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"I'm not sure strength training is for me..."

Commonly Asked Strength Training Questions

(asked by folks who now see the power in VIVO)​

In short – yes. Whether your fitness goals are ambitious or modest, whether you’re fit or sedentary, healthy or unhealthy, Vivo is for you. The Vivo program, delivered as small group personal training, allows for individual attention and customized workouts at a fraction of the price of one-on-one personal training, and provides the added benefit of exercising with a supportive community.

You don’t need any!  We’ll send you a welcome kit with two resistance bands that we’ll use in class and the rest will be done with body weight.  It’s pretty amazing how our understanding of the science of exercise has evolved such that we can work every muscle in the body without the need for outside equipment.

We know there are a million things you’d like to do with your day, and while strength training does take time – it is recommended to do 2-3 times per week – each Vivo class is only 45 minutes.  That’s it!  No travel, parking, or hassle required. Ultimately, we want you to have more time, not less. We want you to meet your goals, whether that means walking around the neighborhood with friends, running a 5K with the grandkids, or finally climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. We want you to have the strength, energy, and confidence to enjoy the activities that are important to you, and believe strength training is the best way to help you get there.

You don’t need experience in the gym, working with weights, or with bodyweight exercises.  Can’t tell a lunge from a squat?  Doesn’t matter. Our trainers are experts and will ensure you’re comfortable with each exercise.  We want you to reach your goals.  This is not a “no pain, no gain” zone.  This is all about creating a supportive environment that will help you create habits for life.   

We hear you.  Vivo is personalized for everyone and we meet you at your level.  We cap the sessions at 6 people to ensure that you will receive the individualized attention that you need to be successful.  Our coaches are experts at modifying each move to ensure that it is an exercise that you can do and feel comfortable doing.  Have an artificial knee or knee pain?  We can change a squat into a chair stand. Still bothering you?  We’ll put pillows down to make the chair higher.  Your doctor will always be the authority on whether a strength training plan is right for you, and we recommend getting clearance from your doctor prior to starting Vivo if you are at all concerned.

Online videos are a great resource, but as we age, having proper form is paramount to progress and to injury prevention.  Not having real-time feedback as you exercise as an older adult can lead to unnecessary injuries and frustration. And, to make real progress in your strength, your muscles must be sufficiently challenged. We’ll help you put enough load on your muscles to get results while keeping you safe – something you won’t get from a pre-recorded video.

Personal training is great, but may not be an affordable option for everyone. Vivo can provide the same fitness benefits for a fraction of the cost of personal trainers. You’ll be a part of community that encourages, supports, and holds you accountable. Not only will this inspire you to continue, but the additional social engagement of each class will ensure that you’re having fun and returning each week.  

All exercise is encouraged, but as you age, having proper form is paramount to building strength and preventing injuries. To make real progress, muscles must be sufficiently challenged.  In a group fitness class, there are typically too many people for an instructor to focus on each individual. As a result, a group fitness class is too easy for some and too hard for others. With Vivo, you get the social benefit of a group fitness class with the personalized attention from a certified trainer who will ensure that exercises are appropriately challenging and right for your level.

Way to go!  If you are consistently going to the gym, terrific.  However, if you’re like many of us, you may have an inconsistent relationship with exercise. We get it. Going to the gym requires self-discipline, so much so that many of us stop our workout routine at a gym within the first five months and never pick it back up.  For a lifetime of staying strong, that doesn’t cut it.  With Vivo, you’ll be a part of a community that encourages, supports, and holds you accountable. Not only will this inspire you to continue, but the additional social engagement of each class will ensure that you’re having fun and returning.  The goal is for exercise to become a lifelong habit – a habit that allows you to live fully and remain independent for the rest of your life. 

We also know that for many of us, due to the novel coronavirus, gyms are closed or less than safe right now.  Vivo provides you with an option for safe, individualized exercise in a supportive community.

We understand that as we age, we lose strength, balance and sometimes our confidence.  You may have a pre-existing condition or previous injury that limits your mobility.  Our trainers understand these concerns and will work with you to identify strength exercises that are appropriately challenging. We have a limit of 6 people per session for this reason – to ensure our coaches can pay close attention to everyone. And although it may be counterintuitive, strength training makes you LESS likely to get injured, not more (https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/strength-training-is-vital-in-avoiding-injuries-and-staying-independent-as-you-age/2020/02/07/88694832-3888-11ea-bf30-ad313e4ec754_story.html )

Vivo is an investment in yourself. An investment designed to improve your health, increase your mobility, and maintain your independence.  And, at just a fraction of the cost of one-on-one personal training, we think a darn good investment. Not to mention it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper than medical procedures, in-home care or assisted living!

Unless you are training AND eating for body building, you will not get bulky.  It’s just not possible for most people of any age, and certainly not for older adults.  Adding muscle mass means you will burn more calories at rest, which can translate into more fat burned, so you may lose fat, but we promise you will not look like the Incredible Hulk.

Walking is terrific exercise – you can do it anywhere, it gets the blood flowing, it works the heart, it’s low impact, and it’s free! In order to maintain the strength and independence to continue walking through your favorite neighborhoods, you must supplement cardiovascular exercises like walking with sufficiently challenging resistance to your muscles. Think of strength training as the key to continued mobility.