June 24, 2012

SLU AT Student Gets Performance Enhancement Experience in Internship at AthletiCo

TRX Bands at AthletiCo
By: Vince Di Renzo (SLU MAT Class of 2013)
Many people are unsure of what TRX bands are used for in a gym. TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise. The bands utilize the entire body by way of suspension to provide resistance. Most people see these intimidating bands hanging from a power rack and think that they must only be used by gymnasts or other athletes that require plenty of upper body strength. The truth is, they are great for athletes, and however, they also offer a great deal of benefit for those in rehab or who just want to maintain or improve their current fitness level. This style of resistance training offers many different benefits. Suspension type training allows for multi-planar movements that will develop strength, flexibility, balance and joint stability. TRX will also place a great deal of stress on the core muscles, which most can benefit from having a stronger core. TRX bands allow for an endless number of different exercises to be performed. This will help keep workouts feeling new and fun so you look forward to your workouts and continue reaching your fitness goals.
At AthletiCo, the TRX bands are used primarily by clientele seeking personal training. However, I have seen many patients in physical therapy that have utilized the TRX bands towards the end of their rehab process. Having such a versatile piece of equipment around has helped many of the clients and patients at AthletiCo achieve their goals in a timely and efficient manner. Since one of our goals as a health care professional is to improve patient outcomes, TRX seems like a sound investment.

(Vince DiRenzo's internship this summer is with AthletiCo's John Honcharuk ATC, CSCS at their St. Charles, Illinois facility.)

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program have a required internship in the summer between their two professional years in the program.  This blog post details a student's reflection on their internship experience.

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