Advantages to Suspension Training

Advantages to Suspension Training

Deciding which exercises to include in a program for a new client can be a daunting task, especially when you are an online personal trainer. Online training presents its own set of unique challenges, one of which is an increased difficulty in determining where a client stands in terms of strength, coordination, and endurance. In the event that you, as a trainer, are about to begin training a new online client, you should lean on exercises that are both safe and effective for a wide range of people. This is where suspension training comes into play. Suspension training has gained popularity due to its relatively low cost, effectiveness, and inclusiveness, which means that most clients should have access to them.

Accessible

As stated above, suspension-training bands are found in most gyms and are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up at home. Additionally, they are accessible from the standpoint that most individuals will be able to safely participate in at least some of the exercises. Because the bands are adjustable, individuals are able to control the resistance of every exercise; they simply need to shorten or lengthen the band as needed. However, adjusting the length of the bands is only one way to change the resistance; the individual moving their feet closer or further away from the attachment point of the band also changes resistance. For example, if the suspension band is attached to the wall that your client is facing and they are about to complete a mid-row, they would simply need to take a step toward the wall to make the exercise more difficult or away from the wall to make it easier. This allows individuals to adjust the resistance as needed while on the fly which is something that very few other exercise modalities will allow.

Body Awareness

Many clients tend to get ahead of themselves when they begin a new workout program. They want to do a heavy bench press but are unable to do a push-up, or they want to set a personal best squat but their form is terrible. Rather than throwing heavy sets of compound exercises at your client, using suspension bands allows you to help your client develop strength, both in their core and otherwise, as well as balance and general body control. Before programming back squats, see if they can do a proper bodyweight squat with the suspension bands. Prior to allowing them to do heavy dumbbell presses, see if they can do suspension trainer push-ups correctly. By taking this approach, you will ensure that your client has a solid foundation to build on, which will lead to more consistent gains and fewer injuries in the long run.

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Matthew Johnson is a fitness writer, personal trainer, strength coach, as well as a former gym owner. Matthew holds an MBA from The University of Memphis and a Master’s in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew has also earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the NSCA. Matthew recently published his first book, 300 30 Minute Workouts for Busy People, and lives in Memphis, TN with his wife, Anna, and their dog Henderson, and cat, Sox.

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