Frequently Asked Questions

I am concerned about the philosophy of  “suffering”. I am looking for a welcoming and healthy environment to be able to build confidence. Is this a gym with a culture of yelling or intimidation? I would appreciate your honesty as I want to be comfortable in my choice of gyms. Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. It sounds like maybe my partners and I need to do some work on our image.

We try, through explaining what we do in our “philosophy” page to convey the fact that we are patient, realistic and adaptive to the needs of our clients. Nothing is placed on a client that is excessive to their needs.

“Suffering” is a reality of physical training that we embrace and encourage our clients to learn to embrace, although it can be a tough adaptation.

The majority of our clients are never yelled at, because that is not an appropriate coaching intervention for the majority of people who require instruction more than motivation. Those who are yelled at are the ones who we’ve learned respond well to that type of intervention. I hope that makes sense, because I can’t tell you that there is no yelling, only that I believe our coaches and trainers are sensitive to who responds well to that.

Above all, I can assure you that our staff are not there to embarrass you or guilt you into doing things that you are not ready to do. I believe we have a staff who are authentically interested in the progress of our members and are sensitive and adaptive to the many different types of people we work with.

Just discovered your site. Do you only provide courses or is there a personal trainer program? I am thinking of a December training session. I am recovering from and rotator injury and do not have total mobility in my right arm so would need a modified program.

In your situation there are a couple possible ways to plug in to our services. The first step would be to do an assessment with us.

We assess all potential clients prior to introducing them to classes or personal training. We have special software for analyzing these assessments to ensure that the design of the various phases of our general training programs are carefully based on the results of the members of that training group.

It is quite possible, depending on the severity of your injury that you *might* fit into our “Foundation” phase group program with some minor modifications. However, whenever possible, the best case scenario is to undertake the “Foundation” phase of your training in a customized series of personal training sessions that cater to your specific needs in terms of creating that solid base of health.

Though it might sound strange, for simplicity sake we slide those with significant injuries – or anyone doing personal training, for that matter – into the context of our “Reaching” phase. It means that you have a specific goal to train toward for which our general program would be inadequate. In your case, that specific goal, would be to restore as much strength and stability to your injured shoulder as possible with, perhaps, a secondary goal of general health, body composition improvement or perhaps improving lower body athleticism.

All that being said, we are not rehabilitation specialists and we cannot treat pain. We do have a small network of very good practitioners that we will be more than happy to refer you to if your shoulder issues are outside of our area of expertise. In the meantime, we have all sorts of excellent training methods for your lower body and conditioning to help you achieve your secondary goal without aggravating your shoulder while you work with a specialist to bring it back to health.

Can you tell me more about what your long-term goals for training are outside of rehabilitating your shoulder?

Thanks for your inquiry! Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!