Frequently Asked Questions
How many times a week should I train?
There is no universal answer to this question. It depends on may factors. Generally speaking if you are new to exercise we suggest starting with 3x/week. Once you are more conditioned you may increase to 4x/week paying attention to how well you are recovering in between sessions. Your coaches will help you if you are not sure. We don’t suggest training more than 5x/week and it should be noted that if you opt to train 5-6x/week half of those sessions should be easy to moderate. In most cases, more is not better!
But won’t training more, lead to faster fat loss?
This is where the mindset needs to shift. Fat loss will come as a result of proper nutrition, proper sleep and reduced stress. The goal of the training is to build the body (ie: better movement, better posture, increased strength, increased endurance, increased mobility & flexibility, increased muscle). You know the saying, “You can’t out train a bad diet.” Its true! Your nutrition habits is the most significant player in your fat loss journey.
I’m a woman, will I get “bulky” with the strength training?
Strength training does not make women “bulky” or muscular. It will help to give your body more shape and add “tone” to the muscles. You will not look like a bodybuilder. Bodybuilders train and eat in very specific ways in order to achieve that look.
As a woman, strength training is one of the best things you can do to keep your body young and to prevent muscle and bone loss. A big mistake many women make is focusing only on cardio based exercise (ie: running). Running is great but countless studies show that strength training is superior for bone health and body composition goals.
I have an injury/pain, can I still do your program?
It depends. We would need to assess the situation to be in a position to answer this question. We do work with many individuals who have had injuries or are experiencing pain. Our goal is to get you moving better and for pain to diminish or, better yet, completely resolve. We provide specific exercises for individuals who need special attention before we put them into the regular training program.
I’m sedentary/beginner and I am afraid of injury, is this for me?
We believe that strength training is for everyone. However, we would never compromise the safety of a person who is a beginner or has not exercised in a while. Our primary goal is to do no harm! We assess you and start working with you where you are at and progress you at a pace that works for you. Assessments are made frequently to make sure that any issues are addressed and corrected.
I don’t live in the area and can only commit to coming to the studio 1 or 2x a week? Can you still work with me?
Absolutely! Get in touch with Coach Louka. He will be happy to discuss the possibilities.
I can just watch YouTube video and follow kettlebell workouts for free…why should I join your club?
You can get ALOT for free these days! Even an injury 😉 Training with any implement be it a barbell, dumbell, or kettlebell requires a particular technical understanding of how to properly perform the exercise so that you don’t get hurt and so that you actually benefit from the exercise. Before loading an exercise with any weight you need to understand proper movement mechanics. Can you squat properly? Can you hinge properly? Do you have good shoulder mobility? Do you know how to breathe properly? Do you know how to use full body tension? Are you aware of muscles that are not firing? etc etc etc
Many people pick up weights, but only a small percentage are actually getting any benefit from it and those are usually the ones that work with a professional. You can not learn kettlebell technique by watching youtube videos especially if you have absolutely no background in strength training and have never worked with a coach before. Please be careful!
Why should I train with Kettkebells?
The kettlebell is the most versatile training tool there is—a gym in your hand.
Science and experience agree that kettlebell training develops a wide range of attributes: slow and dynamic strength, various types of endurance, muscle hypertrophy, fat loss, health, etc. For all your kettlebell related questions please refer to our Certifying Organization StrongFirst in the link below: