Jill 705 768-2923
Eric 416 829-4512
Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions below, just in case we have already answered your questions there….
+1 705 768-2923
+1 416 829-4512
102-121 Trudelle St. Scarborough, ON., CANADA M1J 3K4
Frequently Asked Questions…
I am not your average personal training client – I have (my child has) a disability &/or injury (MS, Parkinson’s, Cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, arthritis, post stroke, joint replacement…). Have you trained anyone like me (my child) before?
Both Eric and Jill have several years of experience training clients of all ages, with a huge range of abilities/disabilities at one of the most reputable facilities in North America. Jill also worked as an Enhanced Resource Teacher for children with special needs at a nursery school, did years of one-one-one contract work with children with special needs, and also worked at KPRDSB as an EA and Child & Youth worker with children of all abilities. As a trained elementary school teacher, she also has additional qualifications in Special Education and Health & Physical Education.
We bridge the gap between physical rehabilitation and personal training, helping clients get into shape while addressing previous injuries, symptoms of diagnoses, and weaknesses. We can schedule a consultation to see if we are the right fit for you.
Do you have a studio for In-Person training?
Yes, we have a small, fully-equipped studio.
Where is your studio located and do you have parking?
We are conveniently located at 121 Trudelle St. Scarborough Ontario, close to Eglinton and McCowan. Free Parking is available.
What happens during a Personal Training session?
A personal training session will normally last for one hour. This will follow along the lines of a brief warm-up followed by your main training program where you will focus on your goals using cardiovascular, strength, mobility &/or flexibility exercises. Finally there will be a cool down or relaxation period. Any program may vary from one session to the next according to the clients’ needs and progress.
Where do you train clients?
This will depend on where you’ve agreed your sessions will be. We may use Zoom or Skype for Virtual training or we may go to your home or office, or perhaps use the local park, swimming pool or even be out on a bike. There will normally be problems with having us go to your own fitness centre as they will usually have their own trainers. However, we have our own well- equipped training studio where we can train you.
Will you ask questions about my lifestyle?
The nature of personal training is such that it incorporates your needs, goals and preferences. We’ll need to ask some initial questions during the consultation, which probe the demands that are placed on you from your job, lifestyle and/or disability. Typically the first session will include questions about:
- Basic personal details
- Medical background
- Fitness background
- Lifestyle factors (e.g. smoking or drinking)
- Nutritional habits
- Personal goals and objectives in relation to fitness
How often should I exercise?
For most healthy adults, these are the recommended exercise guidelines:
- Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out this exercise during the course of a week. Greater amounts of exercise will provide even greater health benefit. But even small amounts of physical activity are helpful. Being active for short periods of time throughout the day can add up to provide health benefit.
- Strength training. Do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do a single set of each exercise, using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions.
Moderate aerobic exercise includes activities such as brisk walking, swimming and mowing the lawn. Vigorous aerobic exercise includes activities such as running and aerobic dancing. Strength training can include use of dumbbells, kettlebells, ankle/wrist weight, weight machines, your own body weight, resistance tubing or resistance paddles in the water, or activities such as rock climbing.
As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight, maintain weight loss or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more.
Reducing sitting time is important, too. The more hours you sit each day, the higher your risk of metabolic problems. Sitting too much can negatively impact your health and longevity, even if you get the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
Short on long chunks of time? Even brief bouts of activity offer benefits. For instance, if you can’t fit in one 30-minute walk during the day, try a few five-minute walks instead. Any activity is better than none at all. What’s most important is making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle.
Seeing a professional fitness trainer can help you revise your current workout routine or devise a new one so that you can start seeing improvement and stay safe from injury. To get established in your new routine, it’s a good idea to see your personal trainer at least 1 to 2 times per week. If you need more accountability and motivation, you can book more frequent sessions ongoing.
I’ve never exercised before, is strength training safe for me?
Strength Training is safe for most everyone, but we always recommend that you check with your physician before starting any exercise program. As long as you start slowly, and do not try to progress too quickly, you will find wonderful benefits from resistance training.
Why can’t I just do cardio?
While cardiovascular training is great for building strong hearts and lungs, it doesn’t provide the stimulus the body requires for building bigger, stronger muscles.
Use it or lose it! Lean muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. You’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body if you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose over time. Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age.
Strength training may also help you:
- Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Manage your weight. Strength training can help you manage or lose weight, and it can increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
- Enhance your quality of life Strength training may enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Building muscle also can contribute to better balance and may reduce your risk of falls. This can help you maintain independence as you age.
- Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease, depression and diabetes.
- Sharpen your thinking skills. Some research suggests that regular strength training and aerobic exercise may help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.
Adding strength training to an exercise program allows you to increase the load on your muscles, alter the range of motion through which the joints move, and target different muscles than those utilized during typical cardiovascular training.
If I book a training session for my child, can I stay with him/her during the session?
Of course! You know your child best and can pass along any helpful information that your child may not be able to communicate.
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1 705 768-2923 Jill
1 416 829-4512 Eric
102-121 Trudelle St.
Scarborough, ON M1J 3K4