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Suspension training can help achieve fitness goals
by Ken Raymond Published: May 21, 2012


Suspension training is an option

Take a look at how your children play. Odds are, when they see a low-hanging tree branch, they swing on it. When they encounter a set of monkey bars, they clamber all over it.

Similar activities can help you achieve your fitness goals. Suspension training involves an apparatus made of nylon straps and handles. Attach it to a secure anchor point, and you can use your body weight as resistance to build power, strength, core stability, flexibility and balance.

Life Fitness, a manufacturer of gym quality exercise equipment, is among a variety of companies offering versions of the suspension apparatus. In a news release, the manufacturer highlighted these reasons why suspension training may work for you.

It works indoors and out. You can take it to the park, the beach or your backyard. Throw it over a sturdy tree branch, a chain-link fence, goal posts or monkey bars.

Getting started is easy. The anchor point should be 7 to 9 feet off the ground. By adjusting the lengths of the straps and the angle of your body, you can find a resistance level that feels right to you. Look for an area about 6 to 8 feet wide with a nonslip surface.

Suspension makes for a fast and effective workout for all fitness levels. Start slowly. Build up to more intense exercises over time. Most exercises involve pushing, pulling, legs and core. You work in multiple planes and exercise multiple muscle groups.

To view videos about suspension training or learn more about Life Fitness, go online to


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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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