Progression and intensity
The first training session mostly focuses on the techniques and defining an approximate resistance for the member. Finding the right weight may take a few training sessions. Therefore, the member ought not to get disappointed over the possible lack of intensity in the first training session.
It will occur when techniques and the correct weights have been clearly defined. However, it shouldn’t take more than 3 (max 4) sessions.
Once resistance, technique and intensity are in place, the member should not train
more than once a week, as the muscles need time to regenerate. By more frequent
training with maximum intensity, the body will not be allowed the time required
to regenerate. Normally it takes 5-8 days for the muscles to recover with the intensity applied for training with Concept 10 10.
But if the training is carried out with a lower intensity, training twice a week might be preferable, although never as good as once a week by higher intensity.
Some members, however, cannot manage to reach such high intensity, and it
may be an advantage for them to train twice a week.
Why it is called Concept 10 10, and what the slow movements do
The training is carried out in 6 machines. This ensures strength training of the large muscle groups in an unbroken series of 6 exercises.
Each exercise is worked out using 10 seconds of lifting and 10 seconds of lowering.
Hence the name: Concept 10 10. Performing with the slow movements will eliminate the effects of inertia (momentum of the movement). This ensures the impact on the entire muscle. The entire muscle grows stronger, as each muscle fibre is exercised without missing the weakest ones. That is why the exercises always have to be done in movements of 10 seconds either way. The member is not supposed to count the seconds in his or her head. The instructor will keep an eye on this and give instructions.
Each exercise must be done in one set until momentary muscle failure. At the exhaustion point the member simply stops short. At this point, you may count 10
seconds, while the member holds the weight and keeps trying to move the weight,
following which you bring the exercise to an end. Each exercise is repeated 4-7 times and each set therefore takes between 1½ and 2½ min., and never more than 3 min. Increase the weight progressively until one can do the exercise for almost 2½ minutes in good form before reaching the momentary failure point, and then increase the weight again by about 3-5%. The member should be left to concentrate on doing the exercise correctly, while the instructor takes care of everything else. The weight will only be adjusted for the following training session.
The complete workout takes less than a total of 20 minutes.