First Steps to Fitness

First Steps to Fitness is a series of weekly, informal information sessions, delivered in small groups, by CIMSPA accredited Level 4 instructors, over 4 weeks. Every week you will meet with the same instructor who will aim to support and improve your confidence surrounding increasing physical activity levels. A series of behaviour change advice is built into every session.


As well as advice about behaviour change, at each session there’s the opportunity to learn more and experience what KAL has to offer through a gradual, step by step KAL facility induction - including how to use the gym and how to use the KAL app to exercise at home. First Steps to Fitness allows you to access our facilities for the 4 weeks of the programme (this includes the gyms, the pools and the group exercise classes), free of cost.


During the informal information session, the following topics will be covered:


Physical Activity & Exercise

  • Benefits of movement
  • Exploring the barriers to physical activity
  • How to get started
  • Best practice for long-term adherence to exercise


Sleep & Recovery

  • Benefits of good sleep
  • Barriers to sleep
  • Increase awareness of good sleep hygiene


Managing Stress

  • Recognising symptoms of stress
  • The importance of effective stress management
  • Using lifestyle change to reduce stress



  • Importance of staying hydrated and keeping all food groups within the diet to reap the benefits of a balanced diet
  • Effects of diet on physical and mental health
  • Public health alcohol guidance
  • Understanding food labels


The programme is aimed at people who are physically inactive but do not have any medical conditions. The programme would be suitable for people who lack confidence, who are low in ability or might be returning to exercise after a long time. Referrals must be aged 16 and over, committed to making a long-term lifestyle change and have not had a Kirklees Active Leisure membership or Flexi Card in the last 18 months.


At Dewsbury Sport Centre, the classes run at 9:30-10:30, 11:00-12:00 & 18:00-19:00 on a Monday.

At Huddersfield Leisure Centre, classes run at 9:30-10:30 on a Tuesday and 10:00-11:00 on a Friday.


Health Classes

Across all our centres we also run Health Classes, as part of our normal group exercise timetable. These are indicated on the main timetables by a little heart symbol next to the class name & we have also added them to a seperate Health Class timetable. These are all entry level & low intensity classes, suitable for beginner fitness levels.


Get started

To get started please complete this referral form.


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