Using two of my most favorite pieces of fitness equipment of all time, I had the crazy idea to create the ultimate hardcore workout using the TRX and kettlebells. Both the TRX Suspension Trainer and the kettlebell are HUGE staples in just about all of my own personal workouts and my clients. For a more in depth look be sure to see my TRX Suspension Trainer review.
The best way I thought possible to make this workout as hardcore as possible using the TRX and kettlebells was to superset them. I have used supersets in my own workouts ever since I was around 18 years old. To be perfectly honest I picked up the whole concept from bodybuilders, most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And the supersets are still SUPER relevant when it comes to workouts that build muscle and burn fat. The real key is mixing up the supersets, and one of my favorite ways is to alternate pushing and pulling exercises.
So with the TRX Suspension Trainer and the kettlebells I would use one for mostly a pushing exercises, such as TRX push-ups, while I would immediately go into another pulling exercise with the kettlebells, such as rows. This way I’m using two whole different muscles groups back-to-back and getting the biggest bang for my buck. So while my pushing muscles are resting, I’m training my pulling muscles instead of hanging out by the drinking fountain and watching ESPN.
The supersets in this hardcore TRX and kettlebell workout will get most people headed straight to the puke bucket, and on top of that all the exercises I use with them are going to be total body and require a lot of work. When I first switched over to this style of training from the more traditional bodybuilding background, I was SHOCKED to find out how weak I was when I was doing this stuff. It’s easy doing curls with 135 lbs. but trying to do curls on the TRX while laying on your back is the ultimate test.
Another component of this hardcore workout using the TRX and kettlebells was the use of time based intervals. I decided to go with 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest. And as well all know, intervals is the best absolute way to burn fat the fastest. But it’s also going to be a pain in the ass to finish the workout, so if you’re down for taking some pain then your efforts will be well worth it.
We’ll also be performing 3 total rounds with a 90 seconds rest in between rounds. The 90 second rest is going to be imperative to keeping the body strong and allowing it some time to recover so we can go back and hit the next round HARD.
Be sure to watch the below video and be sure to post a comment with your thoughts or questions on the workout, your opinion is important to me.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he’s a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) by American Council on Exercise. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college levels. He has over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He strives to bring inspiration and results for people to live healthier lives through smart diet and exercise.