What is WellStart?


WellStart is a 60-day physician referred exercise program that introduces patients to exercise. WellStart participants meet with medical fitness professionals twice per week in small group settings and have full access to all of Colorado Athletic Club’s amenities. The WellStart team communicates with patients on a regular basis via email, phone, and in-person contact to monitor attendance, progress, and well-being throughout the program. The WellStart team is a resource for exercise instruction, education, and support.

The most important aspect of WellStart is that it takes down all barriers to exercise and welcomes patients in a non-intimidating, comforting environment.

WellStart can be divided into three key phases: intake, implementation and reassessment.


The first appointment WellStart participants have is the intake. During the intake, the nurse reviews medical history, health condition(s), lifestyle, and physician recommendations. The nurse also evaluates biometrics: BMI, weight, and blood pressure. Together the patient and the nurse set specific goals to achieve during the program and develop a physical activity plan based on those goals. 


After the WellStart team develops an exercise program specific to the participant’s needs, abilities, and goals, they devise an expected schedule of physical activity. Schedules include WellStart sessions, which are small group trainings consisting of 4-6 people; group exercise classes; and independent exercise. Throughout the 60 days in the program, the WellStart team serves as a resource for exercise instruction, education, and accountability in a supportive, social environment. 


Towards the end of the WellStart program, we measure progress and reshape the physical activity plan to help patients continue a physically active lifestyle. At this point, we also report progress and attendance back to the referring health care professional. Upon completion of the program, we encourage patients to continue exercise at Colorado Athletic Club or elsewhere.

For more information, contact Eve Fogarty at 303.813.7860, or efogarty@wellbridge.com.

Did you know?

WellStart has 6 tracks: General Health, Arthritis, Aquatic, Cancer, Healthy Hearts & Diabetes Management.

WellStart is available to those 18 and over.

WellStart is available for prenatal, pre-surgical hip & knee patients.

WellStart has a medical advisory board.