The Science of Studio 2020

The 2020 Fitness workout is slow-motion, high-intensity weight training designed and proven to build strength and provide long-term health benefits. The protocol was developed in the 1980s during an Osteoporosis study at the University of Florida Medical School. Ken Hutchins, a researcher from Nautilus Fitness Company supervised the exercise program and wrote the “SuperSlow Protocol,” the basis for this strength training protocol. Between 1982 and 1986, the application of the protocol was revised using data collected from 8,000 one-on-one workouts. This protocol is the safest, most efficient exercise program to build lean muscle which is the key to fitness.


  • The slow-motion, high-intensity protocol was originally designed during a research program for people with Osteoporosis, therefore the focus was on safety.
  • The danger in exercise is excess force. This protocol requires that all exercises are performed slowly without momentum or forces which are the primary causes of injuries.
  • By performing the exercises slowly with proper form, we eliminate stress on joints, ligaments and connective tissue.


  • We raise the intensity of the workout to a very high level. The body’s natural response to this stimulation is to adapt by building lean muscle.
  • Each exercise is performed slowly until the muscles being worked are fatigued and can no longer lift the weight, this is temporary “muscle failure.” By reaching muscle failure, you are working 90-100% of the muscle fibers for an efficient, complete workout.
  • The entire amount of time we exercise only takes about 20 minutes because we only need to exercise each group of muscles for one to two minutes to achieve muscle failure. A typical session is five to seven exercises for a total body workout.


  • You must allow the body sufficient time to adapt to the stimulation of the workout (building new muscle and supporting metabolic functions).
  • If you bring the stimulus back to your body before it has completed the growth process, you gain nothing, in fact you will interfere with the process.
  • The workout is 50 percent of the equation, and sufficient rest/recovery is the other 50 percent.  Years of research prove that we only need to work out one or two times per week (depending on the intensity of the workout) for the best results from this protocol.