"Super Slow is actually a "super fast" way to the body's regenerative zone of muscle and bone-building. I began Super Slow weight training when I turned 60 and found out that I was rapidly heading into osteoporosis. With 30 minutes of training per week, I stopped losing bone and actually began gaining bone density in just 6 months. I love those results! I love the intensity and positivity of the workout. Hector is tuned in and extremely knowledgeable; the facility is peaceful and great for deep concentration. I feel vital and strong in all the other activities in my life, and I'm thrilled to know that I'm increasing my fitness and bone strength, rather than losing it. This is the best fitness choice I've ever made."
Cynthia McReynolds, Therapist, Sebastopol, CA
"Hector Sanchez has been my trainer for the past year and the results have been fabulous. I have lost 20 pounds and many inches and now have a slimmer and stronger body and an overall sense of vitality. I also enjoy hiking, biking, dancing, yoga and keeping up with my 8 year old son with more stamina, endurance and energy -- and not mention a better sense of humor! Hector encourages you to breathe through your fears and resistance in a compassionate and humorous way.
Hector also supplements his workouts with information about nutrition and healthful eating. Through his encouragement, I have made sensible changes to my diet. These changes have been a sifinificant factor to my weight loss, mental and emotional well being and general health.
I wouldn't have had the determination on my own. I have tried 'going to the gym' in the past but I never could motivate myself to the extent that Hector steadily encourages with his upbeat style. Hector is a positive force in helping people make genuine changes. If you are thinking of making a commitment to yourself, to you body, to your health -- this would be a great starting place. It's the only body we have and it's time we treat ourselves to heath and vivacity."
"I have been working with Hector Sanchez for the last year and I have found his fitness training to be the most effective program that I have ever worked with. Being a busy person I do not have hours to spend in the gym, and this very specific program, which entails 30 minutes twice a week, has trimmed, strengthened and realigned my body in a way that it had never been before. I feel great and I would highly recommend it."
Founder of Harmony Festival
"I have worked out with Hector for over 12 years. I lost almost 100 pounds and have kept it off. In addition, I am in the best shape of my life. Thanks Hector and your team."
Santa Rosa, CA
"I have been a client at [The Strength Studio] for several years. Over the time I know that my quality of life has improved greatly as a result of Hector's strength training regimen, and also by his teaching about nutrition and general physical well-being which is an integral part of his method. I was reminded of the benefits of investing in this form of exercise this week when I was discharged early from the hospital after hip replacement surgery. My doctor and his staff were impressed that my overall fitness strength in my limbs and core, and balance enabled a faster-than-expected recovery and return to normal activities. My surgeon's standard post-surgical protocol calls for a period of in-home physical therapy, but the assessment of the therapist during the first visit was that I was ready to transition immediately to out-patient physical therapy -- that I was about 2 weeks ahead of the usual recovery schedule. I attribute this largely to the time I spent with Hector in his studio. Thanks Hector!
"As a licensed physician, I think a lot about physiology and how to promote optimal wellness. I decided to pursue a "super slow" strength training method because the scientific evidence base was so solid. The idea is to perform a specified sequence of exercises in a highly focused and efficient manner to the point of muscular failure. This drives the large skeletal muscle groups to a point of maximal adaption, harnessing the body's fundamental regeneration mechanisms in order to promote rapid increases in strength and muscle mass. I have been training in the "Power of 10" protocol of strength training at The Strength Studio in Sebastopol for three months. I began to notice a difference in my body after about the third workout: I felt stronger and more balanced in my movements. Three months later, I now work out more intensely than I ever have before and my body measurements and body composition have started to change (more lean muscle mass). I have tried other methods of resistance training and I have never found anything that is so effective, time-efficient, and safe.
Hector Sanchez, the owner of The Strength Studio, is a pleasure to work with. He has great depth of knowledge about training physiology and we often geek out talking about the components that make this form of training so effective. It really is an ideal form of training for professionals who want to train highly efficiently and build muscle mass and strength using a scientifically valid method."
Sophia Vinogradov, M.D.
Professor, University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
"Hector is awesome...He is so conscious in helping you to achieve your goals, while making sure that you are performing your workout slowly and correctly. Thank you so much."
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you, Hector, for all you have done for me over the last few years that we have worked together. With persistence, patience, and good humor you have helped me reach and surpass my goals. I have built up a lean body mass, lost over 10 lbs. of fat, rectified my out-of-whack cholesterol, HDL, and triglcerides and most importantly restored my functional level to a point I haven't seen since my mid 30's (20 yrs. ago). Maybe I could have done it without you, but I wouldn't have."
Santa Rosa, CA
"I love my weekly appointments with Hector. He pushes me beyond what I think my limits are in a very gentle but persistent and positive tone. And it's working. I find my back and shoulders feel more toned and the old shoulder ache has gone away. I was struggling with a nagging carpel tunnel condition in my left hand and that too, has abated. I'm addicted to the results."
"I wanted to acknowledge you and your work with me using the Superslow method for weight training. When I started with you over four years ago using you as my coach, besides achieving my goal of maintaining a physically fit body, I have reversed the progression of bone loss that I discovered I had. Osteoporosis was my diagnosis. In my latest bone density test, the evaluating doctor made the following statement: there has been substantial increase in BMD (bone mass density) since onset of therapy (2005). I attribute much of that several of bone to the weight training that Hector has provided. Thank you so much.
Santa Rosa, CA