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Exercise services

Getting children active every day 

Because everyone should enjoy physical activity every day, our team offers a variety of exercise services that can fit your child’s needs – today and in the future. We help children learn the right way to move and how to recognize when to take their exercise to the next level. We provide a safe and encouraging environment for both kids and adolescents to get active. 

Our medical team must clear your child to participate in any exercise services. You also should speak with your child’s doctor to make sure the exercise program is appropriate for them. 

Physical fitness assessment packages 

The first step to developing a safe, appropriate exercise program is to undergo an initial fitness assessment. This initial assessment gathers several measurements which are then used to develop a personalized, effective exercise plan to improve fitness and help meet health-related goals. Future assessments can provide information on progress and how close participants are to reaching goals. 

  • Premium fitness assessment: $150 
    This maximal assessment requires walking on a treadmill at increasing speeds and elevations until no longer able or willing to maintain the required work rate. The data we collect helps us calculate the maximal amount of oxygen that your child can consume, considered the VO2max.  
  • Standard fitness assessment: $50 
    This submaximal assessment is performed on a stationary bicycle with intensity increases at regular intervals. How an individual's heart rate responds to each workload allows exercise specialists to provide an estimate of VO2max. 

Exercise options for everyone 

Our trainers supervise all activities at the center gym, which is set up as a launching pad. We work with each individual to develop a plan for long-term physical activity. If you have access to a local gym, we can develop a workout plan. If you don’t, then don’t worry. Our trainers can identify the best activities using your available resources to help meet exercise goals. 

Personal training services: $40/hour 

Hour-long personal training sessions are provided by certified personal trainers at the HLC gym. A typical training session will include warm-up/cool-down, moderate and vigorous cardio activities and strength training. 

Personal trainers will supervise all gym activities and work with each individual to develop a plan for activities outside of our gym. Barriers to exercise will be evaluated on a regular basis to encourage continued exercise participation.  

Group exercise classes 

We provide options to either introduce your child to an exercise program or provide a two-month regimen working out with others.

  • Intro to exercise: $15
    This 90-minute class teaches the basics of creating and engaging in an exercise program. Instructors educate participants on various types of aerobic training, basic strength exercise techniques and how to effectively work out at different exercise intensities. We explain how to safely exercise on a regular basis. At the end of the class, our exercise specialists create individualized exercise plans that children can follow on their own. 
  • Eight-week group exercise program: $96 
    This program meets weekly for 60 minutes for eight weeks. Each session focuses on a different style of exercise. Workouts challenge the heart, lungs and all major muscle groups for an awesome full-body workout. Classes cater to all fitness levels, and individuals are encouraged to exercise at their own pace and ability.  

Make physical activity fun 

Knowing the amount of physical activity recommended for a healthy lifestyle can help your whole family reach important goals for fitness and overall health. 

Download more information on physical activity and exercise. 

Download work out combo sheet. No gym equipment? No problem! Check out these workout combos from our center’s exercise team. And this video features HLC participants demonstrating exercises. 

Appointments and Payment 

(804) 527-4759 

We ask participants to arrive at our HLC gym 10 minutes before the scheduled appointment time. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and walking/running shoes. 

Payment is required at the time of service. We accept cash, checks and credit/debit cards for exercise-related services, which are not covered by medical insurance.  


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Melanie Bean, PhD, LCP
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