Fifth Annual Run Results

WhereToStartLogo4PMSwTAGWhat we offer:

We have personal and professional experience in weight-loss and fitness. We can help you transform your body and life in a safe, comfortable and fun atmosphere. Having experienced it in our own lives we know what the journey is like and through our certification training, have the professional knowledge to help you today.

Call us today: 503-767-4094

Or stop by during staffed hours:

Hours as of 2/28/17:

(Remember: the gym is open 24 hours a day for members.)
Tuesday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Where to Start Owners:

Daniel Hawkins                                                                                                       Tirzah Hawkins
NASM Certified Personal Trainer                                         NASM Certified Personal Trainer
GroupFit Class Instructor                                                         Zumba Fitness Class Instructor
CPR and AED Certified                                                                            CPR and AED Certified
Golf Fitness Specialist                                                                         Certified Health Specialist
Weight Loss: 85 pounds                                                                  Total Weight Loss: 45 pounds







Where to Start is a fitness-based weight loss training service, owned and operated by certified personal trainers Daniel and Tirzah Hawkins of Aumsville, Oregon. The Hawkins started the business in 2010 to take their personal weight loss journeys to a new level. Together, the couple lost a combined 130 lbs. by modifying their lifestyles to make healthy choices, including becoming physically active. Both Daniel and Tirzah earned their Certified Personal Trainer Certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, one of the most respected certification programs for personal trainers today. Today, the Hawkins provide professional fitness coaching and serve as accountability partners to individuals who are motivated to lose weight and become fit.

31 Responses to Home

  1. Rachel Halligan says:

    I came to zumba with my daughter haley last night and felt like a fish out of water….not sure that is my thing. BUT…i would like to talk to you about group fit and maybe personal training. I will be 50 in twenty months and i have made a goal to run my first 5K. Can you help me get ready for that???

    • annette says:

      Sounds like we have something in common. I also tried Zumba and not sure if it is my lack of coordination or the fast pace, but not necessarily my preferred exercise.
      I too, will be 50 shortly, (Aug) and I would like to run or at least speed walk in a 5k.
      My enthusiasm goes out to you and I hope you reach your goals!

      • Where to Start says:

        If you live in near the Stayton area, Annette, you should join our upcoming 5K on April 1st. Register by March 16th for a commemorative tech shirt included with registration.

  2. Cheryl says:

    What times do you teach your classes?

  3. Julie N says:

    Some friends and I are looking at the Groupon for your classes. It says you offer daytime classes – what are the times? We are interested in coming when our kids are in school.

    Thank you.

    • Where to Start says:

      Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 10:30am.

      • Julie N says:

        Thanks so much. When I first clicked the link to your website, there were no tabs full of information. I now see that the schedule is there…just had to be patient 🙂

  4. Gina says:

    Can you tell me the days/times that Zumba is offered?
    Thank you.

  5. Kalley says:

    I am a yo-yo dieter. I have finally gotten through my thick skull that eating healthy and being mindful of portions is what it’s all about. I’ve lost 5 lbs. in two weeks. What I really need is exercise. I know I will feel better. I am 58 and my joints aren’t what they used to be. I have a hard time getting into any kind of an exercise routine on my own. The other day my son announced that he & his fiancé have decided to get married in Mexico, in March. Now I am in a frenzy wanting to loose and get in shape a little faster than I had first anticipated. I want to keep it off this time though. Is there hope for me?

  6. Sandy Jansen says:

    Hey Tirzah! This is your Mom’s high school friend from Redland….remember me?!
    Very proud of your endevours here. I now live in Central Oregon and do Zumba there. Tell these ladies who commented above to hang in there. EVERYONE feels like a fish out of water when they start. It gets easier and is very fun. Much love to you and Daniel. Miss your sunny smile 🙂


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  8. Hi Tirzah, wondered if you would be able to lead a Zumba class at A Gift of Time. We will do a better job of publicizing the time you will be there. Things got a tad wonky in the afternoon last year.
    We could have people ready at 3:30 on the 7th of September.
    I look forward to hearing from you. Janice Wolcott Event Coordinator

  9. Cynthia Rives says:

    My name is Mrs. Cynthia Rives. I am the teacher and owner of Stayton Montessori. My school is on Ida Street on the same corner as Where to Start. I am more than happy to offer childcare so that more people can come to classes. My school is small though and spaces would be limited. I am open year round though and am flexible as for times and days. 503-991-9410
    Nicole Miller with Word’s Out PR let me know you might be looking for some child care.

  10. Rich Hatfield says:

    The following item was posted on Facebook by the Salem Area Trail Alliance. This trail would be an incredible amenity for our community. Please get the word out and ask Oregon Parks and Rec to consider this application for a rail to trail. Thanks!
    Richard Hatfield

    Salem Area Trail Alliance

    Silverton to Stayton Rail to Trail
    The railroad between Silverton and Stayton is only weeks away from being abandoned. After the application to abandon the line is filed with the Surface Transportation Board, the public has only a few weeks to file an application with the STB to let them know of the intent to convert the railroad right of way to a trail. The application should come from a public agency such as Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The OPRD manages several rails to trails in Oregon. Rocky Houston, state trails coordinator, said that he needs to see a large, grassroots effort in support of the trail in order to make this a priority for OPRD.

    Action Item #1
    Call or email Rocky Houston, OPRD trails coordinator, email is best: rocky.houston@state.or.us; or call 503 986-0750, leave a message since he is out frequently.
    Just tell him that this is an important project and the Silverton to Stayton rail line should become a state park.
    You may also want to contact Steve Kay, Recreation Grants and Community Programs Manager, Rocky’s boss, 503 986-0705; steve.kay@oregon.gov .

    Action Item #2
    Call your state representative or senator and tell them this is an important project and should be a state park. The legislature can set the priorities for park acquisition if given enough encouragement. Vic Gilliam and Kevin Cameron are the State Representatives for most of the trail, Rep. Cameron is also running for County Commissioner. Rep. Cameron’s phone is: 503 986-1419 and his email is: rep.kevincameron@state.or.us . Rep. Gilliam’s phone number is: 503 986-1418 and his email is: rep.vicgilliam@state.or.us

    Jackie Winters and Fred Girod are the State Senators for this area.
    Senator Winters phone number is: 503 986-1710; her email is Sen.JackieWinters@state.or.us.
    Senator Girod’s phone number is: 503 986-1709; his email is: Sen.FredGirod@state.or.us.

    If we can get 100 people to send emails or make calls, we could convince the OPRD that this is an important project.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Do you have minimum age requirements? Im asking regarding my teenage daughter (16)

    • Where to Start says:

      She will need you to sign for her account, but she is old enough to come in and work out by herself.

  12. Aeron says:

    So I want to get in shape so I can join track this spring, and also go into weight lifting, but I have a problem. I have to take care of my nephew everyday because his parents are out of town and I was wondering if you guys maybe had daycare? If not, I understand.

    If you could please let me know, I would be very grateful.

  13. AJ says:

    So it says right above:

    (Remember: the gym is open 24 hours a day for members.)
    Monday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
    Tuesday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Wednesday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
    Thursday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Saturday: By Appointment Only

    24 hours for members, but the times listed below are for anyone to come, correct? I just wanted to make sure, so I won’t go there and not be able to go because I’m not a member

    Sorry if this is stupid or annoying

  14. Amber says:

    Do u have a mommy and baby yoga?

  15. Katrina french says:

    Hi I’m interested in Zumba. How much is a membership per month and when are classes

  16. Janis Newsom says:

    Hello! My name is Janis Newsom from Bear Branch Farms. I am looking to partner with a few local trainers in providing CSA’s to you and your clients at a discounted rate.

    A CSA is community supported agriculture and is simply a share of locally produced, naturally grown produce that members receive each week in the form of a box or bag that can be picked up on farm here is Stayton or at one of our convenient pick up spots in Salem, Stayton or Albany.

    The CSA lasts 20 weeks and would give you GMO free, organic, artisan and heirloom varieties of fresh produce at a deep discount!

    Everything is outlined on the web page CSA – bearbranchfarms.com

    Health is important and we feel eating local, natural and sustainable food is vital to good health. Because of this, we would love to offer all those who go through you as a trainer a 5% discount on shares. In turn, I would offer you an 8% discount on a share of your choice just for advertising to your clients. I would love to drop pamphlets, brochures or fliers off with you or I can email them to you. I would happily do a short presentation at a class as well if you teach any. Let me know if this is something you or your clients would enjoy. Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

    Janis Newsom
    Bear Branch Farms

  17. Kim says:

    What is the spinning schedule? Can I attend with a punch card?Kim

  18. Debb Frenier says:

    What is the youngest age for your Zumba class?

  19. Gage Shaffer says:


    • Where to Start says:

      We have an extensive collection of free weights. Feel free to stop by during staffed hours for a tour.

  20. Rhonda says:

    Do you have tanning beds?

  21. Lisa says:

    Do you have recumbent bikes or seated elliptical machines?

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