Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered
At TS Fitness, one of our core values is growth. By educating our members on fitness and health, we hope to provide context behind what we do. Your exercise routine becomes more effective when you understand both the why and how to get the best results. We have designed our training programs intentionally to optimize results.
Q: How many times should I do strength training and what should I be doing on the days that I'm not at TS Fitness?
A: We recommend taking a look at this article where Noam is featured in Self Magazine addressing the perfect workout week. It’s actually one of the top Google results for “How many times should I workout a week?”
The perfect workout week depends on what is realistic for you. We develop an ideal workout week for each of our members as part of our programming.
Q: Why does my program stay the same for about a month?
A: By having the same program over the course of the month, it gives you the opportunity to get better with each movement. If your form is off during a movement, then you won’t get the full benefit of the exercise and you can even possibly injure yourself. If you change the workout every time train, you won’t perfect the basics and you won’t get as strong as you could by progressing up.
In order to build more muscle tone, you must progressively increase the weights, which you can do over the course of the month. The stronger you are, the more muscle tone you can put on.
Q: Why do we do 2 exercises back to back?
A: We alternate between the upper body and lower body. This allows you to do two exercises back to back at a higher intensity because your body won't burn out as quickly.
Q: Why should I go up in weight? How do I know if I should move up in weight?
A: First and foremost is to improve form! If your form goes, then you shouldn't increase weight. You can injure yourself. It's best to perfect form and then increase weight.
Increasing the weight that you are lifting is very important--weight progression helps to create muscle tone. To assess if you should go up in weight, ask yourself after a set, “Could I have done 2 more?”. If yes, then go up in weight.
You can also use the 1-10 exertion scale. If you feel that your exertion level is a 8-9 out of 10 then that's a good level of difficulty.
Q: Why don't we do a lot of arms? Why do we do big movements like squats and rows?
A: The big muscles are going to help you put muscle tone on and increase your heart rate. These movements are going to get you stronger but they also incorporate the small muscles like your biceps. It’s an efficient way to work out!
Q: Why don't we do a lot of abs? I want to tone my abs.
A: You use your core more than you know. We use our core when we do swings; we engage our core when we row and squat.
We do core activation and exercises at the beginning of the workout to get them activated. You can't spot train your abs. The best and quickest way to see your abs is to lose body fat. That's done mostly through good nutrition and consistent exercise.
Q: Why do we do kettlebell or jumping exercises first?
A: We start with these movements because they are explosive exercises and you have the most explosive power at the beginning of the workout. These exercises get your heart rate up and help you gain strength while also burning calories.
Q: What should I do if I don’t feel like I’m not grasping an exercise?
A: If you are struggling with a particular movement, you should reach out to our team via firstname.lastname@example.org . We will work with you to improve your understanding of an exercise and determine the root cause of the difficulty.
At TS, we are all about growth and education. We want to make sure that you understand and excel at all the exercises we give you.