FAQ

Adult Fitness Program Questions

+Do you only train athletes?

No, we are highly skilled and capable of meeting all of your fitness needs and goals.

+Is HIT like Crossfit?

The HIT Center is not Crossfit. We have independently created our own programming and methodology, and have a planned system in which everything has a purpose. While we promote high intensity workouts, we do not support “reps for time” for Olympic lifts, which leads to degradation of form and unnecessary injury. Olympic lifts are complex and should be used to develop rapid force production. HIT Center workouts are periodized– not randomized. Each of our clients tracks every workout, and tests/retests every 8 weeks. Additionally, each of our coaches hold four-year degrees in exercise science, and must perform a 3-4 month hands-on internship before ever being considered for employment.

+How are you different from a boot camp?

While boot camps offer conditioning with little strength training, our program offers a comprehensive strength system along with intense conditioning. HIT has a facility full of weights and equipment you simply don’t get at a boot camp. The smaller group sizes also allow our coaches to provide quality instruction.

+What is the benefit of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

HIIT is a great way to condition and maintain your lean muscle gains and strength while burning fat. While cardio activity is necessary for heart health, circulation, and mobility, pure cardio activities can actually prevent muscle building and we do not what that to happen. Lean muscle helps drive our metabolism. We want to be heart healthy but also maintain muscle. Our HITT training is cardio that enhances muscle building and cardiac output so you burn calories AND build muscle.

HIIT alternates between short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by a brief period of rest. This is one of the best ways to turn on “afterburn,” where your body’s increased metabolic rate burns fat for a period of time AFTER your workout. Interval training can turn on this afterburn for a good 4 hours post-workout, meaning you’re still burning calories and breaking down fat.

HIIT workouts tend to be shorter in duration, with outputs of high intensity exercise, yet studies are finding that despite the shorter duration of these workouts, they tend to be superior when it comes to fat loss, with an increase in fat burning muscle fibers. An Australian study found that HIIT training, when compared to a typical 40-minute cardio program at 60% maximal heart rate, showed a 6x greater increase in fat loss. The American College of Sports Medicine found that HIIT workouts showed a 10% increase in calories burned in the 24-hour post-workout period. Workouts showed a 10% increase in calories burned in the 24-hour post-workout period.

http://www.acsm.org/about-acsm/media-room/acsm-in-the-news/2011/08/01/for-all-day-metabolism-boost-try-interval-training

+Can I try a session to see if it is a good fit for me?

Absolutely! We always offer a free trial session to any of our sessions.

+Do I need to schedule a group session or can I just show up?

To ensure that we always have an appropriate coach-to-client ratio, we require everyone to schedule ahead of time using the MindBody online software.

+Do I have to attend the same class session when I sign up?

No, adults are welcome to attend any of the adult group offerings we have. Likewise, youth athletes (12-18 years old) are welcome to attend either Youth Speed or Youth Strength classes.

+Why do you offer session packages?

Our session packages expire in 3 months therefore it gives those who cannot commit to a regular schedule the chance to buy sessions in bulk and use them over a 3 month period. This also may be a good choice for those who are supplementing our training with their own.

+What are the benefits of unlimited group sessions per month versus purchasing individual sessions or session packages?

The unlimited holds the best value for our clients, especially if you plan to train more than once or twice a week. We usually advise anyone committing to their fitness/health to exercise at least 3 times per week. The unlimited clients ALSO benefit from FREE monthly fitness testing through exercise tests and our body composition testing through the BOD POD. We do all the tracking and recording of your progress for you, including strength and lean muscle gains, and fat loss. Fitness commitment is rewarding, and we want to express that!

+I am not in good enough shape to start training. What do I do?

You can start just as you are, at your current fitness level, and let us worry about getting you in shape.

+How quickly can I expect to see results?

Most clients start to notice changes in how they look and/or feel after a couple of weeks or less.

+Can you guarantee results?

Results are impossible for any trainer or gym to promise unless they are with you every minute of the day. Nutrition and genetics play a large role in results. We can, however, promise you the highest quality training experience every time.

+Do I need to be a member to start Personal Training?

No, we do not offer memberships like regular gyms. Just purchase your desired number of sessions.

+If I want to purchase over six Personal Training sessions for the volume discount, do I need to pay for them all up front?

Yes, any Personal Training package you choose must be paid in full before any training begins.

+Do you offer open gym memberships?

No, everything we offer is either Personal Training or Small Group Training.

+Why does it cost more than a regular gym?

You are paying for quality coaching in a small coach-to-client ratio. We do all of the programming and provide only the best equipment. The program includes small ratios for the best instruction as well as documentation, accountability, and testing services.

Athletic Training Program Questions

+Is my child too young for Youth Sports Performance classes?

Our Youth Sports Performance classes are for athletes ages 12-18.

+Should my kid train in-season?

Yes, the training frequency should be reduced to 1-2 times per week, but it is important to maintain gains made during the off-season.

+Is it safe for my child to do any type of strength training?

Yes, with solid instruction and proper resistance progression, it is completely safe and beneficial, and it won’t hinder growth. Please see the links from the National Strength & Conditioning Association for their position statements for resistance training for youth:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19620931#

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11019731

+Should I be concerned about injuries that may occur while my child is training at HIT?

Injuries can happen anywhere at any time. However, our style of training is focused on injury prevention to help your athlete on the field or court.

+Can I try one of your programs to see if it is a good fit for me?

Absolutely! We always offer a free trial session to any of our sessions.

+Do I need to schedule training?

Yes. We keep our groups small to ensure quality. If additional coaches are needed, we like to know at least a day in advance. Therefore, we require our clients to schedule at least eight hours ahead of time.

+Can I watch my child throughout his/her workout?

We understand your desire to be involved in your child’s training. However, we ask that you trust our expertise and stay within designated viewing areas.

+What kind of results can I expect?

Results are impossible for any trainer or gym to promise unless they are with you every minute of the day. Nutrition and genetics play a large role in training results. We can, however, promise you the highest quality training experience every time.