The New TRX Rip Trainer is a great tool for training the entire body for dynamic rotational movements and metabolic conditioning. I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the Rip Trainer and the Indo Board using the Indo Gigante’ Cushion. I find it very useful and relevant to training for stand up paddle surfing. The unstable movement of the Indo Board is very similar to standing on a stand up paddle board, and the torsional strain of the Rip Trainer is very similar to the work you do with a paddle in the water. It is a great way to train for your paddling when you can’t get to the water.
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Here is some video of the TRX + Indo Board Fusion class that I helped to teach and create at IHRSA 2010 in San Diego. I think it generally went pretty well seeing that not many people were actually familiar with both tools and with so many moving parts and so many different ability profiles, it was difficult to keep the class flowing smoothly. All in all, I do think it was a success! Using both tools is a great way to train for Stand up Paddle as I have demonstrated in my FREE e-book on How to Train for SUP! Here's a little background:
The ability of the TRX to displace one’s center of gravity while creating limitless planes of motion and movement angles makes it an amazing tool for training the body in three dimensions. Indo Board was created to take people away from their typical stable environments by creating instability which in turn trains the mind and body to improve balance, proprioception, coordination, postural awareness and neuromuscular response. We believe the TRX is the best tool for training in 3-D, therefore, combining it with the Indo Board takes it to the next level. Training in 4-D. TRX, Indo Board, Jon Ham, and You Lee Rodriguez collaborated on this project to create a workout further challenging the TRX user by taking the normally stable contact point whether it's the feet or hands, and adding instability to that point. The net result is a workout that provides increased muscular recruitment along with a greater challenge to the bodies balance and stabilization systems producing a more dynamic result. Thanks to You Lee Rodriguez for the great background beats!
Here is a quick interview I got at IHRSA with Scott Adams from Surf Stronger. Scott has some new DVDs out with TRX training in them that are fantastic. He also has a series of surf training camps coming up soon so keep an eye out at the beach community near you! Scott had just finished taking my Indo TRX Fusion class and had some great things to say. Thanks Scott!
Last week I received a phone call from Russ who lives about 10 minutes from me on Lake Sherwood. Russ bought a couple of training sessions at a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls’ Club of Conejo/ Las Virgenes. We set up an appointment and I quickly learned that he was in to kayaking on the lake. Since he was eager to strengthen his core to improve his back issues, and lives directly on a beautiful lake, the logical transition was to get him on a stand up paddle board. So, my paddle bro Chris drove from Malibu out to Lake Sherwood and met us out on the lake for an early morning paddle.
It was a chilly morning, down in the lower 40’s, and it took some time before we could feel out. After about 40 minutes it warmed up and was quite enjoyable. We explored all the little nooks and crannies of the lake, and saw where they were currently developing new lots along the coastline.
Russ is interested in strengthening his core, and it was AMAZING how doing stand up paddle on a lake was a strong assessment tool for me as a trainer. He mentioned that the board would paddle straight when he had his paddle on the left side of the board, yet the board really moved left when his paddle was on the right side. I spent a few moments observing his posture, paddle stroke, and assessed him from a few different angles – side, back, and front. Long story short, he was so heavily favoring his strong leg (left), which caused his board to naturally lean on the left rail, constantly directing the board to the left even when paddling on the left side which should take him to the right.
I am going to see Russ tomorrow where I will put him through a training regimen to help his muscle imbalances, improve his posture, strengthen his core, and improve his balance, all of which I presume will help decrease his low back pain. With consistent work he will be able to drastically improve his situation and have lots of fun at the same time. My plan is to make him work his legs independently of each other by doing one legged exercises on the Indo Board with the flow cushion, TRX exercises to strengthen his core and improve posture, and hopefully we can get him using the ball as his office chair while at work. This is just a start, and I know that if Russ does these exercises, paddles on a regular basis, and continues to do his fantastic stretching routine which he has been doing religiously for quite a while, he will feel much better and be doing just about all he can do to keep moving forward in his health and fitness.
This is the beginning of an interactive set of videos I uploaded on You Tube that lead you through a series of locations you can hook up your TRX! Now is the time to begin planning your Fitness New Year's Resolutions! So start taking control of your fitness by getting a TRX and setting it up... anywhere! As you all know, I think the TRX is excellent for Stand Up Paddle Fitness Training, and I use it every day! I hope you can use it to help you in your training!
This is a demonstration of how to do the TRX letter exercises while standing on the Indo Rocker Board. These exercises can be found in my e-book on SUP Fitness Training and are great for shouler stability, balance, and core training. Specific to SUP, these are "house keeping" exercises for your shoulders and will keep them strong and stable. They should be done 2-3x per week.