features on display. The best advice on pump and filter options. Bushland Garden & Aquarium Centre 445 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights 4367 7909 where do Stunningflow? water features c8702914-4Mar Gym in a shoe box INTENSITY: Juliette Cassidy goes into a deep push-up plunge using the TRX Training System. Beginners would take the load off by standing more upright in the exercise. Pictures by Aaron Brown. ACENTRAL Coast fitness company is boasting an Australian first with its suspension training classes which promise a full body work-out using just one piece of portable equipment which fits into a shoe box. The TRX Training System is an American innovation that costs about $275 and weighs less than 2kg, but its makers claim that it delivers "greater performance and functionality than large exercise machines costing thousands of dollars". The TRX was developed by a US Navy Seal who fashioned the original device from parachute webbing. Today the TRX is used and endorsed by some heavy hitters in world sport, including Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees. Juliette Cassidy and husband Jack Paton of Zulu Fitness said the TRX lived up to the marketing hype. "Over the years we've probably used every piece of exercise equipment available, but since we've been using the TRX we've never been stronger through our core area," Juliette said. The core, or torso, is the platform on which overall body strength is built. A strong and stable core is a key to achieving speed and power in sports as diverse as golf, swimming and rugby league, and is also important in the prevention of injury -- particularly in the lower back. "Exercising on the TRX switches all of those important stabilising muscles on," Jack said. The TRX works on the principle of leveraged body weight. It can be secured to a ceiling beam, closed door or even a tree branch, and the user simply latches onto the handles with their hands or feet, then uses their body weight to perform exercises. "You can control the intensity yourself, simply by changing the angle of your body," Juliette said. "And in 20 minutes you're done." Jack said Zulu Fitness had welcomed clients ranging from 10 to 75 year old to its 'Core Force' suspension training classes. For details, phone 0424 423698 or go to www.zulufitness.com.au . VERSATILE: Jack Paton demonstrates a knee-to-chest swing; one of "hundreds" of exercises that the TRX makers say will "build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries". Where do I get one? For details on the TRX Training System go to www.fitnessanywhere.com . The Australian importer is HF Industries.. Go to www.trxtraining.com.au to purchase.
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