25 Minutes… really ?
The 25 minute guideline is not set up for convenience, it is a recommendation for best results. The workout must be kept brief to maintain an optimal level of effort and concentration.
With our guidance you will use a slow speed of motion to gradually raise and lower weights on a series of exercises machines. Each machine targets a specific area of the body. In less than 25 minutes you will produce a high degree of fatigue in the muscles to provide the necessary training stimulus to improve the body.
Longer workouts with more exercises merely retard progress. Once the muscles have achieved the required stimulus threshold, any additional intense exercise on that day is unnecessary¹.
This is not just a theory… it works !
Only once or twice a week?
It is important to understand that exercise does not produce results, it stimulates results. The process of improvement does not occur during an exercise session, it occurs after the session as the body rests. Our training is a controlled physical stress that initiates the processes that lead to increased muscle and metabolic function.
The period of recovery between exercise sessions must be long enough to allow for progress to take place. Our precise tracking system allows for accurate comparisons to be made from one session to the next. We use this information to determine your ideal training frequency. Individual tolerance to exercise does vary but we have found that training once or twice per week¹‚ ²‚³ results in the best outcomes.
How safe is this for someone who is not in good condition or those of advanced age?
If you have a pre-existing heart condition or prior medical condition you should check with a doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Workouts at Essential Exercise are performed using Medx Exercise equipment. This equipment provides a precise and uniform loading of the muscles to make each exercise very safe and efficient.
These machines have been designed to provide resistance at a low level of friction to reduce the impact forces. This medical grade equipment used at a slow speed all but eliminates the chance of injury.
What about losing weight ?
The issue really isn’t so much weight loss as it is fat loss.
When you lose body weight body, during calorie restrictive dieting, the body has to draw on its own resources and you lose both muscle and fat. By losing muscle you are shrinking the tissue that burns fat. This results in a flabby appearance, reduced performance and a slower metabolic rate.
If our training is included with healthy eating, a strong influence is exerted on the anabolic (building up) process of metabolism, this way muscle is retained and fat is shed more quickly.
The importance of maintaining muscle while losing weight can not be over stated – muscles are good fat burners!
The cosmetic effect of our program is also important for fat loss. When muscles are properly trained the contours of the body become more shapely and firm. Your improved appearance is a powerful motivator for continued efforts at controlling food intake and ultimately your success at sustained fat loss.
I like riding my bike and hiking, won’t they help me get in shape too?
Recreational activities are an enjoyable part of life and the fun they provide is helpful in maintaining mental health. Regular activity also carries with it benefits that are important to maintaining good physical health. However, most activities are done against a random resistance, primarily the Earths’s gravitational pull. The muscle tension created by most activities is not adequate to stimulate an increase in muscle strength.
We find that as our clients improve their strength they spontaneously become more active, often engaging in activities that they have not done for quite some time.
Their improved strength helps protect them from injury that could occur as a result of engaging in recreational activities. Our advice is to first develop your strength – then you will be in better shape to take advantage of the benefits of additional activities.
Is it better to have prior workout experience ?
Those with prior experience of moving at conventional speeds during exercise quickly realize that moving at a slow speed makes the exercise much more challenging. For learning purposes, motivation is the number one key to success; lack of exercise experience may actually make the learning process faster.
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