Personal Fitness: Start Here
So you’ve decided it’s time to get your personal fitness into gear. It’s time to lose weight, bulk up, overcome injury, boost your energy level, prepare for a milestone event...no matter what your reason is, we say: Good on you.
For many, the hardest part of starting a new fitness program is getting started. Actually showing up and kicking it off. This page outlines some of the things to expect at your first session at Precision Athletics, along with some FAQs to help out anyone starting out at the gym for the first time (or the first time in awhile).
New to Personal Training?
At your free introductory training session, you’ll meet with your personal trainer to talk about your fitness goals and your level of fitness. From there, your trainer may run you through a fitness assessment to record baselines. This helps us see progression and what you’ve achieved a few months into your new program. The results are completely private, and you won’t be compared to anyone else—this is information only to benefit you and your trainer.
After your fitness assessment, you’ll be guided through a sample workout designed specifically for your fitness level and goals. This first personal training session will take less than an hour. Please come in your workout gear and bring a water bottle.
Before your session, read through the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (Par-Q), a tool used to help fitness professionals determine if a client is ready for a physical fitness program. Bring a print copy to your session, or we can have you fill one out at the gym.
New to Group Fitness?
If you haven’t worked out in a while, don’t sweat it: we design each class to be scalable to different abilities and fitness levels so that everyone can participate in our classes. Our Bootcamp classes are always a great starting place if you’re unsure which group fitness class to go with.
Be sure to let us know if you’re new to Precision Athletics so we can set you up with your free week of group fitness classes along with links to the fitness forms that must be filled out and brought to your first class.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes, each of the trainers carries insurance plus we have a policy covering Precision personal training staff.
What are your policies on cancellations?
We require 24 hours notice to cancel training sessions at no charge. Sessions that are not cancelled or re-scheduled 24 hours in advance will be charged at the full rate.
We do not offer any refunds for missed classes, but you can make up your scheduled class in another or different program within the same week. If you’re unable to make up the class in the same week, please contact us and we’ll do our best to arrange a spot for you in another program.
Do I have to have a fitness assessment? I hate getting measured.
You don’t have to have a fitness assessment, but you may regret not doing one. Many clients love seeing how the numbers change as they improve, or the differences in progress photos. This information becomes integral to further motivation to achieve or surpass your goals!
What and when should I eat before my workout?
Eat a light meal about two hours before your session. Your body prefers to use carbohydrates as fuel, so your meal should include these (think bread, pasta, fruits and vegetables). You don’t need to avoid protein and fat, but don’t overdo these nutrients if you’ll be exercising within two hours. If you end up eating a large protein, fibre and fat-filled meal, wait about four hours before exercising.
If you feel hungry right before your workout, choose a small snack like piece of fruit.
Hydration is important for your health and exercise will cause a depletion of water when you sweat. Drink a glass of water an hour or so before your workout and again after your workout. You can also sip water throughout your workout.
I tried one personal trainer but we have different styles/schedules—can I switch to another trainer?
Absolutely. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your personal trainer so that you get the most out of your sessions together. If you’d like to try someone else, email us so we can find the right fit for you.
Can I participate in class if I have an existing injury?
You cannot participate in one of our fitness classes if you have an existing injury that could be made worse. However, if you’ve obtained written approval from a physician or physiotherapist stating you are able to participate, you are free join the class at your own risk. We require a copy of the signed and dated note from your physician or physiotherapist for your files. Please let your coach or class leader know about your injury prior to class so that they can provide any modifications for you.
Do you have a payment plan?
For our group fitness programs your credit card will be charged at the beginning of each month. If this payment plan doesn’t suit your needs, contact us to discuss other options.
For personal training, you can discuss billing questions directly with your trainer. He/she may bill a monthly basis while others may bill bi-weekly.