FAQ’S FOR FIRST-TIMERS

Updated: Oct 3, 2019



My name is Somer, and I am the administrative assistant and a fitness leader here at Active Health Solutions. I have the privilege of meeting a wide variety of people everyday who are pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Whether that means increasing strength, losing weight, or just trying to stay fit, our team at AHS will understand your unique combination of medical issues and help you get on the right track for a healthier life.


Susan, a 61-year-old retired accountant, found our Active Health Solutions brochure in her pamphlet when she attended a play at Theatre Northwest.


Have you thought about getting healthier in 2018? Have you been noticing the aches and pains of aging? Or do you have a chronic injury or illness that is preventing you from being more active? Do you want more energy, or less stiffness? Have you struggled to find a fitness facility or gym that works for you?


These are the questions that our brochure asks and as she read them, Susan realized her answer was YES! To almost all of them. She walked into our clinic looking a little overwhelmed and approached my desk timidly. I welcomed her and asked her what we could do to help her achieve a healthier life. Susan said that she wanted a comfortable space to exercise and take some fitness classes. She said she wanted experienced professionals to teach her because she suffers from knee pain and is awaiting a knee replacement.  I booked Susan in for a Placement Assessment with one of our Exercise Professionals so that we could establish a pre- and post-operative strengthening rehabilitation program for her knee, as well as improve her overall fitness. Before long, Susan became a familiar face and developed many friendships with the other participants in her classes. She and her new friends often stay after their class for a cup of coffee and a chat in our community kitchen. They also attend many of our Health Lectures together to learn more about how to support themselves in their wellness endeavours.


After my encounter with Susan, I realized that I am asked many of these questions everyday. As a brand-new facility, people want to know about what we do here, how much it costs, and who can attend. Here is a frequently-asked-questions section for anyone who is thinking about coming to AHS but may not know where to start.


You’ve heard about Active Health Solutions and you want to get healthier, now what?

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where to Start

Often, the people I see walk through our door have no idea where to begin on their health journey. I reassure them that they have come to the right place and are in good hands. Because many of our participants have a variety of health obstacles to overcome, we offer a Placement Assessment to evaluate each individual’s needs and select a program that is right for them. These assessments can be either 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the individual’s health, and provide the participant with a starting place.


  • What kind of classes do you have?

Here at AHS, we offer a variety of fitness classes, yoga classes, prevention and maintenance programs, and rehabilitation classes. All of our classes are small group classes (12-15 participants maximum), which allows for more focus on each individual participant.

Fitness Classes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All of our fitness classes are 55 minutes long and offer a full body workout that incorporates cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and flexibility. These classes are not choreographed and are designed to allow individual participants to work at their own pace. Our Vitality Series is a series of fitness classes that offers 4 levels of exercise difficulty. Our participants can progress through the classes or simply stay in the one that feels right for them.

Restore (Level 1)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a good class for people following time-off after a serious illness, injury, or long break in their fitness. This class is primarily done in a seated position but does include light walking and stepping. It focuses on improving joint mobility and correcting movement patterns.

Rejuvenate (Level 2)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This class is good for people who would like to improve their full body strength and tolerance to walking. It is organized in a circuit style that incorporates light band and dumbbell exercises and intermittent walking and stepping intervals. This class is suitable for people who are unable to move to and from floor level.

Invigorate (Level 3)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This class is designed for people who want to further challenge themselves. It is organized in a similar fashion to Rejuvenate but incorporates more advanced strengthening activities as well as working on floor mats.

Excel (Level 4)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is our most demanding class. It is set up with multiple stations that include strengthening, stability, and cardiovascular training. The class begins with a dynamic warm-up, followed by a series of corrective exercises as well as activation exercises.

Based on these descriptions, you can try the class level that seems the most suitable to your needs. You can always adjust your starting place and make progressions.

Golf Fit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We are fortunate enough here at AHS to have a resident Golf Professional teaching fitness classes designed to improve your golfing ability. This class is for any adult who plays golf (or another rotational sport) to develop or maintain rotational movement for their golf swing (including increasing club head speed). This is a circuit-style class with a common warm-up and stretching section. Common injuries will be addressed with corrective activities and functional movement for the golf swing. We also have an indoor driving range for those who wish to keep up with their swing, especially in the winter months.

Rehabilitation Classes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We offer a variety of rehabilitation classes that are designed to be the transition classes between physiotherapy and fitness classes. Each Session is set up as a block of 6 one-hour classes, taking place once per week. Each participant is asked to commit to all of the classes in a session because the information given and exercises that are taught progress from week to week. These classes are meant to restore strength to areas affected by arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis, prepare and recover from joint replacements, rehabilitate injuries, and improve chronic pain.

The yoga classes we offer are gentle forms of yoga, and are designed to achieve comfort and foster a calming experience. Breathing exercises and meditation are incorporated into these classes to improve overall functional ability. You will leave our yoga classes feeling relaxed, more mobile, and stress-free.

Please visit our Class Descriptions page on our website for a full description of all of our classes, and our Schedule for dates and times.  Remember, your first class is free!


  • How Much Does It Cost?

At Active Health Solutions, we offer a Fall, Winter, and Spring session. These sessions include 13 weeks of classes, access to our community kitchen & health lectures, and drop-in passes for the maintenance months (December, and July & August).  Depending on how many classes you choose per week, our session prices vary, but essentially it works out to $15 per class. This works out to $15 per class. We will drop your price by a dollar every time you do a session so our participants can eventually go as low as $12 per class! That’s only $48 dollars per month!

We also offer drop-in punch cards, anywhere from 1 – 20! These punch cards never expire and can be used for any of our fitness classes and indoor driving range. You may also bring a friend or spouse and treat them to a class on your punch card. Don’t forget, our 20-punch card is 10% off!

Our Rehabilitation Classes run once a week, as a 6-week progressional series, for $120. Our punch cards don’t apply to these classes.


  • Who Are the Classes For?

Our classes are for men and women alike! While we have expertise in providing fitness for adults 55 +, everyone is welcome to attend our classes. Whether your health is stable but you just want to lose some weight or regain some strength or if you have a chronic disease and are recovering from injuries, Active Health Solutions is the place for you.


  • What Sets Us Apart from Other Fitness Facilities in Prince George?

Active Health Solutions is a clinical wellness facility that caters specifically to adults that have chronic injuries or illnesses (issues like arthritis, hip or knee replacements, diabetes, heart disease, being overweight, or anything associated with aging). We have the expertise to help anyone move more to improve their health and wellness.

Here at Active Health Solutions, we pride ourselves in providing an inclusive environment. We are not a gym … we are “the ungym,” and we want to change the way fitness is done. Our staff are all completely professional, and our facility has been designed to be open and welcoming – clean lines, warm colors, no loud music, no mirrors, and no big machines. This is a new approach to health and fitness in the north – our intake/assessment procedures and programming will assure safety, support, and comfort. We are especially mindful of inexperienced or cautious adults. Our services are less expensive than physiotherapy or expensive medications, yet can give you equal or greater benefits! Our business model fills the gaps in the health care system. We are not primary care but we help people either before or after medical intervention and/or physiotherapy. Ideally, we want to serve people that want to get more fit – to maintain and/or increase their mobility and strength.

We can show you that you are never too old and it is never too late to be healthy!


~Somer

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250-596-6247

info@activehealthsolutions.ca

#150 - 556 North Nechako Road

Prince George, British Columbia, V2K 1A1