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This celebrity-favourite workout will help you burn fat and gain muscle - Ever wonder how Jennifer Lopez, just a year shy of 50, continues to give some serious body goals? There is no real secret behind the actor’ enviable curves and toned abs—she’s often said in interviews that she exercises daily, eats sensibly and maintains a positive approach to life. While consistency has been key, it’s the variety in her routines that has kept her motivated all these years. Her current obsession is the TRX suspension workout, which she does with the help of trainer to the stars, Gunnar Peterson.

The TRX (made of high-quality nylon) has made its way to India as well, with most gyms offering the necessary equipment. “It’s a fast and effective full body workout that uses your body weight and gravity as resistance to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core and joint stability. It’s an effective form of resistance training that helps you build muscle and burn fat,” says popular Zumba, TRX and Pound instructor Pritie Panchmatia, adding that a one-hour session can burn anywhere between 350 and 550 calories. Her TRX class at Mumbai’s popular fitness hub, The Space in Juhu, has women of all age groups and sizes thronging it with the aim of a body transformation.

One of the biggest draws of TRX is that it works irrespective of the fitness level you are at. “You can simply change your body position to increase or reduce the intensity of the challenge,” says Panchmatia. According to her, when compared to other fitness tools and exercise, TRX workouts are especially beneficial to women. “The TRX suspension trainer utilises body weight as resistance for strength gains. It exerts less force on the joints, ligaments and tendons, and allows for muscle growth without the use of expensive gym equipment,” she adds.


What to eat before and after a TRX workout for maximum benefits

Panchmatia suggests the following pre-workout snacks that provide quick energy before you get to the gym.

  1. A peanut butter and banana or PBJ sandwich (light on the PB)
  2. Greek yogurt with berries
  3. Oatmeal with low fat milk and fruit
  4. Apple and peanut or almond butter
  5. A handful of nuts
“Post workout I usually have a protein shake with zero carbs, but one could also go high protein and low carb,” says Panchmatia.
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