Fat 2 Fit Targets Under Serviced Sector

Monday April 2, 2012

The Espanola Regional Recreation Complex will launch a new program this spring designed specifically for full figured men and women who've never felt they’ve belonged in a fitness class or gym environment.

To launch the program the originator of the Fat 2 Fit class concept will do a special presentation on what it's like to live with long term obesity and its resulting barriers to getting fit.  Karen Kennelly, who originated the concept and partnered in its development with Owner & Personal Trainer Aaron Sidenberg of the gym The Basement on King will share her lifetime struggle of coping with obesity and her subsequent emersion into the foreign world of fitness.

"I never felt I belonged in any exercise program," says Karen Kennelly, "I was intimidated so I always turned to quick and drastic fixes.  I wanted to create a program for people like me – Fat 2 Fit makes exercise fun, safe and supportive.  When I started exercising in earnest I was 318 pounds, I’ve since lost 40 pounds but more importantly, I’m getting fit and I’m breaking through the myth that you have to be thin to be fit.  I can now lift over a hundred pounds and do a full hour of intense cardio....when I started I struggled to walk." 

"We have been following the success of the Fat 2 Fit program and felt that it was a good partnership to bring to our facility.  The program targets an under serviced sector of our community" says Dianne Polden, Manager of Leisure Services.  

This free special presentation will be held at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex on Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 7:00pm.

For additional information contact:

Cheryl Kennelly
Program Manager
Espanola Leisure Services
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