SMART START – A Proven Way To Fitness


A study conducted by Pennsylvania State University introduced 25 inactive adults to group fitness slowly by allowing them to ‘dip their toes’ into exercise. The result was that 20 of the group never missed a workout in 30 weeks. Not only this, they lost body fat, gained lean muscle and prevented the chances of developing cardiovascular disease. This led to SMART START.

“Group Fitness is Effective in Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Healthy Adults” by The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

SmartStartLogoYour journey to fitness begins with using the SMART START fitness schedule. For best results, mix up your workout schedule and keep it interesting with a mix of cardio, strength, core and flexibility sessions. Each offer unique fitness benefits.

  • Cardio exercise is great for burning calories and important for your heart health
  • Strength training builds lean muscle and helps with long-term weight loss
  • Core strength is critical for building a strong body to create the best platform for all other exercise
  • Flexibility reduces chances of injury, increases mobility and improves your posture, which helps you look great as well as feel good


Trying something new can seem hard. You may be worried about fitting it in, your current fitness level or not knowing the moves to a class you’ve been thinking about. That’s why it’s always best to go easy on yourself and start slow. If you’re heading into a fitness class, you don’t have to stay for the whole workout. Give the first few tracks a go, and then build up slowly from there.


Start with a Workout Planner. This weekly chart will help you plan your weeks according to the workout schedule on the right and to stay accountable for your goals. Workout Planners are available outside of each studio in the RAC, as well as next to our Group Fitness Schedule board in the lobby.

Smart Start Workout PlannerWeb


Look for members in our classes wearing lime green wristbands. These members, SMART START AMBASSADORS, have made group fitness a part of their lives and are experienced practitioners in various programs. Ask them questions about technique, where to start, how to stay motivated, tips & tricks, etc. As always, please don’t hesitate to speak with your instructor as well.


Submit your completed workout planners to the front desk. When you have completed 6 consecutive weeks, you’ll become a SMART START AMBASSADOR & win a SMART START T-shirt!

LES MILLS International is the creator of 13 global group fitness and team training programs, including BODYPUMP™ (weights), BODYCOMBAT™ (martial arts) RPM™ (indoor cycling), and the LES MILLS GRIT™ Series (30-minute high intensity interval training). Millions of participants every week build their fitness in a LES MILLS™ class, held across 80 countries in 16,000 licensed clubs around the world.

Independent research shows that those attending LES MILLS™ classes come to their club at least two times more each week than others*** and 94% are likely to refer a friend****.