Training Methods

Fitness Quest NW focuses and specializes in functional and unconventional training methods.

We have always believed and taught to the theory of “functional training for functional body movement.”

Unconventional training methods are rapidly being incorporating into the fitness regimen of people around the world. Unconventional Training, defined as untraditional fitness methods involving kettlebells, Clubbells, sandbags, and other “old school” equipment is a huge departure from the common body building equipment and techniques that have been popular for decades. The reasons are numerous: unconventional training methods focus on functional fitness and strength, they are more efficient than hours of cardio, and they are cheaper than machines and gyms.

This isn’t to say that bodybuilding techniques and equipment don’t have a place in this new world of unconventional training; bodybuilding-type isometric training still enables people to build muscle and definition. The big difference is the efficiency of other methods. A 10 to 15 minute workout with kettlebells can get you extreme gains in strength and conditioning; the ballistic motions incorporate numerous muscle groups, enabling trainees to get the most bang for their buck.

Below is a list of some of the unconventional training modalities we apply at Fitness Quest NW

Kettlebell Training

Kettlebells are cast iron weights that look somewhat like a cannonball with a handle. The round shape of kettlebells along with the thick handle allow for a multitude of exercises using one or two kettlebells at a time. Unlike dumbbells, barbells, or other one or two-handed weights, kettlebells were made for ballistic exercises aimed at all-around fitness versus isolated muscle development. The unbalanced weight displacement of kettlebell training requires additional energy to balance the weight during kettlebell training.

Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight training is a strength training technique that uses your bodyweight for resistance, rather than pieces of fitness equipment. The most common bodyweight exercises include push ups, sit ups, squats, and pull ups. Bodyweight training requires you to use your own bodyweight as resistance, requiring the use of multiple muscle groups for each exercise. This means that you can enhance your flexibility and balance while also increasing strength at the same time. In addition, some bodyweight exercises also have the ability to rapidly increase your speed and endurance through intense training routines.

TRX Suspension Straps
TRX Suspension Training harnesses your own bodyweight to create resistance as you workout and allows you to adjust the degree of difficulty, regardless of your fitness level, age or fitness goals. ?Safely perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries, all at the intensity you choose. Like most of our training modalities at Fitness Quest NW, Suspension Training is another great asset to get a full body workout in a 3 dimensional format.

Resistance Bands
Resistance bands will strengthen and elongate the muscle fibers. They also increase your flexibility tremendously. Resistance bands will stimulate the muscles in a manner that is impossible to do with the use of free weights by allowing you to perform much more controlled movements, keep constant tension on the muscles, and really emphasize on the concentric and eccentric portions of the movement.

We call our Tabata classes “Cardio on Steroids!”
The Tabata format is (HITT), High Intensity Interval Training at its best. Our classes run on the 20/10 sequence. 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. We then rest for one minute and repeat. We do this for (4) four sequences for a total work time of 20 minutes. We usually have 8-12 stations of various movements mixing bodyweight, bands, sandbags, straps, kettlebells and of course – battle ropes

Furious functional training at its best!

Life doesn’t happen sitting down
In real life, our bodies move to the side, backwards, forwards and diagonally. Shouldn’t we train the same way? Unlike traditional weight training that tends to be linear and follow one plane of movement (sagittal), functional and unconventional training methods encourage multiplanar training (frontal, sagittal, transverse) which integrates all your motions and mimics real life movement. This will bring a muscular balance to your body, increasing performance and preventing injuries.

If you want to be your best, check out Fitness Quest NW