Fitness veteran Fredrick Hahn learned a long time ago that long-term success in the fitness industry is not based on the size of your facilities or the size of your membership base but, rather, on the quality of your facilities and services. Hahn has practiced that philosophy for the past 16 years as the successful owner/president of Serious Strength Personal Training, a 1000-square foot Slow Burn personal training and rehabilitative exercise center in New York City.
Located in the upper west side of Manhattan in the lower level of an attractive 10-story brick building between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues just a block away from the famed American Museum of Natural History and two blocks from New York’s Central Park, Serious Strength caters to an eclectic client base of local residents, top CEOs, celebrities, bestselling authors, journalists and TV personalities including the likes of Tony Robbins, and actresses Cynthia Nixon, Sandy Duncan, and Marsha Mason, among others.
The facilities are sparkling clean with, seemingly, every inch of usable space designated for purposeful use. The equipment is top-of-the-line MedX, the most technologically advanced fitness, sports and medical/rehabilitation equipment in the world, and Nautilus - all specially re-engineered or “retrofitted” to track muscle and joint function better to encourage faster and superior fitness benefits. Clearly, this is a studio for serious, no-nonsense one-on-one training.
“What we offer is very unique compared to most facilities,” explains Hahn. “Our Slow Burn method is a form of slow-speed, high intensity strength training. You are guided by an instructor - always one on one - to reach what we call muscle fatigue or muscle success within 60-90 seconds. The idea is to reach the deep muscle fibers, where the change and benefits actually happen, as opposed to the wear and tear on joints that most strength training routines elicit over time. Clients realize all the benefits they need – from increased strength and stamina to improved bone density to maximized tone and leanness - from our 30 minute, twice-weekly signature sessions. We also provide a strong nutritional component to our program for those clients seeking fat loss as one of their goals. There’s no annual membership like at most gyms. You come for individual sessions and you’re in and out - and stronger - within 30 minutes.”
“We also follow a low carb, paleo approach to nutrition,” continues Hahn. “We teach that aerobics and stretching are unnecessary components of fitness if strength training is done regularly and properly and that if you enjoy sports and physical activity, our Slow Burn program will greatly improve anything else you love to do!”
The Slow Burn Method is used by ALL Serious Strength instructors, so an instructor-specific relationship is not necessary to achieve results – clients can train with anyone and expect the same successful outcome. Only two sessions a week are required, and all sessions are charted. Complimentary coffee, tea, and filtered water is provided as part of each training session, and clients enjoy free use of the Inada Massage Chair offering the perfect fusion of ancient shiatsu healing techniques and modern technology.
Hahn began developing his Slow Burn system as a physical therapy aide at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Sports Medicine Center in NYC. In 1994, along with one of New York’s leading orthopedic surgeons, he co-founded and directed Metro Sportsmed, a private physical therapy clinic located at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York which now has multiple locations throughout the NYC area.
He is the co-author, along with Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, of The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, translated into four languages and one of the best-selling fitness books in Random House history. His second book Strong Kids Healthy Kids teaches people that weight lifting is a safe and powerfully effective exercise modality for children.
Serious Strength Personal Training has had its share of critics over the years with its revolutionary Slow Burn Method of training combined with a low carb/paleo diet, but almost two decades of success have proven that critics don’t matter very much in the final analysis. Success is in the results.