Many workout enthusiasts like the convenient, full-body workout they get from TRX, a relatively new form of suspension training that gives an intensive core-body workout.
Lee McLaughlin, fitness instructor and graduate assistant for Grand Valley’s Campus Recreation program, and Justin Boyd, a senior majoring in exercise science, had the opportunity to present this unique style of exercise at the Midwest Fit Fest, a regional conference for students, faculty and staff members.
The February event was held at Ohio State University; McLaughlin and Boyd demonstrated their knowledge of TRX through a 75-minute group exercise presentation.
“It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many people who share a similar passion and to combine both mine and Justin’s experience and strengths to provide our participants with a unique program,” said McLaughlin.
The two applied to be presenters at the conference in November 2012. McLaughlin said she pursued the help of Boyd since they have similar, high-intensity teaching styles. They worked to develop a program that incorporated both of their fitness backgrounds.
With more than 30 other colleges and universities attending the conference, McLaughlin said presenting at Midwest Fit Fest served as a professional development opportunity for Grand Valley’s Campus Recreation program.
“It was an incredible opportunity to be able to apply what we know, do and believe in a new setting and made us realize what Campus Recreation has to offer our students and how we stand in comparison to other universities,” said McLaughlin.