Fitness FAQ from TexasFITT
Welcome! We’ve listed the answers to some of the most common questions we get about health and fitness. If you have a question you don’t see on the list, feel free to contact us — we’re here to help.
Do I need to see a doctor first?
Come chat with our professional fitness staff — they’ll show you around the facility, introduce you to our group fitness classes, and ask a few questions to help you decide if you need a doctor’s permission before you work out.
How often should I work out?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine — one of the leading sports medicine organizations in the world — you should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. That works out to about half an hour, five days a week.
Everybody’s needs are slightly different, though, which is why we provide so much one-on-one attention to help you design and implement the right fitness program for you. If you’re just transitioning out of a sedentary lifestyle, you might do a little less exercise at first; or if you’re working to lose weight or meet a specific sports goal, you’ll probably do more.
What’s the best way to lose body fat?
Both cardiovascular training and strength training help you lose body fat. If you’re trying to lose weight, the very best approach is a combination of both. Our professional personal trainers can help you set specific goals and then design a cardio/strength training program that’ll meet them.
Which comes first — cardio or weights?
That depends on what sort of goal you’re working toward. If your first priority is building muscular strength and endurance, lift weights first. If you’re more focused on building cardiovascular fitness or losing weight, do your cardio first.
Should women lift weights?
Absolutely! Some women feel that they shouldn’t do strength training because it’ll make them “bulky like a man,” but the truth is that most women’s bodies don’t produce the sort of hormones it takes to bulk up like that. What strength training will do is help create a sleek, fit look that many women enjoy, and of course, the benefits go far beyond the mirror. Strength training of any type also makes everyday tasks easier, strengthens your bones, reduces your risk of some diseases, and also helps burn calories to shed fat.
Do I need to take supplements?
Not necessarily — you can get most of what you need from food if you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet. If your diet isn’t quite up to par, we’re here to help you craft a nutrition plan that’s healthy and energizing, and gives your body exactly what it needs.
Can I spot reduce?
Nope! This is one of the most persistent myths in fitness, but you absolutely cannot direct your body to remove fat from a particular area on demand. What you can do is create a habit of cardiovascular workouts that’ll help you reduce body fat across your entire body, and use strength training to help sculpt the lean shape you’re working to reveal.