Focus on Fitness

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldCommit To Be Fit owner Darcie Sweeney lifts weights in her new lifestyle fitness gym. After four years of doing at-home visits, Sweeney now has a brick and mortar location at 1604 S. 19th St. in Clinton. Sweeney has been a visiting nurse for more than 20 years and offers health assessments along with a private gym setting.

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Camanche native Darcie Sweeney has expanded her in-home personal training to an established location at 1604 S. 19th St. in Clinton.

Commit to Be Fit, Lifestyle Fitness is Sweeney’s personal training business. She offers small group classes at her private gym — so long as everyone is on the same level. There are special offers for couples, or people in twos. She doesn’t approve of various workout courses that allow people to “get lost in the shuffle,” she said, which is why she focuses (mostly) on one-on-one at her private gym. Everyone starts with a postural, physical assessment, so she is aware of problems people may or may not have initially.

The new establishment allows her to take on more clients, as it takes away some of the travel time. She hopes to expand by adding CPR courses and incorporating her knowledge with the health of her clients.

As a registered nurse, accredited personal trainer, as well as certified in CPR and fitness nutrition, she is dedicated to mobility above all. She practiced as a Mercy Hospital home care and has witnessed the detrimental effects of little to no exercise, or incorrect exercise.

“I want to teach them about their body,” Sweeney said. “I think knowledge is key. If people knew what to watch for so that they know when the immobility is starting, they can know what to do to correct that before they get to the point where they can’t move.”

She feels she has a leg-up on the competition, as she’s been an RN for 27 years and is familiar with the body. Her work for at-home care has illuminated difficulties in everyday life function with immobility.

“By the time they have pain, they have actually waited too long,” Sweeney said. “The primary muscles fail and the secondary muscles take over, for a certain amount of time. Because the secondary muscles are made to do the job, they don’t handle it as well as the primary ... once they fail is when the pain occurs.”

In the short term, she wants people to become more familiar with what she does, and in the future, she hopes to keep people from having home care.

She’s gearing her work to people older than 35, as home care has started to see a change in its makeup. What was once a group of 70 to 80-year-olds, she now sees people in their 40s who require care.

“It’s not a quick fix,” she said. “I am looking for people to know that it is more of a solution for life-long mobility.”

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