Smart Start is a free program for all new and current members that provides you with an easy-to-follow wellness plan and the support needed to achieve your goals. Smart Start includes three one-on-one sessions with our highly trained staff who will discuss the best path for your wellness journey. This personalized program helps you set fitness, wellness and lifestyle goals and supports you as you work toward personal success. Smart Start can include an introduction to group exercise classes, a wellness floor orientation, tips on how to use the equipment and an introduction to Y programs that will help you and your family live more balanced, fun and active lives. 

Why do I need this program?

The odds are stacked against you if you try to go it alone. Studies show that 85% of people who try an exercise program will fail. That’s where we come in. We know what works from our years of wellness training experience. We give you the basics to help you hit the ground
running with confidence and without feeling overwhelmed.

How do I get started?

In three short meetings, we can take you from an exercise 
newcomer to a confident individual who is excited about 
working out. In just a few sessions, you will gain the 
tools and resources that will help you succeed. Register online or with the front desk, and our staff will contact you to set up your first session.

Youth Smart Start

At the Y, we believe young people should understand the importance of physical activity while having fun. In order to make sure your child has a safe, healthy experience at the Y, we offer special orientations to teach young members the basics of proper, effective and safe use of cardio and strength equipment. After the orientation your child will receive a wristband allowing him or her to use the fitness center and attend group exercise classes. Youth ages 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult for the first session

  • Age 8-10 - Intro to cardio equipment
  • Age 11-12- Intro to cardio and circuit equipment
  • Age 13-14 - Intro to cardio, circuit and free weights

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When you step on a scale, you can’t see how much muscle or fat you have. In just 15 seconds, discover how diet and exercise are changing your fat and muscle levels. Go beyond the scale and see what you’re made of. At the Arapahoe Y. Sign up at the front desk or register online and our fitness department will contact you to schedule an appointment.


5 Steps to Setting “Smart” Goals

Jan 8, 2018, 12:42 PM by Molly Lord

to do list for 2019

We’ve all experienced the disappointment that comes with not achieving a goal. More often than not though, the reason we are unable to achieve our goals isn’t because we aren’t capable.

It is because we don’t set good goals.

We set unrealistic or vague goals that are impossible to obtain by their very nature. To combat this problem and increase your chances of meeting your fitness goals this year, it’s time to start setting smart goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. When you consider these five factors in planning your goals, you are more likely to be successful in achieving your goals.

Here are questions you can ask yourself when setting fitness goals to make sure they are smart and SMART — helping you build strength, find balance and make positive change far into the future.


When setting a goal, it’s important that the goal isn’t too broad or too vague. The more that the goal encompasses, the more difficult it will be to reach. Ask yourself a few questions when creating your goals. What exactly do I want to accomplish? Who will be involved in helping me reach this goal? Why do I want to achieve this goal?


Every goal has an end result. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? How much? How many? When your goals are measurable, you are able to track your progress and stay focused.

Set smart goals the Y


Goals are meant to help achieve personal growth and should challenge you. However, these challenges need to be sensible. Is achieving this goal realistic with effort and commitment? Do you have the resources to obtain this goal?


A huge component to goal achievement is motivation. When the goal is relevant and important to your life, that will help give you the drive and perseverance to reach your goal. Ask yourself, why is this goal significant to me?


When setting a goal, it is helpful to have a time frame or schedule. When will this goal be achieved? If your overall goal is to achieve your end result in 6 months, try having a monthly check-in where you can evaluate your progress to that point.  

Making sure you have smart goals is a huge first step toward accomplishing what you’re setting out to do. If you need help setting smart fitness goals, take advantage of our Smart Start program and set up a consultation with one of our amazing fitness trainers to talk about your fitness plan.

Molly Lord is the Communications Intern for the YMCA of Boulder Valley.

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