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  • What is the difference between a Personal Trainer and a Fitness Therapist?
    A FTH Therapist is required to obtain one or more of the following requisites in order to practice as a Fitness Therapist: 1. A Bachelor’s degree in an exercise science related field 2. 2 year Associates Degree in Health, Exercise Science, or Recreation 3. Specialized certifications geared towards working directly with the disabled community 4. No less than 500 hours of classroom and hands-on training with disabled individuals. 5. Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors holding a current Top 7 Nationally Recognized Certification: • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) • Fitness Mentors (FM) • National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) • American Council on Exercise (ACE) • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) • Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) The above criteria must be met by a Fitness Therapist before they are able to work independently with clients with physical limitations or disabilities. Each trainer is hand-picked, trained and developed at the local level. We expect a high level of professional service from our trainers. Note the difference between Fitness Therapy and Personal: Fitness Therapy = Disabled population Personal Training = Able-body, healthy population
  • How do I get matched with a Fitness Therapist?
    Before your first private training session, we will have you fill out our Intake Form. This form will ask you questions about your workout history, any injuries, goals and more. We use your answer, along with share video assessments to these questions, as well as your availability, to find the perfect FT for you.
  • How long are the training sessions?
    Sessions last about 50 minutes
  • Can I do a mix of on-site and virtual personal training?
    Yes! We strive to offer flexible workout options for our clients. Pricing is the same for both on-site and virtual training, so you can pick the training options that work best for you.
  • What should I expect during the session?
    We can’t tell you exactly what to expect during your session because your FT will design the session based on your unique needs and goals. Your first private training session is your “Fundamental Session”. During this session, your FT will consider your goals, available equipment, any prior injuries and anything else, to help program the most effective workouts for you.
    It’s a high intensity low impact training session can get your heart rate up, burn calories, improve cardio fitness and muscle strength, and protect you from injury, joint damage, and pain.
    A traditional high intensity style workout normally includes plyometric moves, which means the feet leave the floor. People who have previous or recent joint injuries, dystonia, back or joint pain or bone infusions may have trouble doing plyometric exercises without pain, discomfort or even risk of injury.
  • What is the best exercise for Parkinson's?
    It's not a popular answer, but it's the truth: The best exercise is one that is Parkinson’s specific exercise, that is enjoyable and that pushes you. Research supports a variety of exercises for Parkinson's -- treadmill walking, boxing, pole walking and many others -- but one is not necessarily better than another. Some people prefer kickboxing to high intensity training; others like group fitness classes rather than exercising alone. Still others like to mix up their routine with a variety of workouts. Find what you enjoy and what motivates and challenges you. Then do it regularly, at least three times per week.
  • The best time of day to exercise?
    The best time of day to exercise varies based on sleep and work schedules, personality (some love working out before the sun comes up while others prefer nighttime routines) and medication effect. Find a time when your medication typically works best to control symptoms so you have the best mobility and can exercise to your full potential.
  • Can exercise worsen Parkinson's?
    Pushing yourself too hard (lifting too much weight or with improper form, for example) can result in injury. People with Parkinson's may notice that some symptoms such as tremor increase during exercise, but this doesn't mean tremor will worsen over the long run. If you're new to exercise, a fitness therapist can help you start slowly and gently increase your intensity.
  • How hard should I push myself?
    Everybody has a different limit with exercise. With time, you'll learn your boundaries and how to push them. We keep a log of when and how much you exercise, when you take your medications, and how you feel to help you determine the best type and amount of exercise for you. Remember that symptoms can fluctuate, so some days may be better than others. If you're just beginning, a fitness therapist can prescribe an exercise routine that you can gradually add to until you find your limit.
  • Can exercise replace Parkinson's medication?
    Exercise is just as important as the medication you take for Parkinson's but it's not a replacement. Some people are able to decrease their medications because they can manage symptoms with exercise, but others need more medication in order to exercise. (Marathon runners, for example, may need more medication to run for longer distances.) To get the most benefit, work with your doctor to make sure you're on the best combination of medications to control your symptoms so you can exercise regularly.
  • Is there a diet & nutrition plan for Parkinson’s?
    No one diet can treat Parkinson's disease, but medication might require mealtime considerations and dietary changes may help ease certain symptoms. Your physician or a dietitian can design a healthy, balanced diet to fit your needs and improve well-being. There is no one recommended way to eat with Parkinson's disease, but a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables promotes health and well-being for everyone.
  • What if I can’t keep up?
    FTH is for everyone. Seriously. We will create a program to keep your body moving, even if you can’t stand or walk. If you can’t walk, we can provide virtual training sessions. We listen to your body.
  • Training looks intimidating. How do I overcome that fear?
    FTH sessions begin with exercise basics and fundamentals. As Jimmy Choi, an American Ninja Warrior repeat contestant, the world record holder for burpees and push-ups, a nationally known motivational speaker, and an athlete living with Parkinson’s Disease once quoted, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” The same holds true for your program journey. We will provide you with “building blocks” to help improve your fitness and mobility…in a judgment free environment. We are here to motivate, coach and inspire you!
  • Can I work out if I’m injured or using a mobility aid?
    You do you! We make customizations as needed. But be sure to check with your doctor first. Everything can be scaled up or down. We can work with your home equipment. Just show up to use it during your session!
  • What should I wear?
    Wear shoes that you can, walk, jog, sprint, or else roll. Breathable clothes that you can work out in. Wear what makes you feel like a badass.
  • What do I need to bring to my sessions?
    A positive attitude, water, and a towel
  • What is the age limit to work out at the gym?
    Memberships are available to individuals 40 years of age and older. Minors must have the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Does FTH accept Insurance?
    No. We are currently working on it.
  • How do I make payment?
    Session are paid in advance via Fit App and payment is due at the time of your initial appointment. Payments should be made online.
  • Any membership cancellation policy?
    Yes. Memberships can be cancelled by giving a 30-day written notice. Members may not join and cancel in the same month.
  • Can I renewal a membership?
    Memberships are based on an auto-renewing monthly term. All dues are payable monthly and shall be debited or charged by Electronic Funds Transfer (“EFT”) from an approved credit card.
  • Do you sell gift cards?
    Gift cards are available. For you as well as your care partner. Care partners are part of our Ohana. Care partners my book sessions with one of our certified exercise specialists. Have questions or need assistance with anything? Email us at:
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