Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone join Fit for Life?
Men and women, boys and girls of any age, race, size and shape are welcome at Fit for Life. We cater to ALL! Access cards are given to anyone 16 years of age and older and those younger must be accompanied by an adult.
We promote health to every age group including children. What better environment for your kids to learn about being active than a fitness center! We would like to give you a tour of our facility and describe what we have to offer. We guarantee you’ll walk away with a new perspective on health and fitness.
What are the benefits of Strength Training?
Strength training not only helps you lose weight, but maintains weight loss. Muscle keeps your metabolism revved up and burns calories, fat, and glucose (sugar).
When you lose weight, up to 25% of the loss comes from muscle, resulting in a slower metabolism. Weight lifting helps preserve or rebuild any muscle you lose by dieting.
Muscle also helps with aerobic exercise training. The stronger you are, the better you will be at any aerobic activity. Weight training improves your body's muscle-to-fat ratio (more muscle, less body fat), which improves your overall health and fitness.
Gaining muscle helps you look better as you define and tone your body. Nothing but good comes from incorporating weight training into your exercise program.
How does resistance training promote healthy bones?
When a muscle contracts, the stress of the contraction is transmitted to the bone to which it is attached, creating an electrical charge in the bone. This charge stimulates the activity of the osteoblasts (bone building cells). For exercise to be most effective, experts agree that it must be weight bearing. This means you must place stress on the musculoskeletal system by loading it with weight.
As your muscles grow stronger, you can gradually increase the amount of resistance lifted. This increase in musculoskeletal stress results in greater increase in bone density.
Bone, like muscle, is a dynamic tissue that is constantly broken down and rebuilt throughout life … “use it or lose it”. The trainers at Fit for Life can help you increase your bone density by teaching you how to weight train using proper form and technique!
What is appropriate gym etiquette?
Share. If you’re doing multiple sets on a machine, it’s common courtesy to let others in during your rest periods.
Clean up after yourself. Leaving your sweat behind is not only gross, it’s disrespectful. We provide towels for you to use while you’re exercising and have disinfectant spray bottles placed visibly throughout the gym. Wipe down machines, equipment and mats after use.
Put your tools away. If you put 300 pounds of plate load on an incline chest press, stack up a step to do plyometrics, use a resistance band, a Bosu, or a medicine ball, put them away when you’re finished.
Use common sense. If you’ve been on a cardio machine for 30 minutes and there are others waiting (most likely someone will inquire, “how much time do you have left”), it’s time to get off and move on. Cross training is more beneficial and chances are, the stair climbers are open for use.