Gone are the days of arduous workouts and the “no pain, no gain” philosophy, because as it turns out, the science disproves that this approach is sustainable long term, and often has negative consequences in the short term (think: misery and injury).
At Structure House, we provide a variety of fitness classes that are safe, effective, and enjoyable. Simply put, we provide exercise opportunities that ensure participants feel better after they complete an activity than they did beforehand. We provide a wide variety of class and modifications that cater to the person’s current fitness level and medical and/or orthopedic conditions.
Many people who come to Structure House have had negative experiences in the typical gym setting. Perhaps the environment was less than welcoming, or perhaps they were injured because of being unsure on how to use the equipment safely. Either way, the gym scene is not a fit for everyone, and there are so many other options to choose from when it comes to fitting physical activity into one’s day.
At Structure House, we recommend a moderate exercise schedule that is customized for the individual, because we want our participants to learn patterns and behaviors that can easily translate back into their everyday lives at home.
The 5 principals that guide our fitness approach are aimed at:
- Mindful movement for improving quality of life
- Nourishing and not punishing the body
- Finding physical activities you enjoy
- Creating a balance through a variety of movement
- Cultivating Consistency over intensity
The fitness program at Structure House contains a multifaceted approach to help our participant embody these 5 principals:
- Mobility: Exercise should lead to freedom of movement without pain. Good mobility arises when combining strength, flexibility and well developed motor skills. Mobility is essential as it allows us to perform our exercise and daily physical activity well without the risks of injuring ourselves.
“I never realized just how hard getting up and down off of the floor had become. Looking back, I realize I was neglecting some activities in my life, such as playing with my grandchildren on the living room floor, because I wasn’t confident I could get back up. While at Structure House, I worked on my flexibility in exercise classes and I actually practiced getting up and down off of the floor with my personal trainer. I now look forward to opportunities to work on getting up and down off the floor and can’t wait to practice at home with my grandchildren. “
Jean – SH Participant
- Endurance: There are many types of endurance, such as cardiovascular, aerobic, anaerobic, muscular, and skill endurance to name a few. At Structure House, we address all of these equally instead of focusing on just one so that we can provide participants the tools to meet any challenge that might come along. Whether it’s a long day of walking while visiting a new city, or getting chores done around the house, greater endurance leads to a life well-lived.
“When I arrived at Structure House I wasn’t able to do the 4 minute walk from my apartment on campus to the main building. I had to constantly stop and catch my breath and my back would ache. After a week of attending the exercise classes for my level, I was already moving about campus without stopping so frequently. My personal trainer at Structure House focused a lot on my core endurance and walking technique. I now walk with little to no back pain at all. I just returned from a European vacation where I walked 3-4 miles a day with a tour group. I have my life, and my freedom, back!”
Will – SH Alumni
- Strength: Strength is one of the best predictors of quality of life as we age. Common strength deficits from a sedentary lifestyle lead to the overwhelming majority of back, hip, knee, and shoulder injuries that are so common in our society. Functional exercise programs include strength training that “undoes” the negative side effects of a sedentary lifestyle and also provides a way to improve body composition so that we feel and look better. At Structure House, our strength training programs are very effective, and very simple, because we stick to the basics. Our participants are thrilled when they find out how easy it is to implement our strategies while here and most importantly, for when they return home.
“I never saw myself as an “exerciser”. I certainly never saw myself as being strong. The fitness staff at Structure House encouraged me to try new things, so I tried strength training. The safe space and the focus on education was critical for me as I learned how to use my body in ways I never knew I could. Building a stronger body has been more than just physical for me, it has given me a sense of self-empowerment that I will take with me when I leave.”
With a focus on consistency and variety, we strive to teach our participants that exercise can and should be nourishment, not punishment, for the body. While we always aim to make physical activity fun, all of our techniques are scientifically validated, reflecting the latest findings in exercise physiology. However, our fitness program remains steadfast in its simplicity, and is forged on a foundation of evidence-based education which is designed to help participants gain an increased understanding about the way their bodies function. By focusing heavily on exercise education, our participants are armed with the tools they need to better enjoy movement and to feel successful and empowered now and in the future.
During their time at Structure House, participants will receive:
- Two free personal training sessions
- Informational lectures on fitness and health
- Access to our fully equipped fitness center
- Access to our private, heated indoor and outdoor pools
- Variety of safe and fun group fitness classes for all fitness and mobility levels
- Exercise modifications for medical or orthopedic conditions
- One free half hour massage
Within our 12,000 square foot fitness center we have a full strength training facility with weight machines, functional fitness equipment, and a full line of cardiovascular training machines for all levels of abilities. A large wood floor fitness studio houses the majority of our 32 exercises classes given weekly ranging from gentle movement such as yoga and chair aerobics, to more challenging classes such as cardio kickboxing and Tabata strength training. There are no shortages of exercise options for any level of participant. We also have a variety of water fitness class such as Water Aerobics, Aqua Zumba, and Water Kickboxing in our heated outdoor and indoor saline pools. A well-equipped Pilates room is also available for use when receiving lessons from one of our experienced Pilates instructors. All classes are taught by highly credentialed instructors with vast experience in exercise for all populations, conditions and body sizes.