THE BIG QUESTIONS

LIVE WELL is not a gym. We are a medical fitness clinic, focussing on safe and effective programs that improve your health and wellness. All of our evidence-based programs are designed by exercise clinicians and approved by our Medical Director to prevent or rehabilitate health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. At LIVE WELL, many of our members are referred to us by their family doctors, and we keep in regular touch with physicians to keep them up to date on our members' progress and any changes to their health. We also closely monitor you before, during and after exercise by taking your pulse, doing blood pressure readings, or measuring your blood glucose levels if necessary. We know what exercises to avoid if you have high blood pressure, the best exercises for diabetics with foot neuropathy, and how to begin to exercise again after a heart attack, for example. You will not find this kind of of medical expertise, clinical supervision and individual attention at a regular gym.

Yes!  LIVE WELL is the perfect place for you, in fact, as most of our members are just like you!  We don't care whether you are overweight, are struggling with a health condition or if you haven't exercised in years. At LIVE WELL, you will fit in. We can help you get started, teach you good nutrition, how to exercise safely, help you succeed and even have fun while doing it!  Our My Healthy Weight program sounds like a good fit for you.

There is a movement in health care today calling for physical activity and exercise to be used to treat and prevent medical conditions and diseases. Doctors are now starting to prescribe exercise to their patients, just as they would a medication or therapy, and to refer patients to exercise professionals to increase their activity level. Studies have shown that for many conditions, regular exercise may be as or more effective than medications, with fewer side effects. Our population has become so sedentary and inactive that chronic diseases are becoming widespread. Exercise is Medicine encourages a healthy, active lifestye for Canadians. At LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic, this is at the heart of what we do. We are passionate advocates and our motto is: Exercise is the best medicine!

Exercise is a powerful medicine.  Regular exercise at the right intensity can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease by 40%;
  • Reduce the incidence of high blood pressure by almost 50%;
  • Lower the risk of stroke by 27%;
  • Reduce the incidence of diabetes by almost 50%.

Exercise and good nutrition can be very helpful to cardiac rehabilitation, but different heart conditions require different approaches to exercise.  This is why LIVE WELL customizes your program and tailors it based on your specific medical history and heart condition.  Our primary goal at LIVE WELL is that your exercise program be safe and appropriate for you.  We start off low and move slow.  You will be supervised at our clinic and we will communicate with your doctor or cardiologist to keep him or her apprised of your progress and condition. Our Heart Strong program would be the right fit for you.

At LIVE WELL we create a custom program for you that suits your body, strengths, fitness level and addresses any health issues you may have. However, when you come to work on your individual program, you will be joining a group session, where others like you are working on their own programs in the same space. You will do a group cool down together at the end of your session. Over time, you will get to know other members, share wins and frustrations and become part of the community. Most of our members find exercising in a group format fun and motivating! Research has shown that working out in a group dramatically increases your chance of success and sticking to your exercise regime.

At LIVE WELL we try to make it easy for our members to change their lifestyles. We make it motivating (and even a little fun!), and we get results. With your membership you get a lot of value:

-a customized exercise program tailored to your personal health and goals;

-2-3 exercise sessions per week with a group of other people who share the common goal to LIVE WELL;

-ongoing monitoring of your health vitals (blood pressure, blood sugars, heart rate etc.);

-communication with your doctor about your health and progress;

-healthy habit coaching;

-fitness assessments and adjustments to your exercise program as you progress plus a reassessment every 6 months;

-lifestyle education

Try one of our free Program Consultations if you would like to learn more!

Simply book a Program Consultation with us and we will take care of the rest!  We want this to be simple and easy for you to get started.

The Program Consultation is an opportunity for you to tour our clinic, see what we do and learn more about the program and how it will benefit your health.  You will meet for one hour with a clinical exercise physiolgist who will be able to answer any questions and will ask you about your current lifestyle, your medical and exercise history and your goals. There is no charge for this appointment.

 

We offer Program Consultations to people who think they might be interested in joining us at LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic. You come into one of our clinics for an hour where we  learn about your health history, discuss your personal health and fitness goals, and start to determine what a program might look like for you,. You also get a chance to see our clinic in action, then decide if our program is right for you, and determine a schedule for your workouts. No work is required for the Program Consultation and it is free!  Book yours today!

You do not have to have your doctor's referral.  With your permission, we will send reports to your doctor so they know your progress and improvements along the way!  

Our members sign up for two sessions a week (for the inspired) or three sessions per week (for the devoted).  We run sessions from morning until evening, 5-6 days per week (*clinic schedules vary slightly between locations*). You can sign up and move around your sessions using our online scheduling sytsem. Just pick a time that works for you.  Contact your local clinic for exact session times and availability.

Just wear comfortable clothing and running shoes. That's all you need.

Our members exercise two, three or unlimited times a week and our costs range from $180-$399 per month depending on your committment. We have a three-month minimum when you join, as it takes regular exercise over this period to see significant changes in your health and fitness level. A LIVE WELL membership costs less than a personal trainer and is an investment in yourself and your healthy future! If you are interested in learning more, try one of our free Program Consultations.

Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Your CEP is a highly skilled and trained, university-educated healthcare professional who has a specialized post-graduate certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). LIVE WELL's CEPs are at the centre of creating your personalized lifestyle plan and facilitating your exercise program. Areas of expertise you can expect from your CEP are: exercise, nutrition, healthy habit formation and health education.

Joy Masters
Every exercise session is monitored by one of our Joy Masters who is an Exercise Professional who works with your CEP to deliver a well-rounded program. Our Joy Masters are knowledgeable in demonstrating exercises, adjusting exercise prescriptions, performing progress assessments, and other various clinical tasks (blood pressure readings, blood glucose measurements, oxygen saturation levels, etc).  They will also make your exercise sessions fun, social and inspiring!

No, we are not a regular gym so this isn't the right place for you. We are a medical fitness clinic and all of our members have health conditions or are trying to prevent them. Many have never exercised before in their life!  We will happily refer you to another gym that would better suit your needs.

Live Well Exercise Clinic - Vancouver