Slower but Just as Painful


Like Greenland, the increasingly popular superslow workout isn't quite as idyllic as its name would suggest. A session takes just 20 minutes, and only two workouts a week are expected, but this adds up to a very grueling 40 minutes. Clients cycle through six different weight machines, doing a set of four to six repetitions per exercise. but each rep takes up to 20 seconds, with no rest, so muscles quickly start to quake, and stomachs get queasy. trainers encourage short, sharp breaths in place of squirming and grimacing. "It sounds like a lamaze class with cursing," says lou abato, a...

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