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.

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 and brand new lifter 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.

Is semi-private training the same as group fitness classes or bootcamps?

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.

What other services do you provide?
  • Semi-private Training
  • Active Rehabilitation
  • ICBC Claim Coverage
  • Exercise Program Design
  • Distance Training
  • Injury Management
  • Neurokinetic Therapy
  • Pre and Post Natal Program Design
  • Sports Specific Training
  • Movement, Mobility and Posture Management
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.

Will my health insurance cover Active Rehab?

Maybe. Our Active Rehab program gets coverage from ICBC Claims. So if you have an open claim with ICBC and are interested taking control of your rehab, contact us to begin the process. We often get you started right away, so there is as little lag time on your recovery.

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