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Professor Helping Navy SEALS Stay Fit
By Ryan Murray

Health and Human Performance professor Dr. Tim Scheett recently received information and a request to study an innovative yet simple workout device known as the TRX.

The TRX, which was originally created by a Navy SEAL Team commander, has the potential to revolutionize the strength and agility training known today. Scheett's research has most recently looked at the effects of a single

TRX workout on exercise intensity and hormone responses. Working with a group of senior capstone students he is currently looking at the effects of six weeks of TRX training on measures related to fitness, strength, endurance, body composition, balance, etc. This is merely one of the many research projects Scheett has undertaken since his
travels landed him in Charleston.

After hearing Scheett speak about such projects as the TRX it is easy to see that he is more than passionate about his work. Along with the TRX, Scheett is also conducting studies to look into whether protein intake or amino acids provide the avid weight lifter with sufficient or necessary nutrition to support recovery and muscle repair following an 8-week workout.

Scheett is an avid researcher originally from a small town in North Dakota whose studies have brought him all over the United States. He started his education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. and later transferred to North Dakota State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in physical education. His educational journey then took him to Western Illinois University for his master's and later to the University of Connecticut where he obtained his doctorate in kinesiology and became a new aficionado of the UCONN Huskies. He then completed a research fellowship at Ball State University and spent some time as a member of the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi before his voyage carried him to the College of Charleston.

He has been busy of late researching the TRX exercise device for the owning company known as Fitness Anywhere. The TRX was originally devised by a SEAL Team commander whose missions took his team to basements, attics, submarines, aircraft carriers, and a plethora of other places where they were often unable to train. To solve
this problem the SEAL Team leader took the nylon straps off of a parachute, made some small modifications, and proceeded to place it over a beam in the ceiling. The SEALS were then able to do an array of physical training exercises from hand stand pushups to one-legged jump squats.

"One of the greatest aspects of the TRX involves the instability factor that it provides the user," Scheett says. "It's significantly different than traditional weight lifting because you have to stabilize yourself, which means more and different muscles are contracting. People don't have the core strength anymore because kids don't go
outside and play like they used to."

Over time, the TRX can help the user with not only core strength but balance and muscular endurance as well. Scheett believes this could work really well in the military where more candidates are struggling with obstacle courses.

Another great aspect of the TRX is its diverse nature and creative workout possibilities. Scheett is doing the research to determine how different workout combinations affect exercise intensity and what area related to fitness, such as cardiovascular fitness, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and balance, are affected by the TRX and which are not. He is also looking at circuit workouts for both the upper and
lower body. A supplementary door attachment had been developed for indoor use and if the advanced user wants to build more muscle a weighted vest may simply be applied to offer more resistance than just the user’s body weight.

Scheett completed his first study on the TRX using students from The Citadel and is now on his third study working with female students from the College of Charleston. Scheett enjoys bringing students into his research projects. "Everything I do is with students," he says.

"He's a big guy that helps you out big time,"says former assistant Rupert Munro. "When he helps you out or explains something he really cares and he's real good at what he does."

Scheett likes to explain his teaching style in the research lab as similar to that in a medical school where the motto "See one do one teach one" is common. He gives his students hands-on experience which better enables them to perform and perhaps even teach in the future. Although he describes these studies as rather tedious, he also
describes his relationship with the students as mutually beneficial.

Scheett also takes students to some of his conference trips with him free of cost. When you walk into his office you can see the numerous conference tags hanging on his bulletin board. He attends about three a year and says, "If I am going to go I am going to present." He is always sharing his work with others whether with students or
fellow members in the health field.

Scheett is hoping that his research leads to better workouts and exercise programs but his true objective searches for ways to prevent inflammatory-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, etc.

Researchers have discovered that there is a direct connection between the inflammation that occurs from an injury and the inflammation that causes cardiovascular disease. The proteins that cause each of these are one in the same. So he searches for the appropriate exercise methods to help prevent the very serious heart disease which
kills more people each year than cancer.