SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) - The woman who has sold sixteen million fitness videos worldwide and launched the home workout movement in the 1980s was in town Thursday morning. Kathy Smith is working with Utah company NextFit to get our community healthy.
Smith has made a career out of keeping America fit and now she's turned her attention to Utahns. "To change your lifestyle, to get involved in a program, you have to have people around you doing it also because that's what makes it fun."
She's been here for the last ten weeks as part of a twelve week challenge with Utah company NextFit. The company produces what they call a key chain trainer that you plug into any online computer and then customize your own workout. It's motivated Kara Brook to lose seventy-five pounds.
"I like to sit a lot and with my job I do a lot of sitting as well, so I felt like I needed to do something. I was on blood pressure medication and now I don't need it," Brook says.
She is not alone. Another woman in the challenge has lost twenty-four pounds since it started and eight pounds since last year.
"It's amazing the things I do now that I couldn't do before and the things I want to do now because I couldn't before and it's changed my life," Candice Goodrich says.
Kathy Smith loves to hear the success stories. "My belief is you start to shift and you shift slowly. Even if you take one thing a week, even if you take one thing a month." She just wants to get Utahns thinking fitness, and in the meantime, the new empty nester has made new friends.
"I feel like a family here, especially since I lost my daughters, not lost, they went off to college. But I need family right now, so this has really been life changing."
Smith will be in town for three more weeks. If you would like more information on her fitness program and NextFit, go to www.nextfit.com