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Importance of Private Personal Training in Youth Athletes

Importance of Private Personal Training in Youth Athletes

Private personal training for youth is a significant investment in a child’s physical development, offering a range of benefits that extend beyond the traditional group training model. In a one-on-one setting, such as the one provided by SVPT Fitness and Athletics, youth can receive personalized attention, customized programs, and a level of guidance that is often challenging to achieve in larger group settings. This individualized approach not only promotes overall physical development but can also give young athletes a competitive advantage in their chosen sports.

Personalized Attention

One of the key advantages of private personal training is the level of personalized attention that each child receives. In group settings, coaches often face challenges in addressing the unique needs and skill levels of individual participants. However, private training allows coaches to focus solely on one athlete, tailoring their instruction to the individual’s specific strengths, weaknesses, and goals. This personalized attention fosters a deeper understanding of the athlete’s abilities, enabling the coach to provide targeted feedback and corrections.

Customized Fitness Programs

The customization of fitness programs is another critical aspect of private training for youth. SVPT Fitness and Athletics, for example, may offer programs that are tailored to the athlete’s age, skill level, and athletic aspirations. This approach ensures that the athlete engages in activities that are both challenging and achievable, leading to more effective progress in their physical development. Whether the goal is to improve overall fitness, enhance specific skills, or prepare for the competitive season, a customized program can address these objectives with precision.

Building Confidence

Building confidence is a crucial component of youth development, and private personal training plays a pivotal role in this aspect. In a one-on-one setting, a youth athlete can receive direct and immediate feedback, allowing them to understand their strengths and areas for improvement. Success in private training sessions can significantly boost an athlete’s self-esteem, creating a positive feedback loop that motivates them to continue their fitness and athletic pursuits. This enhanced confidence can have a profound impact on their overall well-being, both on and off the field.

Technique Focused

Private personal training also provides a safe and controlled environment for learning and skill development. Trainers can closely monitor the athlete’s form and technique, reducing the risk of injuries that may arise from improper practices. This focused attention on safety not only protects the athlete’s physical well-being but also instills good habits from the outset, ensuring a solid foundation for future athletic endeavors.

Competitive Edge

In the realm of sports, private personal training can offer young athletes a competitive edge. The concentrated focus on skill development, facilitated by one-on-one coaching, allows for a more in-depth exploration of the nuances of a particular sport. Whether it’s refining a golf swing, perfecting a tennis serve, or mastering soccer dribbling techniques, private training allows athletes to hone their skills with accuracy. This specialized attention can lead to accelerated progress, giving young athletes a competitive advantage over their peers who may not have access to such tailored coaching.

Sport Specific Details

SVPT Fitness and Athletics, with our experienced trainers, can play a crucial role in imparting sport-specific knowledge and techniques to young athletes. The trainers’ expertise in working with youth ensures that the training programs align with the physical and psychological needs of this demographic. This targeted approach not only enhances the child’s understanding of the sport but also accelerates skill acquisition, positioning them ahead of the curve in competitive scenarios.

Load Management

The flexibility of scheduling provided by private personal training is another practical advantage, especially for busy young athletes juggling various commitments. Private sessions can be tailored to accommodate the child’s other responsibilities, ensuring consistent participation in the training program. This flexibility contributes to the athlete’s ability to maintain a balanced lifestyle, avoiding burnout and fostering a long-term commitment to fitness and athletics.

Private personal training for youth athletes, exemplified by the offerings of SVPT Fitness and Athletics, represents a holistic approach to physical development. The personalized attention, customized programs, and focus on skill development not only contribute to overall well-being but also position young athletes for success in competitive sports. The advantages gained through private training extend beyond the physical realm, fostering confidence, discipline, and a positive attitude toward health and fitness. As parents and guardians seek opportunities to support their children’s athletic aspirations, personal training emerges as a valuable investment in unlocking the full potential of young athletes.

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Group Fitness Classes

Group Fitness Classes

Group fitness classes and semi-private personal training are two styles of training SVPT Fitness and Athletics has been offering for years. Our most popular group fitness class, Movement Over 60, is waitlisted almost every week! Here are a few reasons why they’re so beneficial:

1. Motivation and Accountability:

Group fitness classes thrive on the collective energy of participants. Exercising with a group provides a motivational boost as individuals work towards their fitness goals together. The shared commitment to attending classes regularly fosters a sense of accountability. When you know that others expect to see you in class, you’re more likely to stay committed to your fitness routine. This collective commitment creates a positive feedback loop, reinforcing the importance of regular exercise.

2. Structured Workouts:

One of the key advantages of group fitness classes is the structured nature of the workouts. Our personal trainers carefully design these classes, ensuring a comprehensive and balanced exercise routine. The classes typically starts with a foam rolling warm-up and mobilization drills, followed by the workout broken down into power, strength, and conditioning, and a bunch of high fives on the way out. This structure not only optimizes the effectiveness of the workout but also helps in injury prevention. Participants can trust that each session is thoughtfully curated to deliver a well-rounded fitness experience.

3. Expert Guidance:

Instructors play a pivotal role in the success of group fitness classes. These professionals are certified and trained to guide participants through exercises with proper form and technique. This personalized guidance is especially beneficial for beginners who may be unfamiliar with certain exercises. Our trainers can offer modifications and alternatives to accommodate various fitness levels, ensuring that everyone in the group can participate safely and effectively.

4. Variety and Fun:

One of the reasons people are drawn to group fitness classes is the variety they offer. Classes come in different formats, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, spinning, dance, and more. This diversity not only prevents boredom but also allows individuals to explore different forms of exercise. The element of fun is crucial in sustaining long-term engagement with fitness activities. Group classes often incorporate music, dynamic movements, and interactive elements, making the workouts enjoyable and something to look forward to.

5. Social Interaction:

The social component of group fitness classes contributes significantly to their appeal. Exercising in a group provides an opportunity for social interaction, fostering a sense of community. Participants often form connections with their classmates, creating a supportive environment. The camaraderie developed in these classes can extend beyond the workout studio, leading to lasting friendships and a network of like-minded individuals who share similar health and fitness goals.

6. Competition and Camaraderie:

While the primary focus of group fitness is personal improvement, a healthy sense of competition can emerge within the group. Friendly challenges and encouragement from peers can inspire participants to push their limits, leading to improved performance. The combination of competition and camaraderie creates a positive atmosphere where individuals strive to achieve their best while supporting others in their fitness journey.

7. Time Efficiency:

In today’s fast-paced world, time is a valuable commodity. Group fitness classes offer a time-efficient way to engage in a full-body workout. With a predetermined duration and a well-structured routine, participants can maximize the benefits of their exercise within a fixed timeframe. This time efficiency makes group classes suitable for individuals with busy schedules, providing a convenient and effective fitness solution.

8. Adaptability to All Fitness Levels:

Group fitness classes are designed to be inclusive, catering to individuals of various fitness levels. Our personal trainers often provide modifications for exercises, allowing participants to adjust the intensity based on their capabilities. This adaptability ensures that both beginners and seasoned fitness enthusiasts can participate in the same class, each working at their own pace. The inclusive nature of group fitness promotes a supportive environment where everyone feels welcome and encouraged.

9. Mental Health Benefits:

The positive impact of group fitness extends beyond the physical realm to mental well-being. The social interaction, shared experiences, and supportive atmosphere contribute to reduced feelings of isolation and stress. Engaging in group activities releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators, leading to enhanced mental clarity and a more positive outlook. The group setting becomes a source of emotional support, creating a holistic approach to health and wellness.

10. Consistency and Routine:

Establishing a consistent exercise routine is crucial for long-term health benefits. Group fitness classes, often offered at regular intervals, facilitate the development of a structured routine. Knowing that classes are scheduled on specific days and times helps individuals plan their week around their fitness commitments. This regularity not only improves physical fitness but also instills a sense of discipline and habit formation, contributing to sustained well-being.

The power of group fitness classes lies in their ability to motivate, provide structure, offer expert guidance, deliver variety, foster social interaction, promote competition and camaraderie, ensure time efficiency, adapt to diverse fitness levels, contribute to mental health, and establish consistency. Whether you are a fitness novice or an experienced enthusiast, group fitness classes can be a dynamic and enriching component of a holistic approach to health and wellness.

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Achieving Your Goal With SVPT

Achieving Your Goals with SVPT

At SVPT Fitness and Athletics, we are committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment designed to make your fitness journey not only effective but also enjoyable. Our vibrant culture is characterized by a fun atmosphere that promotes physical and mental wellness. With expert personal trainers boasting a combined total of 60 years of training experience, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals while instilling positive habits that transcend into various aspects of your life. Additionally, our nutrition partnership with Revive Wellness provides you with comprehensive guidance to support your overall well-being.

Inclusive Culture and Safe Environment

At SVPT Fitness and Athletics, we believe in the power of inclusivity. Our community is diverse, and we embrace individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their fitness levels or backgrounds. Creating a safe and welcoming space is paramount to us, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable as they embark on their fitness journey. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or taking your first steps towards a healthier lifestyle, SVPT is designed to be a place where you can thrive and grow.

Experienced Personal Trainers

One of the cornerstones of our commitment to your success is our team of expert personal trainers. With a collective experience of 60 years in the fitness industry, our trainers bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and passion to guide you on your fitness journey. Their dedication goes beyond just physical training; they are here to mentor, motivate, and support you every step of the way. Whether you have specific fitness goals, need assistance with technique, are nursing or rehabbing an injury, or homework outside of your workouts – our trainers are here to ensure that your experience at SVPT is both effective and enjoyable.

Positive Habit Formation

At SVPT Fitness and Athletics, we believe that true wellness extends beyond the gym. That’s why we are committed to helping you cultivate positive habits that contribute to both your physical and mental well-being. Our approach goes beyond traditional fitness training, emphasizing the importance of a balanced and holistic lifestyle. From encouraging mindful practices to fostering a positive mindset, we believe that creating lasting habits is key to achieving sustainable health and wellness.

Nutrition Partnership with Revive Wellness

Recognizing the integral role that nutrition plays in overall fitness, we are partnered with Revive Wellness to help guide your nutritional path. This collaboration is designed to provide you with comprehensive guidance on nutrition, complementing your efforts in the gym. The expert dieticians at Revive Wellness will work with you to create a personalized nutrition plan aligned with your fitness goals. This partnership reflects our commitment to offering a well-rounded approach to health and wellness, addressing both physical activity and dietary choices.

Infectious Energy and Fun Atmosphere

Experience the infectious energy that defines SVPT Fitness and Athletics. Our gym is not just a place to work out; it’s a community where members come together to support and motivate each other. The lively and positive atmosphere is designed to make your fitness journey enjoyable and sustainable. Whether you prefer solo workouts or thrive in group settings, you’ll find the camaraderie and enthusiasm at SVPT to be both invigorating and uplifting.

How to Make the Most of Your SVPT Experience

  1. Connect with Our Community: Engage with fellow members and trainers. A sense of community fosters a supportive environment where everyone is working towards their goals together.
  2. Utilize the Expertise of Our Trainers: Take advantage of the vast experience our personal trainers bring to the table. They are here to provide guidance, answer questions, and ensure that your workouts are effective and safe.
  3. Explore the Nutrition Partnership: Schedule a consultation with the nutrition experts at Revive Wellness. Their personalized guidance can significantly impact your fitness journey by addressing the nutritional aspects crucial for achieving your goals.
  4. Participate in Group Activities: Join group classes or semi-private personal training to experience the vibrant community firsthand. Group activities can add a social element to your workouts and provide additional motivation.
  5. Celebrate Achievements: Whether it’s a personal milestone or a community-wide accomplishment, take the time to celebrate achievements. Recognizing progress, no matter how small, is crucial for maintaining motivation.
  6. Provide Feedback: Your input matters. If there are ways we can improve or better meet your needs, let us know. Your feedback helps us continuously enhance the SVPT experience for everyone.

SVPT Fitness and Athletics is more than just a gym; it’s a dynamic and supportive community dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals and cultivate a healthier, happier lifestyle. With a welcoming atmosphere, experienced trainers, positive energy, and our nutrition partnership with Revive Wellness, SVPT offers a comprehensive approach to your well-being. Come and experience the infectious energy that sets SVPT apart – where your fitness journey becomes a rewarding and enjoyable adventure. Welcome to a place where health and happiness go hand in hand, welcome to the SVPT Family.

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New Year, Same You?

Now that we’re a month deep into 2018, there’s a good chance one or more of your planned resolutions for the year have already bombed. Harsh, I know, but statistics for 2017 showed that only 58.4% of people had maintained their resolutions after the first month of the year and that percentage dropped another 13.6% past 6 months. Why is that? Well, there are a few plausible explanations.

Right from the get go, a New Year sets us up to set unrealistic goals. For many people, the month of December stands out as a time we are thrown off our usual routines. Holiday parties, festive dinners, additional time off of work separate December from the other 11 months.  Although the holidays aren’t a relaxing and recuperating time for everyone, the change of pace usually leaves us craving some sort of structure come time the last holiday event finishes. This desire for structure is liberating for many, especially coming from a place of exhaustion and burn-out after the past year of consistent hard work devoted to our jobs, families, and lives in general. The holidays oftentimes serve as a gas tank fill for our mental, emotional, and physical energy tanks left drained from the past year of, well, living on earth. So how does that set us up for failure? Well, this recharged state leads us to feeling on top of the world come January 1st (or maybe January 2nd, once the hangovers have subsided from your New Year’s Eve festivities). So, when you sit down to map out your goals for the coming year, you’re very likely to overshoot what you’re truly capable of and forget about all of the day-to-day stresses that are going to block you from achieving your shiny New Year goals.

So, let me ask you: Are your goals for 2018 realistic? Let me help you figure that out.

Imagine a week in 2017 where several things didn’t go as you planned. Maybe you got stuck in traffic for hours, you had to stay late at work, you forgot your lunch at home, your child played hockey 3 times per week, your basement flooded, your household got attacked by this year’s flu strain…..on, and on, and on!   With all of these events piling up on you, do you truly think you’d make it to the gym seven times for a 2-hour workout and manage to find a reasonable replacement for the healthy prepped meal you left at home? Chances are, your mind will tell you there’s no point in going to the gym because you don’t have the originally planned 2 hours in your day to dedicate to training after having to re-do the project your computer lost, and you’ll end up stress eating three donuts from the staff room because you got hungry and were too distracted to navigate your way to a healthier alternative. If that sounds like a familiar event to you, don’t worry – we’ve all been there.

So, during our time of lofty goal setting and 2018 resolution lists, we must remember: life happens. We all have things that throw us off course. It may sound totally achievable to get in 7 killer workouts and delight in your healthy meal prepped dishes every day when you’re glowing from the extra time off work and delicious holiday treats, but realize you aren’t always going to be living the post-holiday high. Sure, it’s great to aim high and have great expectations for yourself. However, a week where you’re blown completely off track is likely to damage your self-efficacy and confidence and, ultimately, derail your big plans.

So, next time you sit down to map out the steps you are going to take towards your goals, make sure you can check off those steps more often than you can’t. On weeks where you’re feeling on top of the world, do more! On weeks where life is a little more hectic, at least you have those small, achievable steps and habits you can still take towards the bigger picture.




SVPT Trainer, Kelly Gifford

Embracing Fitness at Every Level: Edmonton’s Premier Body-Positive Private Personal Training Facility

In south Edmonton, a private personal training facility stands out for its state-of-the-art equipment or top-tier personal trainers and its 15-year commitment to fostering a truly inclusive, welcoming, and body-positive atmosphere. This haven is where all ages, fitness levels, and body types converge to embark on a physical and mental well-being journey.

Why Body Positivity Matters in Fitness

Fitness is often misconstrued as a pursuit exclusive to those already in shape, but our private gym challenges this notion head-on. Body positivity isn’t just a buzzword here; it’s a core philosophy. We recognize that every individual’s journey to health is unique and deserves respect and support. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or taking your first step into a gym, our environment is designed to make you feel comfortable and motivated. Every age, every fitness level and every body is welcomed in the pursuit of mental and physical health.

Inclusivity at Its Core

Our facility thrives on inclusivity. We understand that the path to fitness is diverse and personal. Our best personal trainers in Edmonton are not just experts in physical training; they are empathetic guides who tailor their approach to meet your specific needs and goals. From teenagers looking to build confidence to seniors aiming to maintain strength and mobility, our personal trainers are equipped to assist all.

A Comfortable Space for All Fitness Levels

The thought of entering a gym can be daunting for many. Recognizing this, we’ve designed our space as welcoming and non-intimidating as possible. Our private training area allows for focused, one-on-one sessions with your trainer, ensuring privacy and a sense of ease during your workouts.

Inclusive Approach to Mental and Physical Health

Our philosophy extends beyond physical fitness; we deeply value the connection between mental and physical health. Our trainers are skilled in creating regimes that build physical strength and enhance mental well-being, resulting in a more inclusive approach to health and well-being.

Personalized Training for Every Body

Personalization is key to our approach. Our formally educated personal trainers are well-versed in various techniques, from strength training and cardio to mobility and rehab exercises. They work closely with you to develop a program that aligns with your lifestyle, body type, fitness level, and personal goals, ensuring a personalized, safe and effective workout experience. We meet you where you are at right now.

Community and Support

At our gym, you’re not just a member; you’re part of a community. The support from trainers and fellow gym-goers creates a unique, encouraging environment where everyone’s achievements are celebrated. This sense of community is vital in keeping motivation high and making the fitness journey enjoyable. Fitness can be much more enjoyable when surrounded by people who celebrate your wins and encourage you to keep pushing through the challenging times.

Safe and Professional Environment

Safety is paramount. Our personal trainers are the best in Edmonton and are committed to ensuring that each session is conducted with the highest level of professionalism and safety. This commitment helps build trust and confidence among our clients, making them feel secure in their fitness journey and investment.

Accessible to All Ages

We proudly cater to a diverse age group. Our personal training programs are designed to be adaptable, catering to the vibrant energy of youth as well as the specific needs of older adults. This inclusivity makes fitness a family affair, welcoming parents, children, and even grandparents to join in.

A Revolution in Personal Training

Our private personal training facility in Edmonton is more than just a gym; it’s a movement towards a more inclusive and body-positive approach to fitness. We welcome everyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or body type, to join us towards better mental and physical health. Here, wellness is for everyone, and every victory, big or small, is celebrated.
SVPT is not just about achieving fitness goals; it’s about transforming lives. We invite you to experience the comfort, support, and excellence that make us the best in Edmonton for personal training for the last 15 years.

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Why Starting with a Personal Trainer Before January is a Game-Changer for Your 2024 Health and Fitness Goals

As the year winds down, many of us start to think about our New Year’s resolutions, with health and fitness often topping the list. However, there are better approaches than waiting until January to start working on these goals. Here’s why starting with a personal trainer before January, especially at a private facility like SVPT Fitness & Athletics, is not just a smart move but a game-changer for your fitness journey.

1. Getting Ahead of the Curve

Starting early means you’re ahead of the game. While others are still pondering their New Year’s resolutions, you’re already making strides toward your health and fitness goals. This head start can be incredibly motivating and set a positive tone for the year ahead. Building gym confidence and improving health now rather than later will help ensure long term success.

2. Beating the Holiday Rush

Gyms are notoriously crowded in January. By starting in November or December, you get the luxury of less crowded facilities, and more availability of personal trainers. Many people get so busy over the holidays that fitness and health take a back-seat. This is a great time to capitalize on the calmness of a less busy training environment.

3. Navigating Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a stressful time, with overindulgence in food and drink and reduced physical activity. Having a personal trainer during this period can help you maintain a balance, keeping stress at bay and keeping you on track to your fitness goals.

4. Customized Training at SVPT Fitness & Athletics

Private training facilities like SVPT Fitness & Athletics offer a more personalized approach than standard gyms. Your personal trainer will design a program tailored specifically to your needs and goals, taking into account any previous injuries or specific concerns you might have.

5. Accountability and Consistency

One of the biggest challenges of maintaining a fitness regimen is staying consistent. A personal trainer provides that much-needed accountability. They ensure you stick to your schedule and maintain the momentum, even when motivation wanes.

6. Safety First

Starting your fitness journey with professional guidance ensures that you’re exercising safely. Personal trainers teach proper form and technique, reducing the risk of injuries and making your workouts more effective.

7. Setting Realistic Goals

A trainer helps you set realistic and achievable goals. This is crucial, especially if you’re new to fitness or have had challenges in the past. Achievable goals keep you motivated and prevent the frustration that often comes with unrealistic expectations.

8. Overcoming Plateaus

It’s common to hit a plateau in your fitness journey. A personal trainer can help you navigate these standstills by adjusting your training program, ensuring continuous progress towards your goals.

9. Mental Health Benefits

Regular exercise is known to improve mental health, and having a personal trainer can amplify these benefits. Regular exercuse can help manage stress, anxiety, and depression, especially important during the hectic holiday season.

10. Building a Sustainable Lifestyle

A personal trainer helps you see fitness as a journey, not a destination. This perspective is crucial for building a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, rather than chasing short-term gains.

11. Education and Empowerment

A good trainer does more than instruct; they educate. This fitness, nutrition, and healthy living education empowers you to make informed decisions about your health, even outside the gym.

12. Social Support

Working with a trainer, especially in a private setting like SVPT Fitness & Athletics, can provide a sense of community and support. This social aspect of fitness is often underestimated but can be a significant factor in long-term success.

Starting with a personal trainer before the new year allows you to pre-emptively tackle your upcoming fitness goals, manage holiday stress healthily, and set the stage for a successful, healthy new year. Facilities like SVPT Fitness & Athletics provide the ideal setting for such a start, with their personalized approach and focus on individual goals. By beginning your journey now, you ensure that you’re not just ready for the new year but already on your way to a healthier, fitter you.

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A Day in the Life of a Private Personal Training Session with Your Personal Trainer: Tailored Fitness in Edmonton

When you show up for your personal training session at our private personal training facility in south Edmonton, you embark on a journey meticulously crafted for your unique needs, goals and lifestyle. Our sessions, led by formally educated and certified personal trainers, are more than just workouts; they are an inclusive approach to fitness, combining expertise, personalization, and a deep understanding of the individual. Let’s walk through what a typical session looks like.

Initial Assessment: Understanding Your Unique Needs

Every fitness journey with us begins with a thorough assessment of your biomechanics, history, lifestyle, needs and goals. This isn’t just about measuring physical capabilities; it’s about understanding your daily routine, habits, past injuries, and personal fitness goals. Our trainers, equipped with formal education and experience in fitness and health, use this information to create a training plan that’s as unique as you are.

After assessing you, our personal trainers create a training plan tailored to you, but that encompasses our training philosophies and systems – building a foundation with safe and effective exercises that will not only get you to your fitness goals, but help you live life beyond the gym walls.

Warming Up: Laying the Foundation

A warm-up is essential, and ours are tailored to prepare your body for the specific workout ahead. This might include dynamic stretching, light cardio, or mobility exercises. The aim is to increase heart rate, enhance blood flow, and prepare your muscles and joints for the session, reducing the risk of injury. We also focus on your movement patterns. Our personal trainers help you refine your technique for the exercises to come, ensuring that you perform each exercise correctly and effectively. This is crucial, as proper movement forms the foundation for more advanced training, ensuring you progress safely and efficiently.

Power Training: Staying Fast

Power training is where things start to intensify. Depending on your fitness level and goals, this could involve plyometrics, throws, or explosive weight lifting, which is progressed and/or regressed to cater to your current fitness levels and abilities. The focus is on improving your speed and power, which are crucial for fitness performance and functional daily activities. For every year we age, we lose power and the ability to move quickly. It is essential to keep this function so we can prevent injury and falls. Power training is always modified for your age, fitness level and goals.

Strength Training: The Core of Your Workout

This is the heart of your session. Our personal trainers guide you through a series of strength training exercises and functional exercises, chosen to align with your specific goals. Whether it’s weight lifting or bodyweight exercises, each movement is selected to maximize your strength gains and overall physical development.


The session concludes with conditioning work to improve your ability to tolerate more work. This could range from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to endurance exercises, depending on your needs, goals and abilities. Conditioning is vital for improving your cardiovascular health, stamina, and overall fitness.

Customized Training Plan: Beyond the Gym Walls

Our responsibility doesn’t end when the session does. We provide you with a customized training plan, including exercises and routines that you can do outside of our private personal training sessions. This “homework” ensures that you continue to progress, even when you’re not in the gym.

Continuous Assessment: Tracking Your Progress

In subsequent sessions, we continuously assess your progress, tweaking and advancing your training plan as you evolve and progress. This approach ensures that you are constantly challenged and progressing, and that your workouts remain effective and engaging.

A private personal training session at our Edmonton facility is a comprehensive, personalized experience. From the initial thorough assessment to the customized training plan and nutritional guidance, every aspect is designed to cater specifically to you. Our certified personal trainers are not just instructors; they are your partners in this fitness journey, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self physically and mentally.

So, whether you’re looking to start your fitness journey, break through a plateau, or reach new heights, our private personal training sessions are the key to unlocking your potential. Join us and experience the difference of a truly personalized approach to fitness.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Raising the Bar: SVPT Fitness & Athletics’ Best Personal Training in Edmonton

Not all gyms are created equal when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. We’re proud to say that after 15 years of successful operation and growth, our facility remains a benchmark for quality personal training in the Edmonton fitness community. The secret? Our unwavering commitment to raising fitness industry standards, private and partner personal training, superior customer service, and a foundation built on real formal education and continuing education. We are constantly getting better for our clients.

Customer Service Beyond Compare

We understand that personal training is more than just about dumbbells and treadmills; it’s about relationships. Our customer service reflects this core belief, setting our business apart from generic and big-box fitness centers and gyms. Customer service isn’t just a department in our gym; it’s ingrained in our culture. From the moment you step into our facility, you’ll notice the difference. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of certified personal trainers makes it a point to know your name, your goals, and how best to assist you in reaching them. We aim to create an environment where you feel at home, supported, and motivated to give your best in each session.

Industry-Leading Personal Training

Our reputation as a personal training powerhouse doesn’t just come from excellent customer service but from the customized personal training itself. The SVPT team consists of certified professionals who bring experience and cutting-edge methodologies. Whether you are a professional athlete or taking your first tentative steps into the world of fitness, you will find a trainer and a program that is right for you.

Our team doesn’t offer one-size-fits-all workout regimens; each program is custom-designed around individual clients’ unique goals, abilities, and life circumstances. A personalized training plan is tailored to deliver fitness results and exceed expectations. Support does not end when you step out of the gym; the SVPT team is always available to answer questions, offer advice, provide homework for you to do independently, and give you the extra motivation you might need.

Setting High Fitness Industry Standards

In a world where fitness fads come and go, we’ve always been steadfast in our mission to set high fitness industry standards. How do we achieve this? It starts with our team of certified personal trainers who have undergone extensive formal education in exercise science and biomechanics. These professionals aren’t just certified; they continually advance their knowledge through seminars, workshops, and research to ensure that our training methodologies are evidence-based and effective. Our approach to long-term health and well-being sets us leagues apart in an industry often focused solely on aesthetics and short-term results. Furthermore, in a field often plagued by misinformation, our focus on real formal education serves as a cornerstone of our gym’s philosophy.

We want you to leave the nest and learn and be empowered enough to train independently. Many clients stay with us for upwards of 1 year, but many have been with us for ten years, as they prefer to have consistent accountability and to have their programs constantly monitored and progressed as they progress. We have some clients who only stay for a while to learn enough to train on their own confidently, and we love that. We have always been about educating clients so they know better. When you know better, you do better.

15 Years and Counting

After 15 years in the business, our commitment to raising the bar in fitness industry standards remains as strong as ever. Through our focus on private, partner and semi-private personal training, exemplary customer service, and an educational foundation emphasizing real formal education and continuing education, we have set ourselves apart as the best in Edmonton. While it may sound like we are tooting our own horn, we are celebrating the growing pains, successes and failures in an industry that has so many gyms come and go. We have beaten the odds!

Whether you’re brand new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, we invite you to experience the difference that a truly personalized approach to wellness can make. Join us and become a part of a community that values quality, expertise, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.


Exercising vs. Training

As summer winds down, and we approach ‘fall back to fitness’, many will be seeking the fitness routine they had before summer shenanigans. So as you get back into your routine, ask yourself – are you training or are you just exercising?

Exercise and training might often be used as synonymous terms, but there are a few important distinctions between the two. Exercise can best be thought of as physical activity that serves an immediate purpose and effect. It is done for its own sake, whether that is during the workout or immediately after. This “effect” or “purpose” can include burning calories, getting a pump on, getting sweaty, or as a way to blow off steam & de-stress. Training, on the other hand, is utilizing physical activity to achieve a definite performance objective, which is often long-term. The difference between exercise and training is a question of intention.

Training is a process designed to achieve a specific result. It is a pre-determined progression of activity designed to satisfy a long-term performance goal. Training is less about the workouts individually than it is about the process of utilizing the workouts to reach the ultimate training goal, or the cumulative effect of the individual workouts. The results are reached by progressing week after week, tracking progress and adjusting as needed. Training is about long-term improvement for a specific purpose, which often means displacing the immediate feeling of having achieved a goal until that goal is realized down the line.

The primary goal of exercise is, generally, to keep you healthy. Exercising can produce immediate results, and results over the long term even; however, training is deciding on a goal and using physical activity to achieve that goal. Long-term results from consistent exercise are a welcome by-product but are not the outcome of intentional physical activity. Any program that features exposure at random to various types of physical stress cannot produce a specific physical adaptation. Past a certain point the adaptation that occurs naturally with exercise will stop, a point that occurs relatively quickly.

Should we all be training? Not necessarily. It’s more about your specific goals. If the goal is to maintain health, exercising might be sufficient, and the most important thing would then be to choose exercise options that motivate you to continue and be consistent. Jumping from program to program or choosing random workouts can be a great way to exercise without getting bored. For those who have specific goals, a long-term training program with trackable results is more appropriate.

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Steady State or interval cardio

Steady State or Interval Cardio?

There are two types of cardio people: those who choose aerobic exercise (i.e. running, jogging) and those who choose anaerobic exercise (i.e. HIIT, intervals). Although both are technically cardio, doing just one type is not enough and a well-rounded program will include both types.

Generally, exercise done in short bursts up to two minutes in duration will utilize the anaerobic system primarily. This includes any short burst of activity that can only be maintained for about two minutes, usually referred to as intervals. Exercise for an extended period of time at a slow or moderate pace, will utilize the aerobic system primarily, and is often referred to as “steady-state cardio”.

Those who prefer aerobic exercise (aka runners and cyclists) tend to neglect interval training, while those who prefer interval training (aka metconners) tend to neglect doing steady-state cardio. If cardio is cardio, why should it matter if I prefer hard and fast or long and slow?

Whether you should focus on anaerobic or aerobic exercises is entirely dependent on what your goals are. Ideally, you’re doing a mix of both in a balanced program. Aerobic exercise will help build endurance and increase cardiovascular health overall, while interval training will enhance muscle strength, power, size and speed.   Aerobic exercise helps build a bigger window in which you can perform intervals, or a aerobic base.  Without an aerobic base, you won’t be able to do a lot of intervals.

While each type of exercise will build and produce different results and develop different skills, the two types of training can function together to make you faster, stronger, and healthier overall. Training exclusively by one type of exercise will limit the progress you can make, and actually increases your chance of injury. Incorporating anaerobic training into an exercise plan that is mostly aerobic will lead to increased speed, power output, economy, increase VO2 max and decrease the chance of injury.

The way to improve cardio performance is to train at and above your threshold. This means to improve aerobic capacity (read: become a better runner) you need to incorporate training intervals that mean you’re working near your current aerobic threshold. On the flip side, those who only train using intervals will not increase their steady state endurance. What this means is that the metconner who also does steady-state cardio training will be able to work harder for longer (read: get more done in each interval).

Both interval and aerobic exercise should be incorporated into a balanced exercise plan. This balance will allow the two systems to complement one another and will maximize results and increase overall health, while minimizing the chance of injury.