Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Working with a Personal Trainer or Strength Coach ensures the exercises performed are specific to your goals and are executed safely. Our team of Personal Trainers and Coaches have the knowledge and skills required to work around injuries and medical conditions that make effective exercise difficult. One-on-One Personal Training offers a schedule that is flexible and based on your needs.

Yes, absolutely. For athletes, being your best means having the physical capability to perform. Research has proven massive positive effects for sport performance, including multiple athletic factors (such as strength and power) and reduction of injuries. Our staff help prepare multiple athletes and teams every season reach their physical peak. Our staff create programs catered to athletic performance depending on the sport and time of year. Trainers and Coaches will strive to increase maximal strength, power and stamina in our athletes to help them be their best on game day.

Of course! Our Trainers and Coaches work with clients of all fitness levels. It is a misconception that only the super-fit work with Personal Trainers. The exercise selection is based on YOUR fitness level to provide the appropriate workout during your session with the trainer.

If you are new to exercise, working with a trainer or coach 2-3 times/week is recommended. If possible, training should not occur on consecutive days to allow the body time to rest and heal. For those with performance goals, 3 times/week minimum is recommended and can be modified during sport in-seasons.

Put simply, no. Training once per week is usually meant for in-season athletes with heavier practice schedules in order to maintain strength and power. For those looking to improve performance and fitness results, more time spent training will be needed. We recommend minimum 2-3 workouts weekly to improve physicality.

Each session begins with our 3-Part Prep to prepare the body for exercise. Our staff will ensure that the warm-up or prep is easy for the client to learn while still preparing the body for further work ahead.

After the warm-up, the trainer or coach will introduce the exercises for the day and explain what muscles will be worked and why the exercises were selected. The trainer’s role is to create a program that is specific to your goals and ensure each exercise is performed correctly and safely. The trainer will coach you through lifting mechanics, conditioning drills and a variety of other fitness aspects to ensure success.

For our Semi-Private or Group Training options, you MUST bring or form your own pairs/groups. We recommend considering people with similar abilities or goals in order to maximize what we can program for your training plans. If you are having trouble finding people to train with, consider posting in our exclusive members only Facebook group: The Iron Association! We have a ton of private folks who may consider splitting the cost to form a training group!

All members purchasing any of our monthly Training Subscriptions are billed a Harmonized Facility Fee. This is a monthly fee and goes towards all things that makeup our awesome client experience. The Harmonized Facility Fee funds cover shower/towel services, weekly promotions, giveaways, educational resources, free seminars/workshops and community events. We want to make sure we are able to offer our members more than training and our Harmonized Facility Fee ensures we are able to do so.

Generally, it takes 8-12 weeks before you begin to “see” results. What type of results you “see” is very individual and depends on your baseline fitness, how hard and how frequently you exercise, and what your goals are. More importantly however, you will “feel” the results of exercise almost immediately. We try to de-emphasize the obsession with the visual results, and pay more attention to all of the other crucial aspects of what exercise can do for you like increase your energy, reduce stress levels and improve your strength.

All Personal Trainers and Strength Coaches at Iron Performance Center have at least a four-year university degree in a Health and Fitness related field. In addition, all staff are required to have a national certification from either the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, or the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. The university experience combined with one of the national certifications gives our staff the skills and knowledge necessary to prescribe safe and effective exercises.

Furthermore, our Trainers and Coaches who work with elite athletes are required to have the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation.

Believe it or not, low back pain can actually improve with proper exercise. Depending on severity, our staff will design and implement safe and effective exercise programs to help alleviate pain while addressing the root of the issue. We recommend consulting your doctor before getting started or seeking physiotherapist recommendation.

Ideally, you should have some form of fuel in your system before you work out. Eating an easily digested carbohydrate an hour or so before you hit the gym ensures that you’ll have enough energy in the tank to get through your program. Try fruit and yogurt or toast and peanut butter; not too much or you’ll feel sluggish and heavy.

If, however, you exercise first thing in the morning, eating before your workout may not be an option. Many people find that they can tolerate cardio on an empty stomach, but need fuel to get through a strength training session. Experiment with the types of food and the timing of your pre-workout meal to discover what works best for you.

Eating after a workout is important. You need to replenish your glycogen stores and ‘feed’ the muscles that you’ve just trained. Sports nutritionists suggest that you eat a small snack consisting of protein and easily digested carbohydrates within about an hour of training and then your next meal an hour or two later. Some ideas could include a protein shake, chocolate milk, Greek yogurt or turkey sandwiches.

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