Troga, the latest form of yoga

‘; var fr = document.getElementById(adID); setHash(fr, hash); fr.body = body; var doc = getFrameDocument(fr);; doc.write(body); setTimeout(function() {closeDoc(getFrameDocument(document.getElementById(adID)))}, 2000); } function renderJIFAdWithInterim(holderID, adID, srcUrl, width, height, hash, bodyAttributes) { setHash(document.getElementById(holderID), hash); document.dcdAdsR.push(adID); document.write(”); } function renderIJAd(holderID, adID, srcUrl, hash) { document.dcdAdsAA.push(holderID); setHash(document.getElementById(holderID), hash); document.write(” + ‘ript’); } function renderJAd(holderID, adID, srcUrl, hash) { document.dcdAdsAA.push(holderID); setHash(document.getElementById(holderID), hash); document.dcdAdsH.push(holderID); document.dcdAdsI.push(adID); document.dcdAdsU.push(srcUrl); } function er_showAd() { var regex = new RegExp(“externalReferrer=(.*?)(; |$)”, “gi”); var value = regex.exec(document.cookie); if (value value.length == 3) { var externalReferrer = value[1]; return (!FD.isInternalReferrer() || ((externalReferrer) (externalReferrer 0))); } return false; } function isHome() { var loc = “” + window.location; loc = loc.replace(“//”, “”); var tokens = loc.split(“/”); if (tokens.length == 1) { return true; } else if (tokens.length == 2) { if (tokens[1].trim().length == 0) { return true; } } return false; } function checkAds(checkStrings) { var cs = checkStrings.split(“,”); for (var i=0;i 0 cAd.innerHTML.indexOf(c)0) { document.dcdAdsAI.push(cAd.hash); =’none’; } } } if (!ie) { for (var i=0;i 0 doc.body.innerHTML.indexOf(c)0) { document.dcdAdsAI.push(fr.hash); =’none’; } } } } } if (document.dcdAdsAI.length 0 || document.dcdAdsAG.length 0) { var pingServerParams = “i=”; var sep = “”; for (var i=0;i 0) { var pingServerUrl = “/action/pingServerAction?” + document.pingServerAdParams; var xmlHttp = null; try { xmlHttp = new XMLHttpRequest(); } catch(e) { try { xmlHttp = new ActiveXObject(“Microsoft.XMLHttp”); } catch(e) { xmlHttp = null; } } if (xmlHttp != null) { “GET”, pingServerUrl, true); xmlHttp.send( null ); } } } function initAds(log) { for (var i=0;i 0) { doc.removeChild(doc.childNodes[0]); }; var newBody = fr.body; if (getCurrentOrd(newBody) != “” ) { newBody = newBody.replace(“;ord=”+getCurrentOrd(newBody), “;ord=” + Math.floor(100000000*Math.random())); } else { newBody = newBody.replace(“;ord=”, “;ord=” + Math.floor(100000000*Math.random())); } doc.write(newBody); document.dcdsAdsToClose.push(; } } else { var newSrc = fr.src; if (getCurrentOrd(newSrc) != “” ) { newSrc = newSrc.replace(“;ord=”+getCurrentOrd(newSrc), “;ord=” + Math.floor(100000000*Math.random())); } else { newSrc = newSrc.replace(“;ord=”, “;ord=” + Math.floor(100000000*Math.random())); } fr.src = newSrc; } } } if (document.dcdsAdsToClose.length 0) { setTimeout(function() {closeOpenDocuments(document.dcdsAdsToClose)}, 500); } } }; var ie = isIE(); if(ie typeof String.prototype.trim !== ‘function’) { String.prototype.trim = function() { return this.replace(/^s+|s+$/g, ”); }; } document.dcdAdsH = new Array(); document.dcdAdsI = new Array(); document.dcdAdsU = new Array(); document.dcdAdsR = new Array(); document.dcdAdsEH = new Array(); document.dcdAdsE = new Array(); document.dcdAdsEC = new Array(); document.dcdAdsAA = new Array(); document.dcdAdsAI = new Array(); document.dcdAdsAG = new Array(); document.dcdAdsToClose = new Array(); document.igCount = 0; document.tCount = 0; var dcOrd = Math.floor(100000000*Math.random()); document.dcAdsCParams = “”; var savValue = getAdCookie(“sav”); if (savValue != null savValue.length 2) { document.dcAdsCParams = savValue + “;”; }



March 14, 2013

  • (0)
  • Comments 17

Shelly Horton

Shelly Horton


View more articles from Shelly Horton

Email Shelly

As if regular yoga and resistance work weren’t hard enough. We were the first in the world to try a combination of the two, called Troga.

Flexible resistance ... Ben Lucas and Kate Kendall of Troga.

Flexible resistance … Ben Lucas and Kate Kendall of Troga. Photo: Danielle Smith

Forget Hatha, Ashtanga or Bikram there’s a new form of yoga in town, nicknamed Troga, and it was developed by two Australians.

Troga combines yoga and TRX – a form of resistance training using ropes and webbing.  Launching in Australia next week, I was the first to give it a go.

It’s creators are former Cronulla Sharks rugby league player, Ben Lucas, who’s been a personal trainer for 13 years and Kate Kendall, who has been a yoga teacher for the past five years.

Kate Kendall demonstrating Troga.

Kate Kendall demonstrates Troga. Photo: Danielle Smith

It might seem unusual that a former rugby player would also be into yoga. ”In mid 2010 I was training for a 100km ultramarathon and I wasn’t recovering well, so it was suggested I try yoga,” said Lucas. ”I went from not being able to touch my toes to making it an integral part of my training process.”

”Benny was taking me for PT and I was teaching him yoga,” said Kendall. ”I was noticing how his training was affecting my yoga practice and making it stronger. And the yoga was making him more mobile and keeping him injury free.”

Kendall laughs about their lightbulb moment. ”We thought ‘this is a no-brainer’.  No one is doing this. No one is providing this complete workout. You either do yoga classes or you go and train – you don’t do the two,” said Kendall.

Kate Kendall demonsrating Troga.

Troga. Photo: Danielle Smith

Lucas agrees, ”I think people are more time poor and want more bang for their buck and want more strength, cardio and flexibility all at once.”

Together they have set up Flow Athletic in Sydney’s Paddington and will offer classes online for the rest of the nation. They will offer Troga (TRX/yoga) and Bike-Asana (spin/yoga) classes. Spin/yoga is popular overseas with celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Troga uses a system of ropes and webbing called a “suspension trainer” attached to the ceiling, it means the workout uses your own body weight as resistance.

Kate Kendall demonsrating Troga.

Troga. Photo: Danielle Smith

It’s hard work.  I have the upper body strength of a Tyrannosaurus Rex so I struggled with the bicep and tricep curls. But the positive is you feel supported in the lunges and squats.  Then when you move to the more traditional yoga poses I felt I could push deeper and hold for longer thanks to the webbing.

Kendall said, ”We’re bringing the philosophy of yoga to an athletic workout.  Being present, breathing, and marrying the athletic mindset with yoga.”

The pair have done their research, ”I’ve done my TRX training in San Francisco and my spin training in New York while Kate studied yoga in India.  We learnt from the best because we want to be the best,” said Lucas.

”We’ve designed the classes so everyone can workout together. From the novice to the most experienced athletes can get a great workout. It really uses your abdominals but is quite gentle on your joints as well. If you have an injury you can work around it.”

The next morning I could hardly move my arms and my butt cheeks hurt to even sit. In other words it was a hell of a workout.

17 comments so far

Bookmark the permalink.