Teaching the Suspension Trainer Row to Personal Training Clients

Teaching the Suspension Trainer Row to Personal Training Clients

If you’re training clients online—

There’s one thing you should value over everything else:

Safety.

And that’s where suspension training comes in.

 

What is Suspension Training?

Suspension training is a tool that allows someone to use their own bodyweight as resistance.

It allows clients to change the angle of an exercise to make it harder or easier.

Because of this, it can be safer than some traditional or non-suspension exercises.

Today, we’ll teach you how to do a Suspension Row.

 

How to do a Suspension Trainer Row

First, watch our suspension row tutorial here:

 

The Suspension Row is a simple bodyweight alternative for clients who could benefit from exercises like...

  • Bent barbell or dumbbell row
  • Cable row
  • T-bar row

 

...but aren’t advanced enough to perform them yet.

The Suspension Row focuses more on balance and core stability.

But unlike the pull-up, the Suspension Row lets the client decrease the difficulty of the exercise. That means it can work well with new or inexperienced clients.

 

Here’s how coach the Suspension Row:

 

  1. Adjust the suspension trainer to a medium length.
  2. Have your client grab the handles and step back until the slack is out of the bands.
  3. For the first rep, have him move his feet back slightly to reduce the resistance.
  4. Have your client extend their arms out, slowly letting himself back.
  5. Make sure he keeps his back flat, head straight, and chest up throughout the exercise.
  6. Once he reaches full extension at the elbow, have him pull himself back up to the starting point.

 

Be sure to have him keep his elbows close to his side.

He can rotate the handles throughout the exercise if that is more comfortable on his wrists…

But keep in mind—

That rotation may shift more resistance to or from the biceps. (You can adjust this in your programming if you want.)

As your client gets better at the exercise, have him take a step forward toward the suspension apparatus to increase the resistance.

In sets of 8 – 12 reps, have your client take a step back as they begin to fail in the higher reps.

This reduces the resistance and allows them to complete the specified number of reps in that set.

Suspension training is applicable across any strength, skill, or experience level.

Most people can benefit from incorporating suspension training into their workout.

As always, master the form first, then add intensity.

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