Patients FAQs

Am I eligible?

  • Almost anyone, of any age, with a disease or health problem that may respond to exercise is eligible for participation in the program. Commencement in the program is decided at the initial assessment with the doctor. See our eligibility page for a list of health problems for which exercise may be beneficial.

How often do I need to come?

  • This is decided with you and the doctor at the initial assessment and will depend on a number of things primarily the conditions we are treating. Initially, it is most likely you will need to exercise 2 to 3 times a week to achieve a benefit.

Who will be supervising me?

  • The staff all have university education in health. They have all been trained by Associate Professor Singh. All of your training sessions will be fully supervised.

What is the likelihood of injury?

  • Most of the exercises are performed on machines which minimise the risk of injury. We cannot guarantee that an injury will not occur however the program has a very low incidence rate of adverse events.
  • You can view a report on the safety of our 10 years of strength training/testing in older adults here.

What if I miss a day?

  • Your appointment will be rescheduled. In order to achieve the best results it is important to have the right ‘dose’ of exercise.

Is the exercise strenuous?

  • Yes. The strength training is performed at high intensity but this intensity or relative to your abilities. For the muscles and bones to adapt and ultimately treat the problem that you have, heavy loads need to be applied to them. The exercises require considerable effort to perform, however the sessions will allow you enough rest in between each one. Your body will adjust to the training over time and your program will be adjusted as required.
  • We have trained close to 10,000 people aged 30-100 years and with multiple chronic disease, almost all have been able to tolerate and benefit from the exercise.
  • Please view our Video Gallery for examples of clients exercising

Will I feel sore after exercise?

  • For the first few weeks of your training you may experience some muscle soreness, often 24-48 hours after you have exercised. This is called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and is a normal part of the muscles’ adaptation process to the load you have placed on it. Associate Professor Singh will assess any other concerns you may have.

How soon will I start to see the benefits?

  • This will be different for everyone and will depend on a variety of things including the health problem(s) you have.
  • Sometimes you will not feel that you are getting better at the exercise training, this is because as you gain in strength we increase your load. How quickly you will notice benefits should be discussed with Associate Professor Singh. If you are able to tolerate the training, you will be stronger after one month.

How often do I see the doctor?

  • In general, formal review appointments following the initial consultation occur at 1 month, 3 months and then 3 monthly. This may vary according to the individual’s needs.

What is the cost?

  • Medical appointments with Associate Professor Singh are privately billed at the time of consultation.
  • The initial 90 minute consultation will be at a cost to you of $200 over the Medicare Rebate.
  • Follow up visits and frequency will vary The exercise sessions cost $45 per session but will obviously alter over time.
  • If you have any difficulties with finances you can discuss this directly with Associate Professor Singh.
  • Payment is required on the day of consultation and exercise training sessions need to be paid at the beginning of each month.

What times are the exercise sessions held?

  • We will do our best to accommodate the time you wish to train but generally it will be between 8am and 4pm on Mondays to Friday Your appointments are made in advance but can be varied in the event there a conflict with another commitment.

What do I wear?

  • Comfortable, loose clothing with flat soled shoes is appropriate for performing the exercises.
  • Ladies should wear pants or slacks as skirts are inappropriate on some machines.

Is there somewhere to store my belongings?

  • There is room in the gym to store your bags.

How soon can I start?

  • Before doing any exercises, an appointment for a medical consultation with Associate Professor Singh is required. As soon as you have been seen by Associate Professor Singh you will have exercise sessions scheduled to commence immediately.

How long do I remain at STRONG?

  • Our program is designed to continue indefinitely as exercise is a medicine being used to treat chronic problems. You are reviewed three monthly and your progress is discussed

How do I get there?

  • The Centre is situated at 37 Ryde Rd Pymble, close to Pymble and Gordon stations. There is a bus stop in near proximity and parking is available on site.
  • DVA Gold Card recipients can have transport arranged by The Centre for STRONG Medicine.
  • You may be able to benefit from an existing community transport provider.
  • We have ample free onsite parking available.
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