A fitness studio in Khar offers members a regime that includes strength training exercises at a super-slow pace
Tired of living life in the fast lane? Get on the Super Slow bandwagon. Designed initially for a research project on osteoporosis by exercise theorist American Ken Hutchins in 1982, and conducted by Nautilus Sports & Medical Industries, and the University of Florida, the Super Slow routine is essentially strength training done in slow motion.
While it may be a complete contrast to what we are used to in the gym, there are loyalists who swear by its effectiveness. By the same yardstick, however, the fact that slow-mo lifting is tougher, the programme suffers a high rate of attrition.
Certified Super Slow trainer Rustom Dalal says, "Super Slow is just another form of weight training, done at very slow speed. However, unlike what it seems, it is much more demanding than the regular workouts."
But what is it that works in favour of this routine? Researchers recommend the Super Slow method as it makes exercise both safer and harder. "For one, the Super Slow method is very safe as there is no momentum in the workouts," explains Rustom. "Also, Super Slow is used to rehabilitate patients and treat injuries. Hence, anyone, from bypass surgery patients to pregnant women can do it," he says.
Rustom, however, advises those with problems to obtain a medical clearance before starting any new workout routine.
Currently, one can sign up for the Super Slow experience with Rustom in his Khar studio. Forty minute personal training sessions are held thrice a week, of which one will undergo the Super Slow strength training for almost half an hour in each session.
Speaking of results Rustom says, "I can guarantee you strength gain for sure. As for weight loss, I personally believe that exercise is of no help unless you improve your eating habits. Once the learning phase is over, results can be seen in as little as six to eight weeks."
In fact, followers of the regime report a 50 per cent increase in strength as compared to those who lift weights at a faster pace. The Super Slow workout can be a boon for those unable to pursue regular exercise due to backaches, arthritis and other ailments.
Supplement your daily workout with the Super Slow training and take fitness to a whole new level. Not only will you feel stronger, but be rest assured as the Super Slow exercise gets you in great shape without you getting hurt in the process.