Diamond Hills Lean Up fitness program

Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa is currently taking applications for their Lean Up program, a free, eight-week fitness program that incorporates exercise, nutrition and wellness training. Applications are due by Aug. 31, and participants will have free access to the club for the duration of the program. Photo courtesy of Ellicia Truitt.

Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa is offering select East County residents the opportunity to change their lives and reach their health and wellness life goals.

Lean Up is a free, eight-week, life-changing fitness, wellness and weight-loss program for people who have struggled with weight loss and are ready to change their lives. The program incorporates exercise, nutrition, and wellness training led by fitness professionals.

"Lean Up changed our lives,” said Brentwood resident Brien Devine, who participated in the program in 2014, with his wife Sally. “We both tried different diets and exercises, but we were hit or miss and couldn’t stick with anything. Since we joined the program we learned how to eat correctly, how to work out and the camaraderie within the group was great. We are both enjoying life so much more.”

Since joining the program, Brien lost 80 pounds and is cycling over 100 miles a week. Sally lost between 20 and 30 pounds, ran three half-marathons this past year and has embraced running and swimming.

“I’d recommend the program to anyone who wants to lose weight and get healthy, but needs guidance,” said Sally.

According to Ellicia Truitt, certified personal trainer at Diamond Hills, and this year’s Diamond Hills Lean Up program director, there are many ideal candidates for the program, including those who have struggled with weight loss; those who have tried living a healthy lifestyle but can’t seem to find the time; and those who have wanted to be more active but have never worked out and don’t know where to start.

“I believe the ideal candidate is anyone who is ready to make the commitment to change their life,” said Truitt. “By committing to this program, these individuals will be given the tools needed in order to live a healthier lifestyle.”

Participants in the program must complete an application and provide medical clearance from their physician. Applicants are encouraged to submit their most compelling reason for wanting to join the program and change their lives. According to Truitt, 25 applicants will be chosen.

Once in the program, participants will meet twice a week for group workout classes, once a week with a personal trainer, attend motivational and educational meetings once a week and will need to commit to exercising on their own at Diamond Hills, where they will have free, unlimited access for the duration of the program. Participants are encouraged to attend regular group exercise classes, swim in the pool or use strength and cardio equipment.

“This program is a great way for individuals to come together in a positive, encouraging atmosphere to learn and motivate each other,” said Truitt. “Having others who are going through the same struggles as they are will help them see that they are not alone.”

The program, which begins Sept. 12 and runs through Nov. 14, is open for anyone 13 and over. Applications are due at Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa, located at 1510 Neroly Road, in Oakley, by Aug. 31.

For more information, visit www.leanup.net or call 925-420-4575.