Unlike traditional fitness classes, Happy Hour uses a unique system of progressions and regressions that allow anyone from experienced lifters, to first-timers to share the same space. There is no WOD (workout of the day) or one-size fits all training program. Instead, we prioritize movements that matter like squatting, deadlifting, pushing, pulling, and more. HOW you perform each of those exercises is going to be based on your experience level, movement capabilities, pain (if any) or injury history.
For example, if squatting is a primary movement for the day, one advanced lifter might be squatting with a barbell, another one holding a light kettlebell or dumbbell, or a beginner might be learning how to squat with their bodyweight for the first time.
The emphasis at Happy Hour isn't just on the workout, it's on the coaching. We maintain a ratio no higher than 12 participants to 1 coach. This allows for multiple opportunities for the coach to provide you with corrections, positive reinforcement.
It is too often accepted in fitness that some pain or acute injuries are part of the process. We do not believe in this. This is a practice designed to enhance your health, not impede it. Alternative options are always provided if a movement or particular exercise does not work for you body. Our coaches never allow you to perform exercises with incorrect form or too much weight.
Every workout consists of soft tissue work, stretching and mobility, variations on throwing and jumping, power, strength training and cardiovascular fitness.
When it comes to your health and fitness journey, nothing is more important than a thorough understanding of where you're starting and where you'd like to go.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, get stronger or just be healthier, all personal training clients will go through a health history and a comprehensive movement screen. A movement screen is a simple tool that will answer questions about where we can step on the gas, and where we may need to brake for a little while.
No two bodies move the same, therefore no two training programs should be the same. Maybe it's that old ankle injury you suffered in college, or that nagging shoulder every time you play golf...a movement screen will help us to identify where we can build on fitness qualities, and areas that may need some attention first.
Personal trainers should conduct themselves like doctors. When you go to the doctor, you talk about your symptoms, the doctor assesses you, perhaps run some diagnostic tests, then makes a decision about which medicine to prescribe. Exercise programs are no different. We can not just choose exercises that we like or saw on Instagram, because it might not be the right medicine for your specific physiology.
To me, personal training is teaching exercise and health, it is not counting reps or acting like a drill sergeant. It is an extremely scientific process with major positive health benefits when prescribed and performed correctly.