Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Hanging in there
Thankfully he did forget about it.
I was going to break out my surprise when we got back from vacation but upon our return, I knew our strength wasn't up to par for normal workouts, much less what I had in store. Well, given all he's put up with on the remodel and my wild emotions, I wanted to reward him so I gave him the surprise Monday night.
Nothing says "thanks for hanging in there with me" more than suspension exercise equipment, right?
Let's peek in the box.
The LifelineUSA XT Jungle Gym is a form of suspension training. You've heard of TRX, right? Well, same concept, different brand and almost half the price! Believe me when I tell you I did my research before buying these. Anything where you are leaning forward with nothing to hold you up but two straps with a possibility of face planting...I'm not taking that lightly. It is rated 4 1/2 stars on Amazon just like the TRX system and that was good enough for me. I printed off this list of TRX exercises from Greatist and we went down to the basement. The Mr was nervously excited. Perhaps this wasn't a traditional "woo hoo" gift but it was something we both wanted to try and now it was time to put our bodies (and faces) to the test.
In the box were two straps, an anchor to strap them over a joist or tree if you want to do it outdoors (no thank you), a DVD and a poster of exercises.
We put the anchor strap over our bare joist...
then slid the strap weights through the anchor and we were ready to go.
Well, I did make sure we got our exercise mat and had it underneath us...THEN we were ready to go.
If we were going to face plant, it was going to be a little softer.
Since we were busy trying to figure it out, I don't have pics of us using it but you can see videos from the company on YouTube here. (Just a note, they use a bar for their videos so your straps wouldn't be that close for your exercises but they show the closer straps in the DVD included) You can also check out the competitor's channel for some other exercise suggestions here. They'll all look prettier doing it than some noobs looking like monkeys swinging in their pens at the zoo.
So what did we think our first time out?
Well, I am sore as hell as I write this! The Mr was even sore the morning after and he always takes two days to feel the effects of a good strength workout. From my neck to the shoulders to the back to the inner thighs and heck even the sides of my knees...all of it was sore and we've been doing some good strength training lately!
Does it take faith to use the LifelineUSA XT Jungle Gym or any kind of suspension training? Yes. You have to trust that these two straps are going to hold your weight as you lean forward or pull back at a 60 degree angle without letting loose. While I can't find a weight limit, if you get the wall mounts, it says that each strap mount is rated to 300 lbs per strap. So I would say it's probably safe to say that is a good guideline to use, maybe take off 100-200 lbs to be safe? If it's a big issue, I would email the company to see if they can give you an accurate answer.
I'll be honest, we didn't really follow their DVD. Neither of us thought it could be used as a 'traditional' workout, more like 'here's some moves you can do.' So between their suggestions, the ones on the list I printed out and just making stuff up on the spot, we spent an hour on it. I burned 520 calories which is pretty low for a strength workout for the amount of time but we know a lot of it was laughing or adjusting straps and stuff. I know we'll get a better routine down pat as we continue to use it but I think this will help work muscles that are forgotten about. It's easy to take up and down which is a good thing because we had to take them down last night because the A/C guy is coming today and when they're up, it looks like a sex shop back room for the adventurous couple.
Have you done suspension training? Would you try it?
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