Take a look "under the hood" of our fitness programs.
Learn more about the specifics of our approach to fitness and why we can deliver the same (or better!) results in so much less time.
The Three Pillars of our approach:
Slow-speed Strength Training (SuperSlow Protocol)
The backbone of our exercise system, we primarily utilize slow-speed strength training on specially-designed equipment. Our work with this system over the past decade has shown several advantages that allow us to deliver more bang for the training buck:
Traditional Strength Training
Some technologies never go out of style, and there are certain specialized movements that deliver unique benefit, especially if your primary goal is performance-based (i.e., you play a sport or are involved in the movement arts). We utilize the lowest-risk, highest return conventional weight training movements, and we progress them according to your personal skill and ability.
Manual/Bodyweight Exercise (Calisthenics)
Arguably the oldest form of "strength training", calisthenics are the most intuitive of exercise. After all, what could be more intuitive than moving your own body through space in various ways? What demonstrates your athletic prowess more than being unchallenged to move yourself in any direction, in all situations?
And yet, over the course of a lifetime, we lose our ability to perform them, little by little, until the most elemental of movements - walking - becomes a terror to us; for some, a literal matter of life or death (as a fall could cause a life-threatening hip fracture).
As your strength improves, we help you regain these primal skills - the touchstone of physical autonomy - and the confidence that comes with physical mastery.
Meet your Trainers
Eugene holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University. During his senior year at Rutgers, he was a student intern in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, where he designed and implemented exercise programs for post-cardiac event patients.
Since becoming a personal trainer in 2000, Eugene has amassed over 30,000 hours of personal training experience supervising one-on-one and group sessions. Eugene is certified as a post-rehabilitation exercise specialist and obtained his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2004.
As befitting his "mad scientist" demeanor, Eugene tirelessly researches and experiments with optimizing his fitness, nutrition, and performance - often testing the results in the "laboratory environment" of the Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiujitsu Academy.
An ACE-certified personal trainer with over ten years experience, Tanya draws on her background as a professional ballerina in her exacting but compassionate style of coaching. She has worked with clients from all walks of life, but her approach is tailor-made for clients who want a ruthlessly efficient workout, followed by a swift return to the bustle of their daily lives.
Her personal dedication and practice of our method of strength training has allowed her to continue to perform at a professional level in ballet long past the typical shelf life of a ballerina. A true devotee to the "walk the talk" philosophy of fitness, Tanya serves as living, breathing inspiration and motivation for her clientele.
You can read more about Tanya and her unique approach to fitness at her website: Anti-Bunhead Fitness.
F. A. Q. - Frequently Asked Questions
Is your gym for me?
Our gym specializes in high-efficiency, high-yield, and joint-friendly exercise. It's not for people who enjoy "hanging out" at the gym. It's not for people who ego-lift. It's not for people who are interested in displaying the latest fitness fashions.
If you just want to "take care of business" in a brief 20-30 minute workout, so you can get back to your life, then this might be the place for you.
If you want a well-designed, scientifically-backed program that will get you the results you desire, then this might be the place for you.
If you hate the "big box" gym scene of loud music, overstuffed locker rooms, and judgmental stares from the peanut gallery, then this might be the place for you.
If conventional methods of exercise cause you pain, then this might be the place for you.
If you're worried that you might be too injured or brittle to exercise, then this might be the place for you.
How long will it take before I see results?
Results can vary wildly, depending on where you start from. For example, an out-of-shape 40-year old who was an athlete in college will probably see changes faster than a 70-year old who has never exercised - but not always!
Generally speaking, a client will typically notice physical changes at about the 4-6 week mark. But most of our clients report "feeling better" (i.e., energy levels, posture, etc.) right after the first one or two workouts.
Will your exercise program help me lose weight?
It will definitely help, but what will contribute most to fat loss is changes to diet. Study after study conducted on weight loss shows that while exercise is a helpful modifier, dietary changes are the primary driver behind fat loss.
A simple thought experiment underscores this: Running 4 miles burns about 500 calories (more or less). A delightful Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks contains about 550 calories. Which can you finish faster? Plot twist: Both stimulate hunger - salt in the wound!
We couple our exercise program with nutritional coaching for our clients interested in weight loss. We get as granular as you like: generalized suggestions for neophytes, all the way to macronutrient calculations for you obsessive types.
Note: Interestingly, most of our female clients report having significantly smaller measurements despite only modest changes in scale weight. This is due to muscle gain offsetting fat loss. And since muscle takes up about 20% less volume than an equivalent weight of fat, it's no surprise they would be smaller.
Will I get big and bulky?
In a word - no. Significant muscle gain (i.e., "looking like Arnold") is a specific goal that must be doggedly pursued and can typically only be achieved through years of intense work and a highly specialized eating plan that involves obscene amounts of food (much of it not "fun" food). There does exist that rare individual who has the genetic ability to quickly and easily add slabs of muscle, but chances are if you're reading this FAQ, you're not that person, especially if you're female (since women have roughly 1/100th the levels of testosterone - the muscle-building hormone - that men do).
Men and women alike improve the shape of their bodies on our regimen. They gain curves where they want them, and lose curves where they don't.