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TRX for Rehab: January 29, 2012

Fitness and exercise are fundamental in healthy living. Now a pulley-based exercise apparatus is putting the ‘fun’ into rehab.

“TRX is basically a gravity-based, bodyweight exercise apparatus,” says Tina Johnson, a group fitness trainer with Lee Memorial Health System.

It’s a fixture at gyms and health clubs, but the TRX system is being used at the Lee Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness. A great tool for any age or fitness level, it works by using the body’s own weight.

“The more you’re using gravity, here I’m not using very much gravity, I’m here and I’m pulling, but then when I start bringing myself down I’m using more gravity and anybody can create more resistance and then I could even go lower and create more,” says Johnson.

In people who are nursing injuries or recovering from surgery, this can be a great option because it allows for partial weight-bearing exercises. That’s especially important in therapy.

“This is a very good option and it can be done one-on-one to make them more comfortable or in a small group setting that we do here and it can be modified to their level,” says Johnson.

It also helps rehab patients by increasing their balance and strengthening their stomach muscles. William Rosemann finds it gives his belly the burn he’s looking for.

“The core muscle groups are really the hardest to train on a consistent basis. If you try to isolate them it really works against you. So balance goes into it coordination goes into it, just basic muscle tone helps as well.”

Far from a clinical setting, the TRX puts patients on track for recovery.