- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: Media Support; 2 edition (May 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963319906
- ISBN-13: 978-0963319906
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Super Slow: The Ultimate Exercise Protocol Paperback – May, 1992
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But I still won't recommend it.
-There's very little training information. How could there be when the whole protocol can be summed up in two pages?
-Ken Hutchkins isn't all too honest. He makes up things to support his beliefs at times. (In other words he bases his claims on assumptions that are, well, WRONG!) For example, his section on aerobics is just hot air. He comes with a laughable theory (The heart must go to failure to get stronger. Therefore, to strengthen the heart, have heart attacks.) Then he denies the contrary evidence (Aerobics have been proven to affect the heart.) by saying it doesn't exist.
-The guy's a salesman, not a lifter. He spends 190 pages selling you his theory (or book), 10 pages teaching you how to train. If you want a book that's mostly theory, very little action, or all show, no go, this book is for you.
-If you're unfamiliar with HIT or hardgainer, this isn't the book to get if you want to build a solid foundation. How could it be, when it's specifically about a derivation of HIT?
Because SS's about a derivation of training and not about training itself, there's no section on diet, nutrition, sleep, goal setting or other PRACTICAL concerns. Just a lot of theory...
OK, with that said, the routines and training inside this book work. The advantages of going this slow are 1) no warmups, 2) increased recovery and safety while training to total failure. It'll work as good as anything else, but it's not the only way.Read more ›
Hutchins is opinionated and biased -- obviously from the title "...Ultimate Exercise Protocol". If you have never tried SuperSlow, this is your chance to read what its chief proponent has to say about it. If you lift weights at all, you owe it to yourself to give SuperSlow a six-week trial to see how your body responds to it and add it to your repertoire of weight training inside secrets. I guess the real question is whether you think the book is worth $25. If you've been training for a while and know a bench press from a deadlift, the lack of exercise descriptions that is found in most beginner weight training texts won't bother you. But if you don't know what ratcheting or intramuscular friction is, then you'll probably appreciate this book.
That said, the book should be retitled Ulimate WEIGHT TRAINING Protocol. Super Speed reps, CAT (Compensatory Acceleration Training), "train fast to be fast", etc. all advocate a misuse of a weights. Momentum, inertia, and the deceleration necessary to keep the weights from flying across the gym make the idea of fast reps stupid. Studies of using weighted objects to train for speed have shown that the object has to be released or actually thrown to produce the maximum speed gain.
Another school of thought is to use weights at a slow to moderate speed to first build enough strength to generate the force necessary to produce adequate acceleration. After that or simultaneously practice the skill at which speed is desired. This, to me, seems more sensible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, a disclaimer: I have no financial stake in the sale of any of the other books mentioned below in my review of "Superslow: The Ultimate Exercise Protocol". Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Paul Thomas
This is an essential read for the fitness professional. Make no mistake, this is the real deal! Ken Hutchins is brutally honest and perceptive.Published on February 11, 2012 by Trace Johnston
I bought this book many years ago and for a while believed that SuperSlow (TM) was the ultimate training protocol. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Scott Rae
Do not expect light reading. There is a lot of opinion in here which sometimes borders on a bit irrelevant, but there is also alot of great information gained from Mr. Read morePublished on July 19, 2008 by laser_mechanic
Full of 'intersesting' points of view (opinions). There are MedX equipped gyms in SW London and north London so it is possible to train in the style recommended in the bookPublished on July 29, 2005 by C. Quinn
1. Most studies claiming to debunk Super Slow are nonsense. A new Super Slow trainee, or someone particularly elderly or frail uses as many as 10 repetitions per exercise - over... Read morePublished on December 10, 2004 by M. Swierczek
Founder Ken Hutchins' SuperSlow has been 'managed' by unscrupulous business partners, into a commercial entity bearing little resemblance to his original intention, (& no... Read morePublished on May 18, 2004 by .
Imagine you have spent hours, days, weeks, months, and years doing whatever routine of the month is listed in a Weider magazine or what your local gym rat is doing that particular... Read morePublished on December 20, 2003 by HHines
First, you can read up on Super Slow on the 'net for free, or in other books like McRobert's. Go to the Super Slow website, and you'll get the same info as the book for no... Read morePublished on February 7, 2003