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Suspension trainers are incredibly cheap, take up little space and can provide a wide variety of easily scalable exercise options for all populations. Below you’ll find a few of my most commonly prescribed suspension trainer exercises. The EDGE SUSPENSION TRAINER is a great, affordable option at only $59.99 which is much less than other brands like the TRX.
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The following list of suspension trainer rehab exercises is far from complete but will be a great starting point for many.
Wall slides are a popular shoulder rehab exercise. But when using a wall, you are limited to being flat against the wall, thus being difficult if you have a lack of shoulder elevation or thoracic mobility. By walking backward a few steps using a suspension trainer, you can regress this.
Combining the benefits of serrates anterior strengthening with an unstable surface makes this exercise a great one for shoulder rehab. Regress down to having both hands in straps if an easier variation is needed. Click here for the video.
A great rehab and general strength exercise for the entire upper back. Works the traps, rhomboids, and rotator cuff. I especially like doing a drop set here where I have individuals do 10 tough reps then take a step back for less resistance and crank out more reps. Click here for the video.
A challenging strength more for athletes of all levels. The suspension trainer version gives us two great benefits: (1) it reduces the balance demands for those limited more by balance than strength and (2) we can use a little arm assistance if needed to unload the movement if unassisted single leg squats are too hard. Click here for the video.
The SLDL with a suspension trainer is a great teaching tool to instruct a client on the proper way to perform a single leg deadlift. The TRX allows for the client to have increased stability and allows them to focus on proper hip and trunk positioning. Click here for the video.
I prefer this version to having the back foot on a bench as the suspension trainer is less supportive. This prevents the back leg from contributing as much force and works the front leg significantly more. Click here for the video.
Prepare for a serious burn with this one. Keep the hips high the entire time as the knee bends back and forth. Click here for the video.
If you thought normal side planks were tough adding the instability of the suspension trainer takes is to another level! Click here for the video.
This exercise is great for working the anterior abs and hip flexors. Click here for the video.
A very underrated exercise in the strength world that works with bands, cable columns, and suspension trainers. This builds strong anti-rotation strength in the midline. Click here for the video.
Working with a lot of fitness athletes, I find this exercise incredibly valuable for strengthening the midline and shoulder girdle with great translation to the gymnastics skills CrossFit athletes perform. Click here for the video.
Like the pike above the body saw can be a great exercise to work midline strength & lats together which is the foundation for many fitness athlete movements. Click here for the video.
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