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ACT Fit Co. Encourages People To Activate, Challenge And Transform Their Lives

By S. Mathur

At ACT Fit Co. fitness is hard work. And it's also fun. Owners Allison Coleman, Christine "Crit" Lane, and Tanna Dean opened the welcoming fitness boutique in Brattleboro, VT in 2015. The name of the studio derives from the first letters of their names. It also stands for activate, challenge, transform.

"To us that meant having people of every size and with all different levels of exercise experience motivate, encourage and celebrate each other's accomplishments," they said. "The three of us wanted people to Activate, Challenge and Transform (ACT) their lives to be the best versions of themselves possible."

The studio offers many different types of fitness classes, including spinning, TRX, Boot Camp/ Circuit, and yoga. If she had to pick a favorite, for Dean it would be aerial yoga.

"The added support of the fabric allows people to explore yoga postures in a whole new way," she said. "It is an absolute pleasure to provide people with a way to completely relax, realign the body and center the mind. The postures really do look as amazing and beautiful as they feel."

Coleman names Spinning as her favorite class, and feels inspired by the music that creates a vision of a road. Lane enjoys all her classes including Spinning, TRX and Boot Camp/ Circuit and feels that each offers something different and unique. At Act Fit Co., fitness is also hard work, carefully calibrated.

Students get all the information they need, including heart rate training and proper body form in exercise to reach their goals. All classes are open to all levels. The studio also offers private classes.

ACT Fit believes in taking it outside, making best use of all that New England has to offer in every season. ACT Fit teams participate in mud runs like Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Mudderella, Dirty Girl, Rugged Maniac, Color Run, and others. On the runs, they begin as a team and end as a team. No one is left behind.

"We also encourage people to become more active in every aspect of their lives," they said. "We hold events that take people to local hiking trails, bike paths, and great places to kayak. We have a team that participates in multiple mud runs and obstacle courses."

The friendly atmosphere extends beyond the studio and many friendships have started here. Because in the end, fitness isn't about a dress size or achieving the impossible. It's about helping people become the best versions of themselves.

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