A close cousin to Pilates which also uses elastic straps for resistance, Reema also notes that several yoga movements can also be incorporated. "It’s really close to pilates, because its also mostly core. Yoga has a lot of stretching and in TRX there is what we call a flexibility exercise so it can be a whole hour of just stretching or it can be an hour of your upper body or an hour of core. It’s really up to what you are comfortable with.”
But unlike gym equipment and weights that aim to build muscle mass, Reema explains that TRX is geared towards forming leaner lines and a toned physique. “With TRX, you definitely won’t be massive, you wont be bulky. To be big, you have to carry at least five or six times your weight. Here you just get toned, and strengthen muscles. You get stronger and you get lean."
She adds, "A big fulfillment for me is the fact that I can carry myself. I can carry my own weight using straps. It’s functional in that way! I always tell my clients that my peg is that in case there is a calamity and I need to hold on to a pole for my life, I think I can survive!”
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