LifeStart's network of over 60 fully-staffed corporate fitness centers keep your workforce engaged in their wellness journey.
LifeStart's 25 years of experience, averaging 15 projects completed every year, help properties leverage their valuable facilities.
LifeStart's fitness centers foster relationships between co-workers and build a spirit of community within the workplace.
LifeStart's health screenings, personal training, and technology offerings create positive outcomes in your workforce.
At LifeStart, we believe in transforming the workplace through wellness.
We believe in meeting every member at their current activity level, from sedentary to athletic. We've done it for 25 years and counting. And we believe in the power of our certified health coaches and dietitians to coach each member to achieve their goals.
Because everyone deserves to reach their fullest potential.
To live life well ...
... and here's how we do it:
A Different Approach
A Higher Standard
A Culture of Well-Being
A Reduction in Costs
We're not a typical fitness-management company. We don't focus solely on providing exercise programs for active members.
Instead, we engage your entire employee population with targeted intervention strategies.
We foster motivation in your workforce. We coach and guide your employees, from the sedentary to the athletic.
Because every employee can improve their activity level and their lifestyle.
LifeStart has achieved utilization averages that are 15% higher than the average among industry leaders.
When asked to identify their top-three challenges from a list of 13 items, participation was selected by over 70% -- far ahead of budget (36%) and culture changes (35%).1
69% of employers believe that motivating employees to change health behaviors will be a significant focus over the next three to five years.2
1Gallagher Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey 2015 2AON 2013 Health Care Survey
LifeStart uses technology and proprietary programs to improve employee health, well-being, and performance, all while building a culture that supports well-being.
Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. They also realize 37% less absenteeism, resulting in a far more productive workforce. Highly engaged employees also suffered an astounding 48% fewer safety incidents than their less-engaged peers.1
1Gallup Culture of an Engaged Workplace 2013
We inspire change by addressing health, well-being, and physical health through our onsite fitness / wellness centers.
77% of employees believe that spending time and money on their physical health now will help to avoid major health costs later in life.1
1Principal Financial Mid-Year Checkup 2015
LifeStart has a team of dedicated specialists with backgrounds in finance, construction management, marketing, information systems, and business management. We redefine each client's expectations, leveraging our history and our values as we develop and operate their onsite fitness center.
We understand that the greatest hurdle to a successful program is engagement. That's why we've created a new method of maximizing participation and program utilization. In the end, our engagement strategies improve the health of your employees and your business.
Let us show you how the LifeStart model is transforming onsite centers.
There is no time for ease and comfort It is time to dare and endure
Development and Design
Our innovative team of experienced professionals can help you develop a creative, cutting edge and functional space designed to engage your population.
Our clients choose us because they know that what we do adds real value to their project, from deciding how big the center should be, to the precise selection of equipment, finishes, wall graphics, etc. We know how to create a facility the meets your unique needs. Let us prove it!
With over 25 years of experience, averaging over 15 projects a year, LifeStart provides expert knowledge and experience for every design and development project.
Our process starts with a full financial feasibility study. We outline all revenue sources and expenses to show you the financial viability of your investment. We also do a demographic analysis of your eligible population to determine your membership base, peak load, and expected active penetration rates.
We then work with your team to design a custom solution that ensures that you get the most value for your investment. We help you build an appropriately sized center and outfit it with the right equipment. Along the way, we work closely with contractors, architects, construction teams, and interior-design experts to guide them through the entire process.
With LifeStart leading your efforts, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your investment is in good hands.
LifeStart offers wellness programs that provide a compelling alternative to traditional fitness-center management practices. We integrate onsite fitness, health coaching, and nutrition services in a comprehensive wellness package, all in the service of strengthening participant engagement and reducing behaviors that drive chronic disease.
We employ full-time onsite health specialists at every fitness center. Our specialists create and promote a culture of wellbeing by scheduling, promoting, developing, and implementing health and well-being support programs at the worksite. They are exclusively responsible for implementing your organization's well-being improvement program by working directly with your entire population. In this way, our specialists act as an extension of your existing benefits, wellness, or HR organization.
Over 25 years of partnering with clients, LifeStart has delivered a full spectrum of high-value programs and provided lasting health outcomes to worksites as well as distributed workforces. Our customers gain accesss to the industry's widest range of proven and impactful wellness services.
LifeStart's wellness offerings are designed to inspire sustainable lifestyle changes. Our entire purpose is to guide and support our members as they work to achieve their optimal health. We accomplish this using a combination of annual assessments, preventative screenings, condition management, and health-coaching programs.
Finally, we track and measure all aspects of our members' wellness journey. We have invested in technologies that sustainably engage employees, motivate members, and improve efficiency. These technologies allow our customers to verifiably measure health outcomes, program impactfulness, member satisfaction, and financial savings.
Some people want it to happen Some wish it would happen Others make it happen
LifeStart offers best-of-breed software and hardware solutions to improve members' experience in the fitness centers and to allow them to measure their progress over time.
Our award-winning MyStart program provides a thorough analysis of each member's biometric and biomechanical health. With this assessment as a baseline, our coaches can measure the member's progress over time and recommend a customized training program, dietary changes, flexibility exercises, and much more.
LifeStart offers a site-specific website for every one of our centers, allowing members to access all scheduling, billing, and training resources from a single location using a computer or mobile device.
Our unified online member portal offers many compelling features:
Sophisticated software that tracks and reports utilization
Secure membership profile
Central landing page that highlights important news and fitness events
Mobile alerts for automated class enrollment and reminders
Group exercise class schedule and registration
Wellness program schedule and registration
Personal training schedule and registration
Information on all classes and programs offered
Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness
LifeStart to Power Fitness Facility at the Gogo Building
Posted 06/08/2016 at 02:13pm by LifeStart
The Gogo Building located at 111 N Canal is a 16-story concrete loft office building located in the West Loop submarket of Chicago’s business district. Sterling Bay has renovated the building into a state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified building, including a newly designed lobby and retail level, new rooftop amenity rooms and outdoor space, improved tenant common areas, and updated building systems. 111 North Canal boasts large, efficient floor plates, the best fiber connectivity in the City, as well as unbeatable access to commuter trains and the expressway.
The fitness center powered by LifeStart will provide the tenants of 111 N Canal with cutting-edge programs and services designed to support a healthy, active lifestyle for tenants while they are at work. New functional training equipment, enhanced group exercise programs and onsite wellness programs are just the beginning of the changes that will occur.
The fitness center is equipped with state of the art cardio (with integrated TV’s and computers), strength equipment, two group exercise studios, functional training equipment and executive level locker rooms and amenities.
LifeStart to Power 13,000-Sq.-Ft. Fitness Facility in Chicago Office Building
Posted 03/16/2016 at 06:39pm by LifeStart
Complete with 13,000 square feet of professional gym space and fitness equipment, the wellness center at 181 West Madison is LifeStart’s newest outlet to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for office-based professionals.
The 5-Star Worldwide Wellness Center at 181 W Madison is equipped with touchscreen cardio machines, strength-training equipment, two group exercise studios, hydromassage beds and shower/locker facilities.
5-Star Worldwide is CBRE Global Investors’ signature tenant services platform, providing top-level workplace amenities and services to a portfolio of 24 Class A properties nationwide.
LifeStart Partners With DUS Management to Offer Tenants a New State of the Art Fitness Center at 35 East Wacker
Posted 03/16/2016 at 06:34pm by LifeStart
35 East Wacker recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to bring the property up to contemporary Class A standards. The interior of the building is being entirely re-built on a floor-by-floor basis with only the historic facade and structure remaining in place. The property re-development has received awards including a top award from theChicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (the “Interior Architecture Citation of Merit” for Excellence in Architecture 2006) and the “2006 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence - Exterior and Interior Rehabilitation” from the City of Chicago.
The fitness center, a final part of the renovation project, was built to enhance the amenities offered at 35 East Wacker. The center is equipped with state of the art TechnoGym cardio (with integrated TV’s and computers), strength equipment, group exercise studio, functional training equipment, executive level locker rooms and amenities. See www.lifestart.net/35EW for information on the center.
Samsung Selects LifeStart to Manage Their New Employee Health and Fitness Center
Posted 03/16/2016 at 01:15pm by LifeStart
LifeStart National Fitness, Inc. continues to secure business with some of the world’s finest organizations. Samsung announced that they selected LifeStart after a national search of the top corporate fitness companies to be its provider of fitness center management services. On September 1st, LifeStart assisted Samsung with the opening of their new center.
The 17,000 square foot facility includes a wide variety of state of the art cardiovascular equipment (with integrated connected digital media), strength equipment, free weights, functional training equipment, and group exercise studio.
LifeStart’s unique approach to management, including innovative programming, enhanced services and access to specialized health professionals, will help ensure that this element of Samsung’s culture continues to shine.
“As one of the most recognized technology brands in the world, LifeStart is proud to have Samsung as a valued client,” says LifeStart’s CEO Mike Flanagan. “We are excited to partner with such a progressive company that is committed to the health and well-being of their employees.”
Our company's proactive approach to providing wellness programs for our employees dovetails with LifeStart's philosophy. LifeStart has been a great fit for us, and
I'd recommend them to any other company that wants a professional approach to wellness.
Nurse and Health Coordinator
Fortune 500 Beverage Company
With LifeStart's direction, not only did our facility achieve a whole new look and feel, but their business acumen and core values have been a great fit with our organization.
Senior Asset Manager
Fortune 500 Private Investment and Development Company
With our previous operator, we never saw anyone from the Corporate Office, unless there was a problem. LifeStart's team is readily available, providing us with a comprehensive
monthly review of the operations insuring that we are informed of the finances, utilization and programming of the center.
Vice President, International Commercial Real Estate Investment
Development and Management Company
LifeStart's general manager really transformed our gym and improved everything from the equipment to the group fitness classes when he took over. The attention to detail was definitely noticeable and, as a regular gym member, continues to be appreciated. And this is important to many of us, as going to the gym can be the best part of our day!
As I'm sure you are aware, it is rejuvenating for us to be able to work out during our workday. It's so nice to be able to get away from the stress and get a workout in. And it's truly awesome to be able to work out in a gym that is right upstairs, is clean, has functioning and constantly improving equipment, and a team who really take care of us and care about our fitness.
Member at Owner-Occupied Fitness Center
LifeStart is an innovative provider of health and wellness consultancy.
We are dedicated exclusively to designing, developing, and managing on-site corporate fitness centers and workplace wellness solutions.
We began in 1991 with a strong foundation in proactive health risk management and have grown over the last two decades to become a key industry player -- with over 60 locations nationwide.
Our innovations in programming, marketing, and technology have allowed us to reach sedentary and inactive populations, empowering lifestyle and behavior change among even the most hard-to-reach individuals.
LifeStart is a certified Minority-owned Business Enterprise.
At LifeStart, we believe our employees are our greatest asset. Our employees are on the front lines of the healthcare industry, providing care that is impacting the overall quality of life for our members.
Since 1991, LifeStart has been committed to providing quality staffing, consulting, and wellness services across the nation. The foundation of our company is the ability to provide qualified, educated, motivated, and experienced staff to our facilities.
LifeStart employees aim to maintain high ethical standards. They embrace change and work to improve our operational strength every day. They strive to communicate effectively with each of our clients, members, and tenants. They build and maintain trusting relationships.
To learn more about available employment opportunities click here.
President and COO
Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, from medical-based services to wellness centers. He has worked for LifeStart in various capacities since 1991 and has served as the President of the company since 2006. Mike was integral in the development of the My Health IQ program, which was recognized by the National Health, Wellness, and Prevention Congress as one of the Most Innovative Consumer Driven Health Care Programs, and was later sold to Healthways. In his current role, he has an active role in operations, sales, construction, consulting, and new business development. Mike has led the development of over 50 projects, from small corporate centers of less than 1,800 square feet to park districts and hospital-based centers over 100,000 square feet. Mike holds two Masters degrees in Exercise Physiology and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois Chicago and DePaul University, respectively, and undergraduate degrees in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois.
Scott is a technology entrepreneur and software architect specializing in the rapid conversion of entrepreneurial ideas into elegant commercial products. He founded the software development practice at Spirian Technologies, a deployment-automation firm that was sold in 2003 to SecureInfo. Later, he architected and led the development of My Health IQ, an employee-wellness platform which was acquired by Healthways in 2005. Scott co-founded ContactLiving, a technology startup providing mobile app technology for geriatric-care and child daycare businesses to communicate proactively with their customers. Later, he co-founded Helios Health Technologies, a data-analytics startup specializing in the identification of unclaimed reimbursements and provider fraud within Medicare Advantage plans. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.
Director of Finance
As Director of Finance, Tom oversees the financial statement preparation and review process for all of our fitness centers. As well as managing financial reporting, he also manages cash, payroll, accounts payable, and receivables. Tom has held various manager-level positions throughout his 15-year career. Most recently he was the Assistant Controller for Merchandise Mart Properties, a division of Vornado Realty Trust. In this position, he oversaw all property-accounting reporting, as well as audit compliance and SEC filings. Prior to that role, he was the property accountant for the Merchandise Mart, one of the largest buildings in the world. Tom started his career as a financial analyst for Coventry Healthcare. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Calvin College and an MBA in Finance from North Central College.
Director of Sales
Kira is a recent addition to LifeStart and comes to us with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare and wellness industry. She began her career as a director at Physiotherapy Associates, where she oversaw special projects, operations, sales, and recruitment. She is a results-oriented professional and leader who combines integrity and operational skill to lead complex projects from conception through completion. Kira also is a trained chef, and she was recently seen on the television show MasterChef, competing with the top chefs in the country. Her culinary background brings a significant advantage to LifeStart's wellness offerings, as she works with our dietitians to build healthy recipes.
Director of Account Management
Sharon has been in the fitness industry for over 36 years and has managed LifeStart corporate fitness centers for over 25 years. Sharon shapes and develops the strategy and infrastructure of LifeStart's field-operations function. She has made significant contributions towards LifeStart's operational excellence, including her role in the analysis of key-performance indicators, serving as the balanced-scorecard champion, and leading the development of LifeStart's operations manual.Before entering the fitness Industry she was employed in the accounting field.Sharon's certifications include Personal Training-NASM, NSCA, Intrinsic Biomechanics, Health Coach, Group Exercise Schwinn Indoor Cycling Master Trainer, Yoga, Pilates, Barre, KickBoxing, and Fusion. She has been an international fitness presenter, Shape Magazine writer, and motivational speaker. Mother of five, grandmother of 10, she enjoys surfing, snowboarding, biking, and swimming.
Director of Account Management
Laura received her B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Exercise Physiology at Eastern Illinois University. At EIU she completed a Graduate Assistanstship and was in charge of running the Adult Fitness Program and Student ATP Lab. It was during this time that her passion for fitness grew to include a strong emphasis in overall health and wellness. After completing the Masters program, Laura quickly moved to LifeStart and has now been with the company for over 5 years. She is currently certified as a NSCA-Personal Trainer, Intrinsic Motion Biomechanics Trainer levels 1 and 2, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor, TRX trainer, and Balanced Body Pilates Mat 1 instructor.
Director of Account Management
Matt received his B.S. In Exercise Science from Illinois State University. Through internship experience he had opportunities to work in a wide spectrum of sectors from youth sport development to cardiac rehab, ultimately finding a passion for corporate fitness with LifeStart. In four years Matt quickly moved up within the company by having a proven track record of achieving success at the club level to manage a portfolio of fitness centers. Matt's certifications include Personal Training-NASM, Corrective Exercise Specialist-NASM, Intrinsic Biomechanics level 1, Health Coaching, TRX Suspension Trainer, and Schwinn Cycling Instructor.
Director of Account Management
Nicole is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach who graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness, and Health. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Ingalls Memorial Hospital on the Wellness Nutrition Track. She is a current member of the board for Illinois's South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Practice Group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Outside her love for all things food and nutrition, Nicole has a huge passion for teaching group exercise classes and helping people reach their fitness goals. Nicole's certifications include NASM Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Intrinsic Biomechanist Levels 1 & 2, Schwinn Cycling, TRX Suspension Training, WERQ Dance Fitness, Turbo Kick, and BarreWRX. In her role of Director of Account Management, Nicole oversees LifeStart's Corporate Wellness and Owner-Occupied Sites portfolio. Prior to this role, Nicole served as General Manager of Hamilton Lakes Athletic Club in Itasca. LifeStart has provided a platform for Nicole to fulfill her love for educating individuals on the importance of both fitness and nutrition in a corporate wellness environment.
Director of Clinical Design
Krista King, MS, RDN, LDN is a Registered Dietitian who completed her BS in Dietetics with a specialization in Health Promotion at Michigan State University and combined Master's and dietetic internship program at Loyola University Chicago. Krista has a background in providing medical nutrition therapy, performing finger-stick lab tests, and educating patients on diabetes self-management and related chronic conditions using motivational interviewing in the home health setting. In addition, Krista has worked as an online wellness coach empowering individuals to achieve their health and fitness goals through impactful lifestyle shifts for lasting change. Krista is a member of the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Director of Clinical Oversight
Amy graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor in 2003. She began her career in critical care working at a major teaching hospital in Detroit, MI. She spent several years working in many specialty areas, including plastic surgery, oncology, and the recovery room. Amy has been part of the LifeStart team for ten years assisting with flu shot clinics and health screenings in the workplace environment. She is certified in infection control, BLS, ACLS and PALS.
Director of Site Development
Jim started his career with LifeStart in 2002 and has over 15 years of experience in corporate fitness, athleic training, exercise testing and prescrption and disease management consulting. He is responsible for new business start-up, with focus on fitness center development, implementation, procurement, and staff training. Jim works closely with clients, architects, interior designers, and project management firms. He also performs training on LifeStart's MyPath program and is a Level 3 Specialist Biomechanics Coach. Prior to his current role, he served in a variety of positions, including Exercise Physiologist, General Manager and Director of Operations. Jim's prior experience includes Program Director for Frappier Acceleration Sports Training Centers. He earned a BA in Fitness Leadership with an emphasis on Cardiac Rehabilitation and a minor in Sports Medicine and Biology from Northern Illinois University.
It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable