In a hurry to burn fat and build muscle? When time is tight, look to the TRX. “There are literally hundreds of movements that you can do with this highly versatile piece of equipment,” explains Muscle & Fitness Hers technical adviser Gino Caccavale. Unlike free weights, which give you moments of rest or pauses, the TRX keeps the working muscles in constant tension. Plus, you can check off your abs training without having to do any additional moves, since each exercise here engages your core while working stability and balance. Adapt the workout to your fitness level simply by changing the angle of your body—the more extreme the position, the more your muscles have to work. Try this workout, demonstrated by Queens-based NPC Bikini Competitor Melissa Trapani.
WORKS: Shoulders, Core, Legs
Stand with left leg lifted forward, holding TRX handles with palms down. Squat deeply down on right leg while lifting left leg parallel to floor (far right).
In one powerful motion, drive off your right heel to stand back up, pulling arms overhead into a Y position (near right).
Do 2 sets of 15 reps per side.
Tip: Keep tension on the TRX at all times by leaning back slightly.