I've never lifted weights before. Is this workout too intense for me?
Absolutely not! Building muscle is a process. We will tailor your workout to where you are today, and will slowly increase weights as your strength grows. Our training regimen is safe for persons 18 to 80 – or older. Younger teens require parental permission. Our scientifically engineered equipment works for persons who can leg press 1,000 pounds -- as well as those who can only handle only 40 pounds.
I have been lifting weight for years. Is this workout too easy for me?
Come see for yourself. This is a common misconception among some of our fittest clients -- until they actually do the workout. By adapting our workout to your level of physical fitness, we can help even elite athletes increase their strength.
Why is rest and relaxation such a big part of the 20 Minutes to Fitness workout?
Once you have worked your muscles to the point of exhaustion, it takes time for them to repair and restore the tiny tears in your muscle fibers and build new muscle fiber. The best thing you can do after a workout is to rest and allow the muscle to recover. This process can be enhanced with proper nutrition and hydration.
What is “Slow Cadence strength training?” How does it work?
With Slow Cadence, weights are lifted in a series of ultra-slow movements, each repetition lasting 20 seconds, eliminating the benefits of gravity and momentum. Within 1 ½ to 3 minutes on each machine, your muscles will reach exhaustion – which is the goal! It takes three to six days for the muscle to rest and recover.
When muscle failure is achieved, it sets off a series of physiological changes that supercharge the body to burn fat as it rebuilds the muscle. That’s why Slow Cadence workouts are proven to stimulate lean muscle formation far more efficiently and safely than regular weight lifting or aerobics. When combined with the use of our specialized, safe equipment and the supervision of our certified fitness coaches, these workouts offer far better results (50 to 59% better) than more traditional strength training in a far shorter period of time.
What’s different about the equipment?
Our studios are equipped with high-end MedX equipment, which has been scientifically engineered for our slow cadence approach. It may LOOK like the equipment you see in a traditional, high-end gym, but it’s not, due to:
“Double stacking” – Our machines use “double stacking,” which means we use smaller weight increments, enabling us to more precisely adjust the equipment to your needs.
Special calibration -- MedX equipment also uses a series of specially calibrated cams and pulleys, designed to create less friction and a constant level of resistance through your full range of motion.
Constant supervision – You train under the constant supervision of your personal coach, who tracks your progress and adjusts the weights and settings on each machine to fit your needs, our training is extremely safe, effective and time efficient.
If the slow cadence method provides strength training, how can you say it’s all you need? Don’t we still need some kind of aerobic exercise in our fitness routine?
Many of the experts who have researched “Slow Cadence” strength training indicate that no additional cardio is necessary. They support this by referring to the fact that the heart is the main muscle and sufficient cardio is achieved during the Slow Cadence training.
There are others who believe that, while Slow Cadence training provides excellent cardio benefits (among the numerous other benefits), they advocate some additional cardio activity. We let you decide!
What other activities can I do? Will I be able to play sports or run if my muscles are repairing themselves?
To achieve the full benefits of the 20 Minutes to Fitness Slow Cadence strength training, you should avoid strenuous exercise for approximately 48 hours after your 20 Minutes to Fitness workout. And you certainly do not need to participate in any other form of strength training other than your weekly session at 20 Minutes to Fitness.
How long until someone will see results?
Because each person’s body, metabolism and eating habits are different, the exact extent and timing of the results of 20 Minutes to Fitness training will also be different for each person. However, on average, you should begin to notice results within 4 to 6 weeks of beginning your training.
During your orientation, we will determine your specific goals. Our job will be to make sure that those goals are reached and, more importantly, maintained.
Why can’t I do Slow Cadence training at a regular gym and just use the machines at a slower pace?
The difference is that traditional gyms:
• Don’t offer the slow cadence strength training offered by 20 Minutes to Fitness
• Don’t have the specially calibrated equipment it takes to effectively do this training
• Don’t have coaches specially trained on this method of strength training
• Don’t provide the distraction-free environment offered at the 20 Minutes to Fitness studio
Is it mandatory that your clients use personal coaches?
Yes. To achieve the best possible results and maintain a safe training experience, it is essential to have a certified coach at your side throughout your workout. Our coaches will:
- Assure that the equipment is set correctly to fit your size and needs
- Properly position you in the equipment
- Coach you on special relaxation techniques to keep you safe and comfortable during training
- Encourage you to fully exhaust their muscles so you gain the full 20 Minutes to Fitness “Slow Cadence” benefits
What does it cost to train at 20 Minutes to Fitness?
20 Minutes to Fitness requires no long term contracts or sign up fees. You simply buy as few or as many sessions as you like. Prices range from $38 to $62 per session depending on your location, workout frequency and package size. You also earn a free training session every time someone you refer comes in for their own free orientation and first workout session. See individual studio locations for specific pricing.