General Questions

I'm new to exercising. Will EVL be appropriate for me?

Absolutely! While EVL offers a lot of great information for advanced and seasoned exercisers, there is definitely a lot of content that is designed for those who are new to exercising.

I've been exercising for many years. Does EVL offer advanced programs for those like me?

When Oliver (Founder of EVL) first began developing EVL, much of the content was designed with the advanced lifter in mind. Inevitably, everybody who exercises regularly will hit plateaus. With that in mind, EVL will offer lots of great workout programs to help take your workouts to the next level, along with offering plenty of fitness and nutrition tips for advanced exercisers.

My main goal is to lose weight. Will EVL work for me?

Most certainly! While EVL was not designed as a "weight-loss" site, many of the programs, along with fitness and nutrition tips, are definitely designed for those who desire to lose weight. The ultimate goal of EVL is to help EVERYBODY achieve their ideal health and fitness goal. If that includes losing weight, then EVL will help you do that!

How much time commitment is required?

That will totally be up to you. If you're new to exercising and just the thought of physical activity sounds repulsive to you, there are plenty of programs available that you can start with that will only require as little as two days a week, following a 15-minute workout. Even at the advanced level, there are plenty of "condensed" programs offered that would not require a great deal of time commitment.

What kind of results can I expect from EVL?

Again, much of that will depend on what your goals are. Whether your goal is lose weight, build muscle, improve strength, etc, EVL will help guide you on your way to optimal health and fitness.

Do I need to join a health club or some other form of a commercial workout facility?

Not necessarily. Being that many of the exercise programs require very little to no equipment, you can certainly perform those at home, as well as other public facilities like parks, beaches, etc. Although, having a club membership will offer a much greater variety when choosing and designing exercise programs that utilize specific machines or exercise implements. Another option would be to outfit your own home gym with some basic equipment that would not require a big financial investment. Then you can follow along with many of the pre-designed workouts and make equipment substitutions as needed.

What if I'm recovering from an injury, can I still participate?

We would recommend that you follow any medical guidelines given by your physician in accordance with the severity of your injury. Then when you're ready to move again, you can go to our Rehab Learning Library and find the injury your dealing with and follow along with the recommended rehab tips.

Why join EVL when there are so many other fitness products offered online for free?

There are certainly plenty of quality products available online that is offered for free. But you will have to take the time to sort through it all, figure out what will be appropriate for your level of fitness, experiment with them to see if it works, compare them to any previous ones you've tried, go to one site for exercise instruction, another for workout programs, then yet another for diet and nutrition help, etc. It would be a lot of work, but you could do it. Or, you could just join our one-stop shop at EVL and get all the above in one location. Also, understand that we will even recommend that you expand your horizons and see what all is offered out there. And at times we will even share information from some of these other sources who will offer great health, fitness and nutrition tips. But ultimately you will have to decide what will work best for you. Whether you choose EVL or someone else, we will wish you the best in your journey toward optimal health.

With so many different Health/Fitness programs available out there. What makes EVL different?

Along with the answer to the previous question, there is definitely a lot of information available out there (e.g. weight loss, strength training, exercise programming, sport training, rehabilitation, diet, nutrition, etc.). At EVL, it was our goal to gather together the finest resources in all these arenas and offer them to you, where you can then set up your own profile and track your progress by using all the ready-made tools available here, with the help of seasoned fitness professionals helping to guide you along your journey.

You want exercise instruction? EVL has it. You want to see exercise videos showing visual demonstrations? EVL has hundreds of them. You want food, diet and nutrition tips with a smorgasbord of sample meal plans to choose from? EVL has those too. You want an interactive tool where you can put all this together in one place? Then EVL is for YOU!

Account / Profile Settings

How do I join and get started?

To create an account, simply go to the top of the page and click on the Join Now tab and fill out your information. Go to the email you registered with and confirm your code. Once you confirm you can login anytime to access all the site's features.

Why do I need to login to access some pages?

Because EVL is a membership site, one needs to be a member to access all the content. This is also to ensure the privacy of all members that are on the site.

Do I need to sign up for a long contract?

Not at all! You can subscribe monthly and cancel at anytime. However, if you choose to purchase the annual (1 year) plan, you will be committed for the full year.

Who can see my profile?

Your profile will be viewable only by you. But if you ever have a question about your profile or account, your profile may be viewed by the webmaster to best assist you. For other instances for how we use your information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Do I always have full control of the settings on my profile?

Yes. You can review and edit your profile at any time and update your progress, which is highly recommended, to monitor your success.

I forgot my username and password. What do I do?

If you forgot your password, click on the "Lost your password" link in the "Log in" section, send over your username or email, then a message will be e-mailed to you. From the email message, click on the link and there you will be prompted to update your password.

How do I change my password?

You can change your password by going to your Account Info, filling in your new password, then clicking on the "submit" button.

Can I change my name or username on my account?

Yes, you can change your name on your profile by going to your Account Info and editing your first/last name. However, your username can NOT be changed once you have established your chosen username.

Exercise, Workout and Nutrition How To's

What if I can't find an exercise in the library?

There's a good likelihood the exercise you're looking for is in our library, but called by a different name. The thumbnails for each individual exercise will be labeled by a specific name. But if you see the description (instructions when clicking on "i") on the exercises, you will see that lot of exercises are also known as (a.k.a.) exercises by a different name. For example, the "Dive Bomber Push Up" can also be called the "Judo" or "Hindu" push up. So if your Trainer taught you this exercise by calling it the "Judo Push Up", just type in "Judo" in the search box and you should see your exercise come up.

If an exercise you're looking for is not featured in our library, feel free to contact us and let us know what exercise(s) you would like for us to add. If we determine that a particular exercise submitted by a member would be a good addition to our exercise library, then we'll be sure to add them.

Also, be aware that we are constantly adding new exercises to our library on a regular basis. So check back regularly and there's a good chance that exercises you're looking for will be added.

If I don't know the name of a particular exercise, how do I go about finding it?

The easiest approach would be to choose the body part you're working (e.g. quadriceps), then type a description of an exercise, like "squat" or "lunge", and you'll be able to see a narrowed down menu of various movements that might come closest to the exercise you're wanting. Click on various thumbnails and see if you find what you're looking for.

Can I upload my own exercises in the video library?

If you would like to submit a video of an exercise that is not showcased in EVL, you can send over your video in high definition format, preferably in MP4, and our media team will evaluate it then determine if it will meet our criteria for exercises we want to have in our library. Then we will either add it to our library or have our video crew film the exercise. With that in mind, please do let us know if there are exercises that you believe should be added to our library. Submission of any video or images will then become property of EVL for our use.

How do I save Pre-Designed Workouts and my own workouts to my "Workout Favorites"?

Upon selecting a Pre-Designed Workout, click on the "+Add to my workouts" button underneath the title. Then click on the "My Workouts" button in the sidebar and you will see the selected workout. To save to your favorites, click on the star symbol to the left. When the star is yellow, then it is saved to your profile, that can then be seen in your profile page.

How do I edit and make changes to an old workout?

To keep track of progress, it is recommended that you hold onto old workouts. But if it's easier for you just update your workouts by editing them, just go to the "My Workouts" page, find the workout you want to edit, then click on the "edit" link to the right. From there you'll be directed to the page where you can then add and delete exercises, along with updating the set and rep scheme. Then be sure to click on the red "Save Workout" button at the bottom.

How do I save meal plans to my profile?

From the "Choose New Meal Plan" page, select meal plans within a given category (e.g. Vegetarian) and calorie range. When scrolling down and seeing the meal plan you want to save, click on the red button that say's "Save Meal Plan to Favorites". When the individual page comes up, click on the green "Save Meal Plan as Favorite" button. Then you will see that meal plan in your profile page.

I don't understand some of the health/fitness jargon. How can I learn what those are?

You will find lot of the terms in the Fitness Terms/Definitions link.

How do I use the calculators?

The easiest way to see your calculations is to go to the "My Profile" page, then click on the "Update My Progress" link in the lower right corner. Input your updated values then click "Calculate". From there, you will automatically see all the calculations updated.

Still have questions?

Feel free to contact us at any time from our Contact Us link, or write to us directly by sending any questions to: support@exercisevideolibrary.com