Black Dog Fitness / FAQ

By February 26, 2020 February 29th, 2020 Uncategorized

 

We put together some of the questions that we have received so far about Black Dog! We hope this helps! If you have any questions that aren’t covered here, feel free to email renah@dft-stl.com.

TRAINING

Is training at Black Dog open to everyone? Yes! Black Dog is a co-ed kettlebell training gym. All of our training here will be led by a coach and we will be open for membership soon.  We’re here to help men and women of all fitness levels get superhero strong, while making a difference and giving back to our community!

Are your coaches kettlebell certified? Yes. Renah Jones, Owner, is a StrongFirst Level 2 Certified Kettlebell Coach. All other coaches who join our team will be certified personal trainers working towards their kettlebell certification, while coaching based on the same principles of StrongFirst.

How will the group training be structured? Our training system will give you the opportunity to progress and level up, always challenging you! Movements for your specific training will be determined by your level: white, brown and black.

Start your journey with us in the white level to master swings, front squats, single arm presses, and the get-up. Stay with us long-term to earn your black level mastery and progress to double snatches, jerks, and kettlebell athletic drills. Time spent at each level will vary from person to person, but will always challenge you!

Will the training you offer only use kettlebells? Our training here is focused on kettlebells, but will also include a variety of challenging bodyweight movements and some barbell movements such as deadlifts.

What’s your class schedule and membership investment? We will have a starter schedule for April: M-W-F 7am, Noon, 5pm, 6pm and Saturdays at 9am. Our memberships are month-to-month. Join us in April & May for just $139 per month and train up to four days per week (16x per month).

I’m interested. Where do I start? Everyone will start with our Kettlebell Essentials class. We are offering some free Essentials classes in March if you’d like to come in and see what we are all about. If you aren’t ready to jump into a class, we’ll also be available to chat.

Saturday, March 21 & Saturday, March 28

Kettlebell Essentials 9am & 10:30am (Reserve your spot here.)

Open 10:30am – Noon. Stop in with questions or to say hi.

Do you offer private training? Yes, we do offer individual private sessions for:

  • Coaches who do not have a kettlebell certification, but would like to learn the best ways to cue and coach their own clients.
  • Coaches or anyone working towards the SFG certification.
  • Kettlebell enthusiasts who want to learn more about the kettlebell or who want to focus on specific movements.

Can I use my Dragonfly membership for classes at Black Dog? While Black Dog is a part of the Dragonfly family, it is operated separately of Dragonfly. Business operations and training is structured differently, and Black Dog has a mission all its own. We look forward to combining communities and spaces from time to time though! While you won’t be able to use your Dragonfly membership at Black Dog, we will offer some free preview classes just for Dragonfly members. (If you have specific questions email renah@dft-stl.com.)

Do you offer youth training programs? At the present time we do not have plans to offer general youth training programs. As a part of our giving back program, we do have plans to work with an organization to develop a youth program for kids at risk of being bullied.  

 

GIVING BACK

You mentioned giving back to the community. What are the causes that Black Dog will support?

Rescue animals: We will not only spread the word about pet adoption, we also plan to donate profits from our group training to four local animal rescues that we have partnered with.

Military service members: Current and former U.S. Military service members suffering with PTSD and physical disabilities will be welcome to join our group training at no charge. We will work with several organizations on this opportunity and will reserve spaces in our group training programs just for them.

Youth who may be at risk of being bullied: We will work with a youth organization to select youth for this weekly/monthly program just for kids to help build confidence and strength.

While Black Dog will cover some of the staff costs associated with the above, we will really only be able to support these causes because of members who join us to train!  

Is this a non-profit gym and will all of my membership fees be donated? No, we are not a non-profit gym. However, Black Dog will donate profits from our group training programs. After we pay our expenses (rent, equipment, utilities, staff, etc.), we will donate profits to animal rescue organizations that we have partnered with. It will take us a while to cover our opening expenses, but we will get started as soon as possible.

So, you’re donating profits…why would you do that? Don’t you ever want to retire?! That’s what my husband said! Please don’t get me wrong… Running a fitness business is hard (or any business for that matter). The competition is tough. The hours can be odd and the days can get long. It costs a lot to operate, and there’s always room for improvement. What can I say? I was inspired by an amazing black rescue dog…to be a little better and to do a little more. For me, Black Dog is the perfect way to help people get strong AND give back. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!

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