FAQ | Strong Side Conditioning


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Does The Strong Side only work with athletes?

Not at all. While most of our training program is geared towards athletics, you’d be surprised how similar proper training for an athlete is to that of an everyday client. Most people simply need to move better, get stronger, and be healthier.

Why does The Strong Side recommend beginning a nutritional program along with the training?

Because without proper nutritional support, most training results are greatly diminished. Muscles don’t recover as quickly which discourages growth. Hormone response is delayed. Fat loss is slow – if it even happens. It is quite simply impossible to out-train a bad diet.

What makes The Strong Side different from the others in the area?

We don’t prescribe to fads or gimmicks. Unless something demonstrates true repeatable results, we won’t use it. Methods that prove themselves over and over in sport and physique enhancement form the basis of our exercise and equipment selections. Our selection of equipment is unlike anything else in the lower mainland, and includes a wide array of specialized equipment to allow the experienced lifter, or rank amateur, to excel.

Why does The Strong Side only have a few pieces of cardio equipment? I thought that was important for health and weight loss.

While we won’t go so far as to say that exercise in any form is unhealthy, there are many downsides to traditional cardio that remain largely unknown to most people. In most gyms they fill a great deal of space with cardio machines, they’re bright, simple and non threatening. This allows many gym goers to give in to their fear of venturing into the free-weight area. If it is busy or they are worried about how they will look, well, a treadmill is always available. Finally, cardio machines are not as effective as a good weight routine, not for body composition changes or athletics. We’ll teach you how to use these machines to optimize your results, not waste hours of your precious time.

Does The Strong Side believe in “functional fitness”?

First off all, functional fitness or functional training has been grossly misinterpreted by many in the industry. It has been used to describe movements done on strange surfaces engaging muscles that sound really important. This includes many sport-specific exercises, thought to enhance the movement they are mimicking, and that are used to sell any number of gadgets and infomercial specials.

Functional really means this: does it enhance the ability of a person to perform the tasks they are required to do on a daily basis? Sitting and standing, walking, running, picking things up and carrying them, twisting, bending, and lifting things overhead. So yes, by getting you stronger, more mobile, and more injury resistant, we do believe in functional fitness, but until they invent a sport performed on a surface of Bosu Balls, we won’t be training on them.

What are TJ Sider’s qualifications?
  • 2007 Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE), in Sport Performance from the University of Alberta
  • 2008 Canadian College of EMS, Certified Emergency Medical Responder
  • 2009 Poliquin BioSignature Level 1
  • 2010 NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • 2010 Precision Nutrition Certified
  • 2010 Poliquin BioSignature Level 2
  • 2011 Functional Movement Expert Level 2
  • 2012 Poliquin Strength and Conditioning Specialist Level 2
  • 2012 BioSignature Chronic Inflammation and Disease
  • 2012 BioSignature The Art and Science of Biochemical Individuality
  • 2013 William Huhn Trigger Point Therapy Level 1
  • 2013 Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1
  • 2013 Poliquin Strength and Conditioning Specialist Level Level 3
  • 2013 Neurokinetic Therapy Level 2
  • 2013 ISSN Certified Sports Nutritionist (in progress)
Does The Strong Side only offer semi-private training?

No, we are actually based on an individualized group workout system.  So you will have your own program, and you will have supervision while you are working out, but you will be among peers who are working on their own fitness goals – whether that be weight loss, training for something (competition, marathon, etc.).

Does that mean we all do the same workout at once?

NO!  Your workout will be custom-built for you, your goals, abilities and challenges.  Each program is kept on-file in the gym and can be taken out each time you train.  The only rule is that you MUST record what you accomplished that day. Without tracking your workouts you won’t know what to do the next time you repeat that day, nor will you be able to see and appreciate just how far you’ve come!

What other services do you provide?
  • One-on-one and semi-private training
  • Team sessions
  • BioSignature modulation analysis
  • Custom nutritional programming
  • Injury management
  • Neurokinetic therapy
  • Sport supplementation
  • Results
And what is BioSignature Modulation Analysis?

BioSignature Modulation is a cutting-edge, non-invasive fat loss and wellness program developed by world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin. The method is based on the correlation between body fat storage and possible hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances are often the culprit of stubborn body fat storage and other health concerns including poor sleep, low energy, impaired cognitive function, and more. The BioSignature method focuses on addressing these imbalances to improve body composition and overall well-being.

Through specific body fat measurements and client assessment, BioSignature practitioners recommend an individualized program of nutrition ,supplementation, and lifestyle modifications based on your unique BioSignature. It is a safe and natural solution to losing stubborn body fat and achieving wellness–and ultimately, a higher quality of life.  Whether you are a professional athlete, business executive, or a stay-at-home mom–BioSignature can help!

BioSignature produces real, noticeable results – fast. It is not uncommon to see results in as little as two weeks. Unlike other methods of fat loss available today, with BioSignature, you will see improvements in many other areas of your life too.  Participants commonly reported increased mental clarity, improved quality of sleep, higher energy levels, and better moods.  You can achieve all of this without unsafe fat loss pills, hours of aerobic work, or unhealthy diet plans.

To find out more, visit charlespoliquin.com

What about Neurokinetic Therapy?

NeuroKinetic Therapy is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure.

A good example is a baby learning to stand. Each time the baby tries to stand and falls the motor control center stores the successful aspects of each attempt. When that program contains enough successful information the baby is finally able to stand. Conversely, a dysfunctional movement program can be created by injury. For example, with whiplash, the posterior neck muscles become very tight and painful. No matter how much they are manipulated or stretched they stubbornly remain that way. Why? Because the anterior neck muscles are weak and inhibited

Loosening the posterior neck muscles followed by strengthening the anterior neck muscles will reprogram the motor control center. How do we know that the anterior neck muscles are weak or inhibited? Manual muscle testing is employed to assess whether or not a muscle is strong/ facilitated or weak/inhibited. When a muscle tests weak the motor control center perceives this as a failure and is opened to new learning. This presents an opportunity to use the NeuroKinetic Therapy protocol of test-release-retest to reprogram the motor control center. Correcting these dysfunctional movement patterns is an essential component of rehabilitative therapy.

Why does The Strong Side recommend beginning a nutritional program along with the training?

Because without proper nutritional support, most training results are greatly diminished. Muscles don’t recover as quickly which discourages growth. Hormone response is delayed. Fat loss is slow – if it even happens. It is quite simply impossible to out-train a bad diet.

  • IFBB Pro, Amit Sapir
  • U17 Volleyball Canada National Bronze Medalist, Connor Maccuspie
  • Playwright/actor Chris Craddock
  • 4 time Paralympian, #1 ranked track cyclist & Ironman competitor, Brian Cowie
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence
  • Stunt Actor and Director Kirk Caouette
  • Stunt Actress Rochelle “Ninja Girl” Okoye
  • Edmonton Eskimos Offensive Line, Adam Baboulas
Under the tutelage and instruction of Premier Strength:

  • Taylor Fedun – Princeton (NCAA)
  • Cam Ritchie – Princeton (NCAA)
  • Reese Rollheiser – Quinnipiac (NCAA)
  • Connor Hardowa – University of New Hampshire (NCAA)
  • Jeremy Russell – Brown University (NCAA)
  • Levko Koper – Spokane Chiefs (WHL) – Atlanta Thrashers Draft Pick
  • Shannon Szabados – Team Canada (Olympic Gold Medalist 2010)

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