I was privileged to spend a week at the TRX Training Centre in San Francisco together with some of the best trainers in the world learning the new TRX Functional Training multi-modality circuit!
Multi Modality Training
TRX is launching their new multi-modality training circuit for functional fitness. Master instructors from around the world were invited to attend a week-long training course at their stunning HQ in beautiful San Francisco!
The whole idea of the multi-modality approach is not to limit yourself to any particular set of equipment. Emphasis was on encouraging trainers to adapt to equipment available and to be creative with the exercises.
We used a range of equipment including the TRX suspension trainer and Rip trainer, sand bags, heavy ropes, medicine balls, kettle bells, and of course, all complemented with our own bodyweight.
This multi-modality approach to training is something which I have promoted consistently with my own clients, customising programs to suit the individual’s requirements and goals. The TRX suspension trainer, and more recently, TRX Rip trainer, have been excellent tools to incorporate into my programming, such as my work designing training circuits for the Seagods dragon boat paddling team.
You can see some examples of multi-modality workouts that I’ve designed for GPP (General Physical Preparation) here and here.
I also like to utilise the approach to train for specific performance (such as for bench press strength) or for specific sports skills (EG- field hockey power shots) and movement patterns (EG- paddling for outriggers and dragon boats).
For my own workouts, I like incorporating multi-modality training to keep the enjoyment high, to learn new skills and challenge myself constantly, and to expand my movement periphery.
What I like to do is to set one day aside each week as my “Multi Modality Day”. For me, it is right in the middle of the week- Wednesdays. This is the day that I will incorporate different equipment into my workouts.
I have found this structure of “one day per week as multi-modality” is very beneficial to my clients.
My background with TRX
I have been involved with TRX for many years now. I first started using the TRX suspension trainer in my own workouts and training back in 2007.
I was very pleased to become an official course instructor for TRX in 2009, and then qualified as the first master instructor in Asia in 2010 for the suspension trainer, followed by the GSTC and SMSTC in 2010, the Rip Trainer in 2011 and FTC in 2015.
After this week in SF, I am now a Senior Master Instructor and look forward to continuing to help build TRX’s exposure in this exciting part of the world!
Here’s to all the amazing people from all over the world. It was great to be able to reconnect with many friends in the TRX community and to meet new contacts of like-minded professionals.
Chilling out and enjoying the upside down view!
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