There are many questions you should ask a fitness expert. Here are some of the most frequent questions we get, and that you should be asking before joining any fitness centre.
Who can benefit from a personal trainer?
Everyone can benefit from working with a personal trainer! Whether you are new to exercise, have been told by the doctor that you need to increase your physical activity, or are an experienced gym enthusiast. I am the trainer for you! My strong education in human anatomy, exercise physiology and advanced resistance training will ensure that your time is spent effectively. With direction, guidance and support, your goals can become a reality at a much quicker pace than if you were doing it all on your own.
What types of programs are there?
- Exercise prescription (weight loss, body building, health changes, lifestyle counselling, fitness program design, strength and conditioning)
- Sport-specific training
- Exercise for all ages
- Post rehab exercise training
How do I pick a personal trainer?
In Manitoba there are 3 major bodies of certification for personal training, Can-fit-pro, Manitoba Fitness Council and CSEP. Understanding what kind of training each certification gives will help clients pick which trainer is best for them. Since Personal Training is not regulated in Manitoba and anyone can legally call themselves a Personal Trainer, it is "buyer beware"! Always ask potential trainer's what credentials and training they have done to ensure your safety. All of our Fitness Professionals have undergone training by one or more of these 3 certifying bodies:
Personal trainer Specialist (PTS) it is a 4 day course (total of 30 hours) followed by a written and practical exam. Topics included are:
- Aspects of fitness, wellness and basic training principles
- Fitness theory: skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems
- Components of a workout from warm-up, cardiovascular and resistance training to cool-down
- Kinesiology/anatomy in action and bioenergetics
- Nutritional counselling and weight management
- Screening and assessment of new clients
- Business skills for success as a personal trainer
Fitness Theory Course: Is a 20 hour course that covers basic theory behind fitness classes including leadership, health and fitness, anatomy, physiology, applied movement mechanics, principles of training, workout design and basic nutrition. This course will give you the knowledge to proceed to the practical modules.
After that a person can chose what stream of fitness they want to further take, such as Group fitness, Resistance training, Aqua fitness, Older Adult fitness, and Yoga fitness. All courses have a written and practical exam.
CSEP has two designations, CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and CEP (Certified Exercise Physiologist). For the CPT designation a person must complete at least 2 years of university education, including these courses (each course is 30-50hrs):
- Human anatomy, Exercise physiology, Physical activity promotion and adherence, Issues in health, Physical activity and aging, Advanced resistance training, Human anatomy and physiology, Scientific Principles of Fitness and Conditioning, Prevention and care of Sport Injuries, Biomechanics, and Sport psychology.
After completing this, there is a 2.5/hr practical exam (must pass all sections) and a 2hr written exam (must get over 70%). For the CEP certification a person must complete a 4 year university degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science).
How often do I need to see a trainer?
That is really up to each client individually, based on their needs. Those who struggle with adherence, may want to see their trainer on a regular basis to help them stay on track. Others may receive their exercise prescription and only need monthly visits to fine tune program and try new challenges.
Where are consultations with the trainer held?
Consultations can be held at the Vivacity Fitness facility which contains free weights, pulley system, smith machine, bench press and treadmill. The trainer can also go to your home (email for quote) or go to the gym of your choice with you (applicable gym drop-in fees likely apply and client is responsible to cover those).
Personal Training Policies
- Cancellations less than 24 hours require full appointment payment
- Clients 15 minutes late or more will result in forfeit of appointment at cost of full payment. It is respectful to the trainer and the clients they have after you, for you to be 5 - 10 minutes early and ready to go at time of appointment.
How do I register for exercise classes?
Registration can be done in person at Kas-Sky W.H.C.C (561 St. Anne's rd). The methods of payment available are cash or cheque (ATM on site). We can also take payment by PayPal/credit card found on the RATES page of our website.
How many people can attend an exercise class?
Have you ever been to an exercise class and felt like you were a sardine in a can? Bumping into other people and barely enough room to move? You will not have this type of negative experience at Vivacity Fitness. We pride ourselves in keeping class sizes small, so each individual can get feedback and attention from our great instructors! Our 1000 square foot studio space will ensure that you have the room you need to enjoy the class!
Register early! This is the only way to guarantee yourself a spot! We also pride ourselves in a keeping clean facility and washrooms, offer clients free parking (also access via transit) and water during their classes.
Can I come watch the class before I try it?
We respect the privacy of our clients and to ensure this we do not allow people to watch our classes. Clients are welcome to pay a drop-in rate and try out the class before committing to the session.
Do I need to bring any equipment to class with me?
Please bring a water bottle, clean indoor shoes, and yoga mat (don’t have one...don’t worry we extras!).