Do I have to be in shape/get in shape to take your classes?
No. While it certainly helps, most people that join our facility do not come in with a high level of fitness. We limit the size of all our classes to ensure optimal coach-to-client ratios. This allows us to scale every workout to the fitness level of each client.
Why do you cost so much?
We are not a health club. We are a training facility with hands on coaching from world class coaches. The level of instruction and the individual attention means that we cannot compete with high-volume, low-quality gyms for low prices. That being said, Revolution Fitness Nola provides real results that are a true value for the price of the class.
How many days a week do you recommend training?
This depends on your goals. In most cases, 2-3 times per week is ideal. 3 times per week will typically yield better performance gains as long as it can fit in to the training schedule. At 2 times per week, performance gains will still be made however if attendance drops to 1 time per week then the best one can hope for is maintenance of prior training adaptations.
The same holds true for our Sports Performance Training sessions. Most athletes attend 3 times per week however those with special performance goals will often attend up to 5 times per week. As with most things fitness related, the effect is dose-dependent. The greater your frequency and commitment the greater your rewards will be.
I’m a woman. Will lifting weights make me look like a man?
This is a common misconception. Without pharmaceutical intervention, women don’t have the hormonal capacity to put on muscle mass like a man. With our training sessions you will lose body fat and build lean muscle mass, but you won’t look like a body-builder…we promise.
Do you do sport-specific training?
Yes….and no. If your sport requires speed, power, strength and agility then we do sport specific training. If you’re expecting ‘training for baseball catchers’ or ‘specific exercises just for soccer defenders’ then you might be a little disappointed. The fact is that anyone who sells you specific training for sport positions, and even to some extent specific sports, is selling you a bag of wind. Many of the super-specific exercises touted as ‘sport specific’ are gimmicks more than effective training. This is especially true for developmental athletes. Athletes younger than 20 years old should train for what we refer to as “General Physical Preparedness” and progress to greater and greater sport specificity over time. This is what years of sport science research recommends and this is how we train our athletes.
Do you use weight training for the Youth training classes?
Yes. Research has proven that well-supervised strength training can be an integral component of not only injury prevention but also performance enhancement in developing athletes. Although myths persist that weight training will stunt growth and harm bones and joints there is no (NONE!) research to support this notion and there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that appropriately implemented strength training can help in motor development and athletic performance. Strength training during adolescence has actually been proven to enhance bone mineral density, thereby actually decreasing the risk of fractures. As with all program planning, appropriate progressions which are age and developmentally appropriate will be employed to ensure that the training is both safe and effective.
I’m injured…should I still train?
In most cases, the answer is a resounding “yes.” One of the things we do best is develop training plans that fit for every circumstance and this includes cases of injury. Research and years of anecdotal evidence suggests that recovery and return to fitness will be significantly faster if you train safely and appropriately while recovering from the injury.