Lazy Man’s Workout? Slow and Steady


Okay, let me just get one thing out of the way.  That picture that headlines this page that is not me! I wish.  That’s my trainer Melissa. That’s how trainers should look so they can inspire you to think you could eventually look like that if you work hard enough. Ha!

I have to admit I hate running.  I hate exercising in doors and I hate sweating.  I’ve learned you can’t have it all. You have to work out.  I’m a big proponent of exercise and have done it all my life. So,what if I said you can get all the benefits of a great workout in just 1 hour a week?  I know it sounds crazy and here’s what’s even crazier, you won’t sweat.

No, I’m not trying to sell you anything and I’m not an investor.  I’m just telling you what I have been doing for the past 5 years or so that seems to work for me. I used to do it on my lunch hour in my work clothes and then run back to the office.  It’s called the slow burn method or in my case PhysioSlow Strength Training. The goal:producing maximum results in a minimum amount of time.

So instead of lifting a weight the traditional way, using momentum, with PhysioSlow you lift and release slowly so the focus is on a specific muscle.  A single repetition takes about 20-seconds. What’s happening is you are exhausting the muscle. You keep lifting and releasing until you bring that muscle to fatigue and basically can’t go anymore.  I do it for 30-minutes twice a week.  That’s all you need. You’re building muscle and muscle burns more calories.  So in between these sessions during your resting phase you are increasing your resting metabolism allowing the body to burn more calories even at rest.

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I know it sounds crazy and easy but let me tell you it’s not.  After one of these 30-minute sessions, I am exhausted.  It’s the one exercise I have done in my life where I actually noticed beneficial physical changes in my body. It’s recommended for people of all ages, even seniors. You won’t bulk up.  You will just develop lean muscle.  It’s also supposed to promote bone density for both men and women.I worked out on Friday and here it is three days later and I’m still feeling the effects.

Here’s my trainer Melissa Bowman to tell you why it works.

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Obviously this may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  But I love it as much as you can love something that leaves you physically exhausted and not wanting to move for a few hours after.  Well, not really but it does wipe me out. It’s the long term results that matter to me. Hey, if I only have to put out this effort for an hour a week I’m in.  Gives me more time to spend with my family and get all my work done. And I can keep fooling myself into thinking that someday, if I keeping working out, my body will look EXACTLY like Melissa’s except that she runs marathons and is an IronMan.That’s NEVER going to happen. Oh well, maybe not.

So, for what it’s worth today, PhysioSlow Strength Training is What’s On My Mind!




Sylvia Perez

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