The History of SuperSlow Exercise

Arthur Jones and his original pullover machine.

Arthur Jones and his original pullover machine.

In the early 1070s, Arthur Jones, founder of Nautilus Sports/Medical Industries revolutionized the field of exercise with his Nautilus machines. More importantly, his philosophy of "VERY BRIEF, BUT VERY HARD" exercise produced tremendous results.

In 1982, Ken and Brenda Hutchins began supervising the exercise aspect of the Nautilus-sponsored, Osteoporosis research project at the University of Florida Medical School. To safely and effectively exercise the women of this study, they produced the "Protocol for SuperSlow Training". It soon became evident that moving slower was more productive in all cases. Thus, the original Nautilus principles had evolved to produce even greater results. 

In 1992, Ken Hutchins developed the SuperSlow Exercise Guild and SuperSlow Certification Program. The purpose of which was to create and maintain a level of instructor competence that is the highest in the industry. SuperSlow instructors must represent exercise principles and standards mostly misunderstood by the general fitness industry, and above all, must demonstrate exceptional instructional skills.

In 2001, Dr. Wayne Wescott compared SuperSlow strength training to protocols using standard repetition speeds, and reported a 50% great strength gain with SuperSlow. The researchers were so impressed; they repeated the study at a later date with the same results. (1)

1. Wescott, W., J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2001 Jun:41(2):154-8