Every member at fitpeople comes in to do an assessment before they begin attending classes.
The assessment is important for many reasons, but mainly it allows us to get as much information as possible so that we can implement workouts that are customized for you.
There are a lot of claims for “personalized group training” out there, but that is what we actually do. We are personal trainers with some of the best certifications in our business. It’s our job to make sure we have all the most vital information about you so that we can create the best plan to help you achieve your fitness and health related goals.
It’s normal to be a little anxious or nervous before coming in for an assessment, so this post has been created to let you know what to expect and also to share with you how other members felt before their first assessment.
These are just a few frequently asked questions about the first assessment:
How long does it take?
We block off 1.5 hours for for each initial assessment. Generally the assessment takes about an hour. The testing portion takes about 25 minutes, but we also take time to get general information and workout history. After the assessments are completed, we sit down with you to go over your results and answer your questions.
What should I wear?
Wear something that you would be comfortable working out in… T-shirt or tank, shorts or leggings, workout or running shoes.
Do I need to bring anything?
It might not be needed, but you may want something to drink after the aerobic portion of the assessment… water or some type of electrolyte supplement (gatorade, powerade, biolyte, etc) may be helpful.
Does it matter that I’m so out of shape or don’t have any experience in the gym?
Our assessment is set up for all levels. This is just a baseline. There is no pass or fail, it’s just a measurement to see where we are currently.
We know it’s scary to get started, but we want you to know that we are here to help. We’re not here to judge or make you feel badly about yourself. We are so passionate about health and fitness and want to share our passion with as many people as possible.
We’ll be honest… WORKING OUT SUCKS. It’s hard and uncomfortable and not what is considered ‘fun’. Working out is WORK, it’s not supposed to be enjoyable. What makes it worth it, is the feeling and the confidence that you get from the process. We promise, if you can force yourself to step outside of your comfort zone, you won’t regret it.
So, are you ready yet? Not yet?
Read through a few testimonials from some of our members on their experience with the initial assessment & working out at Fit People.
When I first started at FitPeople, I was unsure about a lot: I had done some cardio but had never lifted weights before, I didn’t know what the people would be like, and I thought the trainers would be really intimidating.
I was nervous to walk in the door, much less actually do the workouts. But, once I got started, those worries quickly disappeared. That’s not to say I knew everything immediately—it takes a while to be comfortable with the form and movements and weights, but Taylor, Annie, and Bo all made me feel like I belonged and like they believed in me right from the beginning. They treated me like a fit person long before I really felt like I was one.
And that’s definitely one of the reasons I’ve grown so much and am in the best shape of my life, at 36 and after two kids. It’s ok to be nervous about doing new things, but don’t let that stop you from joining something that could be really good for you.
“I had several knee surgeries and knew if I was going to continue exercising I would have to make a change. I decided to do the assessment to learn more. My knee was still recovering and Annie modified accordingly. The assessment is one of the reasons I made the change to Fit People.
Many of my Fit People friends enjoy tracking their workouts. I”m not one of them. As much as I’ve tried over the years, I’ve never gotten into a long-term habit of tracking steps, or meals, or workouts.That said, it is motivating – exciting even – to see a quantitative snapshot of progress over time. I joined Fit People in 2020 because I was looking for additional accountability, variety and a new challenge. When I started, I was convinced I’d be at a beginner level, but actually began as a Hunter. From there, I moved up to Predator after working out for a few months. It was interesting to see what moved the needle – grip strength being one metric that I would never have guessed at or measured on my own. Seeing body composition moving in the right direction was encouraging as well.
Going into my most recent assessment, I was prepared to move back down to Hunter – knowing I had not been pushing as hard for the past few months and had let my eating habits slide. But, I was pleasantly surprised that I’d largely maintained, mainly by getting to the gym at least 2x a week – and ideally 3x a week. Accountability – from the trainers and my Fit People friends – is by far the most important factor for me to stick with my workouts and progress. And seeing measurable improvement over time – from a one rep max to cardio fitness to muscle mass – is motivational. There’s always room to improve, and it’s rewarding to see how far I’ve come.
– Evie Mitchell
I remember Allison giving me your number and telling me to call you, told me that you were great. I don’t know what compelled me but I called you immediately and scheduled an assessment. I’ve never had any type of physical assessment before, so I had no idea what to expect. You were comforting and mellow, not what I assumed a gym owner to be like. I immediately appreciated your kindness, thoroughness and encouragement.
I could say so many positive things about Fit People employees, the gym and the people who workout there. Nobody cares how strong the guy is next to them, we are all there improve and encourage each other. It truly feels like family whether you are in your normal class or working out in a class where you don’t know anybody. It’s a great place to start the day.