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Do I need to be an elite athlete to train at DCC? What if I’m a beginner or not very athletic?
The great thing about DCC is that we cater to all levels. We have clients from beginner to elite athlete. Members range in age from 8 to 93 years young. Whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle, we can tailor a program to suit your needs, goals and timeframe. Whether it is your first day at the Centre or day 2,011, we have something exciting for you. It does not matter to us if you are a stay-at-home parent, a corporate tycoon, or visit us from the construction site: we will design programs specifically for you. We will go out of our way to make you feel at home, regardless of your fitness level. We will educate you on proper form and technique. We will improve your performance. 

I’m still concerned. DCC looks hard core. I am not sure what to expect. And I feel intimidated. 
As with anything new, the first time can be somewhat daunting. But once you’ve spent ten minutes with one of our strength coaches, that fear turns to excitement – excitement built around the prospect of transformation and finally obtaining the results you have always wanted. The great thing about training at DCC is that there are no egos and no pressure to “perform”. You will be encouraged to train harder than you ever have before -- but only when you are ready and not at the expense of form, posture or technique. For example, if you need an extra, brief rest or drink of water, we encourage it -- no questions asked. If something is too challenging that day, modifications can be made instantly to accommodate your needs. 

What is the male/female ratio at DCC? 
The overall ratio is very close to 50/50. While the majority of our fitness members are male, the group classes are heavily attended by females. Our therapeutic services meet the needs of both sexes equally.

How would you describe the atmosphere at DCC? 
The environment is like a large playground that includes monkey bars, field turf, large mats, rock climbing grips, cargo netting and climbing ropes. DCC is also a community, complete with opportunities to network and share ideas and products. It is a fun, yet competitive environment, with weekly challenges and monthly seminars and events, all designed with members in mind. So we'll say it again: DCC is fun. Our members tell us this all the time, and we agree! There is plenty of sweat but lots of laughter, too. Members encourage each other. When you join DCC, you are really joining a community of like-minded people. We can’t prove that DCC members are 30% nicer than the general population, but it certainly seems that way to us. 

How does DCC work?

We provide you with a customized lifestyle solution. It addresses all key areas (nutritional guidance, a therapeutic assessment, lifestyle evaluation and fitness performance evaluation) in a way that is completely tailored to your individual needs, goals and schedule. We also provide an ongoing network of support in all service areas, including fitness, therapy, nutrition and lifestyle management. If you do not show up for two weeks, we will call you to make sure everything is all right and help get you back on track. Need a new program or an extra personal training session? We are there for you. We are so confident in our methods and the support we provide, that we guarantee your results. You will be leaner, faster and stronger while feeling healthier and more energetic. 

What is the DCC style of training?
It is no-nonsense and intense, yet fun. It is filled with a variety of unique movements and methods that incorporate the entire body. These movements make training more interesting and much less monotonous than a typical training regimen. By adding just a minimal amount of weight – no matter what the implement (e.g. kettlebells, medicine balls, even body weight) – you get physically stronger, burn more calories and drive the heart rate up. You’ll see fast results.

What is Athletic Movement Training?
Athletic (or “functional”) movement training is based on the principle that strength and conditioning should be rooted in primal movement patterns: squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling and throwing. These fundamental movements must be addressed to ensure proper form and posture. Mastering them establishes a solid foundation upon which more complex conditioning can be built. Variations in training will inevitably be required to accommodate individual needs and specific real world applications. For example, if you want to perform an overhead squat, you first need to learn a proper basic squat. This approach enables our methods to be used by beginners, intermediates and advanced fitness enthusiasts.

How does DCC differ from other gyms and clubs?

We take great pride in the quality of our staff. They are all highly skilled and extremely well educated in various areas of health and wellness. We are also pleased to offer unique services, programs and a facility design not found anywhere else. We have created the first fitness and athletic playground. But what truly sets us apart is our unparalleled customer service and our ability to provide a 360 degree perspective. A variety of professionals devise your fitness and lifestyle solutions. We blend a sound therapeutic evaluation of your postural alignment, strong nutritional support and scientifically based programming with a fun, unique training approach. Our therapeutic practices are based on holistic principles. We make use of exciting (and sometimes unique-looking) tools or equipment in our playground-like environment. This leads to safe, effective training and better overall adherence. We avoid plateaus, injury and monotony. In short, we produce results.

How are you different from other unconventional training companies or fitness “philosophies?”

Our approach to health and wellness is both scientific and personal. We do not use a “one size fits all” approach. We focus on an education-based philosophy to program design. We believe in a proper therapeutic evaluation that takes into account all important information to create a personalized program. Careful attention is paid to proper form and technique in order to ensure a safe and effective workout that promotes results (as opposed to “results at all costs”.) To reiterate: we use a system of knowledge covering general truths or laws obtained through scientific method…but in an environment that is not bound by or in accordance with convention. Through these methods, we use any of a group of related movements contributing to a larger action, or simply promote economy of movement in the human body, ultimately enabling you to perform optimally.

Why do you have no “regular” cardio equipment like treadmills, elliptical trainers or other cardio machines?

There is little need for these types of machines. In fact, all they really do is take up precious space that can be utilized for more practical training. A body is only good if it can function and move properly without pain. To do this, you need to be active in a variety of planes and have lean, strong muscle. All of this can be achieved more efficiently with our various methods of training. Utilizing traditional cardio equipment and static weight machines on their own usually provides  minimal fitness gains at best. Benefits from “cardio” based training include:
- a way to burn calories and help you lose weight
- a way to make your heart strong so that it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood
- a way to increase your lung capacity
- a way to help reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
- a way to make you feel good
- a way to help you sleep better
- a way to reduce stress
Functional training can do all of the above and more.
Additional benefits from functional training include:
- a means to improve your ability to move more efficiently
- a means to improve your ability to move pain free and sustain fewer injuries (example: overuse from repetitive movements)
- a means to development of leaner stronger muscle
- a means to add increased variety leading to continued participation
- a means to achieve twice the results in half the time
In a paper published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2009, Spennewyn compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques. This was considered the first research of its type comparing the two methods of strength training. Results of the study showed incredible gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.
Source: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research ‘09

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With "top notch facilities" and functional fitness trainers for strength _ conditioning and athletic therapy, DCC was voted a "best of Toronto" award winner by Now readers. Members praise the "great staff" and "unique workouts." They "get in tip-top shape while having fun" in class or personal training sessions.

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