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Profiles of Excellence: Live Well Exercise Clinic

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinics have provided their members with a safe place to exercise and stay healthy
LIVE WELL in New Westminster. Photo via LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic.

As British Columbians navigate living through a pandemic, LIVE WELL Exercise Clinics have provided their members with a safe place to exercise and stay healthy.

“Focus on member health and safety has always been extremely important to us,” says Brian Budd, clinic director of LIVE WELL New Westminster.

“Our protocols going into COVID-19 were probably what a lot of gyms will come out of the pandemic with. In addition, we’ve taken our sanitation and cleaning standards and stepped them up dramatically. We’ve placed a real emphasis on following health authorities and going above and beyond guidelines.”

LIVE WELL’s clients are confident in their safety while working out at the clinics.

“LIVE WELL has always been very clean and sterile,” client Ayla Kilic says, “the new positioning of equipment maintains social distancing, and the kinesiologists ensure that everybody is following the safety standards. I feel very safe exercising at the clinic, and I appreciate everybody’s effort to provide us with this safe venue to exercise.”

LIVE WELL focuses on providing customized exercise programs for each member to help reach their personal health goals.

“Most of our members will have one health condition or concern,” says Budd. “We work with people with heart disease, obesity, arthritis and a variety of other ailments and diseases, including those who are recovering from knee and hip replacements. There’s no ‘gym-timidation’ here; we have a very warm and inviting community. It’s very easy for new people to come in and immediately feel like they’re part of things.”

Stephanie P joined LIVE WELL after hearing about it through a family friend. “I was in an accident years ago and have struggled with mobility issues ever since,” she says. “I have massive headaches, sound sensitivity and a lot of pain in my body. Regular gyms are too loud for me to attend. For 10 years I felt stuck but coming to LIVE WELL helped me feel athletic again. The mobility in my arms has changed drastically. My legs feel stronger, my arms feel stronger and I feel hopeful for all the changes to come in the future.”

LIVE WELL’s staff includes university-educated kinesiologists and clinical exercise physiologists who work together to help clients meet their goals. Many members joined LIVE WELL to take control of their health understanding the benefits of a regular exercise program. When new members come in for an initial consultation, LIVE WELL’s staff does a full medical intake and a baseline assessment to determine where they are in their fitness journey.

A customized exercise plan is created, including participation in small classes. All workouts are by appointment and facilitated by staff members, who provide oversight and coaching.

LIVE WELL has also introduced two new online programs for existing members to foster support and access. That community is part of the accountability that LIVE WELL creates for its members, partly credited to the same group of people sharing classes.

Budd encourages anyone who is curious about the LIVE WELL experience to come in and see the clinic. “Any concerns, insecurity or fears you have will be cleared up when you come in and see that we don’t have that typical gym-feel,” he says.

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