Is the trx rollout part of your core workout routine?
If your answer is not in the affirmative then boy, are you missing out on something big!
Sure it’s not as popular as the crunch, but it most definitely needs to be given the credit it deserves because when it comes to your core, the trx rollout does not play!
There are many reasons why the this exercise deserves to be as celebrated as the crunch when it comes to its impact on your core.
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And hopefully you’ll find them convincing by the time you get to the end of this article.
But for now, how do it properly would be the most appropriate place to begin.
- Fasten suspension trainers securely to a sturdy point above your head.
- Stand underneath the anchor, facing away from it.
- Hold the handles with your hands and walk your feet back.
- Tighten your core, lift your chest and focus your gaze ahead.
- Pivoting on your toes, lean forward slowly and in a controlled fashion, guide the trainers above your head with extended arms.
- Pause and take a moment to feel your core muscles contract at the top.
- Keep contracting your core as you get back to the position where you started.
- Repeat these steps in subsequent reps.
WHAT MUSCLES DOES THE TRX ROLLOUT WORK?
The trx rollout goes all out for your core muscles.
From your rectus abdominis to your obliques at the sides of your abdomen, it leaves no muscle untouched.
Your core is involved in pretty much all your basic movements and day-to-day activities both inside and outside the gym.
Therefore, the importance of working your core to strengthen it cannot be overstated.
In addition to your core, this exercise also works your upper back and shoulder muscles during the contraction phase of the movement.
BENEFITS OF THE TRX ROLLOUT
BUILDS CORE STRENGTH
The main benefit of the trx rollout is that it strengthens your core (duh!) by making it work super hard to keep your spine stable as your body remains tilted.
HELPS WITH POSTURE PROBLEMS
This exercise strengthens your lower back just as much as it does your core.
This is made possible by the fact that when you do this exercise, you have to maintain a straight back and spine to keep your entire body in a straight line.
Hence, it is ideal for people who suffer from shoulder injuries, neck pain, back stiffness and most other issues that stem from poor posture.
HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Strength-training movements like the trx rollout don’t burn nearly as many calories as aerobic exercises, but they still play a major role in helping you shed some calories.
According to research, they increase your muscle mass, which in turn increases your basal metabolic rate by about 15% if you do them regularly.
For clarity purposes, basal metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories when you are inactive.
ALTERNATIVES TO THE TRX ROLLOUT
STABILITY BALL ISOMETRIC AB ROLLOUT
This exercise channels a lot of tension into your core by using a limited range of motion to work your muscles.
It is quite easy to do, even for beginners.
- Get into a high plank and raise your hips slightly.
- Press your palms together and place them on the stability ball. Your elbows should be a bit wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Tighten your core and inhale deeply.
- Roll forward slowly, dipping your hips but keeping a straight back and extended legs.
- When your elbows get to the top of the ball, pause for two seconds and squeeze your core tight until you feel the muscles stretch.
- Breathe out slowly as you pull the elbows back in towards your chest.
- Lift your hips slightly as you get back to the position where you began.
The barbell rollout is ideal for people with a bit more balance and mobility, and for those with shoulder issues as it allows for a wide grip on the weight.
The wide grip also has the advantage of making you use your core (and not your arms) to bring your body back in.
Its downside however, is the fact that it requires a lot of space to execute.
- Load the bar with weight plates of your preferred amount on both sides.
- Kneel on the floor in front of the barbell and grip it with a grip just a bit wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Tighten your abs and roll the bar forward slowly and with control. The further you roll it, the more challenging it gets.
- Go only as far as you are able to without letting your hips sag.
- Hold for a second or two as you let your abdominal muscles stretch.
- With your abs still engaged, pull the barbell back in using your core.
TRX ROLLOUT MISTAKES TO AVOID
USING YOUR BACK
While the trx rollout does train your upper back to a certain extent, it should not be the prime mover in here.
If you let your back do the work then you might end up not getting any significant gains on your core muscles.
This is a trx exercise that depends on maximum resistance for it to be effective.
So it goes without saying that the trainers have to be super taut to produce maximum resistance for the exercise.
Don’t let them slacken at any point of the movement. If they do, stop your rep and adjust them before you continue.
NOT ENGAGING YOUR CORE
Being a core-centric exercise, the trx rollout cannot be effective unless you squeeze your core tight throughout.
If you relax the muscles in there, you risk letting your hip sag, which can cause your back to overarch.
There’s no telling whether or not you’ll find the benefits in here convincing enough to make you try out the trx rollout.
If you do, follow the steps strictly, avoid the mistakes described and stay consistent for maximum benefit.
And if you don’t, you can try out the alternatives instead; they’ll give you similar results.