I started the super slow method just over 1 year ago after reading about it in the New York Times and contacting the founder of the method who told me how to find a certified trainer, which is how I came to work with Chris Childs.
Due to 3 sequential major shoulder surgeries, I was semi-retired working out, primarily cardio, 5-6 times per week for 1-1 ½ hours per day and contemplating full retirement so that I could work out even more! Despite this seemingly arduous commitment, I was still in considerable pain, was not making any progress and, in fact, was weak and soft and weighed more than at any time in my life. I was the guy you always see in the gym, pushing and sweating year after year and looking exactly the soft, pudgy same. So, desperate for better results and in need of a different approach, I began super slow with Chris.
Today I am 52 years old, weigh the same as when I graduated from college, have gone from large to small in shirt size, am dating someone 10 years younger (who can’t believe my age and conditioning) and, shockingly, am continuing to build muscle and strength. My body fat has fallen from 26% to 10.5%. At one point, my weight loss was 28 pounds, although I have gained back 5 pounds (muscle mass) while staying the same size. I now work out 3 times every 2 weeks for 15-20 minutes duration. I have been out of pain for over a year and am back to work full time. Although I monitor and constrain my carbohydrate intake (thanks to heart problems), I eat as much and as often as I like.
Super slow requires commitment, in that your workouts are not “fun” or “relaxing”: they are strenuous. It also requires a skilled trainer; I was not able to produce meaningful results without the guidance and advanced techniques of Chris. It seems expensive when measured in cost per minute of workout but is completely inexpensive when you give value to your time or the comments that you get from acquaintances who haven’t seen you for awhile or the women you are romancing.
For me, the success in weight loss was the concentration on building lean muscle mass. This happened through focusing on high intensity weight training and minimizing aerobic (or low intensity) exercise. As one trained in science, it was compelling to me that carrying around a pound of lean muscle in place of fat gives you the same “aerobic” effect as a long run. This effect takes place continuously every day and is what burns off the pounds. Even conventional wisdom tells you that after age 50, at least half of your workout should be weight training. For me the short term pain has been well worth the substantial gains in free time, increased health and greater strength. Thank you, Chris.

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