LifeStart's network of over 75 fully-staffed corporate fitness centers keep your workforce engaged in their wellness journey.
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LifeStart's 27 years of experience, averaging 20 projects completed every year, help properties leverage their valuable facilities.
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LifeStart's fitness centers foster relationships between co-workers and build a spirit of community within the workplace.
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LifeStart's health screenings, personal training, and technology offerings create positive outcomes in your workforce.
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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 corporate fitness center 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.

We have 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

1 Gallagher Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey 2015
2 AON 2013 Health Care Survey

We use 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

1 Gallup 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

1 Principal Financial Mid-Year Checkup 2015

Corporate Fitness Center Management

LifeStart has the largest portfolio of corporate fitness centers in the nation. With over 75 sites under management and more than 500 successful design projects, LifeStart has the expertise to bring your onsite fitness center to life.

Our team includes dedicated specialists with backgrounds in finance, construction management, marketing, information systems, dietetics, and of course fitness center and gym management. We refine 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 corporate fitness center management.

There is no time for ease and comfort
It is time to dare and endure

Winston Churchill

Fitness Center Design and Development

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 that meets your unique needs. Let us prove it!

With over 25 years of experience, averaging over 20 projects a year, we provide 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.

Nobody who ever gave his best
regretted it

George Halas

Corporate Wellness

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 well-being 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

Michael Jordan


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.

We offer 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

Edward Stanley

Featured LifeStory

Dave C.
"So far I've lost over 15 lbs and have seen serious progression towards a healthier body and mind. "
I never thought about working with a personal trainer until I joined the Buckingham club. I was introduced to Rebecca Bersano when the club was offering a free health screening. Rebecca was so positive and projected so much enthusiasm that when she offered up the opportunity to work with a personal trainer, I didn't have to think for long that it would be great to try.

Rebecca worked with me toward our laid out exercise plan and each week she came up an innovative program to concentrate on different muscle groups. So far I've lost over 15 lbs and have seen serious progression towards a healthier body and mind.

I also take advantage of the free classes especially Pilates and Core which are both fantastic.

Overall, the staff at the Buckingham couldn't be more helpful and supportive and I look forward to my classes each week.

Thanks for the opportunity to let me share my story with you and a special shout out to Rebecca who made all my success possible.
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Jones Lang LaSalle
Sterling Bay
MJ Wilkow
The John Buck Company
John Hancock
Colliers International
Tishman Speyer
Equity Office
Blue Star Properties
Zeller Real Estate
GlenStar Properties
Lincoln Property Company
Samsung Semiconductors
Sumitomo Corporation
Boar's Head
HMS Holdings
MAC Management
Hamilton Partners
Callahan Capital Properties

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.

DL Member at Owner-Occupied Fitness Center


LifeStart exists to engage and motivate the corporate workforce. We create customized, compelling environments where employees can exercise, relax, and socialize with their colleagues.

With more than 75 locations across the country, we have the depth and experience to accommodate the unique needs of any property manager or building owner.

We work with a diverse range of clients, from Class A office buildings to rural manufacturing facilities, from Silicon Valley to Boston, and from Chicago to rural Arkansas. Our centers range from 1,800 to 110,000 square feet.

Whatever your workforce demographic, whatever your available space, we have the expertise to make your fitness center a reality.

LifeStart is a certified Minority-owned Business Enterprise.


In the quarter century since its founding in 1991, LifeStart has grown to manage the largest portfolio of corporate fitness centers in multi-tenant buildings in the entire nation.

We expanded our service offerings in 2000 to include management of owner-occupied facilities. The company now manages onsite fitness centers for a variety of companies, from Fortune 500 firms to regional manufacturing companies, with utilization rates up to 67% higher than the industry average.

Beginning in 2012, we partnered with the leading national provider of corporate health clinics to create integrated onsite wellness hubs. These hubs offer best-of-breed health coaching and consultation from registered nurses, registered dietitians, and exercise specialists.

Recognizing the critical importance of corporate wellness, we acquired Momentum Health in 2016 to provide onsite biometric screenings and outcomes-based, health-contingent incentive programs to corporate clients.


Michael J. Flanagan

Chief Executive Officer

Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, working in the fields of medical-based therapy and corporate wellness. 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 2005. After the sale of My Health IQ, Mike took the lead as President of LifeStart and reshaped the company around an expanded vision and business model. As CEO, Mike is responsible for guiding the development, strategy, and execution of the core business model. Mike holds a B.S. in Exercise and Rehabilitation from Illinois State University, a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently on leave from his Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University.

Scott A. Campbell

Chief Technology Officer

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.

Jackie Cahan, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Jackie received her BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Kentucky. She earned her CPA in 1992, and in 2003 earned her MBA from DePaul University with an emphasis in entrepreneurial business. She comes to LifeStart with more than 27 years of accounting experience. Jackie began her accounting career with KPMG as a corporate transaction consultant, working her way up to senior consultant with a specialty in turnaround and bankruptcy. From KPMG, Jackie quickly moved through the ranks of several companies, levergaging her keen business sense, attention to detail, and firm grasp of the entrepreneurial spirit. Jackie has authored two technical manuals entitled "Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager" and "How to Write a Business Plan." Jackie also served as an adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage, where she taught accounting and personal finance, developed coursework for continued education and was a highly sought-after trainer in the college's small business center.

Grace Iberle, RDN, LDN, CHC, CPT

Director of Clinical Services

Grace is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach who completed her BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration of Dietetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She progressed in the field of dietetics, completing her dietetic internship at Tulane University. Grace is a current member of the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Practice Group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Grace has a passion for educating others on nutrition and teaching her clients how to properly fuel their bodies through creating a healthy relationship with food. Using motivational interviewing, she is able to help her clients achieve their health goals through developing lasting lifestyle habits. In addition to her love for food and nutrition, Grace also has a passion for fitness. Her certifications include NASM Personal Trainer, Intrinsic Biomechanics, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor, and TRX Suspension Training.

Laura Cieplik

Senior 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 Assistantship 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.

Jamie Regan

Director of Account Management

Jamie graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Community Health Education in 2013. However, Jamie started her LifeStart career back in 2012 as an intern. Instantly she knew LifeStart would be the place she could grow her career and demonstrate her passion for health and wellness. Since then she has worked as an Assistant Manager, General Manager and most recently a Director of Account Management. During her time with LifeStart she has been certified as NASM - CPT, Intrinsic Motion Biomechanics Trainer Level 1, TRX trainer, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor. The best part of her job is helping others achieve and exceed their goals.

Joshua Zaffino

Director of Account Management

Josh is graduate of Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. He comes to LifeStart with over 15 years of health and fitness experience. From being a fitness director of 30,000 to 90,000 sqft facilities, a Crossfit Coach, and a USA Triathlon Coach, he has lead teams of 25+ staff members to meet and exceed their goals. He holds a B.A. in Public Relations and is certified through NASM, TRX, Power Plate, and Crossfit (CF L1). His motto for health and fitness is simple: "Start today, it won't be any easier tomorrow."

Danny Dulkin

Director of Site Development

Dedication to health and fitness and a passion for helping others reach their full potential drove Danny to enter the fitness industry a decade ago. Originally from Detroit, he moved to Chicago specifically to help develop the Lifestart service offering. He has operated commercial and corporate fitness facilities in all capacities, including personal training, sales, business development, and club management. Danny has been active in competitive athletics throughout his entire life, participating at the junior, collegiate, national, and professional levels. He holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer with certifications in Kettlebell and TRX suspension training.

It is a shame for a man to grow old
without seeing the beauty and strength
of which his body is capable

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