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  • I'm a beginner / have a chronic condition / am recently post-partum - Will I be able to do the workouts?
    All the the movements in my programs include several variations to accommodate differences in our bodies. My goal is always to help you find movement that feels right to you, right now. To participate in the small group program, you should be able to get up and down from the floor independently. If you cannot, Strength For Life semi-private training may be a better fit for you. Current Gentle Strength participants include people who have arthritis, diabetes, oesteopena, and other chonic conditions or past injuries. Strength training has been shown to help improve these and many other conditions. If you have injuries, chronic conditions, or are recently post-partum, you should obtain clearance from a medical provider before starting this, or any other excersize program.
  • I have experience strength training, will the programs be too easy?
    Probably not. We will focus on foundational movement patterns that are the pillars of strength training at any level. You can always add more weight, more reps, or choose a more challenging variation of the movement. That said, we won't be doing very technical lifts like olymic barbell movements (snatch, clean and jerk). The workouts are designed to maintain and improve functional strength for everyday life and casual athletic activities.
  • What are your COVID/Illness Protocols?
    We’re all in this to feel strong and healthy in our bodies - the last thing I want it to spread any illnesses around! I hope we can all be cautious and respectful to reduce risk of illness. These are some guidelines for us to follow, please let me know if you aren’t comfortable with this or have suggested changes: Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In-person classes will be capped at 8-9 participants. There will sometimes be other trainers with personal training/small group clients in the space with us. Use courteous gym hygiene - wash hands, wipe off equipment promptly, be aware of others’ space. Masks are not required, but are welcome. If you have any symptoms (congestion, fever, headache, etc), please stay home, rest, and take a COVID test. Once you are feeling well enough to workout and have tested negative, you can return to class. If you have been in close contact with someone who has has tested positive, please wear a mask to class for at least 5 days after contact and test for COVID. If you get COVID (or any illness really!), stay home from class until you are feeling fully well and testing negative.
  • What if I miss a class?
    While I hope this program helps participants to get in the groove of a consistent strength practice, I know that life is unpredictable and things will come up (see above!). I’m here to help you keep moving in whatever way works best for you. I will offer a few options for missed classes: I can provide a programmed-for-you at-home workout with whatever equipment you have available (including bodyweight). If you can make it to a different group time in the same week, send me a message and you can switch times. I will schedule a monthly open gym session on a weekend date that you can attend to get in the workout you missed.
  • What if you have to cancel a class?
    This is a one-woman operation and I, unfortunately, do not have substitute coaches available at this time. If I have to cancel a class, I’ll send everyone an at-home workout option. If I need to cancel more than two classes during the program session, I will do my best to schedule a make-up session at a time that works for as many participants as possible. If the make-up session doesn’t work for you, I can apply the cost of the class toward a discounted personal training session.
  • Are your programs refundable?
    If after the first week of a program, you decide it is not a good fit for you, I will provide a 90% refund. After the first week, the program is not refundable. If you experience an unforseen illness or injury that prevents you from completing 4 or more weeks of the program, I will apply the cost of the missed sessions to future training once you have recovered.
  • What do I need to bring/wear for in-person classes?
    The FIT Lab has all the equipment we will need for class, no need to bring any. Bring a small notebook or your phone to track your workouts. Writing down your reps and weights is helpful to see your progress and plan future workouts. Bring a water bottle. Wear comfy workout clothes you feel good in. Shoes: I prefer to wear minimal/barefoot style shoes while lifting weights, but any type of athletic shoes will work just fine.
  • Can I just drop in for a class or two?
    No. These are multi-week programs structured to progress over time in response to the individuals in the group. My goal is to build a sense of trust, comfort, and community among a consistent small group of people.
  • Do you have payment plan options or discounts?
    If you are unable to pay the full cost of a program up front, please contact me and we can discuss options.
  • Do I have to commit to one time slot?
    I ask that participants commit to primarily attending one time-slot. This helps to build community and trust within each small group. However, there is some flexiblity if things come up and you need to switch class times occasionally. Just contact me beforehand to confirm that there will be space.
  • Does The FIT Lab have lockers or showers?
    Unfortunately there is not a locker room or showers at The FIT Lab. There are restrooms you can use to change, and there is a shelf to store your belongings whithin view during sessions.
  • Does The FIT Lab require a membership or offer open gym times?
    The FIT Lab does not require any membership fees outside of specific program costs. Currently, there is no open gym time at The FIT Lab, however, I will schedule monthly weekend open gym times just for my clients. The space is used primarily by personal trainers. You can find out more about other trainers who use this space on their website here: https://thefitlabinc.com/meet-the-team/

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