Superslow runs once a week. So, tonight was the first workout since last week's one.
I have the best strength gain, and the lowest effort-to-lift of any historical superslow gain. My pulldown went from 205...so much effort I can't see straight afterwards up to 220 with a longer time, and not even sweating afterwards. Which by the way puts me over my bodyweight on pulldown. This leg press machine maxes at 445, but I picked up between 20 and 30 seconds on the leg press (33% increase in effective muscle endurance at same weight over 1 week after the hyper-double ice-cooled extremities workout). It appears we will again have to reposition me to continue to gain value. Or go to a different gym and try 550. Tilting the chair and moving closer both make it harder. I went up substantially on chest press as well...and I'm only doing a 3-set...followed by ice, and a 2nd round attempting the 3-set. This time, I couldn't move the pulldown on the 2nd set. However, as we're still experimenting, and taking cues from Dr. Pat, experimenting in the icy space in the comments...we tried less ice, and hands only, no feet. I'm suggesting that hands AND feet make a difference.
My trainer, being almost 5 feet tall, and almost 100 pounds, is doing this sequence with me. Last week, she just did leg press. 160 pounds at 1:40. Icewater on hands and feet. Then 160 pounds at 1:20.
This week, she did 160 pounds at 2:40. Then pulldown, then chest press. Then, when she cycled back around, she was only able to manage 1:00 on the second run. BUT, she only used cold, water...all the ice had melted. 60% increase in duration? She'd been stable at 160 for 1:40 for a few months before last week.
We also soaked after the 2nd set, to see if that means I'll be able to walk tomorrow. Certainly I had trouble last week. It hurt/ached in that muscle-sore way that you get from good exercise for a solid 48, maybe 60 hours.
This is the hardest exercise I've ever done. It's also the best improvements I've ever seen on a 1-week basis. I've been in contact with the producers of the cold vacuum glove. They're out of stock, and redesigning. In 6 months, the gloves should be out again, but not for $2500/each. Substantial cost droppage.
Next week, we're planning to see what happens if you drop ice gelpacks on the hand-rests during the leg press. Can you cool AS you exercise? Alternately, we'll maybe get those ice gelpacks, and windmill our arms to promote blood flow to the extremities while we cool them. Also...the icewater hurts the fingers something fierce. My hands come out of 3 minutes in icewater with the same rigidity as chicken-feet.
More next week.