Why You Should Get A VIDAFit Consultation
By: Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor and member
At VIDA, we provide a place that’s truly for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or you’re walking into a gym for the first time, we welcome people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and fitness levels.
Of course, we want you to be empowered to make the most of your journey at VIDA. So as an added bonus, we offer all members a complimentary VIDAFit consultation when they first join.
What exactly is a VIDAFit?
This unique consultation provides you with an opportunity to talk one-on-one with a VIDA personal trainer about your goals and objectives.
“VIDAFit is a 55-minute, one-on-one session with one of our qualified personal trainers,” said Lisa Ling, Personal Training Manager at VIDA Fitness Gallery Place. “It includes a conversation about fitness goals, previous experiences, injuries and limitations, as well as a full assessment and a short workout based on goals.”
VIDA is always focused on improving the lives of our members. The VIDAFit consultation is one way that we work to set our members up for success. Each VIDAFit consultation is tailored to each member’s needs, no matter their previous experience with and exposure to fitness.
“Although some other gyms offer their version of our VIDAFit, ours is customized to our members’ wants and needs and not a standard template,” Lisa says. “And we only hire qualified trainers who truly want to help make members’ lives better.”
Why should I schedule a VIDAFit?
If you’re new to VIDA, the VIDAFit is an ideal way to learn all you want to know about our facilities, culture, and everything else that we have to offer. It can be an educational experience as well.
“The VIDAFit consultation gives you a chance to have a qualified trainer assess your posture,” Lisa says. “You can also learn some new exercises or, if you’re a beginner, you can learn where to start. It’s really an opportunity to see how our trainers can help.”
What does a VIDAFit look like?
To see how it all really goes down, I scheduled my own VIDAFit consultation with Michael Amoateng, a personal trainer at VIDA Fitness The Yards.
Michael asked a few general questions about my health and exercise history, which are designed to give him an idea of my current fitness level. We then began discussing my goals and objectives. This conversation was surprisingly helpful because I was forced to really reflect on what I’m currently trying to achieve by working out. I landed on a few specific goals:
- I want to reduce my mile average by one minute.
- I want to increase my powerlift PRs across the board: bench press 135 lbs, deadlift 300 lbs, and squat 275 lbs.
- I want to do 5 reps of traditional pull-ups (no swinging or kipping).
Next, Michael explained how he would help me achieve these goals. He suggested that we meet at least twice a week to track my progress, and he provided examples of the types of workouts he’d implement into my regiment to reach my goals. It was a very informative discussion that gave me a clear idea of what I could expect from working with Michael.
After our talk, Michael analyzed my squat form to see if I had any concerning gait or posture issues. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t! Yay.)
Then it was on to the plank test, which I wasn’t too excited about to be honest. I’d just gotten out of yoga class and had already done my fair share of planks that day. Michael described “the gold standard” as being able to hold a plank for two minutes without breaking. I definitely did not think I could do it. But much to my surprise, I actually did! Apparently your VIDAFit is also a great time to realize that you’re more capable than you think.
We moved on to the InBody Composition Analyzer, which inspected my muscle, bone, and fat. More muscle = faster metabolism. The InBody also provided my Basal Metabolic Rate, aka the minimum number of calories my body would need to survive without activity. My number was significantly higher than the last time I had an InBody analysis nearly three years ago, which makes sense considering my activity level has increased exponentially since then.
The final part of the VIDAFIT is a short workout, which can be anywhere from 15-25 minutes, depending on how long the other components take. Michael guided me through a series of exercises that he would likely have me do if I were to work with him on a regular basis, all with keeping my specific goals in mind.
So, what’s the verdict?
Without a doubt, it’s incredibly beneficial to take advantage of the complimentary VIDAFit consultation. Going through the VIDAFit process will give you a valuable overview of all that VIDA offers. It will also introduce you to friendly and knowledgeable staff members who can keep you accountable as you begin your unique fitness journey. The VIDAFit is truly a win-win experience, so don’t pass it up! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your VIDAFit today.