Introducing SMART START, the YMCA’s new personal fitness plan

March 28, 2016

 

Ease yourself into shape, one week at a time"

Starting to exercise for the first time — or picking it back up after a break — can be a real challenge. It’s easy to get overwhelmed during your first week as your body adjusts to new activity. Luckily, the South Side YMCA now offers SMART START, a free, personalized fitness plan to help ease yourself into shape instead of overloading your body on day one and getting burned out.

We’ll help you create a customized, incremental fitness plan that starts slow and easy, then builds steadily over the course of a few weeks.

 

Evidence-based Fitness

Research shows that the key to long-term success with exercise is to start slow. In fact, a study conducted by Pennsylvania State University introduced 25 inactive adults to group fitness slowly, allowing them to “dip their toes” into exercise. The result? 80% of the group never missed a workout in the following 30 weeks. They lost body fat, gained lean muscle and prevented the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.


That incremental approach to getting in shape is at the heart of SMART START, where the Y helps you choose from our group exercise  classes to create a unique plan that’s right for you.