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The Spring 2016 Spartan Slimdown program is a nine-week weight loss and lifestyle change program offered by the McNiff Fitness Center for up to 12 UT students. Guided by a nationally certified and experienced personal trainer, participants engage in three, one-hour group workouts per week. Participants will also receive both pre- and post-body composition fitness assessments. In addition, participants workout with another participant three times per week. Participants use My Fitness Pal to keep track of eating habits and have the opportunity to meet regularly with a certified nutrition specialist. Every other Friday, the group will gather for their progress assessment and a group challenge. The goal of the program is not only to lose weight, but to encourage healthy, lifelong exercise, eating and stress reduction habits while creating a support group of friends.

How to Participate

Unlike group fitness classes or personal training, Spartan Slimdown requires students submit an application to participate. The program requires nine weeks of dedication of an average of five hours per week commitment in order to be successful. Group training will be announced during the first meeting of the program, once participants are selected. Applications for the Spring 2016 semester are due by Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11:59 p.m. Applications are accessible online and can be submitted to the front desk of McNiff or emailed to Kelly Clare at The fee to participate is $120 and is due only when accepted into the program. Students who complete the program are reimbursed $60.

The Spring 2016 program will start Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. The first meeting will take place during the week of Feb. 11–13, exact date and time still to be determined. Please check back regularly for more updates.