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.
A visit with Russ Wakefield, an experienced personal trainer and owner of TriggerPoint, enlightened us. “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.
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. “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,” he said. This workout is not only efficient, but also safe because it is totally one-on-one with Wakefield monitoring and adjusting your every move.
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.❦