We Are Total Geeks

Long before the advent of most of our modern technologies, throngs of people would welcome from miles around and shell out a little money to see brave men and women dance dangerously with exotic animals. They’d be enthralled to see acrobats from far across the ocean swing from dizzying heights. They’d watch with held breath as families would form pyramids and balance for their lives on thin, wobbly wires. And if their morbid curiosity was stronger than their desire to experience danger second hand, they’d go to see the six-fingered man, the bearded lady or the guy who bites the heads off live chickens, a.k.a. the geeks.

When modern technology began to emerge, specifically computers, the word geek gained a new definition, but pretty much kept the same connotation…weird, different, somewhat frightening. But as everyone began to rely on these technologies for their everyday lives, the word geek became a compliment. The geek was less of an oddball and more of someone who, not only knew a lot about things we knew only a little, but they were also enthusiastic about it. Because of their enthusiasm, the word evolved even more and became a verb, e.g. “I am geeked to go surfing,” or “I am totally geeked to get my new iPad,” or “Oh man, the circus is coming to town…I am seriously geeked.”

Considering these definitions, we think it’s more than fair to say that, at Live in Fitness, we are all total geeks with the following exceptions: we all have the normal amount of digits; none of our female associates have beards, and we may serve chicken from time to time, but it is prepared in a humane and sanitary fashion. We are all ridiculously enthusiastic in general, but insanely enthusiastic about weight loss, fitness, nutrition and health. More than anything, we are enthusiastic about seeing you achieve your goals and leave here well on your way to a happy, healthy life. And we’re not ashamed to admit that we are science and technology geeks, too.

Without our scientifically precise program, we would be just another cookie-cutter fitness camp that herds clients in and treats them all the same. Instead, we implement testing and equipment that gauges where you are, both body and mind, and then formulate a plan that is tailored specifically to your goals. In other words, if we don’t know how you got to where you are, we can’t get you to where you want to go.

Our behavioral analysis goes a long way toward separating us apart from other fitness camps, but the largest differentiating factor is our scientific body testing. We learn the following things about you before we develop a plan tailored to you:

Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing
Hydrostatic body fat testing is the most accurate and technologically advanced method available to determine your body fat percentage. We need to make sure that the weight that you are losing is pure fat, and not the lean mass that you lose on most diet programs. By knowing what kind of weight you are losing, we are ensuring that we are helping to speed up your metabolism for the long term and that the inches are dropping off of you more rapidly.

Posture Alignment
Your posture is very important for many exercise plans, but if you have not worked out in a while you may very well have postural problems, often relating to underdeveloped muscles around your spine. Testing your postural alignment can reveal a host of problems, including a stiff or hyper-mobile spine, tight muscles, kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis, hyper extended joints, and other alignment and movement issues. Once we have evaluated your postural alignment, we can then create an exercise plan to help correct your posture.

RMR System
Your resting metabolic rate determines how quickly you burn calories. We test your RMR when you arrive at the resort, so that we can determine how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats you should be consuming in each of your meals from day one. This also helps your coach to implement the correct exercise program to speed up your metabolism as well. Then we’ll keep testing your RMR so that we can adjust your portion sizes as your metabolism changes due to your new healthy lifestyle. This means you always get exactly the calories you need based on how many calories your body is burning.

Real Body Age
Our real body age machine is one of our most important testing devices. Your real body age isn’t the number of years that you’ve been on the planet. It’s a measurement of how at-risk for disease you are, compared to the average person. For example, you could be 35 years old, but just as at risk for a heart attack as a 65-year-old. That would mean that your real body age is 65, not 35. Your real body age is composed of a wide variety of factors that are easily measured by our real body age machine.

V02 Max
Knowing how much oxygen your body can transport and utilize when you exercise is an excellent measurement of your physical fitness, and that’s exactly what the VO2 Max testing system will tell us. This is important because knowing how well you are utilizing oxygen lets us know how strenuously you can exercise and still be safe. The more efficiently your body uses oxygen, the harder you can work out.

Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure determines how strenuously you can work out without putting too much of a strain on your cardiovascular system. Knowing your blood pressure allows us to create workout programs that are safe and effective. During your stay at Live In Fitness, you will develop healthier blood pressure that will allow you to work out harder and burn calories faster, without putting you at risk for heart attack or stroke.

Gait Analysis
How you walk and run can have a dramatic effect on your body and your workout plan. If your gait is off too much, running or related exercises could put you at a heightened risk of injury. We will analyze your gait and design an exercise program that will work for you. If possible, our staff will also try to help you learn how to correct your gait, so you can walk and run in the healthiest way possible.

In addition to our geeky science equipment, we have a staff of chefs, nutritionists, trainers and coaches that are totally geeked to help you. People come from miles around to see the geeks. Please join them and change your life today.

You Can Call Us Whatever You Want

LIF People

At Live in Fitness™, we are one-hundred-percent positive that what we do works, and losing weight is just the tip of the iceberg. We teach our clients how to exercise safely and effectively; we teach them how to eat, cook and shop in a healthy responsible way; we help them discover and eliminate the behaviors and thought processes that kept them from succeeding in the past. What we aren’t sure about is what you should call us.

After arriving, our clients are known to call us things that aren’t very nice…at least at first. After all, we insist that they do things and eat things that weren’t part of their routine before. If they were they wouldn’t need us anymore.

But we don’t mind, because we have an almost-two-decade track record of lost pounds and changed lives. So if, along the way, we get called some names that don’t sound too flattering, that’s cool, because we know that in the end what we do works. And when people leave here, they are lighter, happier, healthier and full of gratitude.

Before they come here however, people call us names that we don’t consider too flattering either, because they don’t really nail what we do. For example…

Fat Farm – We don’t like the F word. And this name implies that we grow fat. On the contrary, we get rid of it.

Fat Camp – Yes, people leave their homes and stay with us for an extended period of time in a really cool place. But again, we don’t like the F word, and the term conjures sad little overweight kids being forced to go away and be tortured for the summer.

Weight Loss Spa/Weight Loss Getaway – Weight loss, definitely. But although our facility at Hilton Head Island doubles as a beautiful vacation spot, both of these names make it sound like you’re going to get pedicures and lie on the beach while people bring you food and cocktails.

Weight Loss Retreat/Weight Loss Camp – These are much better than “Fat” anything and frankly closer to what we are. But weight loss is only part of what we offer — we teach you how to live a healthy, happy life and keep it off.

Fitness Retreat/Fitness Camp -This name is okay, but it implies that you just come here and exercise. If you read it to mean a place where you can become physically, mentally and spiritually fit…then we’re getting really close.

We don’t really love any of these, but we love helping people lose weight for the long term, look and feel great and have a life and a self that they love. So you choose — call us whatever you want — just make sure you call us.