Smart start is a program that provides you with an easy to follow plan and cutting edge tools. You will not be alone in this process. Our highly trained staff will help you set attainable goals and will provide the ongoing support necessary for your success. 


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"Liz always checks on us when she sees us, and she isn't just being polite. She is truly interested in our progress. She is a fine Member Coach, and very conscientious about finding the right fit for people who are new to the Y or looking for a new challenge." - Member Lynda Sappington 



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 absolute confidence and without feeling overwhelmed.


We will meet with you in three short meetings over the next 30 days. Some of these coaching sessions can even be done virtually, if you prefer.  We can take you from an exercise skeptic to a highly confident individual who is excited about working out. In less than two hours of your time you will gain the tools and resources that will help you succeed.  Here’s how…


Session 1: Begin your wellness journey




  • Meet your dedicated member coach virtually or in person

  • Set your goals for success

  • Learn some basic tips 

  • Schedule a time to start exercising 

Earn a 5-punch FlexCard!


Session 2: Kick it up a knotch 



  • Measure your body composition 

  • Learn about equipment best suited for your needs

  • Build a custom workout

  • Optional 30 Minute Smart Start Nutrition Counseling Session with Christian Kallenberger: $15

Earn a YMCA towel and a waiver for a body composition test!

Session 3: Check your progress



  • Review your progress virtually or in person 

  • Understand why 85% of people who begin a new exercise program fail and how to avoid those same pitfalls.

  • Answer any questions and get feedback

  • Establish longer term goals 

Earn a Smart Start t-shirt! 

Meet Our Member Coaches

Elizabeth is a longtime member, and began instructing Muscle Max here at Countryside YMCA in 2013. She became a Member Coach in 2017. She truly enjoys helping members discover their personal best path to wellness/fitness here at the Y. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience to help others, maintain relationships with members she has coached, and see their lives change for the better.  She's so grateful for the role of member coaching.  

 She and her husband, Matt, are raising their three children, Zachary, Charlie and Annie, and her current 'job' outside of the YMCA is being a free Uber service to their constant swirl of activities. She enjoys learning about health and fitness, cooking and spending time with friends and family. She is greatly looking forward to traveling extensively with her husband, both near and very far, once her "Ubering" days are over. 


Jennifer, along with her husband, Mark and three children, live in Landen and have been members of the Countryside YMCA since moving to the area in 2009. She has a communications degree from University of Cincinnati, as well as a Masters in Montessori from Xavier University. Jennifer feels her education and communication skills help her to be a bridge between a member's goal and their achievements.

She enjoys her time at the Y, and feels lucky to be able to meet so many members and hopes that they are able to learn as much from her as she does from them. She feels the YMCA has given their members such a gift by instituting Member Coaching into its membership process. There is such joy to watch a member accomplish the goals they set for themselves; it has been an extremely humbling process she shares with them. 


Sarah is a longtime member of Countryside YMCA, and teaches several fitness classes at the Landen location in addition to member coaching. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is also a substitute teacher and stays busy trying to keep up with her 4 children! She and her husband, Ethan, live in Landen and are proud parents of four Kings students ranging in age from 7-17! 

She loves the opportunity to meet members, new and old, through member coaching and finds it incredibly rewarding to help people find a wellness plan that works for them. There is nothing better than seeing someone accomplish the goals that they set for themselves!


Jane Kuhnell 





Shannon is a long time member of Countryside YMCA. Shannon along with her husband Jamie live just outside of Lebanon in Oregonia. She instructs Cycle Spin five days a week and recently became a member coach in early 2020. Shannon has three grown daughters, 6 dogs (yes, six) two cats and she loves spending time gardening and relaxing in her pool with friends and family when she has time. Shannon also works for Warren County DODD as an Individual Provider taking care of individuals with special needs. She is so excited to be a part the member coaching team. " I can't wait to work alongside members and help them thrive and grow into their wellness/fitness journey."




 To get started, contact one of our Member Coaches at 513 932 1424 ext. 185, or fill out this form and we'll get back to you soon!