Lifting Weights the Super-Slow Way
Workout Technique May Bring Desired Results
How to Do It
Before you start a super-slow workout, Hutchins says it's
important to determine how much weight you can lift and then reduce it by
"If you're a novice and we knew the weight that was perfect
for your strength it wouldn't be good to go that high," he says. "You
need to master the technique."
Concentration on form is important with super-slow.
- Find a quiet place where you can work uninterrupted for 20-30 minutes.
- Start with six to 10 repetitions of each exercise, taking 10 seconds to
lift the weight and another 10 seconds to lower it.
- Take as little time as possible in between exercises.
Remember, Hutchins says, the objective of super-slow exercise
is to make the muscles fail.
"Move briskly but safely between exercises," he
A good workout for beginners should include five to six
- Begin with the lower body. Do a calf raise, squat, or leg press.
- Follow that with a chin-up or pull-down. Next, do pushups or a chest
- Finish the workout with a static neck exercise.
"Do nothing that is sudden or jerky," Hutchins says.
"We generally want to stick to compound movements that involve more than
one joint, like a row, chest press, or squat. They work more muscle mass at one
time and are easier to judge in terms of form."
As with any weightlifting exercise, Hutchins says, take at
least a day off in between workouts.
"The muscle building goes on when the body is resting,"
he says. "If you work out while it is trying to build muscle, you prevent
Bob Calandra is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in
several magazines including People and Life. He lives in Glenside, Pa.