Frequently Asked Questions
Proper exercise is performed through the maximum available pain-free range of motion. If you’ve already moved through full range, why push the limits any further? Stretching without resistance may actually compromise joint integrity and stability.
You cannot exercise your heart in isolation. When you perform so-called “cardio” your heart responds to deliver more blood and oxygen to the working muscles. High quality muscle contractions mean plenty of cardiovascular stimulation is provided during intensity-based strength workouts, especially when performed with minimal rest between exercises. Contrary to popular opinion, increases in heart strength due to exercise are minimal and contribute little to your body’s efficient use of oxygen. While sustained “aerobic” activities increase your body’s ability to perform these specific movements, they do not stimulate muscle growth because they do not sufficiently fatigue your muscles. Most of the conditioning effect of exercise is the result of enhancing the muscle’s ability to utilize oxygen.
Injury is always a possibility, but even less likely than with many common activities. We begin with relatively low resistance during the first workout and increase over the next few workouts until you are working with a meaningful load that you can safely handle. This usually involves somewhere between 3 and 8 repetitions for optimal stimulation. We also monitor you constantly for proper technique. The risk of injury is very low.
On the contrary, recreation is of great benefit psychologically and contributes greatly to quality of life. In fact, the purpose of training is to enhance your functional ability to enjoy these activities safely and competently. However, sustained activities, such as treadmill running, stationary cycling, stair-stepping, or other sustained activities, performed for the sole purpose of getting fit will actually undermine your strength and possibly endanger your health. Recreation is supposed to be fun. It is, however, no substitute for the hard work of proper exercise.