personal trainers in Santa Rosa
Personal Trainers in Santa Rosa

Personal Trainers in Santa Rosa at Breakthrough Fitness

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What type of exercise do your personal trainers in Santa Rosa specialize in at BreakThrough Fitness?
As Personal Trainers in Santa Rosa, we specialize in one-on-one training, using SuperSlow™ method, on the best equipment in the industry. A certified personal trainer designs a program just for you and coaches you through each workout from start to finish. Utilization of this strength training method provides a safe and effective full-body workout which increases strength, builds bone density, and improves cardiovascular function in the most efficient way possible. This type of workout is the most essential component to enhancing one’s overall physical fitness.

In addition to using a SuperSlow approach to strength training, at BreakThough we include various other research-based approaches proven effective for enhancing strength, flexibility, fat loss, health, and well-being. Some of these include specialized cardio-training approaches specific for fat burning and heart health. We also offer personal training using Pilates methods, as well as offer classes in our Pilates and Yoga Studio.

BreakThrough Fitness is a comprehensive fitness and wellness center for adults who wish to be healthy and strong through the lifespan. 

What is the value of using a personal trainer for such workouts?
BreakThrough trainers have the education and experience to get you the results you desire with the most efficient use of your training time. BreakThrough fitness trainers provide support in many ways, improving the level of workout and fitness you attain as well as your motivation and commitment. Work with a BreakThrough personal trainer and see the transformation unfold.

Is the SuperSlow workout safe and effective for all ages and fitness levels?
Yes. Adults of all ages through 100 can safely and effectively train at BreakThrough. Some of the best results are attained by people who thought they were never really athletic or who couldn't see themselves doing weight-lifting.

How often do I need to train at BreakThrough?
Your BreakThrough personal trainer in Santa Rosa will typically start you with two, 30 minute SuperSlow training sessions per week. With practice, you can enjoy the benefits by training only once a week! Your BreakThrough trainer may also include in your program specialized cardio-training, 1-2x per week, no more than 20 minutes per session. The cardio-training is a type of interval training designed to enhance fat loss and cardiovascular fitness. This part of the program is an option and set up to be done independently.

Do you offer a free trial with a personal trainer in Santa Rosa?
How do I get started? Just call us or stop by to schedule a free trial week of membership. A personal trainer will carefully guide you through two introductory trial sessions to give you the opportunity to evaluate the BreakThrough experience. The trial sessions are available to all who are interested in personal training, and carry no additional obligation or commitment.

Do you offer Yoga or Pilates instruction?
Yes, some of our members complement their strength and cardio-training with individual Pilates Reformer instruction, Pilates and Yoga classes. Class instruction is comfortable and intimate, limited to ten students per class, located on the lower level at BreakThrough Fitness. Gym membership is not required to attend classes.

Can I train on my own?
Yes. Being self-supervised gives you the flexibility of training without a trainer. Members who wish to become self-supervised need to demonstrate competency in setting the machines as well as the ability to train safely with good form and adequate intensity. Some initial work with a trainer will be necessary before becoming self-supervised and the number of sessions varies depending on experience. We support all members' fitness goals and value your safety above all.

BreakThrough Fitness - Personal Trainers in Santa Rosa
4780 Sonoma Highway
Santa Rosa , California 95409

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Super Slow

Super Slow workout is a form of strength training popularized by Ken Hutchins. It involves the combination of very slow speeds of lifting and lowering the weight, along with the general principles of the High intensity training approach advocated by Arthur Jones.

The 10 second lifting, 10 second lowering repetition speed was originally suggested by Dr. Vince Bocchicchio to Ken Hutchins, who further developed the protocol during Nautilus-funded osteoporosis research at the University of Florida in the early 80's. However, the method has been used in body building circles since the 1940s under the name MC/MM or muscle contraction with measured movement.

The method incorporates very slow repetition speeds as compared to traditional resistance training methods, with emphasis on minimizing acceleration to reduce the force the body is exposed to during exercise and improve muscular loading. Super Slow workouts typically consist of one set of anywhere from as few as two to eight exercises, often primarily compound movements, performed with little rest in between. Ken Hutchins recommends performing each set for between 100 and 180 seconds. A frequency of twice weekly is recommended for most trainees, with even less frequency for more advanced trainees. One drawback to the Super Slow method is that scientific research clearly indicates that for a set of an exercise to produce gains in muscle mass and strength, 30-90 seconds is optimal. Sets that last longer than 90 seconds fail to produce superior gains in muscle size or strength and may not allow for any gains to occur at all.

Proponents claim the very slow repetitions are safer and more effective than conventional repetition speeds, however force gauge studies and mathematical models have shown no significant difference in peak force or resistance encountered over the full range of movement between traditional Nautilus 2/4 repetitions, moderately slow 5/5 repetitions, and the Super Slow 10/10 repetitions.The only two studies showing better results with Super Slow than traditional Nautilus training are flawed in a manner invalidating the results (rep speed was not strictly controlled for in any of the groups and strength testing procedures failed to account for differences in fatigue rates at different rep speeds).Other research shows no significant difference in outcomes with different repetition speeds when similar training loads and set durations are used. However, in all of the studies where slow repetitions failed to show better gains, a much lighter weight load than the standard rep speed groups were used, which invalidates these studies. In one study the slow repetition group was given only 40% of their 1 repetition maximum while the standard rep speed group used 80%.Although claims of superior results are not supported by a large body of research, several peer reviewed and published studies conducted by Dr. Wayne Westcott have shown slow repetitions to be superior to standard repetition speeds.

Additionally, slower repetitions do allow for greater actin/myosin filament bonds to be formed (Brunnstrom's Clinical Kinesiology textbook 5th addition) thus enhancing the overall stimulation to the working muscle. Slow repetitions may be beneficial to trainees working around injuries or conditions requiring extra caution, and may be useful for practicing proper form when learning new exercises. Many personal trainers who have abandoned Super Slow for general use still use it as a method for teaching new exercises or evaluating clients' exercise form.

Similar methods include Fred Hahn's Slow Burn system and Adam Zickerman's Power of 10 method. However, Hahn's Slow Burn method does not subscribe to the 10/10 rep count, and uses of a weight load that renders muscle fatigue in 60-90 seconds.