Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Cranston Rock Solid in Feats of Strength

From The Richmond Sentinel, August 29th, 2018...

Don Fennell
Published: August 29th, 2018 10:07 AM

Jody Cranston simply refuses to rest on his laurels.
Two years ago he was recognized at the annual Richmond Sports Awards as the 2016 Master Athlete of the Year. That honour simply further fuelled his motivation. Recently, the distinguished local powerlifter tried his hand at another feat of strength: throwing stones. Literally.

“I love competing and challenging myself,” Cranston explains. “I think that all started when I set goals to meet my early powerlifting years back. It always feels great to set a goal and meet it.”

So he signed on to represent Richmond at the 22nd Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Feats of Strength contest at Alki Beach in Seattle. He came away having set a Canadian masters record in the 72-pound stone throw event. Competing in the 198-pound division, he threw the stone 11.75 feet.

“I took about a year to work on the technique,” says Cranston, adding trying to keep up with his 11-year-old daughter Taila and all her sports and activities helps too.

He also extends credit to his coach Gary Fee.

“Stone throwing and the track and field throws are gaining in popularity,” Cranston says. “It is great to be able to include outdoor training (an all-year initiative) to the indoor weight, power and gym training.”

Owner of Connection: Corporate Health, a fitness centre in Vancouver since 2011, Cranston began Powershape Personal Training in 1997. He is also a partner in Oranj Fitness with locations from B.C. to Ontario.

Cranston won gold in powerlifting at the BC Winter Games and set the provincial weight throw record for masters-aged (45 years and older) athletes. He’s also excelled at the bench press, with a best deadlift of 590 pounds.

The first-place finish in the stone throw qualifies Cranston for the AAU world championships in Las Vegas this fall.

His advice to others: “Whether it is stone throwing, powerlifting or any sport for that matter, find something you enjoy doing and put in the work. There is no down side to this.”

To see this article in RICHMOND SENTINEL Newspaper form click HERE .

( Jody Cranston / AAU ).
( Jody Cranston / Stone Throw).

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Panthers Undefeated on Softball Diamond

From The Richmond Sentinel, April 20th, 2018...
Published: April 20th, 2018 01:47 PM

Don Fennell Apr-20-2018

Taila Cranston struck out the side in order last weekend as the Richmond Panthers capped a 17-7 win over North Delta to remain undefeated.

The young pitching ace sat down all three batters she faced in the under-12 girls’ softball game, earning Richmond its second consecutive victory of the season.

Coached by Taila’s dad Jody, with assistance from Gary Louis, the Panthers are enjoying their first time playing together. This follows two months of indoor and outdoor training.

Playing an aggressive style of base running, the Panthers are elated with their early success. And Cranston is impressed by how quickly they are learning.

“These girls learn fast and they love running the bases. Aggressive and fast is a really great combination." says Cranston.

Aleeza Berger started the game on the mound for the Panthers during their victory at North Delta. She formed a strong battery with catcher Kamiya Hayre.

The Panthers are looking forward to participating in a tournament April 27 to 29 at Steveston/London Park. The season runs until mid-July.

The 2018 Panthers consist of: Aleeza Berger, Ashley Barstow, Devyn Scott, Emilie Snowdon, Emma Jordan, Genevieve Louis, Hannah Nickerson, Jessica Lilge, Jorja Jordan, Kamiya Hayre, Nina Scott and Taila Cranston.

To see this article in Newspaper form click HERE.

© Copyright 2015 - Richmond News

( Taila Cranston / Richmond Sentinel ).
( Softball / Pitching ).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Finalists announced - Richmond Sports Awards

Winners to be recognized at May 5 banquet

From The Richmond News, April 21, 2016...
Published: April 21, 2016 08:47 PM

The finalists have been announced for the 17th annual Richmond Sports Awards.

Jody Cranston (athletics, Greyhounds Track and Field Club)

Overseen by the Richmond Sports Council, the program recognizes athletic excellence, leadership and contribution in the past 12 months and beyond.

( Finalist / 2016 ).
( Weight Throw ).

Friday, July 24, 2015



Weight Throw 35 lbs. 9.69 Meters - One Turn.
First Place.

Super Weight Throw 56 lbs. 6.23 Meters - One Turn.
First Place.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Cranston sets record with win in Seattle
ranston sets record with win in Seattle
ranston sets record with win in Seattle
ranston sets record with win in Seattle

From The Richmond News, June 13th, 2015...
Published: June 13th, 2015 8:23 AM

Richmond resident and strength competitor Jody Cranston captured the Super Weight Throw event at the Seattle Parks Track and Field Championships on the weekend.

Cranston, who competes for the Greyhounds Track and Field Club and is coached by Dave McDonald, set a new provincial 45-50 age group Super Weight Throw record by throwing the 56 pound implement 20 feet at the USA Track and Field sanctioned event.

© Copyright 2015 - Richmond News 

( Jody Cranston / Richmond News ).
( Track and Field / Super Weight ).

Friday, June 12, 2015



From The Richmond Review, June 10th, 2015...
Published: June 10th, 2015 9:00 AM

Richmond resident and strength competitor Jody Cranston earned a new provincial mark while taking first place in the Super Weight Throw event at the Seattle Parks Track and Field Championships on the weekend.

Cranston, who competes for the Greyhounds Track and Field Club and is coached by Dave McDonald, set the provincial 45-50 Super Weight Throw record by throwing the 56-pound implement 20 feet at the USA Track and Field-sanctioned event.

© Copyright 2015 - Richmond Review 

( Jody Cranston / Richmond Review ).
( Track and Field / Super Weight ).

Saturday, April 25, 2015

2015 Fraser Valley Invitational Track Meet


1st Place Master (45-50) Men 
Weight Throw Jody Cranston

Saturday, February 21, 2015


From The Richmond Review, Friday October 19th, 2012...
Published: February 20, 2015 9:00 AM

Richmond resident and strength athlete Jody Cranston won first place in the Weight Throw event at the BC Indoor Track and Field Provincial Championships at the Kamloops Tournament Capital Centre on the weekend.

Cranston, who competes for the Greyhounds Track and Field Club and is coached by Dave McDonald, set the BC Provincial 45-50 Weight Throw record by throwing the 35 pound implement 29 feet at the BC Athletics Association sanctioned event.

To view original Newspaper click HERE.

( Jody Cranston / Richmond Review ).
( Son Ngo / Photo ).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



"My first lesson in mind over matter dealing with strength happened when I was about 9 years old and changed my life."

Part of a fitness test we had in Elementary School was chinning yourself (holding yourself in the top/contracted position of a chin up) for time.

At first I could only do about 10 to 15 seconds. We had about 3 weeks to practice before the fitness test so, my parents bought a chin up bar you could set up in a doorway for me to train on.

Here's the catch:

Chinning yourself for 54 seconds was the Fitness Test level of Excellence. If I could chin myself for 60 seconds(!) at the fitness test my parents would buy me the 12 inch Darth Vader action figure I really wanted!

Well, in 3 weeks at the final test I went from a 15 second chin (needs improvement) to an official 60 seconds (Excellence)! Improvement like that is definitely Mind over Matter.

I am now 45 years old and have been a competitive Powerlifter/Strength Athlete for over 20 years which has led to my career as a Personal Trainer and current Fitness Center Owner and Investor. That first "Mind over Matter" strength lesson had a lot to do with this.

"Thanks Mom and Dad!"

( Connection Corporate / Workout ).
( Jody Cranston / Getting Sentimental ).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014



It is our two year anniversary! It has been an incredibly successful two years for CONNECTION: CORPORATE HEALTH "The Gym at HSBC". To celebrate we have a big announcement - more room! Expansion / Renovation, a great product will be even better for our clients and members. 

( Connection: Corporate Health / Renovation ).
( Connection: Corporate Health / Expansion ).