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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not included below, please do reach out and allow 24 hours for a response.

What props will I need for the Practical Strength courses? If I don't have something, can I still participate?

To get the most out of the Practical Strength courses, I do recommend the following props. But all exercises are also shown without any props. 

Progressions Class Props:
1) a firm 3-foot foam roller 2) an exercise ball (55-65 cm) 3) a set of hand weights  4) an elastic resistance loop band 5) an elastic theraband 6) a yoga block

Foundations Class Props:

1) a pillow 2) a hand towel 3) a stable chair or ottoman 4) a swiffer or other mopping-type item with an extended or long handle.

Can I join the Progressions without taking the Foundations course?

I highly recommend taking Foundations for two to three months prior to starting the Progressions workouts. The Foundations training provides you the essential base of strength for movements required in Progressions.

That being said, I understand that we all have varied-movement backgrounds. If you feel strongly that you are ready for a higher level of training, please contact me to schedule a 10-minute consultation so that we may further discuss the best possible avenue for your fitness journey.

I have pain. Can you tell me what is causing it?

Unfortunately, the causes of pain are very nuanced and require an individual assessment. Please make an appointment with your doctor (MD) and or see your physical therapist with questions related to pain.

What if I cannot attend a workout? Am I able to make it up?

If you miss a class, you can always play the recording which is emailed to you the same day. You will have access to the recording of the class for 1 week. Since you would be unable to ask any questions, you may email me anytime!

I have a long or short-term injury that bothers me. Can I still take the Practical Strength courses?

It is important that you have accessed medical care for both short and long-term injuries prior to starting this (or any) fitness program. Please consult with your doctor and/or physical therapist prior to beginning. I am also available for 10- minute consultations to help you find the best path to safe fitness.

Do you offer a sliding scale option for low-income individuals?

No one will be turned away due to a lack of ability to pay. Please reach out to me to discuss options and we will work something out.

What if I have questions during the sessions or while watching the recordings? Can I contact Trina?

I welcome all questions and would love to hear from you. Please direct questions to, and I will be happy to respond.

What are the differences between conventional strength training and orthopedic strength training?

Conventional strength training is most often focused on appearance (such as in body building) or objective (such as in crossfit) outcomes. Orthopedic strength training is focused primarily on function and longevity. Both function and longevity allow you to use your body safely for longer. In other words, orthopedic strength training will not degrade your body over time.

My muscles aren't fatiguing in some of the exercises. Should I do more reps or add weights?

It is absolutely OK to not reach fatigue. Our goal in Practical Strength is to build strength below the threshold of injury. You should have a healthy mixture of challenge in a Practical Strength workout: feeling awkward and successful or challenged and successful. Working to fatigue is never the goal of our training.

I am experiencing pain when I do a movement. What should I do?

If this pain existed prior to the class, please consult your doctor and/or your physical therapist.. If this pain is new and seemingly related to an exercise in class, please join class 10 minutes early, or stay 10 minutes after so that we may troubleshoot and come up with a modification that works for your body.

If I am not satisfied with your products and services, can I receive a refund?

Yes. Please reach out and I will be happy to give you a refund. If you could provide me with the specifics of your dissatisfaction, I would greatly appreciate it. I am always striving to improve and would love to better serve you in the future.

How do I know when I'm ready to resume my favorite activities?

Please consult with your doctor and/or physical therpaist to come up with specific plans on your return to activity following an injury or painful event.

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