Giselle photographed by Arthur Penn for Fighting Back, the fitness fix for chronic pain Vogue


One month into the program my back muscles, once as firmly toned as veal, were taking real shape.

Find The Zen in Your Workout

From the Outside looking in my first training session in super slow - a work-out philosophy created by trainer Ken Hutchins in the 80's and adopted by Eileen and Lowell- must seem intensely physical.  And it is. Eileen sought a weight training approach that would be a more efficient way to create more strength and density, as well as work the muscles in a safe setting through a full range of motion.  Advocates of Super Slow cite its ability to build lean, strong, efficient muscles in shorter, more intense workouts that put less stress on the joints via fewer repetitions. And I can attest, even after one session, that despite the challenge of the work, I never felt unsafe or overstressed in any way.


Zen In The Weight Room

Get faster results by slowing down and a spiritual lift to boot.

This is where bodywork such as Super slow may be the backdoor to enlightenment.  Kelly describes how the intense focus of physical work frees the mind ...This place, where the mind and body meet in the physical challenge and spiral around each other to move through the work, is the very threshold that gave the couple their studio's name.

What's a travel girl to do in New York City? . . . work-out at Threshold, of course.       by Lynn Parramore

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Super Slow is a growing school of strength training that values mindfulness over strength and repetition - minimizing injuries and accelerating muscle-building. Every Rep lasts 20 seconds - that's nearly five times longer than usual lifting. "More of the muscle is getting tired in a more complete way," explains Eileen Kelly, owner of  Threshold, a private gym in New York City. Kelly - who has a yoga background - emphasizes focus in this rigorous, determined process.  " You're committing to quiet continuous movement." she says. " That's where the zen comes in."


Moroccan doors, jaw-dropping art, Persian rugs, a claw-foot tub. Not a designer showroom.
Not a boutique hotel. A gym.

Yet no risk of running into strangers when you’re at your pits-dripping worst. Because you’re at Threshold studio and there’s no one else around.

Just you and the owners, Lowell Boyers and Eileen Kelly. Ever wonder what toned transcendence or ripped Zen would look like? Boyer’s workout philosophy is a combination of breathing, mindfulness, and super-slow weight training. Now you know. Kelly’s Thai massage is almost indescribable. You play rag doll, she does the stretching for you. Yoga, nutritional counseling, and stress reduction are also available. You know, the whole mind-body thing.

In the world of exclusive exercise, Threshold has raised the bar. Now all you have to do is pull up over it.