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Frequently Asked Questions

weightsfaqsQ: How much space do we need to workout at home?
A: It is surprising how little space you actually need to get a great workout. As long as you have an area that allows you to freely swing your arms in any direction and can lie down on the ground without any obstruction, the space you have will work well for training.

Q: What equipment do I need for virtual training?
A: All you need for virtual training is a computer, a webcam (with a microphone), and a free membership to Skype (

Q: Will my workout be as effective at home versus at the gym?
A: Absolutely! In fact, most individuals feel the workout is better at home than at the gym because you are forced to do functional exercises (exercises that replicate real-life movements) versus using machines that only use one muscle group at a time (which rarely happens in regular day to day living). In addition, you never have to wait for a piece of equipment to become available for use (which can bring your heart rate down while you wait, thus decreasing the intensity of your workout…and intensity is the key!)

Q: What equipment will I have to buy to train with Acacia Fitness?
A: It is not necessary to purchase any equipment. All the equipment is provided for you.

Q: How long is one session?
A: All consultations and assessments are one hour in duration.  Sessions are 45 minutes to one hour in duration.

Q: What hours are you in operation?
A: We are available Monday through to Friday (5:00 am to 8:00 pm) and Saturday and Sunday (6:00 am to 4:00 pm), January thru to December.

Q: What are your payment options?
A: At this time, cash or cheques (to Acacia Fitness Inc.) are the payment methods. For packages we ask for postdated cheques and will cash one cheque/month after the sessions have been completed.

Q: Are the package options flexible in terms of service provided?
A: Yes, of course. If you would like to replace the nutrition sessions for additional fitness sessions, or visa versa, that is not a problem. In addition, if you would like to create a custom package for yourself we are happy to discuss options that work best for you. (For example, you may want to workout 4 times/week instead of 2 times/week…or 1 time/week instead of 2 times/week)

Q: How far in advance do I have to book my sessions?
A: You can certainly book one session at a time if your schedule is not consistent. If your schedule is consistent you can book all of your sessions in advance (or some of them weekly or monthly in advance). We are flexible and will try to accommodate you as best as we can. Just as a tip: we do recommend trying to book sessions around the same time and days of the week simply because it tends to aid in forming a habit.

Q: What happens at the initial consultation?
A: This is the time we get the chance to meet either over the phone, in person or via skype (whatever suits you best) to discuss your goals, current fitness level, past fitness level, injuries, medical conditions, time to commit to exercise, interests, overall lifestyle, exercise preferences, barriers you have/etc. At this time we will ask that you fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, a Client Profile, a Goal Sheet, and a Contract that outlines the details of your training sessions.

Q: Do I need to consult with my physician before training?
A: After you have completed the Physical Readiness Questionnaire we will have a good understanding of whether we need to consult your physician prior to training or not. If it turns out that there are a few questions yet to be answered we will have your physician complete a Physical Activity Readiness Medical Questionnaire. This form will simply provide us with further details on whether we need to modify your fitness program to provide you with the safest and most effective training program.

Q: What happens at the Fitness Assessment?
A: The Fitness Assessment is nothing to get nervous about. This is an opportunity for you and your trainer to assess your current fitness level. Everyone has a starting place. In order to know how far you have come, you need to know where you were when you began. The assessment is completed first so that an appropriate training program can be created for you as well. The Fitness Assessment will include at least one cardiovascular assessment, four to eight strength assessments, and four to eight flexibility assessments. In addition, we can take measurements of your body and a starting place photo (only if you feel comfortable and want this…it is not mandatory). You will get a workout during the assessment so be sure to wear appropriate clothing, eat one hour before the session and bring water.

Q: What do I wear to train?
A: Something comfortable and loose fitting is best. It is not necessary to purchase fancy workout gear. A t-shirt, shorts or sweats are just fine.

Q: What should I eat before I train? How soon before a session?
A: It is best to have a snack about one hour before a session. Something with carbohydrates is best. For example, an apple and a small handful of nuts, or a piece of toast with a Tbsp of jam are good choices. Be sure to have at least 250 mL of water with your snack.