FAQ - Start With Yourself

Frequently Asked Questions

Feel free to call us if your question is not answered here.

Can I join late?

Yes, simply call Start With Yourself headquarters if you need to go over the details of the program or just fill out the registration form online and start showing up! The only drawback to joining late is that you do not qualify for the Grand Prizes.

How do I prepare for the health test?

Bio Impedance Anaylysis (BIA) or Body Composition Test Preparation
On the day of your BIA assessment please ensure that you:
avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior
avoid exercise 12 hours prior
avoid caffeine for 4 hours prior
avoid eating for 4 hours prior
do not wear hosiery or moisturizer on day of testing as electrode pads are placed directly on skin
drink at least 1 glass of water 1 hour before testing

What are the dates that I need to know about?

FREE Introduction and Overview : Saturday, February 18th, 2017 9-11 a.m.
Initial Testing day : Saturday, February 25th, 2017 starting at 8 a.m.
12 full weeks: Something EVERYDAY
Start With Yourself Talk: Sunday, February 26th 5-7 p.m.
Health Expo #1: Saturday, March 18th 9 a.m. – Noon
Health Expo #2: Saturday, April 8th 9 a.m. – Noon
Final Testing Day : Saturday, May 20th 8 a.m – Noon
Completion Ceremony: Sunday, May 21st at 5 p.m.

What does the fitness test consist of?

Initial & Final Testing:
1-mile run
maximum push-ups
maximum wall-sit
maximum core-hold

What is included with my Registration Fee?

12 Weeks of:
Unlimited bootcamp participation
Unlimited fitness and dance classes
An integrated health lecture series
Discounts at local businesses
Entrance into weekly drawing for great prizes
Chance to win Grand Prizes
Initial Health & Fitness Test
Final Health & Fitness Test

Do I need to take every class?

Gosh, NO! YOU literally design and pick what classes you will attend. Choose from unlimited outdoor fitness classes, unlimited fitness studio classes, health lectures, specialty classes throughout the week…. The initial health and fitness test is optional, but mandatory to be included in the Grand, First, Second and Third overall prizes.

Do I need to be in good physical shape?

Absolutely not. All of the classes are designed to get you in shape. You are pushed and encouraged based on your current level of fitness. The instructors give you a range of reps, so you can gauge where you are at, and do the appropriate amount for you. We want you to give your best effort on that particular day.

How much does the 12-week In-Person program cost?

The Santa Cruz Challenge costs $599 for the 12-weeks (unless you get in for early-bird registration), everything included as follows:
Unlimited bootcamp participation
Unlimited fitness and dance classes
An integrated health lecture series
Discounts at local businesses
Entrance into weekly drawing for great prizes
Chance to win Grand Prizes
Initial Health & Fitness Test
Final Health & Fitness Test

What are the meet ups about?

We are making this the best program in Santa Cruz! Here is an outline of our Health Lectures and Live Events —
but not conclusive as we are going to still be adding fun activities!
Conscious Relationships
Financial Health
Nutrition 101
Healthy Sexuality
Athlete Mindset
Carbon Footprint
The Warrior Spirit
Pharmaceutical Myth
Goal Setting
Cooking Classes
Foam Rolling
Sneaker Fitting
Farmers Market Tours
Grocery Tours
Bike Maintenance
Breast Health
Singing Circle
Spinal Screenings
Healthy Coffee
Non-Toxic Product Education
Supplement Education

What is Boot Camp?

(included with your paid registration)
Optimal Health and Fitness (OHF) is offering a special deal on classes for those who do not already have a fitness program or are looking for something new, exciting and challenging! Boot Camp is an exciting program that provides a dynamic total body workout designed to improve strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance. The program focuses on strengthening the core muscle groups while providing a full-body workout. By using tools such as resistance bands, body weight and gravity, stairs, hand weights, and natural props, we design a wide variety of fun and exciting workouts that are guaranteed to challenge your body and mind. Boot Camp is focused on environmental integration and is designed to promote the mind-body connection created during the outdoor workout experience. We believe that there is no greater workout setting than the natural environment and this class takes full advantage of all the beauty Santa Cruz County has to offer.

Why take this program?

The Start With Yourself program will benefit any and all people regardless of current fitness and health levels. Whether you are looking to reach the next level of fitness, looking for new ways to engage in physical activities, or simply wanting to begin a new exercise and nutrition program, this challenge is for you! Throughout the course of the challenge each participant will gain tools regarding important concepts such as relaxation/meditation, reducing household toxins, shopping local organic and seasonal, importance of proper hydration and sleep, stress management, nutritional detoxification, increased flexibility, and much more.

What time are the classes?

The classes are at VARIED times of the day, sometimes 7 days a week. The unlimited outdoor fitness classes we call “santa cruz boot camp” will be: 6:15 a.m. monday through fridays 9:15 a.m. monday through fridays, sometimes on saturday when other classes are not offered 6:00 p.m monday through thursdays The other fitness classes are offered at such different times: almost every day — and sometimes starting as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. The health lectures are most sundays (not mothers day, easter nor passover) at 5 p.m. Other “events” are sporadic throughout the days of the week, like grocery and farmers market tours, pure pleasure, santa cruz running company, spokesman bike tours, etc.