Before your client starts the exercise, make sure that you have set the appropriate load. With the TRX Rip Trainer and steel mace, changing the leverage by adjusting the handgrip will play a large factor in the difficulty of the exercise. Both of these tools utilize leverage as way to increase difficulty, but other ways include increase the load with the steel mace or standing further away with the TRX Rip Trainer. As mentioned in the introduction, if your client doesn’t have the space to take 3-6 steps away from the anchor point, switching over to the steel mace could be a great modification to your programming.
To start with the Rip Trainer, have your client set up with tension on the bungee cord while in a ready position with a slight bit of knee flexion, their torso braced and a double-overhand grip while facing the anchor point. At the bottom position the client is reaching to the anchor point with tension on the band in a squat position. At the top position, one arm is extended and the other across the body helping to stabilize. A solid cue to utilize with your client would be “driving with the hips” as we are trying to emphasize the hip extension part of the exercise. Another way to increase difficulty with the Rip Trainer is oscillating the cord while the client is in the top position, which forces more core stability in an overhead position.
With the steel mace, you will utilize the same double overhand grip, and emphasize on having your client utilize their hips while driving into hip extension and finishing in a strong single arm overhead position.
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