2636 – Ortho Application of Suspension

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours

(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:30 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am)


Faculty: Anne Pringle Burnell, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Suspension exercise has been a way for athletes to train when away from a gym, most notably TRX developer Randy Hetrick, former Navy Seal Commander. There are many different types of suspension systems for use with multiple populations. This type of body weight suspension training activates the core, shifts the center of gravity, and focuses on both mobility and stability. Translating these exercises to the aquatic environment lightens the load, and makes them accessible to a larger patient population, and older adults who need strength and balance recovery. Pilates spring resistance exercises activate core strength and whole body in the lean out from the anchor in facing front, side, and back. In addition to the anchored suspension training systems, we introduce the concepts from the aerial world of suspension in an open kinetic chain using balance, stabilization and mobilization exercises.



1)  Describe three of the stances for suspension technique exercises and analyze stability.

2)  Compare lower back loading on push ups with traditional suspension equipment vs. in the water.

3)  Examine the squat-to-stand progression from wall assisted (facing outward), into the squat (facing inward) up to V reach overhead for the posterior chain.

4)  Determine the stabilization muscle recruitment necessary in a unilateral front plank arm variation.


FACULTY: Anne Pringle Burnell, ATRIC, created the programs: Peyow® Aqua Pilates and Stronger Seniors®. She is an education provider and holds the following certifications: CAFS, Ai Chi, AEA, Arthritis Foundation, ACE, AFAA/NASM, and AquaStretch™. She is an Instructor Trainer for Stott Pilates/Merrithew Health & Fitness. She teaches at the Galter Life Center/Swedish Covenant Hospital, Peninsula Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, Core Evolution.