So you think you don’t have time to exercise? Or perhaps you have been exercising regularly for years but can’t see where you have made any progress. Well, how about trying something new?
The hottest trend in exercise is the high-intensity, 30-minute, once-a-week (yes, we said once a week) exercise method often referred to as Super Slow Training. Though it goes contrary to what most of us have heard, believed, or practiced, it is now the most-discussed form of exercise, with everyone from celebrities to CEO’s and even pregnant women welcoming the opportunity to free up their time and still, or even finally, get results. What do you have to lose? It can be done on your lunch hour, and you don’t even have to change and shower.
Super Slow Training seems to be particularly popular among women of all kinds—from young students to woman in their 90’s. But according to Russ Wakefield, an experienced personal trainer and owner of TriggerPoint, “The type of woman we see most frequently is one who is very busy with her career and family and helps out in the community. She does yoga and knows she needs strength training but believes she doesn’t have the time—that is, until one of her friends tells her about TriggerPoint.”
A TriggerPoint client named Mary fits this description perfectly. “I do low-force, intense exercise at TriggerPoint because, as a lawyer, I have limited time but know that I need to strengthen my muscles and bones. The workout takes about a half hour once or twice a week. Even I can make time for that. It’s demanding, but they supervise you every step of the way. Plus, the amazing technology makes it easier to focus on the work to be done. It’s all business. I zip in, they take me through my paces, and I’m out the door. I can’t recommend it enough!” she said.
If there is a good advertisement for this workout, it is Wakefield himself, who has been an advocate of high-intensity workouts for over 25 years. “I have been doing high-intensity workout for years at regular gyms, but it is more efficient if you have the correct equipment,” he explained. “Don’t let the fact that it is high-intensity put you off. It is perfect for everyone and all ages, including ‘Type A’ personalities and even pregnant women.” This workout is not only efficient, but also safe because it is totally one-on-one with Wakefield monitoring and adjusting your every move.
In some cases, the benefits of working with a trained fitness professional like Wakefield go way beyond instruction on proper exercise form and technique. Cheryl Schriner, a retired healthcare professional and an 11-year Triggerpoint client, recently told Wakefield that he may have saved her life. During a workout, her legs felt numb and she became nauseated. Wakefield suggested that she go to the emergency room and then see a cardiologist. She passed a stress test at the emergency room, but the follow-up with a cardiologist revealed an 80% blockage in one of her heart arteries. After a routine stent procedure, she’s back on her regular exercise routine.
While anyone can fit a 30-minute workout into their schedule, skeptics will ask how it is possible for this to actually work. There are two main reasons for the results: Moving slowly keeps the tension on the working muscle throughout the whole movement. There is none of that fast momentum that helps you work while lifting weights. This is done very, very slowly, really working those muscles. The high intensity causes the body to adapt. The exercise is a stimulus, and the body uses seven days to recover, producing the desired results.
According to Wakefield, any additional exercise can prevent the body’s building of strength and fat-burning muscle mass. He added that lower-intensity activities, such as running, stair stepping, and treadmills, really don’t burn that many calories and can cause injuries to the knees and hips.
We had the opportunity to observe Eric Bueter, a client, during his workout. Arriving and remaining in street clothes, with fans turned on to keep the room cool, Bueter slowly and efficiently went through his routine under Wakefield’s tutelage with weights and on the Super Slow exercise machines before returning to work. Wakefield added that Bueter has been working with him for a number of years, and during that time the weights have been gradually increased under his supervision.❦