Home fitness studio supplies one-on-one workouts

By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Fitness buff Dee Cranston has been sharing her expertise in boot camps and personal training sessions for several years. But now she’s taking it a step further.
Cranston, a lifelong Auburn resident, recently opened a studio, DC Fit, at her home.
“My goal is to make (exercise) affordable for moms to get fit and trained,” she said. “It’s all personal training — one on one. We do TRX and functional training.”
There’s also a cardio machine, kettle bells and dumb bells.
Fitness really became important for Cranston after she had her two children.
“I was a thin, fit person my whole life,” she said. “Then I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancies. I didn’t feel like myself.”
To get back in shape, she began training for a 10K run.
“I worked really hard to get my six miles in under an hour and managed to do that,” she said. “I loved the drive. It wasn’t about losing weight, it was about meeting a challenge — a goal. Once I decided it wasn’t about losing weight, it was about running the 10K in under an hour, it felt better.”
When her children went to school, Cranston enrolled in classes to become a personal trainer. After receiving certification, she worked as a trainer at a couple of local fitness centers.
Her concept with her own gym is to create a personalized regimen for each client.
That includes fitting the schedule to each person’s needs — from several sessions a week to as few as just one. Each one-hour session focuses on losing weight, setting goals, being fit and learning the correct form, she said.
Prices range from $35 to $50 a session.
She’s also continuing her boot camps, which can be a standalone program but work well with the personal fitness sessions, she said.
Colfax resident Christy Jones has been attending the boot camps several times a week for the past year.
“Some of my girlfriends were already in it and were telling me about it, so I decided it was time to get back in shape,” she said. “…I like that (Cranston) encourages you. She motivates you. She changes it up every time. The class is always new. She never repeats the same program. It is just really challenging.”
And she is seeing results.
“In just three months, I lost 20 pounds,” she said.
Cost to attend the boot camps is $5 per class.
The schedule includes morning sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Meadow Vista, evening sessions Tuesday and Thursday in Colfax and evening sessions Monday and Wednesday at Regional Park.
“If you have eight women and want to start your own boot camp, call me and we can set a place and time,” Cranston said in a press release.
On Oct. 12 she had an open house to celebrate the opening of the studio.
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