Saturday, June 10, 2017

Suspension Straps: an exercise in suspension of reality

A few months ago we moved into our new place. It's a condo, and it comes with amenities, like a rooftop seating area with a large TV (that no one ever uses), and a gym.


More like a room with some random stuff in it so that, as the realtor explained to us,


Fancy. Also, not happening.

There are some weights, kettlebells, steps, bands, and a Pilates reformer that looks terrifying. But, there was one thing that interested me: a set of suspension straps.


I'm leaving off the name so that the company does not come after me the way the cycle company did. 

Suffice it to say it rhymes with "Blex"...or maybe:


I'm really not sure. Anyway...

I went on YouTube to learn a bunch of exercises and then set off to the workout room.

I began with the pull ups.

The official version:



My version:


So far so good.

Then I moved on to the squats and those were fine too. I tried push ups next.

The official version:



My version:


 I was very worried that I would fall through the straps, and onto my face.


Finally I tried seated pull ups.

The official version:


My version:


I decided to stick to pull ups.

The next day I woke up to a pinched nerve, thus ending my future as a suspension strap guru.


As of this week I'm training for the Chicago Marathon so my off season is officially over. I'll be using the Hansons Method; their half marathon plan worked really well for me so I'm hoping the full goes well too.

This will be very different from my other marathon training cycles so I'll do my best to keep you guys posted! In the mean time, I'm adhering strictly to the plan:


So far it's going very well.

If you've used the Hansons Method I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

UPCOMING POSTS: ALL MARATHON, ALL THE TIME...MOST OF THE TIME

10 comments:

  1. I've never used those straps so I'm guessing I would have been entangled in them within 10 seconds and had to call for help! You did great!
    And I can't wait for Chicago!!!

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    1. They are definitely for strong people with good core strength. I'm very excited for Chicago!!

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  2. Wait until you try push-ups and pikes with your feet in the straps ��

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    1. So...I did try those too. Yeah it didn't work :P

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  3. I'm not familiar with the Hanson method, is it based off of the "slap shot" Hanson brothers from hockey. Or more like the "mmmbop" Hanson brothers Technic??
    Haha- you are always good at trying new things!!

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    1. Ohhh, those would both be equally fun options Kelly!! Maybe you can come up with a revolutionary training method :D

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  4. I've never tried suspension straps; they look scary. You nailed Week 1. lol. Good luck with the rest of training.

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    1. Thanks Clarinda! Yeah they are tough--here's hoping the rest of training is this successful.

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  5. We use those straps at OTF. Some exercise can take a while to figure out -- and they've never had us try the seated pull-ups! Now I'm trying to remember why bike company you might have slandered. :-)

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    1. I'm thinking some in-person guidance would be better.
      When I first started blogging I talked about indoor cycling, only I said 'spinning'. They came after me. They even tried to shut down my zazzle shop by saying they owned the term "indoor cycling". They do not--I combed through their legal stuff to make sure. I fought back and they dropped it.

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