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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am interested in personal training, but am not an athlete, would I still be able to train at your strength & conditioning studio?

A: Absolutely! We have worked with, and are able to help, people from all walks of life. We do train athletes (including Paige Horner, the country's #1 Junior Elite Triathlete), but we've also worked with the likes of Corey Taylor, the lead singer for Slipknot and Stone Sour, and Dr. Alex Hubbell (whose uncle recently ran a close race for Governor of Iowa).

Q: Should I work 1-on-1 with a personal trainer, or do classes?

A: That comes down to your goals, schedule, and budget. Personal training would be better for sport/injury specific requirements, or if you need extra accountability, attention to detail, etc...

Our classes consist of small groups, with a cap of 15 clients, who all go through a strength & conditioning program that was designed for the general adult population. If you feed off of others in a group, or if you're trying to train as economically as possible, our classes would be the perfect fit for you! If you're preparing for a marathon, or your freshman year of a college sport, we'd recommend personal training!

Q: I'd like to work with a personal trainer to create a customized health & fitness, or strength & conditioning plan... what's the first step?

A: Contact us via email, or press and hold on this link to text Calvin... your first session is always on the house! Please, disclose any injuries or conditions and the best day and time in your initial correspondence. Click the button in the bottom right of the screen for more options on how to contact us.

Q: Do you offer a free trial for your group strength & conditioning program?

A: Yes, we do! We let you try up to 10 FREE CLASSES on our 2 Week Trial! Register here, or

TEXT "WESTSIDE" to 27677

Q: I'd like to try strength & conditioning classes... do I need to come at a certain time?

A: No, we offer open enrollment to any of our class times, but you do need to reserve a spot in advance. You can do this straight from this link - or the response we'll send when you text "WESTSIDE" to 27677 to start your free trial.

Q: Are your classes for everyone? I don’t have much strength or endurance and don’t want to jump into anything that I can’t handle.

A: It is for absolutely anyone and everyone! Think of it as personal training in a group... most everything is scalable, and if it isn’t, we’ll modify to suit your needs.

Q: After trying it these last couple weeks, I’ve decided I want to move forward with Westside and join! I think it’s going to be a challenging yet positive change for me. What are my options for sessions per week and payment?

A: We're thrilled to welcome you into our fitness family! We have about 10 different options for classes:  link to class page.

Q: What should I eat around the time of my training session?

A: This is very important! You want to consume a 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein within a couple hours before and after weight lifting. The exact quantity depends on gender, size, age, goal, etc... but for the average client (looking to build muscle and lose fat), you're aiming for 40 grams of protein and 80 grams of carbs around the time of your workout... and don't think of carbs as meaning candy — you'd be much better off with oatmeal, fruit, or a sweet potato! Read more tips on nutrition here.

Q: Are meal plans offered?

A: We will assist you in every way possible! Please, record what you eat and drink with pen and paper, or MyFitnessPal, and we'd be glad to offer up all the nutrition advice you can handle. The answer is still an emphatic, "NO!" 

Read more about why Meal Plans Suck and what we'd recommend for Macronutrient Ratios.

Q: What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting?

A: That's a bit complicated, but basically, it can be a safe and effective way to lose fat - if implemented properly. We wrote a whole article on it, here.