Though most of the clients currently taking advantage of the Super Slow Training method offered at TriggerPoint are in their 40s, this evidence-based, time-efficient exercise solution is gaining popularity among people of all ages—including individuals well into their senior years.
One such client is Peg Anderson, age 92. Anderson learned about Super Slow Training from an ad and article in Healthy Living News and decided to explore the program further. So she came to TriggerPoint, tried it out, and was immediately impressed. “I thought, ‘This is great! I need to keep doing this!” she recalls.
At that time, Anderson was beginning to have difficulty managing the stairs outside her home and wasn’t sure whether she would be able to continue living there. She had even purchased two canes to help her navigate the stairs. However, after just a handful of Super Slow Training sessions, she began to notice a positive change. “I could tell a difference after doing the program once a week for just three weeks. I realized I was getting stronger and could go up and down those stairs without much effort whereas I struggled before. So I said I’m never going to quit this. I’m still not using either of those canes, and I attribute that to coming to TriggerPoint and making my muscles stronger,” she says.
TriggerPoint owner Russ Wakefield explains that Super Slow Training involves lifting and lowering weights at a very slow rate, keeping consistent tension on the muscle throughout its whole range of motion. High-tech monitors on the specially designed Super Slow Training equipment help clients maintain the proper form, technique, and tempo during workouts. This method differs from conventional strength-training techniques in that there is no fast momentum to help do the work for you.
Though slow, this technique is intense, really working the muscles. It’s also very safe, with highly experienced and educated trainers working one-on-one with clients and monitoring and adjusting their every move. After this intense exercise stimulus, the body recovers for seven days, producing the desired results.
Ours is a busy, fast-paced society that allows us little time to focus on health and fitness, so TriggerPoint clients appreciate the fact that Super Slow Training demands no more than a half hour of their time once a week. In fact, the program can be completed over your lunch hour with no requirement to change clothes or shower afterward. What’s more, as you progress through the program and begin to see results you never thought possible, that weekly workout time may actually decrease.
Super Slow Training is considered a high-intensity workout, but that should not discourage anyone from participating as long as they have their physician’s approval. Wakefield notes that clients of all ages, backgrounds, personalities, and body types—even pregnant women—can participate in and benefit from this time-efficient program. Anderson has certain physical challenges, including arthritis in her shoulder, but she says that her trainers at TriggerPoint are fully aware of her age and limitations and are careful to modify her program accordingly.
Asked what she would tell others in her age group about Super Slow Training, Anderson states, “You are never too old for this. If you have physical limitations, the trainers will help you work around them. Remember, health problems are expensive and become more and more likely the older you get. You can’t just sit around reading magazines and eating bonbons and expect to stay healthy. You have to get moving and keep moving!”
Wakefield urges anyone who is seeking a more efficient strength-training and conditioning alternative—or is simply tired of getting disappointing results from conventional workouts—to follow Anderson’s example by calling TriggerPoint and giving Super Slow Training a try. “This efficient, evidence-based program might just be the exercise solution you’ve been looking for,” he states.
For an appointment, call Russ Wakefield at 419-536-0408. TriggerPoint, located at 2449 N. Reynolds Rd., is also on Facebook.