FAQ Page

How does The Fit Tutor Work?

The Fit Tutor is an online fitness community which specializes in helping women get healthy and in shape. Ali provide workout programs, weekly workouts, workout tutorials, a nutrition course, and a build-your-own-workout section. She provides group accountability via Facebook, relationships, and motivation.

The Fit Tutor’s workouts are composed of individual tutorial videos for each exercise. Each video has three modifications: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You’ll watch the video, choose your level (Allison can help you with this if you’re not sure!), and then perform the exercise!

One goal is that you learn how to perform the exercises so you have an arsenal of kick-butt workout moves in your mind so you feel empowered and can do a lot on your own!

The Nutrition Course is a step-by-step habit formation course to teach you how to eat healthy for your body and lose weight without dieting. You will learn principles that will help you lose and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime!

Ali strives make health and fitness attainable and tailored to suit you- your goals, schedule, and fitness level.

Can I do the online workouts at home?

Yes! The Fit Tutor is created specifically for at-home workouts. You will love the convenience of getting everything done at home, while only needing a pair of dumbbells and your computer/phone with the internet! Some exercises require a chair or wall, but all can be done with basic and minimal equipment. You’ll be surprised at the results you can get at home!

You can also do these workouts anywhere you have weights and the internet– your gym, office workout room, etc.

Does this come with Coaching?

Every so often we do online fitness challenges that, as members, you’ll get special discounts for. There will be individual coaching during these, but The Fit Tutor itself is set up to teach you everything you need to know! Ali is available via email for questions and support if needed, but only for coaching during challenges. You’ll be setup for success based on what’s included in your membership!

I just signed up. What is the next step?

Hooray! Step 1 is check your email or spam folder. You should receive an awesome email from Ali right away!

Don’t forget to keep track of your login information. Sign in and start exploring the site! Ali recommends new members start with the Get Fit Program and/or our Nutrition Course! You’ll find both under “Courses” at the top. The blog is also a great resource! If you feel lost or have any questions just contact Ali!

How much does it cost?

Save money compared to the typical gym membership! The Fit Tutor costs only a one-time payment of $50.

The Fit Tutor an affordable solution for those who want quality instruction from a nationally certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, a variety of exercises and workouts, convenience, as well as (optional) community.

Our nutrition course alone costs in-person training clients $1,000+, and a one-on-one session with Ali would be $60. You get the same instruction and accountability for only only $50 in the comfort of your own home! It’s a steal!

Is it secure to enter in my personal information?

Yes! We use Stripe as a third party specialist for all of our payment transactions. The Fit Tutor never sees or has access to any of your payment information. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

What equipment do I need in order to use The Fit Tutor?

Besides a working computer or phone with internet access, you will only need a pair of dumbbells. An exercise mat and/or towel can be used for the floor exercises, but are not needed.

Can you help me choose what size/weight of dumbbells to get?

I can’t tell you exactly where to start, but I can help you figure out what’s a good weight for you:

You will be doing at least 8 reps for several of the exercises, so I recommend weights that you can use for 8 reps (but they should not be incredibly easy). For some of the exercises you will be doing up to 20 reps!

You will want something you can lift, but that is still challenging. For most women, I would recommend starting off with either 5lb or 8lb dumbbells. If you consider yourself to be stronger or want to gain strength, going up to an 10lb or 15lb pair of dumbbells might be good. If you think your dumbbells are too heavy for certain exercises, holding onto water bottles or books can work, too.

Ideally, each person would have a pair of lighter dumbbells and a pair of heavier dumbbells. However, to start out, one pair of dumbbells is sufficient. As you progress, you can get another pair if needed! If you’re still not sure, just email Ali :)

What software do I need on my computer?

You do not need any special software. You will need your computer or phone to be connected to the internet, and a web browser (for example: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

What if I have never exercised before?

Then you have come to the right place!

We recommend everyone get checked out by their physicians before starting ANY exercise program. Once you are cleared, our videos will teach you what you need to know to perform each exercise.

As you start out, it’s helpful to watch yourself in a mirror, record yourself on your phone, or have someone watch you to see if you are doing the exercises correctly. Watch each video through before you try it, and go at your own pace. You want to challenge yourself, but not overdo it.

If you cannot do the reps and sets on the workout, just do what you can. You will find that your individual needs are different from anyone else’s, and you will see yourself making progress within the exercise progressions, reps/sets, and in your form.

Learning how to exercise is a process, so give yourself time and grace and don’t get frustrated if it takes you awhile to get some of the moves. Ali is always here to help, so if you’re concerned, frustrated, or confused- send an email! You’re not alone on this journey!

Do I need to get a Doctor’s clearance before I start?

It’s recommended every person get a doctor’s clearance before starting any exercise program. If you are thinking about skipping the doctor’s visit, please reconsider if you answer YES to any of these following questions:

  • Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  • Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity? In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  • Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  • Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  • Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  • Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

How do I keep track of my progress?

There are many different ways to track your progress. To start out, you can write this information in a journal or keep it close by on your computer: you can weigh yourself, take measurements, take a before picture, record any medical information relevant to your goals, and also record your goals. You can decide for yourself if you want to revisit your goals daily, weekly, monthly, or after a few months.

Our Nutrition Course has habit charts that you can fill out each week to track your progress and success.

Will I be watching videos all the time?

There’s a slight learning curve with the site, but it pays off over the long run! You have to watch the videos at first so you know how to do the exercises. As you continue to workout, you will learn the exercises so you only have to refer to the videos for modifications (like when you’re so strong you get to increase the difficulty!) or for new exercises (added regularly).

So yeah, you might feel like it at first. Before you know it, you’ll be doing a lot on your own and only watching a few videos at most. Learning the exercises is so empowering and it’s worth it to have more control over your health!

What if a beginner exercise modification is too hard?

There may be a few exercises (depending on your body, fitness level, and past injuries) that are still a little hard to do. If an exercise is too hard for you, you can mark it so you know to skip it while building your own workout. Alternately, you can do the exercise without any weight (if not already specified), do the exercise seated (if that’s a possibility), or use support like a chair, table, or wall to help you.

It’s always risky to create your own modification to the beginner exercise, so if all else fails, just ask Ali for advice! She can also send you a replacement exercise for the same result. Unfortunately, there may be exercises you personally have to skip. Everyone’s body is different. We want you to do what is best for your own health, body, and fitness level!

What if I think an exercise is too easy?

First of all, congratulations! This is a great problem to have! If you face this situation with any of the advanced modifications, we recommend increasing your dumbbell weight. Go up in weight anywhere from 2-5lbs to make the exercise more challenging. You can also do every exercise more slowly (think: 3 seconds down, 3 seconds up), and in some cases hold positions for a few seconds longer. If going up in weight isn’t an option, you can increase your reps or sets.

Another option is to design your own workouts using the Workout Creator. This way you can choose to include only the most challenging ones!

We are confident these exercises and workouts can challenge just about anyone, so try one of these adjustments and see if that works. I highly recommend going up in weight to see the fastest results!

Have a different question? No problem- email Ali.