Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a personal fitness trainer and a physiotherapist?
Personal trainers design and implement exercise programs and offer one on one instruction in a safe and progressive manner. These exercises are intended to maintain or improve health, strength, mobility, confidence and independence. Physical therapists diagnose, treat and manage pain, injuries and diseases. Personal trainers address the body as a whole, and often work with their clients on an ongoing basis, while physiotherapists generally treat the affected area or injury for a finite period of time until the individual has maximized their physical capability. Personal trainers may work in tandem with physiotherapists following post rehabilitation, in order to maximize the client's highest level of functioning and quality of life.
Do I have to sign a contract?
No. Our clients our free to maintain our services for as many sessions as they feel necessary. Our only prerequisite is a minimum of one session per week.
What if I have never exercised before?
Our trainers treat each client as an individual, looking closely at their medical history and current and past level of activity. After a lengthy consultation and assessment, they will then design a customized fitness program which will grow with the senior as they progress and attain their fitness goals.
What if I have special needs or disabilities?
Our trainers are experienced with all aspects of the ageing process and will take the necessary precautions when dealing with your health issues. We will refer clients believed to be outside our scope of practice to other qualified fitness, medical or health professionals when appropriate.
When can I expect to see results?
Although each individual is unique, our clients usually begin to feel immediate benefits after a few short weeks. Confidence builds, as does stamina and strength. Within six to eight weeks, noticeable changes occur in the body including increased ease of movement, more energy, muscle control and functional capability.
Do I need clearance from my physician?
Yes. Each potential client will be given a form that will inform their primary physician of their intent to begin an exercise program. In this document, their will be specific guidelines that must be authorized before our trainers begin.
Do I need to buy equipment?
No. Everything that is needed for a full body work out is provided by the trainer. Clients need only to have loose comfortable clothing, sensible footwear as well as a positive attitude!
I feel fine! Why do I need to exercise?
Regular exercise is the single best prevention an older adult can take to safe guard against future illnesses and maintain independence. A strong body is better prepared to fight conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, heart attack and stroke. Good health does not come from good luck!