The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution

The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution

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by Mary Dan Eades, Michael R. Eades, Fredrick Hahn

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In The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, authors of the three-million-copy bestseller Protein Power team up with leading fitness expert Fred Hahn to revolutionize the way America gets strong, lean, and healthy. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution lays out the accumulating body of scientific evidence that shows the

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Join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution!

In The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, authors of the three-million-copy bestseller Protein Power team up with leading fitness expert Fred Hahn to revolutionize the way America gets strong, lean, and healthy. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution lays out the accumulating body of scientific evidence that shows the spend-hours-in-the-gym approach to exercise is over. The Slow Burn exercise routine gives great results in just 30 minutes a week. With Slow Burn, you will:

*Get strong fast
*Increase bone density and ward off osteoporosis
*Improve cardiovascular health
*Enhance flexibility
*Say goodbye to lower back pain
*Increase your metabolism, and
*Make your body a powerful fat-burning machine

Slow Burn promises a leaner, fitter, stronger you with a realistic workout that lets you have a great body and a life!

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“I've always enjoyed sports and athletic activities... then "Life" happened. My back hurt, my knees creaked, and an extra 15 or so pounds mysteriously appeared. And try as I might, I couldn't find enough time to exercise it all away. Then I tried Slow Burn. Within a few workouts I realized that my back had stopped aching (and it had been aching for a long time) and my knees stopped hurting. When I played with my son, I could pick him up and roughhouse with him with greater ease. Everyday activities became much easier. And perhaps best of all, I am absolutely crushing the golf ball!! Maybe I could have accomplished this with a three-times-a-week gym routine, but this all came about with 30 minutes a week – sometimes less! I can't say enough about what Slow Burn has done to help me regain my lost strength, health, fitness, and even a little youth. You should try it too!”
--Dr. Max Gomez, New York News Channel 4 medical reporter

“As a professional singer, dancer, and actress, keeping my body strong and resistant to injury is absolutely essential. Since using Slow Burn, it feels as if I’ve turned back the clock a decade and become almost impervious to damage. It’s wonderful to feel as if I’m adding years to my life and career exercising a mere 30 minutes a week!”
--Sandy Duncan

Publishers Weekly
Personal trainer Hahn and his physician co-writers, who previously authored the bestselling Protein Power, purport to have discovered the secret to strengthening heart and bones, enhancing flexibility, burning fat and improving athletic performance. This "revolutionary method of strength training that far exceeds the benefits of almost any other kind of exercise" is the Slow Burn-a "tough but short" workout consisting of measured lifting of heavy weights to the point of complete muscle exhaustion. For those with access to gym equipment, the weight should be "so heavy that for the first second or two you feel like you won't be able to budge it" (readers sans gym memberships work with their body weight and a few small free weights). Before describing any Slow Burn exercises, however, the authors spend 70-odd pages trying to debunk most common assumptions regarding exercise and diet. Not all exercise is beneficial, they argue, and some exercise can be downright harmful (jogging, the authors insist, causes, "bad knees, damaged hips, and weak backs"). Similarly, the old dictate "eat less, exercise more" is not the simple weight loss solution it seems, and the book provides all sorts of evidence to explain why (the pages are liberally sprinkled with footnotes and scientific terminology).This book seems more like a good argument for strength training than it does a full-blown revolution, but the exercises are easy to follow and should improve fitness when practiced appropriately. (on sale Jan.1) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Fitness trainer Hahn joins with two doctors to help readers build muscles and burn calories by slowing down the weight-lifting workout. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Chapter 1

The Exercise Myths

I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer for my friends who exercise.
-Chauncy Depew (American politician, died at age 94)

Three common myths about exercise pervade our culture today: any physical activity is exercise; all exercise is good for you; and being fitter means being healthier. As myths so often do, these three have taken on the mantle of absolute truth. A measure of the depth to which they have penetrated our collective consciousness is the way most people react to their even being called myths. Be honest. Weren't you just a little shocked when you read those initial statements? Sure you were--because if these are truly myths, then the implication is that exercise is not necessarily good for you. It would mean that the golf or tennis or roller-blading you've been doing isn't necessarily exercise, or that being fitter doesn't automatically make you healthier. And that's impossible . . . isn't it?

No. Simply put, some forms of exercise are good; some are not so good. And, as we'll explain, some can be downright dangerous to your long-term (and even to your short-term) health. Moreover, some activities that most of us would consider to be exercise don't give us nearly as much bang for our fitness buck as we've been led to believe: walking, for example. How can this be? The confusion arises out of common misconceptions about exactly what exercise is and what it isn't.

Many examples of what people consider exercise are in reality pleasurable leisure pursuits. That probably seems to be a nitpicky point, but it really isn't. Golf, softball, basketball, tennis, skiing, racquetball, and other sports activities are just that: sports. Games. Fun. There are undoubtedly some fitness benefits associated with these activities, but not as many as you might think. And--here's the kicker--these benefits come at what risk? Even golf, that most gentle of sports, sends its devotees to emergency rooms, physical therapists, orthopedists, and chiropractors in droves with hurt backs, twisted ankles, and injured shoulders. The other activities are even worse.

And what about the hard-core "getting-in-shape" endeavors--jogging, aerobics, roller-blading, cycling, stepper workouts, Tae Bo? Surely they improve fitness, don't they? Of course, but the way they do it is tremendously inefficient and comes with an almost harrowing amount of risk.

In 1999 alone weekend athletes and exercisers ended up in emergency rooms by the millions at a cost of some $22 billion. Most of these casualties were aging baby boomers injured trying desperately to stay in shape through jogging, biking, aerobics, roller-blading, and a host of other activities. Sadly, most of these sufferers probably accepted the idea that injury in some form--shinsplints, muscle strains, sprains, pulls, tears, or even worse--was the price of admission for better health and a trimmer, fitter physique.

Running is a case in point. Even if they don't suffer other injuries, runners end up with bad knees, damaged hips, and weak backs--all injuries that arise from the punishing beating the body takes when you run. It may surprise you to learn just how punishing it is, so let's take a look.

The impact transmitted through the ankles, legs, knees, and hips to the rest of the body from each running step is about three times your body weight. If your feet pound the ground eight hundred to a thousand times per mile, which is about average for the typical stride, and you are a 150-pound runner, you will jolt your body to the tune of about 120 tons of collective force per mile you run. If you are obese and trying to "get into shape" by running, these figures are much more frightening. A 220-pound jogger generates 175 tons of force. That's 350,000 pounds of force on knees, hips, and back. Brutal! If you don't think these forces injure runners, think again. Go pick up a copy of one of the many magazines devoted to running, and you're almost guaranteed to find at least one article on treating running injuries. Or better yet, go to the Runner's World website and navigate to the sections on injury, where you will find descriptions of over fifty typical running-related injuries and their treatments. And as if all those injuries aren't bad enough, a recent study reported that runners and boxers had the same amount of a potentially harmful protein, S-100B, in their blood. Elevated blood levels of this protein which leaks from certain brain cells when they are traumatized, have been shown to correlate with neuropsychological deficits. So, not only does running pound your back, it pounds your head as well!

Legions of people are willing to accept these risks in an effort to improve their health. And why shouldn't they? It seems like every time you open a newspaper or turn on CNN you're being told of yet another study purporting to show the health and/or longevity benefits of moderate exercise. Despite the fact that these studies are virtually all flawed, it seems as if physical activity should be good for you. To a great extent, it probably is, but not if you end up badly injured in the process. And not if you're spending hours and hours of your time engaged in pursuits you don't really enjoy in an effort to seize whatever benefit exercise has to offer. But take heart, there is a better, safer, more efficient way to reclaim or preserve your health, fitness, flexibility, and strength.

Slow Burn is a form of exercise that has been shown to provide all the benefits you seek from an exercise regimen in only thirty minutes per week, with negligible risk of injury. It's a revolutionary method of strength training that far exceeds the benefits of almost any other kind of exercise you can think of. Slow Burn will change the way you think about exercise forever. In fact, Slow Burn will establish a new paradigm for exercise, a whole new meaning for the word, and, like all truly revolutionary discoveries, a whole new vocabulary for talking about it. Exercise will never be the same again.

Exercise Versus Play

So that you'll know where Slow Burn fits in the universe of exercise and fitness activities, we need to define a few terms: exercise, for one. Most people seem to think of any physical activity they perform, from walking around the block to running a marathon, as exercise. By this common definition, bowling, golf, gardening, dancing, and even flying a kite are considered exercise, because doing any of them is more strenuous than sitting around watching television or reading. And it's true that these activities, undemanding though some of them are, all do improve fitness to some degree. So, exercise would appear to be any activity that improves fitness. But then, what is fitness? Well, fitness is what you get when you exercise--but that definition just brings us back full circle to where we started.

Let's agree instead that to be considered exercise, an activity must make you stronger, improve your cardiovascular system, help you lose excess body fat, improve your endurance, improve your flexibility, and build you up by preserving or increasing your bone density and muscle mass. Any activity that accomplishes all these objectives is exercise; anything that falls short, while perhaps beneficial to some degree, we'll categorize as play, if indeed it's a pleasurable pursuit, or not worth the effort, if it doesn't measure up and we don't enjoy it.

As you'll see in coming chapters, perhaps to your surprise, all these objective measures of fitness that we've said define exercise are chiefly manifestations of becoming stronger. The bottom line is that exercise is something that builds strength, and Slow Burn is the best way to do that.

You may think that all this business about what's exercise and what's fun is just semantics, but it isn't. It illustrates a point central to dispelling the myths of exercise. The distinction is evident not so much in relation to golf, softball, tennis, and other sports that you might honestly pursue for fun, but rather in relation to jogging, aerobics, stationary cycling, pumping a stepper, and a host of other mindless "fitness" activities that you might be doing, not particularly for fun but out of a desire to be more fit. We don't mean to imply that there aren't many people who truly enjoy jogging or biking, because obviously, some do; for these people, such activities clearly qualify as fun. What they don't qualify as, however, is exercise according to our definition. Let's examine why.

Virtually all the benefits that come from these activities derive from increased strength. If you're out of shape and you begin to jog, for example, you'll strengthen your thighs, calves, hips, and abdomen, but not the rest of your muscles and bones. The Slow Burn regimen strengthens these same muscles along with all the rest--to a much, much greater degree, and in about one-tenth the time. So if it's strength you're looking for as you grimly jog mile after mind-numbing mile three or four times a week to stay fit, why not save your ankles, hips, knees, and back and spend just thirty minutes a week doing Slow Burn instead? You'll be way ahead of the game. Not only will you get stronger faster and more safely, you'll also have the 3 1/2 hours you saved to do something you truly enjoy.

In the same vein, if you're playing tennis, racquetball, basketball, or any other sport a couple of times a week just to stay in shape (or to get in shape) and not really for the enjoyment of the game, bag it; spend a fraction of that time doing Slow Burn (without risk of twisting an ankle or taking a racquet in the eye) and spend the rest of your time doing whatever it is you truly enjoy, which may not be an athletic activity at all. But if you do love the sport you play, your added strength and stamina from doing Slow Burn is sure to improve your level of performance.

But what about endurance? What about cardiovascular fitness? Surely we need to jog or walk or bike or do some other sort of endurance-oriented activity to keep our hearts and lungs fit, don't we? Again, the surprising answer is no. Although most people think of these two exercise objectives--cardiovascular fitness and endurance--as one and the same thing, in fact, they aren't. You'll learn why in Chapter 4, which is devoted entirely to the subject of strengthening the heart.

In that chapter, you will see that while jogging does indeed improve endurance, it does so not by improving the capacity of your heart or lungs, but by increasing your strength and making it easier to run. The more you jog, the stronger your running muscles become, and the easier it is to jog. Cardiovascular fitness is another matter. As the full Slow Burn story unfolds in successive chapters, you'll come to understand that what people commonly think of as cardiovascular fitness--i.e., endurance--improves as much with Slow Burn as it does with jogging. We're not saying that doing Slow Burn will increase your running endurance better than running itself will, but by the same token, neither will running increase your endurance for other activities--rowing, for instance. Your muscles must adapt to each specific demand placed on them. That said, however, Slow Burn will indeed make you a stronger runner if you run already, and it will make you a better rower if you row already. In short, it will make you better at any endeavor you're adapted to doing.

Don't Beat Yourself Up--Build Yourself Up

The promise of the Slow Burn fitness program is to quickly and efficiently build your strength without injury and without the risk that accompanies most of the activities all of us pursue in an effort to be fit. Remember: the goal of exercise is to build yourself up, not to beat yourself up. When you're stronger you can be better at whatever it is that you want to do, whether that means athletic endeavors, leisure pursuits, or simply everyday activities.

When you join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, your muscles and bones will become stronger, your endurance will improve, you'll enhance your flexibility, and you'll burn more body fat. Performing a Slow Burn workout will set in motion biochemical forces that will make you less hungry and get rid of many of the aches and pains that may have seemed to be an inescapable part of getting older. Slow Burn will definitely make you fitter and, to a certain extent, healthier. Why do we say "to a certain extent"? Isn't a fitter body a healthier body? Not necessarily, which leads to the last of the exercise myths: fitness equals health.

Fit Does Not Mean Healthy

To illustrate the fallacy of this myth, let's look at two examples. The first is that of Jim Fixx, the running guru and author who died from a heart attack while jogging at age fifty-two. Certainly he was fit. But was he healthy? His autopsy report said no. Fixx had a family history of heart disease and had developed coronary arteriosclerosis himself, but he ignored the warning signs of impending cardiac disaster, apparently feeling invincible because of his extraordinary fitness. Since taking up running years before, he had shed sixty pounds, run about 37,000 miles, and completed numerous marathons, and he continued to run fifty to sixty miles per week. He walked out of the house one day in July of 1984, began his jog, and fell over dead. With all the fitness in the world, he couldn't outrun his diseased coronary arteries. Fit, but still unhealthy.

Compare Jim Fixx to Sir Winston Churchill, who was not only obese, but smoked, overate, and drank with abandon, yet lived to be ninety-one. No one would describe Mr. Churchill as fit, but he was certainly healthy. Jim Fixx could have run circles around Churchill, but Churchill lived to be forty years older. Health is a state in which all the components of the body are functioning properly and there is an absence of disease. Fitness is the ability to perform strenuous work or exercise. Clearly, it is possible to be healthy without being fit and vice versa.

Why the distinction? Because it is important to realize the limitation of all forms of exercise, including strength training, when it comes to your health. If you have severe heart disease, following a Slow Burn regimen is not going to make your heart disease go away. In fact, just as with any form of exercise, it could actually cause you to exceed the capacity of your heart and develop problems. Slow Burn cannot cure cancer. These diseases involve health issues, not fitness issues. You can undoubtedly improve your fitness doing Slow Burn, but your health is another matter. For this reason, as with any exercise prescription, it is important that you seek the advice of a physician before beginning your Slow Burn regimen to ensure that your health will support your fitness efforts. While you are doing Slow Burn training, should you experience any worrisome symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or headache, don't ignore them. Don't be like Jim Fixx. Seek the attention of a physician.

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The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's unfortunate that people admit to not reading Hahn's book and still insist that 'this type of exercise doesn't work.' To bad these folks are to ignorant to give Slow Burn a try. This approach to exercise works, is efficient, and time saving. When you don't have 'all the time in the World' to hang out in a gym Slow Burn is an excellent resource to have to stay in shape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When something works I say it is 'The Real Deal!'. Fred Hahn's book shows us his great philosophy in exercising for only 30 minutes a week. How do I know? Because I use this method at Fred's studio.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the examples that I have seen it works, and it works well. By examples I mean people on the program. This program is like most any program, if you do it correctly it will work, if you do it according to your own methode you get disappointed. Sounds like the critics are gym owners or other 'professionals' whinning about loss of revenue. And they (or he posting multiple reviews) are so proud of their opposition to this poor excercise that they won't post their name. Whatever you choose, do it right, get instruction, and be consistant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and must have. Easy to read and easy to understand the fitness principles behind slow burn. It gives great insight on the methods behind slow burn and excellent examples on how to apply the slow burn method.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am generally a skeptic when it comes to "breakthroughs" in anything. Before buying this book, I visited Serious Strength's website and looked through the free online materials. The program is all that it claims to be - a safe, effective, and efficient way to improve health, fitness and strength. There are no gimmicks or quick fixes. Follow the techniques outlined in this book and you will achieve results.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. If you are looking for a better way to exercise, and have been searching beyond the gym rats and club owner¿s viewpoint, this book will give you the knowledge that you so earnestly have sought out. When I "stumbled" upon the SuperSlow principles I was quickly drawn to this book. Upon obtaining this book I read it in one weekend, and couldn't wait to get back in the "gym" (and out in 30 minutes) with the "best" workout I ever experienced. To me the cost of the book and the time spent reading it has paid off 10,000-fold in time and health. What great satisfaction to understand one's body, and be proud of not wasting one's time.
Katherine33 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed by this book. I thought it would provide information that would enhance my workouts, but its main message is "slow down." The "revolution" is common knowledge in the fitness field. I don't recommend buying this book.
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billy63 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book it helped me a lot and was very informative. I find out about books like these from a very cool fat burning newsletter that is free and filled with great tips. If you want to get the free newsletter just do a web search and type burn fat 8924561, you will see the newsletter web page come up....enjoy!!
1838 More than 1 year ago
A helpful book with an interesting take on the perceived benefits of known workout routines. It's clear; it's a fast read; and it conveys it's information in a friendly and personable way. Doctor recommended, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to be in the same boat, training 4 days per week, multiple sets per exercise, etc. However, once I was introduced to superslow, I learned 2 things: 1. Total muscular exhaustion feels amazing 2. Once a week is more than enough. I loved the feeling and the results so much I became a trainer. The claims made by this book are backed by 2 studies performed by doctor Wayne Wescott at the Springfield, Mass YMCA (feel free to look them up). Don't be confused, the intensity required for this program is beyond most standard programs, but the results speak for themselves. It's hard to understand how people can say SS is a crock when people continue to get results from using the method. This book is a great read, however I prefer 'The Power of 10' by Adam Zickerman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My neighbor and I started this workout as soon as the book came out and I am in the best shape of my life. It is amazing that 30 to 40 minutes a week is all I need to get the most out of my workouts. But don't be fooled, it isn't easy. The workouts are very intense. I'd recommend a training partner for most people because it forces you to do your best and your partner can also help you time your workout and tell you if you're losing your form. Which is important especially near failure. When it's getting tough, and it will if you're doing the workout correctly, just remember that you only have to do this once a week.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slow cadence resistance training is far and away the best exersize protocol ever developed, and Fred Hahn's book is a great introduction to the benefits of this exercise regimine. Slow Burn is far superior to Power of Ten. Hahn's book succeeds by giving the reader a well-researched and not overly technical redering of the subtleties of slow motion weight training. His book is an excellent introduction to this terrific exercise protocol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A short time ago, I was a bit overweight, not feeling that great, and had both the need and desire to do something about it. I looked into quite a few books, but thought that this one looked well balanced and honest. Within a month, following the simple programs in the book, and including the nutrition, I¿ve not only lost weight, but, I've also built up my major muscle groups. To see these results myself, plus the reactions of those around me, at over 40 no less, is great! Enough said. If you follow the program, you will see results.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really is the ultimate in fitness. The language is straightforward, clear, and concise. I'm currently doing the Slow Burn Workout and I find it challenging and very effective. You don't need to use heavy weights as you just need to focus on proper form and "zoning in" on the muscle(s) you're working. You can almost feel your body taking shape as you progress through the workouts. Also, the descriptions and images of how to perform each exercise are very well done and help you focus on exactly what you need to do to maximize your efforts. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get into serious shape the right way. Many thanks to Mr. Hahn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you're 24yrs old and have chronic pain in your knees from runnning, it's time to look for something else. I get the same incredible High from this work-out and look forward to it twice a week. The mini-soreness I get everyday reminds me that muscle is being built and helps turn down chocolate chip cookies. I'm glad I found this so young. No more wasting time at the gym.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After two kids and a back injury, I had resigned myself to flab and frailty. The SlowBurn approach gives the reader convincing evidence of the benefits of strength training in boosting metabolism. Walking on a treadmill wasn't doing it for me. Within two weeks, my tight clothes were loose and I was bouncing up stairs, which had been difficult. The exercises are explained well, and the diet information is first rate!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After trying many different workout "schemes" with limited success, I bought this book and began doing SlowBurn workouts. I'm now only working out for only 30 minutes in the gym for each workout, and I'm stronger than I've ever been. I've never experienced progress like this before. The workouts aren't easy, but they're over quickly, and I'm able to spend more time with my family without feeling like I'm compromising my health and fitness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From a very long time women were told that looking good was of utmost importance. This was without regard to health or fitness and how age affected these parameters. Witness the whalebone and other types of corsets, the spike heeled shoes and the numerous weight loss programs on the market (some of which are downright dangerous). Now there is a book that allows women of all ages to remain fit and healthy for a lifetime. I am certainly going to recommend this book to all the women I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more do I say except, life has done to me what is does to many people. Ages you, puts a couple of pounds on you and makes you feel pains you haven't felt before. For the past 10 years I have had chronic back pain, which not only put a damper on my physical activites, but also made me think what everyone else usually does, "I need to see a doctor" Well, the doctor told me as he would anyone else, "loose weight" Eaiser said than done. I have tried several different workouot protocols, joined various gyms and even spent thousands of dollars on personal trainers over the years. All of which still left me in the same position as many people, many dollars poorer and still in pain. Till I came upon Serious Strength and Slow Burn. Where strength training not only provided relief of my aching back, but actually showed me a return on my effort in a safe and effective manner. Life is simple, you get out of it what you put into it. Thanks to Fred's book and workout program I have been able to enjoy life more without the constant aches of aging. Thanks again for changing my life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought to myself 30 minutes a week, come on!! And would you know it, I have seen a vast improvement in not only my strength, but my energy, endurance as well as my ability to keep up with my active children. Since adhearing to Mr. Hahn's excersize methodology, now having those games of catch with my kids won't leave me useless afterwards!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's nothing new here folks. Super Slow weight lifting has been around for decades. It's just a slow motion version of High Intensity Training (HIT). There's nothing 'revolutionary' about it at all. The book is full of hype about how slow lifting is safer and more productive than other forms of weight lifting, and is the only form of exercise you need. The problem is that none of these claims can be substantiated. There's no research to back them up. The authors even claim that many other forms of popular exercise are dangerous and should not be done. All of this is straight out of Hutchins book and just does not bear close scrutiny at all. You can hurt yourself doing anything, even super slow weight lifting, and it's just wrong to try to convince people that the aerobic exercise they've been getting is harmful to them and could be replaced by weight training once a week for 20 -30 minutes. I found the claim that you should not sweat when lifting weights to be very amusing. In short, if you want to give this a try go ahead, but I and lots of people I know found it to be relatively unproductive and quite tedious. Weight training should be fun and enjoyable, and this is anything but.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a trainer, you'd never get the form down so you could work out once a week from this book. Once a week slow motion workouts only work with absolute, meticulous attention to every element of form in each rep, and with real intensity. It makes sense--if you're just going to work out 15 minutes a week, every second has to be done right. I bought the other new Slow Motion book, too. Power of 10. I found they took the time to explain every single step. And it was much easier to follow, not boring. You can tell the author was involved. I think the diet doctors must've written this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The claims that a slow-burn increases metabolism and fights osteoperosis are not backed up by scientific fact. Also, the idea that one 30-minute workout once a week is better than regular, standard lifting also is not proven. The problem with these books is two-fold: a. they take a theory already out there and present it as a 'revolution', and b. the author becomes the sole authority on whether it works or not. There is just no study that can be shown that slow-burn works the way the adherents say it does. And, there is at least one study that shows it doesn't. When confronted with that evidence, the authors and proponents of slow-burn will say, 'well, I just KNOW it works better'.