Participant Fitness Levels – How Do I Know Which Class Is Right For Me?
Read the descriptions below for Participant Fitness Levels to find your category. Once you find your category, then continue reading to see what classes are recommended for you. Levels are also included on small group descriptions for each class. Not all individuals should participate in small group training.
Complete Beginner: You are new to exercise, especially strength training. You struggle performing squats, lunges and push-ups with proper form or you’re not sure what those exercises even are. You used to exercise, but have some injuries and haven’t worked out since you completed rehabilitation with your physical therapist.
Level 1: You know what squats, lunges and push-ups are, but you still struggle completing them with proper form. You may also have some limitations due to previous injuries, but have since completed rehabilitation with a physical therapist and have already been exercising either on your own or with a trainer. You are very careful with your joint-health and either don’t like, or try not to jump around a lot.
Level 2: You can squat, lunge and complete push-ups with proper form, or nearly proper form. You may have some limitations due to previous injuries, but have since completed rehabilitation with a physical therapist and have already been exercising either on your own or with a trainer for quite some time (greater than 6 months). You can perform moderate amounts of jumping and running.
Level 3: You can squat, lunge and complete push-ups with proper form on a regular basis. If you had an injury in the past, it’s fully rehabilitated and you have no exercise limitations. You can perform higher-intensity movements and ultimately want to be pushed to a higher level of fitness.
I know my Participant Fitness Level, now what?
If you fall into the Complete Beginner category, please schedule some personal training sessions before registering for small group training. If you fall into Level 1, 2 or 3, then check the class descriptions to see what classes are right for you.
Our trainers work hard to accommodate varying levels of fitness, however, small group classes are not appropriate for individuals who have injuries which require rehabilitation and should be supervised by a licensed physical therapist. Our trainers are not physical therapists and this is not a medically-supervised fitness facility.
Also, individuals who are brand new to exercise, or who struggle with the most basic exercises, like squats, lunges and/or push-ups, should work with a personal trainer one-on-one for at least 6 sessions to work on basic form and technique before starting a small group training program. Personal training provides the one-on-one attention you may need to build a foundation to perform basic exercises safely. Ultimately, your health and safety are our number one priority and we want to recommend the appropriate training so that you can be successful.