TRX Suspended Jackknife

Man performing TRX-Jacknife

The TRX Suspended Jackknife exercise is a dynamic tuck position, bringing your knees to your chest. It is a strong core activator while working the upper body isometrically to stabilize you through the movement.

Primary muscles worked

  • Abs

Secondary muscles worked

  • Shoulders
  • Lower Back
  • Glutes
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Step 1: With the TRX straps set at three inches above the ground, place your feet in the stirrups so the tops of your feet are facing the floor.

Step 2: With your hands placed on the floor at shoulders with, begin this exercise from the plank position (abs and glutes engaged, shoulders stacked above wrists, keeping a straight solid line).

Step 3: Begin the movement by engaging your shoulder girdle stability with your scapulae depressed.

Step 4: Shift your weight slightly forward so your shoulders are in front of your hands; at the same time, proceed to bring your knees into your chest, focusing on engaging the abdominal’s (not the hip flexors). You are still maintaining a strong plank position with your core and glutes tight.

Step 5: Return back to the starting plank position

Step 6: Repeat the knee to chest movement several times.


How to progress the exercise

Being that one arm is on the floor, there is more stability to this exercise, than doing the Chest Fly. This exercise can be prepared for doing the Chest Fly.

Additional Information

As for any fly exercise, shoulder stability is of great importance and must be the primary focus throughout the movement.

Man performing TRX-Jacknife



Man performing the TRX body saw with crunch

TRX Body Saw with Crunch

The TRX body saw with crunch may look easy but this subtle movement will make your core burn. It will help you to develop the perfect plank as you rock forward and backwards. You’ll feel your core, abdominals and shoulder muscles working more when you slide back.

Man performing the TRX standing roll out

TRX Anti-Extension Fallout

The TRX Anti-Extension Fallout is precisely to avoid spinal extension by maintaining a very strong plank throughout the movement. The TRX Kneeling Fallout is an easier version of this exercise and should be mastered before performing the straight legged Fallout.

Man performing the TRX mountain climber

TRX Mountain Climber

The TRX Mountain Climber exercise begins in a similar position as the Suspended Jackknife. The difference is you are performing a ‘Mountain Climber’ which is alternating knees to chest, as opposed to both at the same time. Great exercise for explosive training, which working shoulder and core stability.


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