Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between SSPT and
other local gyms?

SSPT is a training facility, not a gym. We believe there’s a big difference between training and working out. Working out is what typically occurs at gyms. It often involves going through the motions with little direction, a lack of intensity, and no specific purpose other than getting hot and sweaty. Training involves a focused, planned, and systematic approach to achieving a specific goal at a specific time.

The coaches and members at SSPT consistently train hard. This is one of the primary reasons we created a positive training environment centered on achieving results in the most time efficient manner. People often fail to achieve their goals due to a lack of focus and preparation. By eliminating distractions such as juice bars, mirrors, televisions, useless machines, and incompetent trainers, you can focus entirely on attaining your personal goals. In lieu of the aforementioned diversions, the atmosphere at SSPT breeds success. Instead of useless mirrors, our walls are decorated with motivational photos, quotes, and record boards to help drive you further down the road of accomplishment. Rather than fill our facility with nonessential machines, SSPT houses the best free-weight equipment and training tools in the area.

People will work harder and risk more in the company of like-minded individuals. Accordingly, our members come from a myriad of backgrounds and possess unique goals. It doesn’t matter whether your goal is to get your body-fat percentage into the single digits, run a faster 40-yard dash, squat 500-pounds, decrease your risk for coronary artery disease, or enhance your golf swing – SSPT is the vehicle to get you there faster.

What’s the difference between the coaches at SSPT and the trainers I see in many typical gyms?

Anyone can memorize an anatomy chart, take an exam, then hold a clipboard, help you onto a machine, and count reps. Conversely, a competent coach will teach you the finer points of exercise technique and movement performance. Skilled coaches hold you accountable for your actions and motivate you toward your goals. Likewise in organized athletics, good coaches can make the difference between winning championships and having consecutive losing seasons. At SSPT the coaches facilitate your success by instructing you toward skill acquisition and eventual mastery. It’s not enough to simply finish a project by an imposed deadline. We want you to understand how and why you got there.

The coaches at SSPT are qualified to coach you because they also train themselves. It sounds simple, yet few trainers actually train for anything specific. Our coaches compete. As competitive athletes we understand how the body works, what stimuli work best, and when to push the envelope versus backing off and providing restoration. Moreover, the coaches are equipped to teach proper exercise modalities as a result of their personal background and experience. All of our coaches have professional fitness and/or strength and conditioning certifications. Most of our coaches have degrees in either Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology. Many of the coaches have interned under the tutelage of other acclaimed strength coaches.

Ultimately, we stand behind the coaches that have chosen SSPT as their training home. Each coach works independently and is not an employee of SSPT. Please refer to our coaches section for a list of strength coaches who use SSPT.

Do I have to work with a coach to be a member?

No. Individuals may become members and train themselves.

How do I select a coach?

Visit our coaches section for an alphabetical list of coaches. Each coach has a bio including information about their background, education, experience, areas of expertise, and contact information. Once you email a coach, they will contact you personally and provide additional information about their fees, etc. If you’re still unsure, about which coach to select, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.

Why aren’t there any mirrors at SSPT?

Interior decorators use mirrors to create the illusion of space. Fitting rooms have mirrors enabling you to select clothing you like. At SSPT, we’re doing neither of those things. With 2,000 square feet, SSPT has more than enough space for you to work hard and hit personal records. Training tools are strategically placed providing a functional workspace. Some trainees become distracted and intimidated by mirrors.

Contrary to popular opinion, mirrors provide no benefit during exercise. In fact, they impair performance as they force the trainee to rely on visual feedback rather than kinesthetic awareness. Unfortunately, the visual feedback the mirror provides will always override what your body is telling you because you will constantly be looking to see if things look correct. By learning how to perform movements (squat, clean, snatch, press, etc.) correctly and safely, the trainee invariably develops kinesthetic (body) awareness and begins to understand how he or she is moving through space. Kinesthetic awareness directly correlates with skill acquisition. Strength training exercises and movements are all skills that must be learned and developed. Just like shooting a free throw, swinging a golf club, hitting a baseball, or jumping over a hurdle – strength training requires physical skills that must be trained.

Tiger Woods doesn’t use a mirror when he chips out of the rough in Augusta. Michael Jordan didn’t need a mirror to check his shooting technique during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Adam Vinatieri had no intentions of looking in a mirror when he kicked the game winner in Super Bowl XXXVIII. For the same reasons, trainees do not need mirrors to see if they’re exercising properly. We do, however, provide mirrors in the locker room and bathrooms.

Why don’t I see many machines?

Machines have few applications in strength training and offer limited value. Machines are occasionally appropriate for those working with or around an injury or for persons with extreme physical limitations. Machines don’t provide nearly the benefits of free weights, specifically because they fail to adequately stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). Accuracy, balance, coordination, flexibility, power, and speed are all lost when using machines.  Additionally, machines take up a lot of space and don’t fit everyone.

SSPT has only three machines: a Paramount Assist Chin/Dip for those not yet strong enough to perform bodyweight dips and pull-ups, a leg press, and a Free Motion Dual Cable Cross which is valuable for a select number of specialized moves.

At SSPT, the objective is demonstrable fitness not, the appearance of fitness. If you want to get stronger and change your body in the most time efficient manner, stick with free weights. Every coach who trains at our facility is highly skilled in using free weights. Once you learn how to use free weights, you’ll realize their innumerable advantages and benefits.

What’s the fastest way to lose body-fat?

The single most important variable when losing body-fat is nutrition. Anyone who tells you differently isn’t being honest. You can train like a triathlete but if you eat like a sumo wrestler, you’ll remain fat. You can lose body-fat through diet alone. However, the single fastest method to lose body-fat is by eating a balanced diet and performing metabolic workouts with free weights. Metabolic conditioning is a demanding form of training that employs full-body movements, high intensity, and brief rest periods. It’s basically interval training with weights. This type of training creates a positive disturbance in the body that literally shocks the body into burning additional calories. The premise behind metabolic conditioning is to perform the workouts frequently enough so your metabolism is constantly elevated causing you to burn calories after you’re finished training. This “afterburn” effect lasts until your next workout thereby increasing metabolic rate.

As metabolic conditioning is best performed with free weights and other (simple) strength implements; there’s little prevailing need for treadmills, stair masters, bicycles, and other typical “cardio” equipment. Instead SSPT has the best alternatives for becoming physically fit and getting leaner. We have a Concept II Rowing Ergometer, a variety of jump ropes, a pulling sled, a 400-pound tractor tire for flipping, hurdles, a Prowler pushing sled, farmer’s walk handles, kettlebells from 10 pounds through 70, and a variety of other training tools.

Since SSPT doesn’t have a lot of fancy machines, what equipment does it have?

SSPT contains the following items:

  • Over 10,000 pounds of free weights including – kettlebells from 10 – 70 pounds, dumbbells from 5 – 100 pounds, nearly 1,300-pounds of Eleiko competition quality, calibrated kilogram plates, approximately 1,300-pounds of Rogue competition quality, calibrated kilogram plates, 1,300-pounds of Titex competition quality, calibrated kilogram plates over 500-pounds of Werksan bumper plates, over 500-pounds of DHS bumper plates, over 300-pounds of Pendlay and Rogue bumper plates, training plates for beginners
  • (1) Eleiko Powerlifting Bar (20kg)
  • (1) Ivanko OBX Bar (20kg)
  • (2) Q-Bars (20kg)
  • (2) Rogue Ohio Power Bar (20kg)
  • (1) Rogue Power Bar (20kg)
  • (1) Texas Power Bar (20kg)
  • (1) Titex Powerlifting Bar (20kg)
  • (1) Westside Power Bar (20kg)
  • (2) York power bars
  • (1) DHS – 20KG weightlifting bar
  • (1) Rogue – 20KG weightlifting bar
  • (1) Werksan – 20KG weightlifting bar
  • (2) York – 15KG women’s weightlifting bars
  • (1) Cambered Squat Bar
  • (1) EZ Curl Bar
  • (1) Iron Mind Apollon’s Axle
  • (1) Safety Squat Bar
  • (1) Multi-grip Swiss Bar
  • (1) Trap Deadlift Bar
  • (1) pair DHS Vice Collars (2.5kg each)
  • (2) pair Eleiko Competition Vice Collars (2.5kg each)
  • (2) pair Ivanko Competition Vice Collars (2.5kg each)
  • (2) pair Titex Competition Vice Collars (2.5kg each)
  • (1) pair Werksan Competition Vice Collars (2.5kg each)
  • (4) pair West Cary Barbell Collars
  • (2) Collegiate Williams Strength Power Racks
  • (1) 12′ High Rogue Infinity Rig
  • (2) 8′ x 8′ power platforms
  • (2) ER Racks for squatting and bench pressing
  • (1) Chest Supported Row
  • (1) Glute Ham Raise
  • (1) Custom made Reverse Hyper (Mace Family Blacksmithing)
  • (1) 45-Degree Back Raise
  • (1) Free Motion Dual Cable Cross
  • (1) Williams Strength Leg Press
  • (1) Paramount Assist Chin/Dip
  • (1) Precor Treadmill c966i
  • (1) Precor EFX546
  • (2) Concept II Rowing Ergometers
  • (1) Pulling sled with harnesses
  • (1) Prowler
  • (1) Wheel barrel
  • (1) West Cary Barbell DB Row Handle
  • (1) West Cary Barbell 9″ Loading Pin
  • (1) pair West Cary Barbell Farmer’s Walk Handles
  • (1) Strongman Log (40kg)
  • (1) 300-pound Tire

We also carry the following training accessories:

Landmine, weight releasers, Jump Stretch Bands, chains, boards for board pressing, Iron Mind pulling harness, jump ropes, Manta Ray, Sting Ray, weighted vests, ankle weights up to 20 pounds, ab wheel, blast straps, gymnastics rings, climbing ropes, a variety of medicine balls, exercise mats, pulldown ab strap, rack savers and suspension straps, Rogue wall ball target, plyometric boxes of various heights, Olympic jerk boxes, Open Barbell V2 and Tendo Unit Weightlifting Analyzer (requires an appointment and fee for use), various cable attachments, foam rollers for prehabilitation and restorative methods, hurdles, speed cones, and more.