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Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve collated a number of frequently asked questions to help inform, educate and essentially fill in the blanks.
In the event you’ve worked your way through the questions and answers below and are still left wondering, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form located here. A Northside Movement trainer will respond to you in a timely manner and will do their very best to answer your question.
What’s the best time to go to the gym?
For many, the mornings tend to work really well as you can tick the box on the training front before the erratic nature of “daily life” takes over and things pop up that may get in the way.
What do I wear and take with me to the gym?
What do I need to bring?
But I'm not fit enough. Maybe I should wait until I'm ready to train?
Understand that fitness runs on a continuum and that we can build your fitness capacity gradually.. but to wait for the perfect time to actually start is like saying you want to learn Spanish without ever opening DuoLingo or going to a Spanish class.
Where to start?
This then allows us to create an individualised pathway to help get you where you want to go and gives us more time to get to know each other at a time when things are less familiar and there is more to learn!
How many people in a Group Class?
Our STRENGTH sessions are currently capped at 12 people per session.
The CARDIO sessions vary from 12-20 given the reduction in technicality and the simplified intent when compared to the strength sessions.
Personal Training vs Small Group. What's the difference?
The Small Group Program is a personalised approach to group training that comes with scalable programming and meets the requirements for most individuals. Whilst the programming isn’t specific to any one individuals goals, in seeking general fitness growth we do this with an experienced and thoughtful approach to programming that brings quality training to all participants.
The Personal Training program dials up the attention and personalisation of your experience from pretty high to 100%. That is you get your OWN trainer to help guide, support and structure your training to give you the BEST training experience around. This is appropriate for individuals that require a little more assistance when starting out, those recovering from an injury or with specific fitness aspirations in mind such as events or significant goals. On top of the Personal sessions, you also gain FULL ACCESS to the Small Group program to give you the opportunity for additional training to compliment the work you’re doing with your Personal Trainer.
I'm a beginner. Do I really need to warm up?
So I've warmed up. What's next?
What should I focus on training wise?
Our Small Group Program and common approach to training is based off a General Physical Preparedness model. That is, we want to build up your fitness capacity across many aspects without specialising. So we then work on getting stronger, more powerful and generally fitter.
When we have a specific event, are returning from an injury or a special goal.. we then target your desired goal with a little more specificity. That is, we start to work on those key fitness elements that are entirely relevant to your goal. This is best achieved when working with a Personal Trainer, but given our Smaller Group Sizes and regular opportunities for consultations.. we can achieve an element of this in both programs.
How often should I train?
We see better results across the board once people achieve a minimum of 4 sessions per week on a fairly regular basis.
What if I can't keep up?
Imagine going running around the TAN and comparing yourself to everyone that you saw and trying to compete with people you know nothing about in terms of how long they’ve trained, what they’re training for or even who they are? In the words of Ted Lasso.. be curious and not judgemental.
One of the KEY elements to a successful and meaningful training journey is surrounding yourself in an environment the encourages effort and cultivates support.
When you have the necessary support and consistently give your best effort, the only way is forward. And we ALL start somewhere.
Do you do H.I.I.T?
We very much lean towards lower impact when doing cardio because we are grown adults and our joints don’t really appreciate an unnecessary punishing for no reason. Ever feel like your knees want to explode after your training session? You shouldn’t. There is a better way.