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Lifting weights at a snail’s pace can work wonders. Is it the whole key to fitness?

“When Rona Ostrow took up slow-motion training 14 months ago, she had battled breast cancer for nearly five years. The treatments had damaged her thyroid and sent her abruptly into menopause, leaving her weak, overweight and discouraged about restoring her body. The 52-year-old librarian couldn’t face the gym scene, so she signed up with Adam Zickerman, founder of a New York-based studio called InForm Fitness, for a brief weekly dose of slow lifting. She has since lost four inches from her chest, waist and hips and regained some faith in her body. On a recent icy morning, she slipped and fell on the sidewalk. ‘I just jumped back up like a hockey player,’ she marvels.”