Updated: Jan 12
When it comes to muscle, the old adage, "Use it or lose it", holds true to its word. Starting at 30 years old, your muscle mass can decrease three to five percent each decade if you're not strength training.There are some things we can fudge and fool the world, such as our age, our eye color, even our height. But when it comes to muscle, if you've lost firmness and definition, it's difficult to fool anyone, most importantly yourself.
A strong, muscular body moves and functions capably, confidently, and it's obvious to see. Not to mention, muscle plays a vital role in heart health, bone strength, healthy metabolism, and overall functionality of the body. The good news is, you don't need to fool anyone anymore because it's never too late to build muscle.
Here's more good news
Everything in moderation, we've heard it many times, and it holds true for many things in life. More isn't always better, especially when it comes to exercise. Exercising more than you need to, can put unnecessary wear and tear on the body, causing pain, inflammation, and injury. You don't need to beat up your body in order to build muscle and get stronger.
It isn't necessary to spend half of your life in the gym to get in shape. In fact, when you work out correctly and achieve true exercise, quality overrides frequency. Working out too often can actually step on your progress, robbing you of the benefits you're working toward.
One of the safest, most effective ways to achieve true exercise is by performing slow-movement-high-intensity strength training. Moving weights slowly not only makes it safer, it also makes it more challenging. By decreasing momentum while lifting weights, you increase safety and the intensity of your workout, therefore allowing you to achieve true exercise. This provides the necessary stimulus to build bigger and stronger muscles.
"Working your muscles with the slow-movement strength training technique brings them to the point of momentary muscle failure, which induces the body to build more muscle. Muscle burns calories even at rest, such as while you sleep. A pound of muscle burns an estimated three times more calories per day than a pound of fat." -Verywellfit.com
More results in less time
The best part of slow-movement high-intensity strength training, when done properly, is that you only need to perform it once a week for 30 minutes! The more intensely you train, the more recovery time the body needs to repair, rebuild, and grow stronger muscles.
Now keep in mind, if you're only going to exercise once a week it needs to count. That being said, the slow-movement method is not easy and believe me when I say, if you're doing it correctly, you're ecstatic that you only have to work out once a week.
Because proper form is a necessary component of the slow-movement high-intensity strength training, hiring a personal trainer will assure you get the most out of each and every workout. It takes much more muscle-to-mind coordination to move a weight slowly and having an expert by your side will allow you to safely and effectively progress to your fullest potential.
Remember, not all workouts are created equal, so it is important to find a personal trainer that specializes in this approach. When researching for a slow-movement-high-intensity trainer, other names for this method are: Superslow, Slow Burn, or Power of 10. If you are looking for a personal trainer in Santa Rosa, CA, click here.
"Working with a personal trainer will keep you accountable and consistent, ensure your safety by focusing on proper form, and help you reach your strength and fitness goals."
Everyone has 30 minutes one day a week...
If you haven't yet tried the slow-movement high-intensity approach to strength training, it's easy to be skeptical or think it's too good to be true. Remember, just because it's a once a week workout doesn't mean it's easy. This is the kind of workout that you will get out what you put in. And, once you experience your first session with a personal trainer you will understand why it's so effective and why clients stick with it for decades. Click here to see what clients are saying. It's safe, it's effective, and it's a minimal time commitment for the results you will experience. To schedule your FREE personal training session in Santa Rosa, CA, click here.