The functionality of TRX—which stands for total-body resistance exercise— was convincing for Marin Lazic, a national league water polo player. He became a TRX master trainer, one of three in Australia, and now runs the TRX Training Sydney facility in Rozelle.
Lazic explains to Inside Sport why suspension training is so effective for injury prevention.
The name band, TRX band
“If you and I were going to capture James Bond and torture him, we’d put him in a small room, put him under high stress, make him do something really physical, not let him sleep and all the rest of it.
“If you flip that around, it’s kind of what everyone’s doing at the gym. They go in the morning, they do a high-intensity workout, don’t drink water. We need to get rid of the no-pain, no-gain attitude. Some people can handle that sort of stressful but the majority of us can’t.”
Train the footy motion
“My experience of training elite athletes like water polo or NRL guys, it’s always really the small things they need to work on that make the huge difference. We used to do bench press, everything was bench press, how much do you bench press? Now it’s squat and deadlift.
“In five to ten years, we’re still doing to do some of those, but it’s more movement-driven. It’s more like: your body moves in three planes of motion; we play footy moving in three planes of motion. Yet in the gym, we train to be strong in one plane of motion. Then we kind of wonder why we have so many injuries.
“I think we need to kind of take it back and go: How does the body work? Why is it that 85 percent of our muscles are designed to rotate, yet we train it up and down vertically?”
“Essentially, our body moves in three planes of motion: what we call a sagittal plan, which is basically back and forwards; a frontal plane, which is side to side; and then the transverse, which is rotational.
“From a functional anatomy point of view, 85 percent our muscles and connective tissues are designed to be in rotation. The reason for that is because it’s the most efficient way to move to gravity. Now in terms of the science of the TRX, because of the single anchor point, you’re getting the rotational forces through your body the whole time.
“If you think about hanging off the chin-up bar with both hands, the forces are going straight down. Remove one hand, you feel a rotational thing. That’s the main difference between a TRX and something like Olympic rings, which is still a great tool.”