What is super slow training?

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Developed in 1982 by Ken Hutchins, super slow training was created for an osteoporosis study with older women because of the need to utilize a safer speed for subjects to perform the resistance exercises. The superslow protocol is to complete 4-6 repetitions of an exercise with each repetition taking 14 seconds to perform. One possible advantage of this style of training is that it involves less momentum resulting in more evenly applied muscle force and tension throughout the exercise. A potential disadvantage of this style of training is that it is characterized as tedious and tough. Since a variety of resistance training stimulus is an important aspect of well designed programs, super slow training could be a viable option for many individuals to incorporate into their resistance training programs. While some individuals may find superslow training somewhat challenging, others may relish in this type of challenge and find that it helps to keep them motivated.

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